Vice President, Finance and Administration 

Since 1925, generous individuals and families have trusted the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to help them make a lasting, positive impact for their community for their own and future generations. Under the leadership of its new president, the Foundation is poised to move to an even greater level of impact and growth that will enhance the organization’s reputation and external profile as a trusted steward, collaborator and innovator.


The Hartford Foundation is seeking a Vice President of Finance and Administration at a critical time in its history and a pivotal moment for the region. We are searching for a change agent who is passionate about the organization’s mission, committed to a cross-disciplinary and entrepreneurial culture, and farsighted about its future potential. The Vice President for Finance and Administration will ensure that the Foundation’s $900M+ assets are prudently invested and managed, accurately reported and tracked, and ensure the effective, efficient operation of all financial, information technology, facilities, and human resources operations to support the Foundation’s mission.


As part of a six-member executive leadership team, reporting directly to the president, the vice president will play a critical role in advancing this effort by marshalling the financial, technological, and human resources to sustain current and emerging work, maintaining the Foundation’s high standards for stewardship, growing the Foundation’s assets and making continuous improvements in efficiency, transparency and accountability.


The successful candidate will bring a strategic vision for the finance function and beyond. S/he will be a proven innovator with the imagination and the implementation skills to deliver significant improvements in financial capabilities, systems, and infrastructure. S/he will facilitate innovative and forward-thinking collaborations in support of the Foundation’s mission.


The successful candidate must possess an open, collaborative and highly communicative leadership style; a strong command of technology, and proven expertise in applying technology to drive agility, data analytics, and efficiency. Demonstrated success in creating and implementing a talent management strategy (people, systems, approaches); a commitment to excellence in financial management and compliance; and demonstrated success in establishing and growing revenue generating services are also prerequisites for this position.


Key Accountabilities:

Strategy, Vision and Leadership

  • Advise the president and Foundation leadership on budgeting, reporting, and compliance matters.
  • Support the board treasurer with information and analysis, as well as the board investment, administration and audit committees; effectively communicate and present critical financial matters at board of directors and committee meetings. 
  • Contribute to the development of the Foundation’s strategic plan and annual work plans as well as the overall leadership and management of the organization.
  • Represent the organization externally with industry groups and in banking, vendor and facility management matters. 

Team Development/Leadership

  • Oversee, direct, and organize the work of the department’s staff, promoting a culture of engagement, high quality performance and continuous improvement that values learning and diversity and inclusion.
  • Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach: assign accountabilities; set objectives; establish priorities; and monitor and evaluate results.
  • Ensure staff members receive timely and appropriate performance feedback, recognition, training and professional development.

Financial, IT and HR Operations

  • Ensure implementation of appropriate policies, internal controls, accounting standards, and procedures for treasury management, managing investments to achieve income and growth goals, grants payment processing, payroll, and accounts payable and compliance with all legal and policy requirements.
  • Provide timely analytical support to the Foundation’s executive leadership team and board of directors.
  • Ensure that the Foundation’s information technology services meet the highest standards for quality, responsiveness to staff, board, and donor needs, efficiency, and security of all data.
  • Ensure that the Foundation’s human resources services and programs meet the highest standards of quality and efficiency, and compliance and that they add real value to leadership and staff to support accomplishing the Foundation’s mission.


  • Accounting degree with distinguished academic record.
  • Graduate degree or CPA certification.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience leading a Finance Department, preferably in a complex nonprofit organization with significant resources.
  • A proven leader and manager of people, projects and services.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and achieve “big picture” visions while also ensuring that no critical details are overlooked.
  • Proven ability to work collegially and collaboratively with highly competent subordinates and peers across all departments of an organization, with superiors and with boards of directors.
  • Thorough knowledge of best practices in nonprofit and community foundation accounting and leadership, working knowledge of facilities management, lease negotiations, information technology and human resources.
  • Exceptional communication skills, including the ability to listen for meaning with a broad range of individuals.
  • Demonstrated commitment to community service and philanthropy.
  • An optimistic and realistic approach to work, resilience and a good sense of humor.

To apply, please email a cover letter describing how your interests and background match our needs, your salary requirements and your resume:

For best consideration, application materials must be received by Friday, October 27, 2017, 5:00 p.m. EST.

Community Investments Officer 

For over 90 years, generous individuals and families have trusted the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to help them make a lasting, positive impact for their community both now and for future generations. As a Community Investments Officer here, you will ensure that the Foundation’s  grantmaking resources produce high quality, sustainable programs and services to make significant improvements in the lives of people in Greater Hartford. 


Key Accountabilities:

  • Maintain broad and deep knowledge and understanding of community needs, concerns, issues, trends, “best practices,” innovations and values including an expert-level knowledge of the nonprofit sector, particularly in assigned areas of grantmaking.
  • Review, analyze and evaluate  grant proposals and grantee reports from nonprofit organizations and provide funding recommendations to management.
  • Work collaboratively with Foundation staff and community partners to accomplish Foundation’s mission and goals.
  • Execute special projects and initiatives as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Significant management/leadership experience with nonprofit organizations, including participating on highly effective teams with diverse members.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage senior executives, board members and peers in substantive discussions of their organization's missions, goals, financial resources and capabilities.
  • Proven ability to facilitate group discussions, making presentations and conveying information. 
  • Excellent analytic and  communication skills—speaking, writing and listening for understanding.
  • Broad knowledge of current trends and best practices in nonprofit management and service delivery.
  • Familiarity with the grantmaking process, preferably from both the grantee and the grantmaker perspectives, experience with community foundations is a real plus.
  • Working knowledge of program and project evaluation practices and tools for nonprofit organizations, including assessing outcomes and impact.
  • Knowledge of Greater Hartford region’s community needs, resources and the nonprofit community here.
  • Demonstrated commitment to community service and philanthropy.
  • Contagious genuine enthusiasm for our work, high energy, flexibility and focused on results.
  • Bachelor’s degree with evidence of academic excellence and at least five years of experience. 
  • Master’s or other advanced degree is highly desirable.


To apply, please email a cover letter describing how your interests and background match our needs, your salary requirements and your resume:



Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is an equal opportunity employer whose diversity among our staff and volunteers is essential to our mission.

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