Vice President of Finance
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
About the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQI+ human rights around the globe. They support brilliant and brave grantee partners in the U.S. and internationally who challenge oppression and seed change. Astraea works for racial, economic, social, and gender justice because we all deserve to live our lives freely, without fear, and with dignity.
For 45 years, Astraea’s funding in the United States has responded to calls for full and radical queer, trans, and intersex liberation. Astraea believes that the most radical work is overwhelmingly led by Two-Spirit (2s), LGBTQI+, and Black, Indigenous or people of color who lead from an intersectional vision. These communities are fighting for survival in a country facing rising threats of fascism, a disturbing trend that continues to use state violence and surveillance to silence voices and dreams.
Likewise, the rise of populist anti-gender movements remains a significant threat to the collective safety and progress of global LGBTQI+ communities. One important way Astraea counters this is to support and fund strategies to collaborate across borders and sectors and focus international funding on bridge-building. In 2022, over 83% of international grantmaking went to organizations in countries with obstructed, repressed, and closing civil societies, which are often a primary target of anti-gender movements.
Astraea’s grantees build power by coming together through a variety of strategies and coalitions to make tangible change in people’s lives. Throughout our history and into our future, they are building the foundation for just and inclusive environments at the local and international levels. From providing critical public health services and guidance to advocating for legal rights and recognition, Astraea’s grantee partners are constantly working to create brighter stronger futures for people everywhere. In 2022, Astraea granted $5.9 million to 230 partners in 55 countries.
Astraea’s mission is to fuel local and global movements that shift power to LGBTQI+ people and organizations pursuing social justice and human rights. They advance their mission by providing support in the form of grantmaking, philanthropic advocacy, communications, and capacity building.
As funders, Astraea believes it is their responsibility to not only resource movements through grantmaking, but also to support them to grow and thrive through capacity-strengthening, accompaniment, and advocacy for their brilliant work across philanthropy. By building deep relationships with their grantees, peers, and donors, Astraea works to create stronger ecosystems and understand what they need to remain resilient, fight back against exclusion and repression, and care for themselves and each other.
Founded in: 1977
Revenue $17.4 million
Board of Directors: 10
Headquarters: New York, NY
The Vice President of Finance (VPF) will steward Astraea’s financial health and lead in standardizing fiscal operations and developing organizational fiscal policies and processes. The VP of Finance is a key member of the Executive Leadership Team and is essential in developing the organization’s strategic goals and ensuring fiscal responsibility at all levels. Overseeing a five-person finance team, the VP of Finance is responsible for directing the financial and budgetary operations of the Foundation, including creating transparent and effective practices, and implementing accounting procedures and reporting that conforms to generally accepted accounting principles. Essential responsibilities include:
- Analyze trends and present monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements to senior management, the Board Finance Committee and the Board of Directors;
- Forecast return on investment (ROI) for current and future programs;
- Inform key stakeholders of financial status and investments.
Audit, Budgets, and Reports
Compliance and Controls
Staff Management and Collaboration
This is a remarkable opportunity for a strategic finance leader with a deep understanding of cross-departmental systems to join a dynamic team that is transforming a complex organization. A change agent with a demonstrated ability to integrate and collaborate across departments will thrive in this role.
Reports to: Executive Director
Leads: A team of five
Oversees: Assistant Controller and Associate Director, Grants & Compliance
Manages: $17.4 million budget
Lives: Anywhere in the United States
The new VP of Finance will bring a customer service approach to the Finance Department. They will be a collaborative leader invested in coaching colleagues to sharpen their financial learning edges and committed to building bridges across departments. The ideal candidate will have:
The new VP of Finance will be resolutely anti-racist and unwavering in their commitment to operationalizing racial equity in all aspects of this role. They will be invigorated by the complexities of Astraea’s programs and culture and passionate about cultivating justice within the Finance Department and across the Foundation.
We are seeking an inquisitive leader who is interested in gaining a deep understanding of Astraea’s programs and the critical role of grassroots LGBTQI+ movements in the fight for full and radical queer, trans, and intersex liberation. The new VP of Finance will have a passion for Astraea’s mission as a public foundation and queer feminist fund. The ideal candidate will bring the following qualities:
Astraea determines staff salaries and benefits based on the organization's internal philosophy and pay equity. In keeping with this practice, the salary for this position will be determined based on these principles and the level of education, knowledge, skills, and experience the incumbent for this role possesses. In the executive tier in which this position sits, the target annual compensation for this position is $170,000.
Astraea’s competitive benefits package includes comprehensive insurance coverage, flexible hours, floating holidays, and resources for professional development. In addition to a generous PTO policy, Astraea observes a one-week organizational pause in the summer and a two-week pause at the end of the year.
The Foundation also provides a 401(k) plan and matches up to 50% of the first 4% of employee contributions. Additional annual elective employer contributions are budget-dependent.
Although Astraea’s staff works from locations around the world, the new VP of Finance is required to live in the United States and have a valid U.S. work authorization.
As a member of the Executive Team, the VP of Finance is expected to participate in regular, in-person meetings at the Foundation’s offices in NYC.
For candidates who prefer to work on-site, Astraea’s primary office is located in New York City. Remote work is supported for those who do not live in the NYC metro area.
Please submit a résumé and original cover letter that describes your interest in the organization’s mission and qualifications through the application portal on our website, https://apptrkr.com/4980944.
Michelle Kristel, Managing Partner McCormack + Kristel 1740 Broadway, 15th Floor New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212.531.5003 | Fax: 212.203.9599 Email: [email protected] Website: www.mccormackkristel.com
All inquiries will be held in strict confidence. Please note that your education, dates of employment, and other information will be verified prior to an offer.
McCormack + Kristel works only with equal opportunity employers. The Astraea Foundation seeks to actively and affirmatively build a qualified pool of applicants that includes representation from groups who have traditionally been excluded, underrepresented, or discriminated against.
The Astraea Foundation is an equal-opportunity employer. Their policy is to select, place, train and promote the best-qualified individuals based upon relevant factors such as work quality, attitude and experience to provide equal opportunity for all our staff members in compliance with applicable local, state, and federal law, and without regard to non-work-related factors such as sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, economic status, personal appearance including height and weight, HIV serostatus, sex characteristics, family responsibility, matriculation, political affiliation or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.
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