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Chief Financial Officer

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Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) | Washington, DC

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

Published 27 days ago





Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. KIND has provided nearly 18,000 children with high quality representation in their immigration proceedings by training more than 41,000 attorneys and legal staff and cultivating partnerships with over 600 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country.

KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services.

To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit.

KIND is expanding its presence internationally with expansion in to Mexico where it looks to protect vulnerable unaccompanied children on the move, preserve access to justice, and strengthen local capacity and support policies to ensure children’s wellbeing, advance the development of regional solutions to migration, and conduct public outreach on the root causes of migration and solutions that respect children’s rights and safety.

KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with NGOs in the United Kingdom, Greece, France, Ireland, and Belgium.

KIND has ten field offices across the United States with nearly 200 employees nationwide. Led by a Board of Directors comprised of legal, policy and financial leaders KIND supports a $35M operating budget and nearly $100M pro-bono budget.

Based in our Washington, DC headquarters, KIND is seeking an experienced individual to join the senior leadership team and lead our financial activities. We are searching for a dedicated individual with a passion and commitment for uniting their talent and expertise with the growing needs of unaccompanied migrant children navigating the US immigration system alone.

KIND offers a competitive benefits package including: medical, dental, and vision insurance; short and long-term disability; life insurance; flexible spending accounts for medical and transportation; 403(b) with organizational match; as well as voluntary benefits, including prepaid legal services and pet insurance. In addition, KIND offers generous leave benefits including paid vacation and sick days, paid holidays, and paid parental leave.

KIND places great emphasis on providing employees the ability to balance their professional and personal responsibilities. Flextime, telecommuting, parental leave, and wellness activities are some of the benefits that promote this value—and we are consistently searching for ways to support our staff’s ability to enjoy successful and fulfilling careers while taking care of themselves and their families.


Reporting to the Executive Vice President and based in KIND’s Washington, DC headquarters, the Chief Financial Officer serves as a member of the senior leadership team. The Chief Financial Officer works in partnership with the President and Executive Vice President and is responsible for the development, interpretation, coordination and administration of the organization’s policies on finance, accounting, insurance, payroll, and internal controls and auditing. They are responsible for maintenance of records and procedures to adequately safeguard the assets of the organization. They provide leadership to focus on long-range solutions for cost-effective support, encouraging excellence in the department staff, and modeling behaviors and attitudes for a progressive financial function.



A minimum of 10-15 years’ of proven financial management experience with a minimum of 5 years in a senior level role and demonstrated experience; a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a licensed certified public accountant (CPA) required; master’s degree in finance, business, or related concentration and is strongly preferred. Experience in a not-for-profit environment is a plus.



  •  In-depth knowledge of financial planning, general accounting, and financial management principles and practices relative to nonprofit organizations;
  •  Strategic oversight of all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements;
  •  Ability to interpret and explain financial statements and other financial issues to leadership and Board of Directors;
  •  Ability to work and communicate effectively with all levels of management both within and outside the areas of responsibility;
  •  Knowledge of institutional and audit requirements for the provision of financial information for not-for-profit entities;
  •  Knowledge of current and emerging trends in financial technologies and analytical tools, and issues related to finances of nongovernmental organizations;
  •  Experience at working with external auditors;
  •  Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse environment;
  •  Skill in the use of technology to quantify and illustrate complex financial reports, comparisons, impacts, and/or projections;
  •  Ability to compile, analyze, interpret, and present financial reports, statements, and/or projections;
  •  Ability to foster a cooperative work environment;
  •  Ability to supervise and train employees including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments; evaluating performance; and mentoring and coaching employees to achieve maximum productivity;
  •  Must be of sound character;
  •  Exceptional written and oral communication skills;
  •  Excellent organizational skills; ability to work on multiple projects in a deadline-oriented environment;
  •  Strong technological skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office.



Commensurate with education & experience.



Executive Vice President



Finance Manager, Staff Accountant



  •  Guides financial decisions and activities by establishing, monitoring and enforcing policies and procedures;
  •  Oversee cash flow management and support accounting, general ledger and operations functions, ensuring that systems are in place to guarantee timeliness and accuracy;
  •  Track important key performance indicators (KPI) and analyze trends
  •  Serve as internal consultant to the president, executive vice president, Board, other key stakeholders on all financial matters, making recommendations and suggesting pro-active strategies to keep KIND on track;
  •  Forecast return on investment (ROI) for current and future programs;
  •  Work closely with the Vice President, Budgets & Contracts to ensure coordination among budget, finance, and business goals of the organization;
  •  Drive best financial practices by publicizing standard operating procedures, keeping leadership, Board and staff up-to-date on KIND's financial status;
  •  Serve as staff liaison to the Finance & Compensation, Audit, and Investment Advisory Committees of the Board of Directors;
  •  Inform key stakeholders of financial status and investment plans;
  •  Ensure all financial operations comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws; ensure that KIND meets critical regulatory and legal compliance benchmarks;
  •  Generate weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports as needed to monitor, evaluate and optimize cash-flow and liquidity;
  •  Present monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements to leadership, committees, and the Board of Directors;
  •  Coordinate audit activities;
  •  Supervise the accounting and payroll department personnel to ensure smooth day-to-day operations, including outsourced accounting firm;
  •  Build relationships with banks, donors, vendors, outside consultants and others as needed to closely monitor KIND's major expenditures and sources of revenue; manage relationship with outside accountants and finance vendors to ensure consistently high quality work is being produced and completed in a timely fashion;
  •  Utilize technology to optimize all reporting and analytical functions;
  •  Manage a top-tier internal finance team by actively recruiting, training and developing talented accountants, analysts, consultants, auditors, tax planners and payroll staff and vendors, as needed.


Work is generally performed within the office environment and includes regular interaction via phone and email with KIND’s national team. 



Position requires minimal travel.






Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and…

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How to Apply


Applications, including a cover letter, resume, writing sample, salary requirements and contact information for three professional references, should be submitted online at: that do not contain all of the above-listed required materials will not be considered.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants selected for interviews will be duly notified. Please no inquiries or phone calls.

KIND is an EOE committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in both its staff and work. The selected applicant will be asked to undergo a background check before acceptance of the final offer.


Applications, including a cover letter, resume, writing sample, salary requirements and contact information for three professional references, should be submitted…


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