Chief Financial Officer

Orbis International is hiring our next Chief Financial Officer!

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND

The concept of Orbis began in the late 1960s when Dr. David Paton, a renowned US ophthalmologist, was a faculty member of The Wilmer Eye Institute at John Hopkins. After extended experiences abroad, Dr. Paton recognized the lack of eye care and ophthalmic teaching in developing nations where blindness was widespread. It concerned him because 90% of the world’s avoidable blindness occurs in the developing world, so someone needed to try to close this gap.

Project Orbis is officially launched in 1973 to deliver training to the eyes of the world. In Latin Orbis means “Of the Eye” and in Greek it means “around the world.” Out of this experience came the idea for a mobile teaching hospital and the inspiration for the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital. Hence, Project Orbis International was born.

The first Flying Eye Hospital was officially christened in Houston, Texas at the Ellington Air Force Base and took off on its first project to Panama in May 1982. In 1999, to build the capacity of local partners, we created long-term country programs in Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, India and Vietnam – similar programs are also underway in parts of the Latin America and the Caribbean. Our permanent offices in these countries, run by local staff, develop and implement an array of multi-year projects to improve the quality and accessibility of eye care to residents, particularly in rural areas and impoverished urban communities. Many of these programs focus on the treatment and prevention of childhood blindness, cataract, trachoma and corneal disease.

The launch of a global telemedicine initiative, Cybersight, in 2003 provided long-term follow-up in the form of distance mentoring and education. This award-winning program extends training opportunities to physicians throughout the world by using the Internet to connect local doctors with our volunteer ophthalmologists for professional mentoring, education and real-time consultation on patient cases and eye care techniques. Cybersight is the world’s only comprehensive online resource which provides ophthalmic education, professional mentoring and patient care consultation to eye care professionals in developing countries, 24/7.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for working directly with the board and management committees to understand and shape the strategic direction of the organization financial structure and integrity; providing leadership in both short and long-term financial planning. This is a key role on Orbis’ senior leadership team with full responsibility for strategic oversight for financial management, the treasury function and information technology.

The CFO will first and foremost build the organization’s capacity to manage and safeguard its financial assets, bringing a strategic perspective to Orbis’s finances, planning, systems, and accounting policies and procedures. S/he will provide direction and hands-on management of the global finance department, overseeing the budget, financial reporting and controls, cash management, forecasting, accounting and audit while simultaneously connecting global finance department processes and procedures with Orbis’s overarching programmatic strategies and mission. The CFO will ensure successful collaboration and alignment of the finance teams across the globe, including the headquarters office in New York, the program and fundraising offices in Latin America and Caribbean (LAC), Europe, Africa, and Asia regions, and the affiliate offices in the UK, Ireland, Canada. Macau, South Africa and Singapore. The CFO also serves as the Treasurer of the organization.

Additionally, the CFO will oversee the efficient management of Orbis’s global technology and communications systems, including the organization’s global technology infrastructure and technology solutions to improve Orbis business processes and strengthen global technology infrastructure such as cloud services, servers, networks, operating systems, storage, and security, disaster recovery , as well as the organization’s technology solutions to improve business processes and strengthen organizational efficiency

The Chief Financial Officer will directly supervise the New York-based international financial and information technology teams. The CFO will work closely with other members of the Orbis Executive Leadership Team (ELT) to ensure close collaboration of the NY Finance team and the dotted line reports in the Orbis International country and fundraising offices.

The CFO is a key role of the Orbis ELT. The broad goals and responsibilities for the Chief Financial Officer are as follows:

Executive Leadership

  • Lead, plan and manage the development of Orbis’s global finance and administration vision and strategy, with a focus on infrastructure improvement, risk management, financial impact, and operational efficiency;
  • Work collaboratively with the CEO and the ELT to ensure that Orbis is viewed as a financially sound innovative leader and a partner of choice in the area of global public health;
  • Participate in the development and implementation of Orbis’s overall strategic objectives, priorities, plans and initiatives, including Orbis’s global Strategic Planning Initiative;
  • Inform the CEO and Board of important activities related to financial and administrative performance and changes to environmental risks.

Financial Management and Analysis

  • Oversee cash flow planning, internal controls and ensure availability of funds as needed including cash, investment and asset management
  • Oversee financing strategies and activities, as well as banking relationships
  • Develop and use forward-looking, predictive models, and activity-based financial analysis to provide insight into the organization's operations and business plans. This includes managing the annual budget process and linking budgets with programmatic goals.
  • Provide analysis of complex situations, prepare formal presentations, and present to senior management and Board of Directors on the financial health of the organization

Planning and Policy

  • Lead the development of Orbis’s global finance and administration vision and strategy, with a focus on infrastructure improvement, risk management, financial impact, and operational efficiency
  • Participate in the development and implementation of Orbis’s overall strategic objectives, priorities, plans and initiatives, including Orbis’s global Strategic Planning Initiative
  • Inform the CEO and Board of important activities related to financial and administrative performance and changes to environmental risks
  • Work collaboratively with the CEO and the ELT to ensure that Orbis is a financially sound innovative leader and a partner of choice in the area of global public health

Accounting and Taxes:

  • Oversee the accounting and finance staff to ensure proper maintenance of all accounting systems and function
  • Develop and maintain appropriate internal controls and financial procedures
  • Ensure timely, accurate, and useful financial and management reporting for all funders as well as the Board of Directors
  • Oversee the preparation and communication of monthly and annual financial statements
  • Coordinate audits and proper filing of all tax returns
  • Stay abreast of developments in non-profit audit best practices, state and federal laws regarding nonprofit operations
  • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial functions

Treasury Function

  • Maintain custody of all funds and securities of the Corporation
  • Keep (or cause to be kept) complete and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements and ensure that all monies and other valuable effects of Orbis are deposited appropriately
  • Render a statement of the accounts of the Corporation, as required by the CEO or Board
  • Allow any officer or director of Orbis access to Orbis’s books and accounts
  • Perform all duties incident to the office of Treasurer

Risk Management

  • Ensure effective risk management of Orbis financial assets
  • Conduct audits of policy and compliance to standards, including liaising with internal and external auditors
  • Participate as a member of the Risk Management Committee and maintain Orbis’s Risk Register

Global Information Technology

  • Oversee the efficient management of Orbis’s

1) global technology infrastructure, including security, disaster recovery, cloud services, servers, networks, communication systems, operating systems, storage, backups, data center, virtualization and end-point support, and

2) the organization’s technology solutions to improve business processes and strengthen organizational efficiency, including the planning, deployment, training and support for global productivity platforms such as Office365, SharePoint, Interact Intranet, supply chain, and other related systems

  • Enable Orbis to fulfill its mission through continuous development, execution, and monitoring of both strategic and technical solutions, globally, regionally, and locally
  • Ensure that technical solutions are cost effective and of high quality

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

The successful candidate will be a strong, strategic partner to the CEO and senior management team. They will have a record of successful organizational decision-making and experience managing within a complex nonprofit or business organization.

The ideal candidate will have at least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in accounting and financial operations and a strong background in financial analysis. Ideal candidates will have leadership experiences that may include organizations that are a U.S. Government funded non-profit organization, organizations that implement programs in developing countries, as well as experience managing multiple domestic and international revenue sources. In addition, the successful candidate will have a strong grasp of technology, perhaps having previously managed information technology staff.

Ideal candidates will have an appetite for – and sensitivity to – working with diverse cultures, and work experience in developing countries is advantageous.

Ideal candidates will possess the following core competencies:

  • Knowledge and Experience: Demonstrated success in leading critical business functions in the areas of finance, risk management, business planning, and information technology across multiple geographies. Demonstrated ability to conduct complex analysis of financial data. Ability to forecast and assess financial impact of proposed plans and projects. Successful experience with grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, or other government funding mechanisms. Knowledge of nonprofit accounting, including fund and grant accounting, compliance, and regulatory reporting. Solid understanding of GAAP and familiarity with standard international accounting practices.
  • Setting Strategy: Demonstrated ability to successfully anticipate market trends and leverage his/her knowledge to advance the business. Demonstrated strategic thinking skills with the ability to be flexible and adaptable, revising strategies as necessary. Accustomed to the ongoing analysis of the accounting and financial operations to identify efficiencies and opportunities for improvement. Executive-level experience in strategic decision-making, leadership, and operational management, preferably in a complex, multi-site, and multicultural organization. Capacity to innovate and solve complex problems.
  • Executing for Results: Demonstrated ability to translate vision into actionable, quantitative plans. Record of setting and achieving ambitious targets for their area of responsibility. Record of success in driving initiatives and projects to completion. Capacity to operate his/her business unit at the highest level of efficiency. Ability to persist when faced with challenging obstacles.
  • Collaboration, Influence and Building Relationships: Ability to manage key relationships and create networks of people to accomplish objectives. Self-awareness and understanding of others that enhances interpersonal communication and management abilities. Perceptive of cultural differences, open to new ways of doing things, and able to adapt practices to new cultural context. Unquestioned personal and professional integrity. A balanced ego and sense of humor. Active listening skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to represent the organization effectively.
  • Leading Teams: Demonstrated ability to recruit, motivate, develop and retain a strong, professional corps of key staff. Ability to translate over-arching business goals into specific objectives for each team member. Record of setting priorities decisively, delegating responsibilities, ensuring accountability, and allocating resources appropriately to achieve results. Capacity to engage team through their enthusiasm and excitement about the business.

An undergraduate degree is required, and an MBA (or equivalent graduate degree) is preferred. A CPA designation is required.

We’re working with Korn Ferry, an executive search firm, to find our next CFO. If you’re interested in this opportunity, please email your resume to [email protected]

Orbis is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

As a global organization, we welcome qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds and cultures who reflect the five Orbis values of Trust, Caring, Commitment, Accountability, and Excellence.