Director of Finance and Administration
The Ruth Mott Foundation’s mission is to advocate, stimulate, and support community vitality. Based in Flint, Michigan, the Foundation envisions communities of hope and pride, whose neighborhood environments and urban core are safe, attractive, and healthy, enriched by cultural diversity and an engaged citizenry. Ruth Mott's values inspire the Foundation today and its commitment to be welcoming, inclusive, and just, treat everyone with respect and dignity, act with kindness and good humor, promote civic hope and pride, encourage personal responsibility, practice prevention, and maintain the "long view." As part of the Foundation’s 2016-2025 strategic plan, the Foundation is pursuing its mission by finding and fostering place-based interventions, including social innovation, that emerge from and are focused on achieving positive outcomes in north Flint.
Based on a process of deep research and reflection – including discussions with residents, community leaders and grantee partners – the Foundation concluded that a focused, place-based approach to philanthropy is the best way for it to serve the Flint community. To that end, the Foundation is committed to using all of its tools, including Applewood: The Charles Stewart Mott Estate, convenings, grants, technical assistance, engagement, and expanded organizational capacity, to achieve its goal of helping north Flint residents create and sustain opportunities to contribute and thrive.
The Ruth Mott Foundation seeks nominations and applications for a new Director of Finance & Administration. Reporting to the President and working in close partnership with the senior leadership team, the Director of Finance & Administration (the Director) will manage the finance, accounting, human resources, and facilities administration of the Foundation, including payables, payroll, benefits administration, and computer networking. As a member of the Foundation’s senior leadership, the Director plays a significant role in strategic planning and policy development at the Foundation. Providing leadership and coordination in the administrative, foundation planning, accounting, and budgeting efforts of the Foundation, the Director holds significant financial and administrative responsibility and exercises discretionary authority in significant matters. The Director serves on several initiative-specific and ongoing Foundation committees, including the Applewood Master Planning Committee, Finance Committee, Audit Committee, Human Resource Committee, Investment Committee, and the Impact Investing Ad Hoc Committee. In these capacities, the Director routinely partners with and presents to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate will be deeply committed to the Foundation’s mission and understand the critical role that philanthropy can play in advancing social change in north Flint. While no one person will embody all the qualities enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
- A minimum of 8 years of strategic leadership and career growth experience at a mission-driven organization, including nonprofit accounting, legal, tax, and regulatory requirements.
- Master’s Degree in finance, accounting, or related field. CPA preferred.
- Demonstrated experience providing outstanding stewardship of financial, physical, and human resources along with a clear track record with managerial accounting, cash basis accounting and experience with investments and/or investment accounting, budgeting, and financial controls.
- Demonstrated body of work that reflects a commitment to organizational excellence and efficiency, servant leadership, management of collaboration and effective teamwork, and promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- A strategic thinker and proven implementer in bringing about organizational, technical, and service enhancements and change efforts. Exceptional skill in synthesizing information and translating vision into action steps for the long and short term.
- Demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities, navigating change management, and proposing new ways of achieving desired outcomes with inclusive approaches to planning, problem solving, and decision making.
- Combined experience, maturity level, and flexibility to interact with a broad set of stakeholders, including the Board of Trustees, executive management, and staff across the organization.
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills including the demonstrated ability to research, synthesize, and analyze information, compose documents, and present data in a clear and concise manner to appropriate personnel, including top management, program staff, and Board of Trustees.
- Highly developed facilitation, coaching, and engagement skills; comfort with managing diverse group dynamics and leading toward common desired outcomes.
- Highly developed emotional intelligence and demonstrated ability to use interpersonal skills and political acumen in respectful, collaborative, and diplomatic ways.
- A strong, intuitive communicator, skillful at managing through influence; demonstrated ability to connect and inspire across stakeholder groups.
- Passion for the mission-driven sector and the role that place-based philanthropy can have in addressing some of society’s most challenging problems.
- Experience with nonprofits, foundations, and working directly with a family foundation Board of Trustees a plus.
The expected starting salary range is $143,210 - $171,848, commensurate with experience, plus benefits.
More information about the Ruth Mott Foundation may be found at: www.ruthmottfoundation.org
This search is being conducted with assistance from Linh Nguyen and Emily Wexler of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s website.
The Ruth Mott Foundation looks to recruit team members who are as economically, culturally, and ethnically diverse as the community we serve. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in all its forms, including but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, height, weight, marital status, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.