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Finance Director

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Cambridge, MA

Farm Aid seeks a Finance Director to serve as a steward of the organization’s financial well-being, delivering strategic and tactical leadership and implementation. This is a tremendous opportunity for a hands-on financial manager to strengthen and bolster the internal capacity of our financial operations, helping to determine an appropriate team structure as we shift from primary reliance on outsourced staffing. The successful candidate will have a commitment to working in a mission-driven organization. 

Areas of Responsibility: 

Key areas of responsibility

  • Provides guidance and expertise on nonprofit financial management and accounting practices to ensure compliance with generally accepted accounting principles and financial reporting standards.
  • Leads and supervises the finance team to ensure effective day to day implementation of financial operations (A/P, A/R, monthly reconciliations of all accounts, etc.).
  • Collaborates across the organization to support/enhance the finance-related needs and functions of all teams.
  • Develops and oversees annual budgeting and forecasting process and business activity reports, ensuring participatory engagement with staff/teams.
  • Manages the annual audit, coordinating with internal staff and external controller and auditors to ensure timely and accurate completion of financials, filing of tax returns and compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Ensures compliance and timely filing of annual requirements for state charitable solicitation registrations.  
  • Proactively evolves the finance systems, internal controls, policies and procedures, identifying and implementing process improvements and increased efficiencies.
  • Develops and recommends strategies for the organization’s short- and long-term investments, balanced cash flow and sustainable revenue growth from existing and new business endeavors.
  • Ensures on-site festival accounting functions and support.
  • Ensures compliance and risk management, including appropriate coverage for organizational insurance policies.
  • Member of Revenue team—a cross-functional team that comprises earned revenue, development, cause marketing, finance and operations, programming, communications and marketing—in development, implementation and monitoring of the annual revenue budget and related activities.
  • Participate in staff meetings, planning retreats and other related activities in support of organizational goals.
  • Lead other cross-functional or ad-hoc teams as needed.
  • Other duties as interest and time allows.
Educational Background: 
Not required


  • CPA or equivalent background/experience; at least six years of specifically related experience required.
  • Expertise in nonprofit QuickBooks, Excel and Microsoft Office Suite software.
  • Proven experience in nonprofit accounting, audit processes.
  • Knowledge of U.S. GAAP and other relevant accounting principles and regulations.
  • Knowledge of federal grant management and compliance.
  • Knowledge of treasury management.
  • Excellent management and supervisory skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, high attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical and technical skills, with experience and success in process improvement.
  • Proficient in accounting and tax preparation software.
  • High degree of professionalism, integrity and discretion with ability to maintain confidentiality concerning financial and employee files.

Salary is commensurate with experience and organizational compensation framework, within a range of $100-108K.

Benefits include 100% health insurance premium coverage (for up to full family coverage, ranging in value of up to $30K+ annually depending on family size); 20 days (4 weeks) of paid vacation; 15 days paid sick and excused time; 2 civic engagement days; 11 holidays & general office closure from December 24 through January 1; option to participate in company IRA, FSA and Employee Assistance plans; longevity bonus program rewarding each year of service and a paid, twelve-week sabbatical after seven years of service; as well as an exciting work environment with smart, passionate people seeking to make change in our food and farm system.

How to Apply: 

Please see the full post on our organization's careers page to make sure the job is still available and if so, please follow the application instructions:  

Additional Information: 

This position is office-based in Cambridge, MA, with flexibility for work-from-home arrangements a few days per week. Applicants must be willing to relocate if not already living in the area.

Job Function: 

Organization Info

Farm Aid

Cambridge, MA
Annual Budget : 
11-50 employees
About Us

Farm Aid is a non-profit whose mission is to cultivate a vibrant and just family farm-centered system of agriculture in the United States.


Farm Aid catalyzes and offers creative ways to champion farmers, inspire civic engagement and leverage our cultural placement to influence positive change in our agricultural and cultural landscape. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Margo Price host an annual food and farm festival to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s year-round work. Since 1985, through the generosity of the artists who contribute their performances each year, Farm Aid has raised more than $78 million to support our programs that help farmers thrive, grow the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

Why Work For Us?: 

We believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone and encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the farm and food movement.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Apr 12 2024
Active Until: 
May 12 2024
Hiring Organization: 
Farm Aid