Director of Finance, Half to Full Time

Job Type

Full Time






New York
New York
United States


About IRAP

The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is the first organization to provide free and comprehensive legal representation to refugees through the registration, protection, and resettlement processes. We are a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons around the world.

IRAP operates offices in New York, Jordan, and Lebanon. Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international law firms and multi-national corporations, and law students who have created IRAP chapters at 29 universities in the United States and Canada.

IRAP believes in action, accountability, innovation, and candor. We are nimble, collaborative, and nonpartisan, and believe in the power of individuals to change their own circumstances. IRAP was founded in 2008 by a group of law students with a vision to change the status quo of global refugee processing to assist the most vulnerable refugees.

IRAP is currently in the process of spinning off from its umbrella non-profit legal organization, the Urban Justice Center. Our staff size and programming strategies have undergone intense expansion since 2016 in response to the global shift in attitudes toward migrants and refugees.


At this key moment in our growth, IRAP is seeking a Director of Finance. This person could be based in our New York City office or work remotely in the U.S. traveling to New York as needed. The Director of Finance will have the opportunity to help design IRAP’s financial systems as we spin off. The position reports to the Director of Operations and will work closely with the Executive Director and with the Director of Development.

This is an exciting opportunity for an individual interested in non-profit finance to help lead a growing international organization that makes an impact on the lives of the world’s most vulnerable individuals.


  • Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements
  • Ensure that all required tax and government reporting documents are filed accurately and on time
  • Work with the development department to collate financial reporting materials for all donors
  • Oversee all financial, program, and grants accounting
  • Coordinate and lead the annual audit process for IRAP as a whole, liaise with external auditors and the audit and finance committees of the board of directors
  • Work with Jordan and Lebanon IRAP staff and local auditors and accountants to ensure IRAP is meeting its obligations for our operations in those countries
  • Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the Executive Director; administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes; and keep senior leadership team abreast of the organization’s financial status
  • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting
  • In conjunction with the Operations Department, implement a robust system to manage independent contractor and other vendor invoicing, payments, and reporting
  • Create a finance and accounting procedures manual for IRAP
  • Work with the Director of Operations to manage salary payments to overseas staff and vendors/contractors
  • Ensure that the IRAP’s overseas offices have secure and robust bookkeeping and cash management practices
  • Manage financial data entry for IRAP as a whole by IRAP staff and/or third parties
  • Assist development and program departments with grantor site visits and questions
  • Effectively communicate and present financial matters to the Board of Directors


  • Ability to accomplish all the responsibilities above
  • Patient and clear in explaining accounting and finance terms and processes to staff
  • Expertise in not-for-profit accounting
  • Clear ethics and sense of purpose – understands that the finances are critical to accomplishing IRAP’s mission
  • Excellent at managing up, sideways, and down – including independent contractors and non-direct-reports
  • Organized
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Very responsive by email and other electronic means
  • Team Player

Preferred Qualifications

  • CPA
  • Understanding of finances and accounting in the Middle East
  • General cultural competency in the Middle East
  • Familiarity with inclusion, equity and anti-oppression principles and strategies
  • Skilled with Quickbooks Online or similar software
  • Excited to work with a young organization with new and developing systems

Other Information About the Position

  • The successful candidate will work an average of at least 20 hours per week
  • Candidates with appropriate skills and availability may be offered additional hours up to full-time
  • Benefits Eligible
  • Position should be US-based, could be remote or NYC
  • If not located in NYC, applicant must be able to travel to NYC as needed (expected to be 6-12x per year, IRAP will cover travel expenses if remote)
  • Must be willing and able to travel to Jordan and Lebanon offices as needed (expected once every 1-2 years, IRAP will cover travel expenses)

IRAP is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from diverse candidates. IRAP offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including health and retirement plans, a flexible work schedule, and vacation/sick leave.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references using the application form available here.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis starting immediately. We expect to begin interviewing applicants August 1, 2018.