The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of North Carolina seeks an experienced financial manager to help shape the future of the ACLU of North Carolina and increase the effectiveness and capacity of our organization. The Chief Financial Officer is a member of the ACLU of North Carolina’s senior management team, reporting to the Executive Director, and will have three core areas of responsibility: financial management; infrastructure and process improvement; and risk management.

Since 1965, the ACLU of North Carolina has been our state’s guardian of liberty – working in courts, the General Assembly, and communities to protect and advance civil rights and civil liberties for all North Carolinians. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with more than 30,000 members across the state, the ACLU of North Carolina is a state affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union. We are a growing organization, currently with 23 full-time staff members working out of a central office in Raleigh, with remote staff in Charlotte and Wilmington.


Ensure the smooth and efficient functioning of the organization by implementing and maintaining sound fiscal procedures and practices, maintaining a robust operations infrastructure, including risk management, and facilitating a collaborative, strategic, and efficient workflow across functional areas and teams.  Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Financial Management

  • Manage the organization’s accounting processes, including reviewing, approving, and analyzing monthly income and expense reports;
  • Monitor the financial performance of the organization;
  • Prepare annual budget in conjunction with the Board’s Finance and Audit Committee, the Executive Director, and project and department directors;
  • Prepare and consistently update long-range financial and cash flow projections;
  • Oversee the annual audit and quarterly tax reporting and serve as primary liaison with the independent auditors;
  • Design and implement financial management systems to guide the current and projected operations of the organization;
  • Monitor a diversified investment portfolio that is managed by a third-party investment advisor in collaboration with the Finance Committee;
  • Working with the Director of Philanthropy, coordinate donations between the general ledger, the development database and the National ACLU's records;
  • Prepare budgets for grant proposals and financial statements for grant reports;
  • Prepare monthly reports on the cash flow of grants received and spent for the Executive Director and the relevant department directors.

Process & Infrastructure Improvement

  • Develop, maintain and update organizational policies and procedures to facilitate strategic goals and priorities, including racial equity and inclusion;
  • Oversee employee recruitment process and compliance with established equity and inclusion standards.  Prepare reports to the national ACLU office, the Board, and to staff as required;
  • In collaboration with directors and supervisors, orient new staff members to the organization and help generate professional development opportunities;
  • On an annual basis, review health care costs, research health care plan adequacy, survey staff to determine needs, and recommend modifications to the Executive Director;
  • Address other human resources process improvements as appropriate, keeping the Executive Director apprised; 
  • Assist the Executive Director in maintaining a strong team spirit within the office.

Risk Management

  • Maintain the organization’s professional and liability insurance;
  • Manage outside contracts with vendors as needed;
  • Develop, implement and monitor emergency response and disaster recovery protocols for the organization, covering the central office as well as remote staff and locations.


  • Firm commitment to the mission and principles of the American Civil Liberties Union.
  • College degree or relevant training or experience in business, accounting, or financial management. 
  • CPA accreditation or 3 to 5 years of financial management experience in a significant managerial role.
  • Management experience (supervising staff, managing budgets and effectively juggling multiple priorities and projects at various stages of completion) and the ability to manage and work effectively with other professional staff.
  • Proficiency with QuickBooks accounting software and Excel; strong command of investment principles preferred.
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills, including a keen attention to detail.
  • Work experience that demonstrates a confident and professional work style and an ability to work creatively and independently.


The hiring range for this position is $65,000 to mid $90,000s, commensurate with experience. Excellent medical and dental insurance; disability insurance; 401(k) retirement plan with organizational match; reimbursements for business related travel & phone use; and generous time off policies.


Kevin Chase Executive Search Group has been retained to lead this search on behalf of ACLU of North Carolina. To apply, please send a resume and cover directly letter to


Applications will be reviewed beginning the week of February 10, 2019, and will be accepted until the position is filled.

The ACLU of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer.  We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU-NC encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status.

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