Finance Director

American Heart Association   •  

Wallingford, CT

Industry: Healthcare


Less than 5 years

Posted 169 days ago

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Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day?

Imagine all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely.

This is satisfying and challenging work that makes a real difference in people's lives. We are where you can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. We are where you can connect people to making a lifesaving impact. We are where you can partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare. The American Heart Association is where you can make an extraordinary impact.


The American Heart Association is recruiting for a Finance Director to manage the day to day finance, accounting and reporting functions of the Founders (FDA) and Great Rivers (GRA) Affiliates.

Your Key Responsibilities will include:

  • the day to day finance operations for the Affiliates to ensure that the systems, procedures and data are in place to support effective fiscal management in full compliance with established standards, policies and regulatory requirements;

  • manage, prepare, monitor, analyze and advise on the budget, ensuring compliance with national guidelines;

  • monitor, analyze and advise on progress of campaign revenue and management of donor-restricted funds;

  • review and approve the variance analysis data/information prepared by AHA Central Finance Department along with the review and revision of monthly reporting packages;

  • provide training and targeted resources to staff to support understanding of and compliance with financial and operational policies, procedures and standards;    

  • in conjunction with the SVP, Business Operations, provide support, expertise and guidance to senior management on finance and accounting matters;

  • Prepare and assist in presenting the affiliate’s financial results and status to the senior management and volunteer leadership;

  • Monitor compliance of sponsorship agreements and supplier and lease contracts and follow-up with staff as needed to remediate non-compliance 

  • responsible for the hiring, development, supervision, evaluation and management of staff.

You can expect some travel to regional offices. Depending on location some travel may require an overnight stay.

In this role, you will report to our Senior VP of Business Operations for GRA and FDA. This position can be based in our Wallingford, CT, Waltham, MA or Robbinsville, NJ offices.

To help you be successful you will have access to our award-winning learning platform the Heart U, and various other training and support mechanisms locally and through our National Center.


If you want to join our mission and be a “Relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives”, review the preferred skills we are looking for below: ( Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

Skills that will propel you to the top of the list:

  • proven ability to understand and navigate corporate cultures to achieve goals;

  • demonstrated ability to influence others without direct or formal authority;

  • experience with donor restricted funds preferred;

  • finance and accounting experience, preferably in a complex non-profit organization;

  • solid experience coordinating audit activities and managing reporting, budget development and analysis, accounts payable and receivable, general ledger and accounting for investments;

  • skilled in use and management of automated accounting systems;

  • proficiency in Microsoft Office and with accounting and reporting software;

  • analytic, organization and problem-solving skills which allow for strategic data interpretation;

  • highly effective interpersonal and communication skills with experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, board or other internal and external partners;

  • ability and desire to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels;

  • willing to travel to other locations in the affiliate and to our National Center in Dallas, Texas for meetings or training as required;

  • willing to work outside standard hours as needed to complete required tasks.

Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university preferred. College coursework combined with related experience may be substituted for a degree. Related experience may be substituted as follows: 1 ½ years experience equates to 1 full time year of higher education.

Experience: Must have at least 4 years of accounting experience to include knowledge of budget controls with at least 2 years of experience in a management capacity. This experience may also count towards satisfying this position’s educational requirement. Experience with a non-profit organization a plus.


Attracting talented, committed employees means offering a competitive benefits package, ongoing professional development and training, and a diverse and inclusive environment in which to work and grow. And we do.

Our Rewards & Benefits package not only gives you the total benefits you want, but also goes above and beyond with innovative programs to develop your skills – helping you grow and thrive at the American Heart Association.