Director of Finance, HERS

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Accounting / Finance, Business Operations / Services, Admin / Executive / Office Support

Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) is a dynamic and independent non-profit dedicated to advancing gender equity in higher education leadership. HERS is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive community of leaders through various strategies with a special focus in higher education. HERS alums include more than 6,000 individuals on approximately 1,400 campuses in the U.S. and in institutions in Canada, South Africa, Uganda, Nigeria, and other nations. HERS offices have been located on the University of Denver campus since 1983. Full-time HERS staff members can use and take advantage of all University of Denver employee benefits and services. 

Position Summary

Reporting to the president and serving as an integral member of the senior management team, the Director of Finance will be responsible for overseeing financial and business operations at HERS, including cash management, financial policies and procedures, budget development, business/operational project management, and related strategic initiatives. The Director of Finance will serve as an active and engaged member of the senior leadership team and will contribute to the development of the organization’s strategic goals in collaboration with the senior leadership team.

Essential Functions

Financial Acumen

  • Supervise, coordinate, and implement all financial functions at HERS, including, but not limited to, revenues and receivables, purchasing, accounts payable, cash and investment management, and financial reporting.
  • Regularly prepare, maintain, and interpret reports and projections of budgets, market analysis, and HERS financial performance data.
  • Manage matters related to financial liquidity, working capital, endowment funds, planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and policy.


  • Supervise finance team staff members to ensure essential operations and attainment of goals.
  • In partnership with the senior leadership team, upgrade and implement an appropriate system of financial policies, procedures, internal controls, and accounting standards.
  • Serve as primary contact with University Human Resources for general employment-related and payroll concerns and collaborate with the President on implementing the annual merit evaluation process.
  • Oversee financial performance and keep leadership team informed of fiscal accountability measures, including developing and managing budget, budget modeling and forecasting.
  • Coordinate and lead the annual audit and tax preparation processes, liaise with external auditors, vendors, and the executive committee of the board of directors; assess and implement any changes necessary.
  • Oversee business continuity efforts.
  • Review, and when applicable approve, contracts that encumber HERS.
  • Provide reports and documentation to the board, finance and audit committees as requested; effectively communicate and present critical financial matters at board of directors, committees of the board, and leadership team meetings.
  • Represent the organization externally, as necessary, particularly in financial and vendor negotiations.
  • Partner with programming and marketing teams related to program service enrollment.
  • Collaborate with HERS CRM manager and alumnae engagement staff to ensure donor contact records are up-to-date and accurate.
  • Effectively interface with all HERS constituents.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Expertise in nonprofit/higher education finance and accounting regulations
  • Discretion and discerning judgment, particularly related to finance and confidential personnel matters
  • Collaborative team player
  • Self-directed and results-oriented
  • Ability to operate as an effective tactical and strategic thinker
  • Working knowledge of financial systems including QuickBooks
  • Working knowledge of SalesForce

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience (Veterans with equivalent combination of military certification/education and experience may substitute for this qualification)  
  • 5-7 years of experience in a business or administration management role

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or accounting
  • Master of Business Administration degree
  • Experience working in higher education or in the non-profit sector
  • 5 years of experience leading an organization’s or department’s budget and finance efforts

Working Environment

  • Standard office environment with occasional remote work opportunities 
  • Noise level is quiet to moderate 
  • Unexpected interruptions occur and stress level is moderate 

Physical Activities

  • Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period
  • Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on December 2, 2022.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for this position is 13.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $90,000-$105,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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