Director of Finance

Job Type

Full Time




1341 G St NW, 5th flr
United States


The Raben Group, a national public affairs and communications firm, was founded with a lofty goal and an audacious spirit: to make this nation greater by moving public policy in a sensible, humane direction. We work intimately with policymakers and influencers in the nonprofit, corporate, foundation, and government sectors to forge new connections, identify shared interests, face boldly our nation’s most intractable problems, and uplift new generations of leaders and activists.

Now at 16 years old and 70 staff strong with several offices across the country, we are proudly majority people of color and a certified LGBT Business Enterprise, giving us a unique perspective on public policy work, and imbuing us with the urgency that comes from knowing all too well why this work matters. Spend time with us and you quickly learn we value smarts, creativity, and audaciousness in just about all we do … and a sense of humor is a contractual must. Learn more at

We seek a Director of Finance to provide operational leadership to the organization’s financial activities. The Director will oversee the accounting, budgeting, financial analysis, and compliance activities for the firm itself as well as for the 7 nonprofit entities managed by our staff, serving as a trusted advisor and technical expert to the firm’s President and senior staff. Our successful candidate will have a high degree of smarts, strategic orientation, and attention to detail, plus the kindness and patience required to effectively lead an internal support function that touches everyone in the organization.


  • Continue to enhance and refine the financial model of a social-justice oriented the firm in order to drive progress toward both financial and mission goals; engage staff throughout the firm in testing, refining and implementing the model
  • Drive financial analyses and monitoring of key performance indicators, as well as the business process changes necessary to inform these indicators; help formulate data-driven strategies for organizational growth and impact
  • Oversee the maintenance of all accounts, ledgers, financial statements, accounting procedures, cash management and reporting systems; refine and strengthen internal processes and ensure compliance with GAAP and regulatory requirements
  • Ensure timely and accurate reconciliation of general ledger accounts, including accounts receivable, accounts payable, depreciation, fixed assets and temporarily restricted net assets; review journal entries and analyze accounts for irregularities
  • Develop and/or maintain internal controls and safeguards as well as protocols around costing, procurement, budgets and expense management.
  • Oversee the financial operations of the independent fiscal agent Resource Impact, ensuring financial activities are in compliance with grants/contracts and regulatory requirements
  • Develop protocols for client team, practice area, and/or operational area budgeting, partnering with staff on revisions and troubleshooting
  • Lead accurate and timely monthly closings of the general ledger; generate monthly entity-wide and regional or practice area reports, including monthly cash flow projections and profit and loss statements; conduct analysis, identify and report trends and present to internal stakeholders
  • Oversee the independent audit process for all 501(c)3’s and (c)4’s under management by the firm, working closely with external auditors, and ensuring preparation of accurate audit schedules and related backup materials
  • Ensure that accounting and budgeting software and hardware meet finance needs; test conversion of all new systems and system changes; ensure adequate system documentation
  • Maintain proper federal and state licensing and registration requirements; ensure timely creation and submission of all federal and state filings
  • Provide guidance, coaching and professional development opportunities to Finance team staff
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Either Bachelor’s degree in accounting required or equivalent work experience
  • Either a CPA and 3 years of CPA work experience, or a minimum of 7 years accounting experience, including 3 years as a senior accounting professional, and 3 years of nonprofit accounting experience
  • Experience administering private foundation grants required
  • Proven ability to manage annual audits successfully, evaluated through the instances of audit adjustments and material weaknesses or significant deficiencies
  • Experience in developing and maintaining accounting policies, procedures and processes to ensure a solid internal control environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to translate financial concepts and data to non-financial audiences
  • Demonstrable ability to develop rapport and work closely and collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience with a variety of enterprise-level accounting systems and report writing tools; Advanced user of MS Excel; proficiency in MS Word and PowerPoint
  • Must be detail-oriented and have an ability to carry out accounting procedures and processes with highest levels of accuracy and efficiency
  • Demonstrable analytical and problem-solving skills

The Raben Group finds it quite natural to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, living the values of diversity and inclusiveness in everything we do.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to

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