Director, Program Finance Group

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 3 July 2019

Job Description

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region?

You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, we address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

The Asia Foundation seeks a Director to lead its Program Finance Group based in our San Francisco, CA office.

The Program Finance Group (PFG) plays a crucial financial management role at The Asia Foundation (Foundation). The PFG team is responsible for all award and project set up, financial reporting reviews, invoicing, and providing support on donor financial compliance. Further, PFG reviews all country office proposed internal budget modifications and associated forecasts. PFG also handles project financial close outs in Deltek Costpoint, TAF’s financial system. In addition, PFG monitors compliance with funder award terms and conditions. The Director of the group develops and overseas the Foundation’s policies and processes in these areas and coordinates with TAF’s 18 country offices in Asia and Washington, DC.

The Director’s responsibilities include:

  • Lead the TAF activity in response to the annual US government required Single Audit process.
  • Support the annual external audit and development of annual financial statements
  • Hands-on position supervising a team of three Program Finance Associates in San Francisco and one Donor Compliance Manager based overseas. This includes evaluating, coaching, and developing staff.
  • Review and ensure accuracy of project setups in the Deltek Costpoint project ledger (module) using report tools developed in COGNOS.
  • Represent headquarters on complex project financial management and audit issues.
  • Use collaborative leadership and prioritization skills to direct and influence cross-unit coordination on complex post award financial reporting and compliance.
  • Collaborate with Senior Management on cross-cutting policies related to donor compliance issues.
  • Develop strategies to instruct and dispute potential audit findings to eliminate questioned costs.
  • Write responses to complex audit findings. Research financial regulations and records to find evidence to eliminate audit findings and respond to donor project and other audit queries.
  • Lead TAF responses, in coordination with country offices, Washington, DC office, and headquarters finance staff, on audit disputes.
  • Lead USAID, OIG, SIGAR, and other donor required reviews/audits, in collaboration with the country offices, to provide support, interpret regulations, and respond to findings as they relate to non-payroll transactions and disputes.
  • Evaluate and develop reports in collaboration with the Director, Business Information Systems and the VP Finance/CFO to identify potential project over/underruns, potential areas for disallowances, and risks on low dollar to complex multi-million-dollar awards.
  • Final review signoff on all Foundation awards on behalf of the VP Finance/CFO.
  • Review and approval for all post award and project finance related JV’s prior to submission to accounting for processing. Includes on-going and fiscal year-end required journal vouchers.
  • Collaborate with team, country office, Budget Services, and Accounting to ensure any disallowances from funders/donors are handled properly to ensure timely and accurate adjustments.
  • Provide guidance to country offices, program leadership, and staff on project financial and administrative matters.
  • Advise on complex project set up which may require special financial reporting to ensure consistent accounting treatment and correct application for recording of costs for allocations. Oversee billing which may use a different basis than internal cost accounting system records.
  • Review and inform when proposals costings may pose risks for the Foundation.
  • Coordinate review of financials and compliance for all awards with Public Sector Development Services (PSDS), Resource Development, Washington, DC, and country offices.
  • Review financial reports for patterns which may lead to disallowances or reveal other financial risks.
  • Monitor funder compliance for award terms and conditions to ensure appropriate project setup in the Deltek Costpoint financial system, utilizing COGNOS reporting.
  • Coordinate FFATA reporting submissions.
  • Ensure all final Standard Form SF 425 are processed for awards ending and adjustment to final NICRA after receipt of approval.
  • Certify all USG Letter of Credit (LOC) standard forms and approve draw downs.
  • Oversee Fiscal Year End (FYE) review of team’s JVs, closing out of projects and award/project review to ensure accuracy prior to the final FYE close.
  • Collaborate in developing and designing presentations using PowerPoint to present at training(s)/webinars donor compliance with the Compliance Manager and during Finance workshops related to post award finance to colleagues from various country offices.
  • Ability to travel 5-10% overseas, which may include remote country offices.



Five to ten years of business, finance, or accounting experience, including USG contract, grant and/or project accounting and management. Ten plus years of non-profit experience in international non-governmental organization. Five years of Single Audit, SIGAR, and OIG experience. Significant hands-on experience in compliance management and financial management for USG funded awards and other governments such as DFID, DFAT, EU, etc. A minimum of five years of experience supervising staff is required.


Bachelor’s degree in Business, Economics, Finance, or Accounting.


Proven ability to lead and motivate direct reports through effective delegation, training, and development.

Strong interpersonal skills.

A passion for continuous process improvement and attention to detail.

A demonstrated proactive and consultative work style.

Ability to interpret and explain complex issues and financial implications.

A strong focus on customer service is critical.

Experience working with overseas offices in a developing country context.

Team player – Excels in a team environment that requires team members to wear many hats and support each other’s work (e.g., have “all hands-on deck” for a particular project/task)

Excellent written and oral communications skills.

Experience with US government OMB circulars, 2CFR 200, and FAR requirements.

Experience with Other Governmental funding and

Experience with US or other government funded organizations is desired.

Experience with international context, staff, and clients is preferred.

Ability to meet and prioritize multiple deadlines and work as part of a multi-disciplinary team in fast-paced, high-pressure environment.

Excellent organizational skills: the ability to multi-task, learn quickly, and work independently and productively in a fast-paced and detail-oriented environment

Excellent personal computer skills required (MS Office).


Applications should be submitted by visiting our website: and selecting “Employment Opportunities.” The application deadline is July 22, 2019 and the position will remain open until filled.

When submitting your application please put your cover letter and resume in one document and submit it as an attachment. We will only consider applicants who provide a cover letter including their resume and submit their application prior to the deadline.

The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V. No phone calls, please.

**You will only be contacted if you’re selected for an interview.

About the Organization

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation.

Headquartered in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and in Washington, DC. Working with public and private partners, the Foundation receives funding from a diverse group of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals. In 2018, we provided $82.9 million in direct program support and distributed textbooks and other educational materials valued at $10.4 million.

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