Post Date: 07/06/2020
Close Date: 08/07/2020
Part-time (.5 FTE) / Exempt / Portland, Oregon
Current unrestricted authorization to work for any U.S. employer is required
Starting FTE salary, based on experience, is $59-67K
About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.
Mercy Corps’ Innovation team aims to spark and support the scaling of innovative models for social impact to address some of the world’s most pressing problems in a sustained manner. We focus on use of technology, catalytic partnerships, learning and adaptation.
MC Ventures (MCV) is an initiative of Mercy Corps to provide high-impact enterprises with investment capital, value-added support and catalytic partnerships so they can scale solutions for underserved populations in fragile frontier markets.
Program / Department Summary
The Innovation team at Mercy Corps is tasked with establishing an agency-level vision and environment that supports all agency teams to jointly achieve success against our Innovation Cornerstone Objective. The team drives the identification, acceleration and development of Breakthrough Solutions, those disruptive initiatives designed to solve for major challenges at scale. Mercy Corps Ventures (MCV) is part of the Innovation team at Mercy Corps. MCV leverages the global resources and reach of a leading development agency to provide high-impact social enterprises with investment capital, value-added support and catalytic partnerships so they can scale solutions for underserved populations in fragile, frontier markets. MCV designed our capital and support to help ventures overcome critical barriers, professionalize faster and scale smarter. We are generating a pipeline of impactful, scalable companies that are de-risked and ready for later stage investors - and can bring idle impact investing dollars to the table. Our team is diverse, driven, hardworking and highly committed to the mission of helping entrepreneurs move their ideas forward to market.
General Position Summary
The MC Innovation & Ventures Finance Manager (FM) will provide strong financial management of specific innovative initiatives. Beyond this, they will be a strategic thought-partner with agency leadership in growing these departments strategically. The FM will also play a key role in working with cross-departmental teams to create more efficient and effective financial systems in service of the agency’s overall Innovation goals.
The FM will ensure that all financial reporting, procurement, and grant compliance standards are met for MCV and will be responsible for reviewing and reporting accurate and timely financials, oversight of grant and corporate compliance issues, and all back office finance support. The FM will work closely with the Sr. Managing Director MCV on financial management to support strategic growth for Ventures.
The FM will also work with VP-Innovation, Sr. Director MCV and others to design and carry out measures that create and systematize more supportive finance and operations systems for innovative initiatives. They may support reporting and financials for Breakthrough Solutions initiatives within Mercy Corps and manage the Innovation team budgets.
The initiatives that the FM supports will change over time and will require increasing focus on strategic decision making with innovation initiative leads and partnership in guiding global agency systems adjustments.
Essential Job Responsibilities
STRATEGY and SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT (25%)
Financial management and planning in support of strategic growth for MCV
Support strategic visioning for innovative initiatives and agency investments
In conjunction with others, lead agency initiative to create more supportive financial and operations systems for innovative initiatives in Mercy Corps
FINANCE ADMINISTRATION (75%)
Manage back office administrative & finance functions of MCV investments and program activity
Prepare and review required financial reports to Mercy Corps and donor agencies
Provide financial & operations support to other internal innovative initiatives
Manage audits and other financial reporting
Establish relationships with all finance team members involved with accounting for innovative initiatives including MCV to facilitate accurate and timely reporting
Monitor grant reporting and compliance with various HQ and field offices as needed
Submit funding requests to MCHQ and donor agencies as necessary
Prepare annual budget and quarterly rolling forecasts
Provide support on procurement, invoicing, expense reports, invoice coding and submission to A/P
Manage the compliance process for grants and corporate paid engagements
Ensure compliance with all MC policies and procedures
Knowledge and Experience
BA/S or equivalent in accounting or finance; advanced degree or CPA preferred
At least 3+ years of progressive financial management experience
At least 2+ years of experience in grant management, including compliance with donor regulations
Demonstrated experience and skill with budget preparation, analysis and management; experience in financial management and/or accounting for enterprises/private sector strongly preferred
Experience preparing and presenting financial reports with proven ability to translate technical financial data into informative reports
Strong accounting skills, including management of the general ledger, journal entries, payables and balance sheet
• Strong relationship-building and interpersonal skills; success with geographically dispersed and culturally diverse stakeholders a definite plus
• Proven ability to prioritize workload and function effectively, to work well under pressure, and meet demands and deadlines with minimal supervision
Experience leading or contributing to change management processes strongly preferred
• Expertise with MS Office and Financial Management Software - Quickbooks
This successful Finance Manager will exhibit a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments, support a culture of inclusivity and make effective communication a priority in all situations, including with partner organizations and donors. They will have excellent attention to and comprehension of details, while being equally adept at visualizing and engaging with the "big picture." They will effectively synthesize information and draw meaningful conclusions. They will proactively identify and negotiate win-win solutions and support successful change processes.
In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.
We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.
We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.
Safeguarding & Ethics
Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.
Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.