Chief Financial Officer (VA)

Vitamin Angels
Santa Barbara, CA

Vitamin Angels is seeking a Chief Financial Officer to join the leadership team of a rapidly growing multi-national organization that is making what has been called the most effective intervention in children’s health in the world.

The Intervention

More than 190 million children under the age of five suffer from vitamin A, iron, and zinc deficiency worldwide. These deficiencies leave them highly susceptible to common infections—such as measles and acute respiratory ailments—that lead to blindness, severe illness, and often death. Vitamin Angels takes an innovative approach, which allows it to reach the unreachable among sufferers of hidden hunger. In less than 20 years, Vitamin Angels has become the largest mobilizer and distributor of vitamin A to the global community of health organizations. Vitamin Angels owes its success in part to its unique and deeply supportive culture. The 38-member staff is a vibrant and diverse group with a single shared vision: to create a world where every child has the chance for a healthy and productive life.

Vitamin Angels’ core mission is to provide lifesaving vitamins to mothers and children under five at risk of malnutrition — reducing preventable illness, blindness, and death — to create a healthier world. Over 90% of budgeting expenses go directly to work that is being done to bring vitamins to those most in need worldwide.

The Opportunity 

Vitamin Angels is seeking an experienced Chief Financial Officer to lead an integrated suite of corporate services for this energetic and rapidly growing multi-national organization. Reporting to the CEO and working in close partnership with both the CEO and Senior Vice President of Operations, the CFO leads a four-person team responsible for finance, HR, IT, and legal functions. The CFO provides a confident business perspective, ensuring that Vitamin Angels’ administration aligns with its strategic goals and developing systems and processes that guarantee effective service delivery in a mission-driven organization with hundreds of partners in every region of the world.

The ideal Chief Financial Officer will be a confident and strategic leader, with a track record of overseeing financial operations for large-scale international organizations; an expertise in strategically allocating resources; and a proven ability to foster confidence and trust in administrative decisions. The CFO will be a nimble leader who can communicate about technical subject matter, work well on a team, and build consensus in a rapidly-growing organization with a high-stakes mission.

The CFO’s specific qualifications include:

  • At least 10 years of successful financial leadership and management roles within complex and dynamic organizations; some experience in INGOs is highly preferred.
  • Strong record of strategic and tactical decision making that has reinforced financial health and organizational growth.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of a comprehensive range of financial activities, including long-range planning, budgeting, and accounting; direct experience writing and managing operating budgets and coordinating external audits is required.
  • Sophisticated understanding of financial functions related to large global supply and distribution chains; experience with gift-in-kind programs is useful.
  • Experience and familiarity with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Code of Federal Regulations; knowledge of California Board of Accountancy Regulations is useful.
  • Comfort applying market-and business-oriented solutions to non-profit work.
  • Strong record as an effective, team-oriented leader and manager of people.
  • Ability to work effectively with team members situated out of headquarters in multiple time zones and accessible only by phone and email.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics or Business Administration is required; MBA is preferred.