Grace Farms Foundation
  • New Canaan, CT, USA
  • 180000-225000 per year
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Role: Chief Financial Officer

Reports To: CEO and Founder

FLSA: FT, Salaried, Exempt, 40 hours

Role Status: On-site


  • Partner with a visionary CEO to provide the financial map for the future of Grace Farms Foundation, taking into account a diverse range of data, programs, goals, and past results. Utilize financial analysis and projection to tell the story of the Foundation's work.

  • Serve as a key resource to the CEO and board of trustees on the overall financial leadership of Grace Farms.

  • Partner with executive leadership team members to analyze and assess new and future revenue streams.

  • Serve as a strategic partner to colleagues in advancement and strategic partnerships when analyzing revenue streams, grants, and sponsorships.

  • Serve as a forward-thinking leader who can identify opportunity gaps and increase efficiencies to maximize financial resources and earned revenue opportunities.

  • Present the Foundation through the lens of its financial data and key impact measurements, providing the CEO with the information she needs to make strategic decisions about organizational and programmatic growth.

  • Serve as a resource and partner to the Design for Freedom team as issues related to the movement are considered through the lenses of business and finance.

  • Oversee contract administration, including reviewing contracts, signing contracts as an officer of the company, and creating templates for use with vendors and contractors.

  • Oversee the administration of the 403(b) plan, in partnership with human resources, the financial advisor, and third party administrators.

  • Supervise the finance team to ensure optimal effectiveness of staffing, systems, procedures, and operational activities within the department; provide guidance, as needed, to the team, and sustain a high performance and collaborative work environment.

  • Oversee the financial and accounting operations of Grace Farms, including budgets and long-term financial planning, ensuring the institution has effective operational and financial procedures in place.

  • Report quarterly to the finance committee and overall board on operations, cash flow, and the financial state of the institution.


  • A thorough understanding of finance, membership models, and earned revenueÍž broad experience with budgeting, business analysis, finance, and information systems

  • Excellent analytical skills and the ability to develop appropriate financial success metrics across all departments; a high level of comfort with complexity and nuance

  • Sophisticated personal presence, superior interpersonal skills, and a high level of emotional intelligence, with a proven ability to successfully engage with a variety of stakeholders

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and an inclusive, transparent communication style that fosters cooperation and teamwork

  • A proven track record of leading with diplomacy, integrity, and sound judgment, as well as a sense of humor and humility

  • A positive attitude and self-directed and entrepreneurial work style

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree required; MBA (or equivalent record of continuing professional development) highly preferred

  • At least ten (10) years of senior-level financial management experience, ideally in a rapidly evolving institution that operates in a public space.

  • Experience with a nonprofit, either at the leadership or board level, strongly preferred.

  • Experience effectively developing, managing and leading a goal-oriented staff, empowering a culture of collaboration and high performance.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged period of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

  • Must be able to lift 15 pounds at times.

Compensation range based on experience $180k to $225k annually.

Grace Farms Foundation's interdisciplinary humanitarian mission is to pursue peace through nature, arts, justice, community, faith, and Design for Freedom, a new movement to remove forced labor from the built environment. The Foundation carries out its work through Grace Farms, a SANAA-designed site for convening people across sectors. Our stake in the ground is to end modern slavery and gender-based violence, and create more grace and peace in our local and global communities.

Learn more about our internationally-acclaimed architecture, news about our humanitarian work, and Grace Farms' leadership.

Grace Farms is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.

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