Chief Financial Officer

Raleigh, United States
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Role managed by
Lea Vercoustre Senior Researcher

About Rise Against Hunger

Vision and Mission

Rise Against Hunger is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Their mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.


Nourishing Lives: Rise Against Hunger’s approach to ending hunger centers on mobilizing a global network of hunger champions. Through the organization’s meal packaging program, volunteers produce millions of nutritious meals annually that are distributed to partners in countries around the world. Those partners are best able to address the causes and effects of hunger based on their local presence and expertise. Through the organization’s thorough monitoring and evaluation process, Rise Against Hunger ensures the meals distributed by those partners are used as a tool to change lives by promoting education, improving students’ health and nutrition, addressing gender inequalities, stimulating economic growth and avoiding child labor.

Crisis Response: Another core focus of Rise Against Hunger is responding to crises – both natural and man-made. From droughts to floods, in conflict zones and transitioning political situations, food is often the most immediate need. When everyday access to food, wages, and market systems are destroyed in the wake of emergencies, Rise Against Hunger works through a network of in-country partners to address these needs. They strive to ensure aid is efficiently and effectively deployed to and received by communities when it is needed most.

Sustainable Community Development: The organization’s third approach to eradicating hunger centers around grassroots community empowerment. Rise Against Hunger bolsters agricultural production and incomes through programs promoting improved agricultural methods, business skills, and market access. With training and access to quality seeds and fertilizers, farmers can increase production and harvest a variety of nutritious crops. By supporting the establishment of fish and livestock production, they also provide pathways to diversifying diets and improving nutritional outcomes.

Advocacy: Their fourth approach is to engage Hunger Champions in supporting laws, policies and systems that will help end hunger by 2030. Rise Against Hunger’s Public Policy Agenda aligns with U.N. Sustainable Development Goal #2: Zero Hunger. Advocacy is a pillar of the organization’s Pathways to End Hunger and supports its long-standing commitment to grow the movement to end hunger.

Chief Financial Officer


A strategic thinker committed to ensuring a high level of accountability and an effective servant leader, the Chief Financial Officer  provides strategic direction to the organization and a team of six financial professionals, ensuring effective deployment and stewardship of organizational resources to support Rise Against Hunger’s mission to end hunger.


The role of Chief Financial Officer is critical for the success of Rise Against Hunger. Reporting directly to the President and CEO, the Chief Financial Officer is a trusted partner and team member who will help to guide Rise Against Hunger’s strategic and operational engagement from the unique lens of a financial and business expert.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Strategic Direction

  • As a strategic partner to the CEO and Senior Management Team, bring visionary, collaborative thinking to the organization and Financial Stewardship department
  • Identify, research, develop and implement innovative, financially sound strategic initiatives to support Rise Against Hunger’s mission, goals, objectives and growth
  • Provide both strategic and operating leadership in the development of the annual impact goals, strategic plan, and company-wide budgeting process
  • Facilitate a company-wide comprehensive budgeting strategy and multi-year forecast budget that involves relevant stakeholders, including Board of Directors, Senior Management, Directors, and international affiliates aligning with the company’s vision and impact goals
  • Establish a program performance budget and provide recommendations for meaningful measurements
  • Provide guidance to the organization using comprehensive knowledge of federally recognized examination procedures to evaluate compliance with laws and regulations
  • Update and recommend as appropriate, effective financial policies for consideration by the Board of Directors
  • Stay abreast of new trends in the international non-governmental organization financial industry by attending conferences, participating in professional development and sharing this information with the senior management team and the board

Financial Stewardship

  • Plan, direct, organize, evaluate and oversee all aspects of the finance, accounting and budgeting functions of the organization.
  • Provide leadership and continuous evaluation of short and long-term strategic financial objectives
  • Manage processes to ensure delivery of accurate and timely financial data for effective analysis and business decision-making; financial forecasting; and reporting to the organization
  • Develop and maintain local accounting policies, practices and financial control systems
  • Facilitate organizational risk assessment and manage risk mitigation
  • Understand key budget drivers and monitor impact on current and future budgets
  • Manage cash, investments, and liabilities
  • Coordinate internal and external audits and/or arrange external studies to determine compliance with established policies
  • Ensure that record keeping (including all contractractual documents) meets requirements of auditors and government agencies

Lead, Manage, Hold Accountability

  • Drive a culture of success built on collective performance and personal accountability, with a commitment to working collaboratively and cross-functionally
  • Monitor and analyze organizational performance against financial goals
  • Analyze financial data and program outcomes against performance goals
  • Direct the financial stewardship department and fiscal functions of Rise Against Hunger in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and scale the department according to organizational needs
  • Approve expenditures, such as wire transfers and checks, to the limits specified
  • Propose and implement improvements to budgeting and financial systems

Necessary Attributes and Skills:

  • Passion for Rise Against Hunger’s mission to end hunger
  • A servant leader with demonstrated ability
  • Previous success in recruiting, training, motivating and managing a best-in-class finance team
  • Ability to anticipate, identify, and resolve complex financial issues
  • Technical knowledge including: Extensive US GAAP, International accounting standards, non-profit fund accounting, auditing and compliance standards for public funding, accounting IT systems
  • Ability to effectively present information to Board of Directors, senior executives and people at all levels and disciplines within the organization
  • Demonstrated experience in devising and implementing a robust finance infrastructure
  • Ability to deal effectively with a variety of situations requiring judgment and poise
  • Excellent interpersonal, and communication skills at an Executive level
  • Proven leadership skills; comfortable with a high level of visibility, responsibility and accountability
  • Experience at working with external auditors, compliance and regulatory oversight


  • Driven by vision and purpose
  • Strategic mindset
  • Comfortable operating within a complex organization
  • Ease in managing complexity
  • Strong desire to meet organizational goals and work through obstacles
  • Skilled working with productive conflict and de-escalating unproductive conflict
  • Ability to be both strategically future facing and competent and confident in analysis of historical data

Required Experience and Qualifications:


Master’s degree in Accounting or Business Administration or equivalent experience


  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience providing financial analysis and guidance within large organizations.
  • Minimum of 4 years of direct management experience
  • Certified Public Accountant or Certified Management Accountant designations highly preferred
  • Familiarity with Salesforce.com and NetSuite preferred

The salary for this position is competitive for the North Carolina market.


Rise Against Hunger is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a workplace without discrimination and harassment of any kind. All candidates will receive equal consideration for employment without regards to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, or protected veteran or disabled status.

How to Apply:

If this position is of interest to you and you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV in Microsoft Word to Ms. Lea Vercoustre [email protected] on or before June 21st, 2018.

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