Job Opportunity – New York – Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

13th August, 2019 : New York

The Ireland Funds America is seeking to fill the position of Chief Financial & Administrative Officer. This position will be based in NYC and reports to the President & CEO. 

Candidates should send a copy of their Resume with a cover letter identifying why you are suited to this role.

Address communication to David Cronin, President & CEO, The Ireland Funds, c/o Katherine Guinee at

Applications will close on August 31, 2019.


The Chief Financial Officer will serve as a key member of the Executive team and will lead and oversee the financial, human resource and operation functions of the organization. This position is responsible for the strategic leadership of the finance and accounting functions, will drive a robust financial planning and analysis function to provide real-time insights to the CEO in formulating The Ireland Funds strategy and operations. The CFO will contribute to the development and implementation of a business strategy and will oversee a culture of strong financial and cost control and risk management and mitigation.


  • Responsible for developing, directing, communicating and implementing the financial strategy
  • Development and implementation of a comprehensive annual financial calendar
  • Development of an annual budget to be reviewed by the Finance Committee and be available for Board approval at the November Board meeting annually
  • Responsible for all aspects of Human Resources, including formalizing recruitment, application, background check, on-boarding, evaluation, review, compensation, employee file documentation and separation processes
  • Responsible for all aspects of Information Technology, including hardware and software applications, and implementation appropriate protocols about information security, including data security, passwords, encryption, data backup and data retention
  • Work cross-functionally to optimize business processes to achieve stated KPIs
  • Oversight, management and reporting on all financial matters including Endowment
  • Relationships with external auditors and advisors including fee negotiations
  • Annual Returns, Annual Reports, Annual Audited Financial Statements, 990s etc.
  • Tracking and monitoring of revenue pipeline, expenditure, payroll, expense reporting
  • Review and approval of all contractual commitments on behalf of The Ireland Funds
  • Model and analyze market and identify new opportunities and investment
  • Tasked with all aspects of financial management, human resources and IT
  • Report to various Board Committees including Finance, Audit & Grants
  • Participation as active, strong, impactful member of leadership team
  • Ambassador for The Ireland Funds in dealing with Board, Donors & Beneficiaries


  • 15+ year management experience
  • CPA qualifications
  • Strong financial acumen and people management skills
  • Exceptional Communications and Presentation skills
  • Extraordinary gravitas and instant credibility with our support base
  • Successful management career delivering results
  • US and international travel required
  • Non-profit experience advantageous
  • Evidence of volunteer, participation, social causes engagement of high importance


  • Applications close 31st August 2019
  • Interviews with President, followed by Chairs of Audit & Finance Committee, and finally, the Chairman
  • Goal is for role to start by October 2019


  • Headquartered in NYC
  • 20+ staff in NYC, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco
  • Board of 55 Directors (Executive Committee of 16)


$20M +

The Ireland Funds is a global philanthropic network established in 1976 to promote and support peace, culture, education and community development throughout the island of Ireland, and Irish-related causes around the world. With chapters in 12 countries, The Ireland Funds has raised over $600 million for nonprofit organizations in Ireland and Irish causes around the world, benefiting more than 3,200 different organizations with both financial and non-financial support. Annually, The Ireland Funds hold more than 150 events with over 25,000 donors worldwide and provide support up to $30M. Today, The Ireland Funds is an internationally-recognized, global network of chapters that together comprise the largest private grant maker for the nonprofit sector in Ireland. 


The Ireland Funds America is the largest and most active of these Ireland Funds and, because of its size and history, serves as the nodal chapter of the global organization. The Ireland Funds America is headquartered in New York and has operations staff in Boston; other locations across the United States consist of either a single staff member or active local committees. The Fundraising and Grant Making of The Ireland Funds America, collectively, represents over 90% of the funds raised through the global network.

The Ireland Funds America fundraising is focused on individual and corporate donors through a series of high-end events in cities across the US including New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Palm Beach and San Francisco, through donor cultivation and solicitation by our Fundraising and Development team and through engagement with several partner organizations.

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