Chief Financial Officer

Water For People is a global nonprofit working across nine countries, bringing together communities, local entrepreneurs, and governments to build and maintain water and sanitation services that will last. We have a sustainable solution to end the global water and sanitation crisis, and our employees around the world help drive this solution.

About the Position

Water For People is currently recruiting for the position of Chief Financial Officer. The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for all financial and fiscal management aspects of Water For People’s operations. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and serving as a key member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), the Chief Financial Officer will direct the financial and technological side of the organization.



  • Defines the organization’s financial strategy in three-year increments, manages financial reporting (revenue and expense), and communicates financial requirements and implications of business decisions to CEO and Board of Directors
  • Coordinates with Finance Committee/Treasurer and works with SLT on development of quarterly financial projections that are shared with the Board
  • Coordinates with Audit Committee and works with SLT and Board on development of audit/taxes and open risks from external audits
  • Manages cash flow to country programs and manages unrestricted cash reserves per the investment policy
  • Proactively conducts analyses to provide useful financial insights to the SLT to help make better decisions that facilitate executing Water For People’s business strategy through financial and management information analyses, reports, and recommendations
  • Drives the annual budget process with the SLT, monthly reporting, and quarterly forecasting; reports and oversees the variances by country and headquarter departments
  • Discusses and analyzes monthly financial results and quarterly forecasts with the SLT
  • Works with Country Directors and Regional Finance and Administration Managers to evaluate and analyze the quarterly forecasts versus actuals to show continuous improvement in ability to forecast over time; organizes Country Directors to report quarterly results to SLT and shares their insights and analyses of variances to plan
  • Partners with the Treasurer and the Board Finance and Investment Committee on budgets, analysis, and actions
  • Works closely with the Business Development team and Chief Development Officer to have accurate revenue forecasts and pipeline; includes revenue with expense to have complete financial picture delineated by restricted and unrestricted funding
  • Oversees the approval and processing of revenue, expenses, the general ledger, account maintenance, and data entry
  • Leads and manages the annual external audit in the US and country audits including preparation, support and coordination, and global consolidation
  • Supports the grant management process; provides training on the financial aspects of grant management to Country Programs
  • Updates the Global Finance Manual and Investment Policy annually with specific country requirements in annexes
  • Analyzes cash flow, cost controls, expenses, and investments; provides guidance and analysis to ensure accuracy and credibility of monthly and quarterly spend estimates from Global Programs
  • Analyzes financial statements to pinpoint potential weak areas; makes recommendations when appropriate
  • Benchmarks IT, banking and credit cards, and other providers annually and changes vendors when appropriate; assists Office Management in benchmarking insurance and travel
  • Updates and revises the Chart of Accounts when needed
  • Optimizes NetSuite to accurately reflect business needs
    • Provides training on proper use of NetSuite to all users


  • Ensures the organization has the proper operational controls as well as administrative and reporting procedures to meet operational and financial targets including the implementation of monthly accruals worldwide
  • Effectively manages banks, suppliers, and other financial relationships
  • Reviews major grants and agreements as required in operating countries per signature authority in the Finance Manual
  • Works closely with all members of the SLT and their departments to ensure alignment between departments, knows where synergies lie, and determines ways to optimize the performance of Water For People
  • Maintains continuous lines of communication, keeping the CEO informed of all critical issues
  • Develops key performance indicators and risks for tracking financial progress as part of the Water For People balanced scorecard
  • Supports the development and continuous enhancement of the Grant Management Program


  • Establishes internal control processes to protect fiscal and physical assets of Water For People and ensure compliance with GAAP
    • Supports risk management with Director of Legal, Compliance, and Risk to enhance and enforce these controls
  • Creates and implements financial practices and procedures to minimize financial risks, including proactive foreign exchange management, review, and forecasting
  • Minimizes the number of bank accounts overseas and cash outside the US
  • Ensures compliance with local, state, and federal reporting requirements in the US, reporting requirements of the other countries where we work, and requirements for donors and granters
  • Ensures financial record systems are maintained in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards and that document retention policies and practices are in place
  • Collaborates with the SLT and the Director of Legal, Compliance, and Risk in preparing for internal audits and addressing findings assigned to Finance and IT
  • Collaborates with the SLT and the Director of Legal, Compliance, and Risk in quarterly risk reviews and updating management of risks assigned to Finance and IT
  • Assists in the protection of the organization by ensuring it is legally protected by proper and appropriate insurance policies and by ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and policies


  • Oversees the Director of Technology to develop and lead the digital strategy for Water For People to be a technology-led organization
  • Ensures that the Director of Technology develops, enables, and supports all technology at Water For People: IT, AV, software, hardware, technology deployed in the field, cloud, etc.
  • Guides the Director of Technology to utilize technologies focused on both efficiently running the organization internally and enhancing the delivery of Water For People’s programs externally
  • Ensures that the Global IT team mitigates the risk of technology failures and cyber security to minimize negative impacts and ensure business continuity
  • Builds and maintains functional IT and AV systems/equipment for optimal performance; ensure all proprietary business information and data are safe and secure


  • Provides strategic guidance and leadership in the SLT to help guide the organization to higher levels and a positive workplace culture
  • Inspires employees and models living the values of Water For People for all employees regardless of department
  • Motivates and leads a high-performing team of global finance, technology/IT staff, and supports the three Regional Finance and Administration Managers in Africa, Latin America, and India (indirect reports)
  • Sets goals and conducts monthly and annual performance reviews for direct reports; proactively manages performance and meets 1-on-1 biweekly
  • Holds biweekly global finance team calls and more frequent calls with each region
  • Oversees Water For People’s outsourced business functions, including the external auditor and outside investment management functions
  • Fosters a success-oriented, accountable environment within the organization across all departments


  • Builds Teams and Talent – Motivating leader who establishes a spirit of collaboration across all Water For People departments and locations, as well as with communities and partners
    • Attracts, engages, develops, and rewards talented people to build individual and organizational capability needed to achieve desired impact
    • Demonstrates a diverse and inclusive approach to team building
  • Uses Critical Thinking – Has a broad perspective and sees possibilities and opportunities by thinking innovatively
    • Manages competing priorities and makes hard decisions with an eye towards getting things done
  • Converts Strategy into Results – Translates business vision and strategy into winning tactics and plans to deliver excellent results for the organization
  • Connects to the Mission – Embraces the mission of Water For People and is passionate about advancing the dynamic role it plays leading social impact in international development
    • Understands and demonstrates how own efforts impact on the larger organization and operates in alignment with the vision, values and strategic objectives of the organization
  • Demonstrates Ethics and Integrity – Understands ethical behavior and business practices and ensures that own behavior is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization
    • Consistently follows through on commitments and lives our values of accountability, courage, empowerment, partnership, and transparency
  • Manages through Ambiguity – Identifies, supports, and champions opportunities for change and continuous improvement
    • Trusts the judgment of the field staff
  • Demonstrates Cultural Awareness – Shows empathy, a high comfort level in low- and middle-income countries, and unquestionable integrity; able to engage the wide range of stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds and cultures
  • Action-oriented – Takes an entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to completing tasks
    • Has an unwavering commitment to delivering quality work products
  • Connects with Others – Demonstrates exceptional communications and interpersonal skills, exceptional networker, key influencer, and comfortable representing Water For People across a wide variety of audiences
  • Self-confident – Demonstrates humility, mature confidence, and courage to innovate, risk, and lead in own role
    • Is unafraid and willing to take risks and courageously find new ways to achieve the organization’s desired impact
  • Strategic - Bring a high-level strategic view and an entrepreneurial spirit to foster achievement through a balance of aggressive and measured approaches
  • Innovative - Experienced in developing and managing a finance and technology team in a large organization that can establish a new paradigm for Water For People
    • Success directing and achieving departmental goals


  • Master’s degree in finance, accounting, business, or equivalent work experience; CPA preferred
  • At least 12+ years of senior finance and accounting experience, with several years in an international development organization operating in multiple countries and based in the US ideal
    • A combination of non-profit experience and for-profit experience is highly preferred
  • Experience managing a finance team as well as IT functions; experience working with other functions such as HR, Legal, Risk, etc. preferred
  • Experience collaborating with senior leadership, board members, and other key internal and external stakeholder groups
  • Demonstrated success in building and developing diverse teams
  • Spanish language skills preferred
  • Advanced computer proficiencies with Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook
  • Knowledgeable in NetSuite preferred
  • Experience in strategic business planning and execution, contracting, negotiation, and change management
  • Knowledge of federal and state financial regulations and national financial regulations in the countries where we operate is an asset
  • Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports, statements, and projections
  • Professional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience working in low- and middle-income countries and able to quickly gain an understanding of the international development sector and relevant industry benchmarks, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG6: ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all


  • Ability to travel 10% to 15% of the time domestically and internationally to low- and middle-income countries, where travel is rugged
  • Dog-friendly, open office environment
  • This position is based at Water For People Headquarters in Denver, Colorado

Note: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.


If you are both qualified and Water For People interests you, please visit our Career Center and apply with your resume and cover letter to this position. Please no phone calls or in-person inquiries.

Deadline for submitting your application is 5pm MDT, Thursday, September 26.

This is an exempt, full-time position with a comprehensive benefits package. Salary is competitive and commensurate with level of experience.

Water For People cannot provide immigration sponsorship for this position.

Perks of working at our office space:

  • Employer-paid parking
  • Walking distance from I-25 & Broadway RTD station
  • Food trucks outside the office daily
  • Dog-friendly workplace

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