Panthera, founded in 2006, is devoted exclusively to the conservation of wild cats and their ecosystems. Utilizing the expertise of the world’s premier cat biologists, Panthera develops and implements global conservation strategies for the most imperiled large cats – tigers, lions, jaguars, snow leopards, cheetahs, cougars and leopards. Representing the most comprehensive effort of its kind, Panthera works in partnership with local and international NGOs, scientific institutions, local communities and governments around the globe. For more on Panthera, visit www.panthera.org.
Current job openings: Senior Development Officer Senior Director of Finance
Senior Development Officer
Location: flexible, with a preference for California, Texas, or Florida
Reports to: Senior Director of Development
Panthera is seeking a fundraiser with experience securing six-figures gifts from individuals. Reporting to the Senior Director of Development, this position will be a key member of the organization’s development team and manage a portfolio of individual donors and prospects and cultivate new relationships. Part of a distributed team of fundraisers for the organization, Panthera is seeking an individual able to complement the team’s existing skill set.Senior Development Office
Principal responsibilities and duties
Utilize Moves Management to identify, cultivate, and solicit both existing and prospective Panthera supporters to build a portfolio of approximately 100 individual donors (some of whom give through foundation vehicles) capable of giving between $50,000 up to $1,000,000 to the organization, ideally through multi-year commitments;
Accurately track stewardship needs for individual donors in his/her portfolio, working with Panthera’s Donor Communications Lead as well as leveraging existing resources to provide timely and consistent reports on progress and to solicit ongoing support for programmatic priorities;
Attend donor meetings and implement cultivation activities, either personally or by providing appropriate support to Panthera executives and scientists, targeting four ‘touches’ per donor each year to qualify donors, renew gifts, increase giving, steward donors, and secure first time gifts;
Contribute to fundraising strategy discussions, including annual development plans, events, campaigns, and new development tools such as prospect research and development tracking databases;
Travel locally and regionally up to 50%, and work evenings and weekends as necessary;
May lead teams and manage project timelines for select projects deemed relevant to this role;
Help develop written and other materials as needed to attract and maintain support;
Develop a robust network of conservation, finance, communications, and philanthropy colleagues to achieve all required outcomes; and
Perform other related duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate has the following skills, educational training, and qualities:
Three or more years of fundraising experience focused on securing support from high-capacity individuals and a proven track record of closing $100K+ gifts;
Spanish speaker highly desired;
Proven track record of accomplishment in achieving fundraising and/or business goals;
Capable of working in teams and across departments to achieve outcomes;
Self-starter, able to set priorities and juggle multiple projects;
Experience with (or willingness to learn and utilize) Moves Management;
A cover letter is required as part of your application.
Summary/Position Overview This position, Senior Director of Finance, will report to and partner with the COO and will oversee all aspects of Panthera’s financial matters ensuring that we are efficiently and effectively managing our assets and risks. He/she will be developing processes for efficient work flows and ensuring that budgeting processes are tight and integrated. He/she will develop and oversee reporting systems that share financial data with key stakeholders. He/she will be an active participant in, and driver of, the organization’s overall financial strategy in collaboration with the senior director of development. S/he will lead all financial administration and budgeting processes.
Principal responsibilities and duties Financial accounting and reporting
Oversee timely and accurate financial statements and reports that are appropriate for the users and in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
Ensure that all statutory requirements of the organization are met
Liaise with the Board's Finance Committee and the external auditors as necessary
Oversee financial accounting systems for cash management, accounts payable, accounts receivable, credit control, and petty cash
Oversee management of cash flow
Develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure that personnel and financial information is secure and stored in compliance with current legislation
Design and ensure that the financial accounting systems and support schedules provide the necessary information for all donor, grant, tax and financial reporting requirements
Oversee the acquisition of capital assets and ensure that assets are properly recorded, amortized, and disposed of as appropriate
Oversee the preparation of the Form 990 and various state annual charitable return in a timely manner as appropriate
Assist the COO and CEO with financial reporting as required at Board meeting
Payroll preparation and administration
Oversee all payroll functions to ensure that employees are paid in a timely and accurate manner
Negotiate and manage the employee insurance and benefits plans in consultation with COO and financial advisor
Establish guidelines for budget and forecast preparation, and prepare the annual budget in consultation with the executive team
Work collaboratively with the development and program departments to align revenue and expense budgets
Evaluate the need for new technology to meet the organization's financial data processing, control, and reporting requirements; advise on appropriate technology that meets the organization's information requirements and financial resources
Ensure that risk management policies and procedures related to finance and business aspects of Panthera are developed and risks are minimized
Advise the organization's leadership on appropriate insurance coverage for the organization and the Board of Directors
Negotiate with Bank for lines of credit or other financial services as required and appropriate
Supervise finance department and Controller
Maintain relations with external auditors and investigate their findings and recommendations
Oversee the management of all leases, contracts and other financial commitments
Monitor all legislation relevant to the organization (employment standards, occupation health and safety, etc) and all regulations on professional certification to ensure that the organization is compliant
Qualifications and experience required
Education and Experience
B.S. in Accounting or financial management
Certified Public Accountant with a minimum of 10 years of experience in audit and non-profit financial management experience
Knowledge, skills and abilities
Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles
Knowledge of federal and provincial legislation affecting charities
Knowledge of legislation on Employment Standards, Occupational Health and Safety, and Human Resources highly desired
Proficiency in the use of computer programs for accounting, word processing, databases, Excel, e-mail, and Internet
Experience in a global community highly desired; bi-lingual aptitude a plus
Qualities The Senior Director of Finance should demonstrate competence in some or all of the following:
Understand ethical behavior and business practices and ensure own behavior and the behavior of others in finance is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization
Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others both internally and externally to achieve the goals of the organization.
Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external clients to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.
Foster teamwork and work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problem, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of Panthera.
Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization
Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities.
Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.
Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.