VP of Finance: Philabundance

Posted June 30th, 2015 at 11:49 am.

How is it possible that in this land of plenty, we are still unable to meet a basic human need? Access to food is a fundamental right, and yet families in our area continue to go to sleep hungry. We at Philabundance believe that this is unacceptable, and strive every day to end hunger in our region.

During our 30-year battle against hunger, Philabundance has evolved from one woman collecting food in her station wagon into a broad-based community effort that feeds over 70,000 people each week through a wide range of programs. We do this through partnerships with food cupboards and other local agencies throughout our region; kids’ feeding programs at area schools; farmer’s market-like food distribution centers for fresh produce; choice cupboards that allow our clients to select their own food; supplemental food boxes for seniors; and our newest innovation, Fare & Square, a non-profit grocery store in Chester’s former food desert.

In addition to providing access to food, we are addressing the cause of food poverty, including unemployment and underemployment. Philabundance’s job training programs provide our graduates with the skills they need to succeed in the culinary arts and services industries. By providing extensive training programs and post-graduate support, we ensure our Philabundance Community Kitchen graduates experience high job placement and retention rates.

Without the generosity of thousands of area donors, none of this would be possible, and we are fortunate to have built up a loyal and steadily-growing base of donors, including individuals, corporations, foundations and other philanthropic organizations.

With four locations, including two warehouses, a fleet of truck, a staff of over 150 people, and a volunteer program of over 15,000 volunteers per year, we have the resources to make a difference in the Delaware Valley. By joining our team, you, too, can make a difference, as part of one of the most innovative hunger relief organizations in the U.S. Philabundance is looking for dedicated, creative and inspired team members – if this describes you, join us! We are proud to be a veteran-friendly, equal-opportunity employer.

Position Summary:

The Vice President, Finance provides managerial and operational leadership and oversight in matters pertaining to the financial sustainability of the organization. Within this role, the major responsibilities to be fulfilled are to plan, direct, and coordinate the activities relating to accounting, fiscal reporting, debt management, treasury functions including cash management, investments, banking relationships, business licensing administration, sales tax administration, real estate, risk management and insurance, and purchasing. This position oversees all company financial practices, including accounting department policies and procedures, preparation of budgets, development of financial reports and tax filings, and management of external/internal audit activities.
The Vice President, Finance directs financial strategy, planning and forecasts, conferring with the Executive Director and the ELT as well as all department heads. This position serves on the Investment Committee of the organization’s 403(b) retirement plan. This is the organization’s top financial leadership position, directing the organization’s daily financial operating activities as well as supporting the implementation of Philabundance’s strategic plan.

Specific Responsibilities:
• Plan, organize, and direct activities related to organizational operations dealing with financial reporting and accounting, banking relationships, purchasing, risk management and insurance, cash management, business licensing, sales tax administration, accounts receivable and debt management.
• Plans, organizes, and directs fiscal and management control functions.
• Responsible for the preparation of monthly and annual financial reports.
• Oversees financial and accounting system controls and standards and ensures timely financial and statistical reports for management and/or Board use.
• Directs the organization’s Finance department (staff of 4) including general ledger accounting, A/P, A/R, cash management, grant management and overall financial reporting.
• Directs and coordinates Philabundance’s annual budget and forecasting activities.
• Advises and makes recommendations to the Executive Director and the ELT regarding financial matters.
• Participates as a member of the Steering Committee in the planning, development, review and alignment of new projects, programs, facilities and investments considered by the organization with the strategic plan.
• Directs and participates in management studies as requested, and reports on complex financial analysis and organizational policies in order to support continuous operational process improvement.
• Analyzes operations to evaluate financial performance of the organization in meeting objectives in order to determine potential cost reduction, improvements in program effectiveness or policy change. Sets forth desired objectives, develops procedures, proposes changes in existing methods, makes recommendations and executes appropriate actions to correct deficiencies.
• Reviews all organizational budgets and financial plans periodically to make recommendations for approval or to assess the efficiency of operations and the degree of achievement of financial goals.
• Reviews and makes recommended changes to organizational contracts.
• Manages Philabundance’s legal, audit, insurance, banking and other external relationships in support of organizational goals.


• Ability to do research and ask questions to understand key issues and provide clear recommendations supported by thorough analysis.
• Ability to present financial information clearly to non-financial managers, funders and board members.
• Excellent verbal, analytical, organizational and written skills.
• High energy level, strong sense of initiative, creative problem solving, flexibility, discretion, and a sense of humor.
• Ability to work collaboratively as well as independently.
• Ability to work strategically and tactically.
• Strong organizational and time management skills.
• Strong project management skills.
• The ability to handle multiple assignments simultaneously is a necessity.

Qualifications and Experience:

• Ten years of experience in managing a medium to large finance department.
• B.S. in Accounting or Finance, with strong knowledge of GAAP and an understanding of non-profit accounting principles.
• Master’s degree in business administration, public administration or a related field a plus. Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted.
• Demonstrated proficiency in developing and sustaining effective working relationships with management, peers, and subordinates.
• Experience working independently and as part of a team.
• Experience working with senior management and Boards of Directors.
• Experience with managing sophisticated accounting requirements in support of multi-organizational units.
• Competency in financial reporting, both for individual organizational entities and consolidated reporting.
• Experience with risk management and insurance.
• Experience with purchasing and materials management.
• Experience in establishing and maintaining banking and financing relationships.
• Strong proficiency with current financial and accounting computer applications.
• Excellent verbal, analytical, organizational and written skills.
• CPA preferred
• Non-profit experience preferred.
• Retail or manufacturing experience a plus.


Not Specified


$100k – 120k

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Please email cover letter, detailing salary requirements, and resume to: jdisher@philabundance.org.


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