Donor Finance Manager

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 10 September 2019
  • San Francisco, California, United States
  • Closing on 31 October 2019
  • Current

Job Description

Position Overview:

This position is part of the Global Office (GO) Finance and Legal Department. The Manager of Donor Finance is responsible for Room to Read’s financial support for Business Development, including forecasting and reporting revenue performance and metrics to the executive team and the board of directors; managing donor proposals and reporting in an increasingly diverse donor portfolio; and implementing Room to Read’s grants lifecycle. The Manager works in close collaboration with the Development and Operations Departments and has one direct report. The position will report to the Associate Director of Reporting and Systems.

Duties & Responsibilities: Donor Finance & Compliance
  • Improve and expand capability across the organization including developing the automation of core donor reporting using cloud-based budget software tool, Adaptive, capacity building among field finance and country office teams, and cross training of other finance team members on proposal development.

  • Influence organizational behavioral change through improvement of the opportunity lifecycle from bid and proposal stage, to award, to close-out, through partnership with the Program Operations team; creation of new processes, clarity of roles and responsibilities, and development of tools for project managers and proposal teams.

  • In partnership with the Development team, manage information resources and tools that support financial budgeting for grants. Collaborate with the Development team to reinforce a focus on areas of greatest fundraising need and organization efficiency in grants proposals and reporting.

  • Support country offices and field finance team in their implementation of grants budgeting, reporting and performance analysis processes, particularly focusing on bilateral/multilateral grants. Partner with Accounting to ensure proper adoption of grants recording and reporting standards.

  • Lead Indirect Cost Rate annual revision and manage the Single Audit for US government awards.

  • Manage the Nexonia automated timekeeping system in partnership with accounting, ensuring its appropriate use and organization compliance.

  • Standardize the view for multiyear gifts – revenue and cash – to provide project-based visibility to current year and total life cycle revenue

Planning & Budgeting
  • Provide financial analysis and budget support to Development Team related to expense tracking
  • Clean and integrate personnel inputs
  • Gifts-in-Kind inputs for annual budget
  • Lead project planning design in cloud-based software tool, Adaptive
  • Partner with Development leadership in the development of the revenue projection for annual budget, time and segment phased
  • Develop and promote analytic models that identify the organization’s revenue drivers, quantify progress toward long term goals, and provide insight into trends and drivers in revenue performance vs. budget and Strategic Plan by market and channel.
  • Collaborate with the Development team to reinforce a focus on areas of greatest fundraising need and organization efficiency in grants proposals and reporting.
  • Propose and introduce important revenue analysis metrics into the budgeting and forecasting process.
  • Perform ad-hoc financial analyses to support the CFO, CDO and CEO.
  • Staff performance management (goal setting, performance feedback, professional development) of one direct report
  • Other duties, as assigned
Qualifications: Required:
  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • 7+ years of professional experience
  • Experience implementing processes and controls
  • Expert skill levels in Excel, PowerPoint and Access, with VBA macro experience preferred
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in a fast-paced, growth-oriented global or regional organization, requiring flexibility and adaptability to changing organization priorities
  • Ability to enforce policies as required while remaining flexible to the growing organization’s needs
  • Prior success working closely and building relationships with diverse groups of people, including Sales/Development function
  • Ability and desire to travel frequently internationally
  • Prior experience working in a non-profit or governmental organization
  • Prior experience designing financial reporting and building complex financial models using Excel or EPM tools
  • Multi-Lateral/Bi-Lateral Grants budgeting experience
  • Proven track record of achieving results
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities simultaneously and take initiative
  • Legally eligible to work in the United States; no sponsorship provided
  • Proven supervisory experience
  • Experience with organizational behavioral change for process improvement and efficiency building
  • General ledger knowledge and experience
  • Microsoft Office at an expert level
  • Ability to travel internationally if needed
  • Experience using budgeting software and business intelligence tools

Room to Read offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits. Benefits include health, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, life insurance, commuter benefits and a 401K match. The non-monetary compensation includes a unique opportunity to be part of an innovative, meaningful, fun, and rapidly growing organization that is changing transforming the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.


Global Office - Main - San Francisco

To be successful at Room to Read, you will also:

  • Have passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact a dynamic nonprofit organization
  • Be a proactive and innovative thinker who achieves results and creates positive change
  • Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness
  • Embrace diversity and a commitment to collaboration
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment

Room to Read is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds. EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled

About the Organization

Room to Read is a global organization transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, our innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools during two time periods that are most critical in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education. We work in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations, and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and ensure girls can complete secondary school with the skills necessary to negotiate key life decisions. By focusing on the quality of education provided within the communities and ensuring these outcomes are measured, we have created a model that can be replicated, localized and sustained by governments. Room to Read has benefited 16.8 million children across over 37,000 communities in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Grenada, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zambia. Learn more at

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