Minneapolis, MN



Deadline date

Open until filled

Scion Executive Search (www.scionexecutivesearch.com) has been retained to conduct the search for a Director of Finance at the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota (ACLU-MN) (www.aclu-mn.org). This individual will need to be based and living in the Twin Cities vicinity so they can be accessible for Board of Directors meetings. This role can be based 100% on-site or, up to 100% remote depending on the candidate.


We are looking for an experienced finance professional to provide leadership in financial management, planning, and analysis to support the financial health of the organization. The Director of Finance performs and manages all financial management, accounting, and budgeting functions, in conjunction with the Executive Director. The Director of Finance reports to the Executive Director and provides the Board Treasurer with financial information to report to the Board of Directors. The Director of Finance supervises all finance staff.


Founded in 1952 as the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Minnesota continues to promote, protect, and extend the civil liberties and civil rights of people in Minnesota through litigation, lobbying, and community engagement.


Our vision for our state and country is one that fulfills the promise of the Minnesota and United States Constitutions to protect the civil rights and liberties of everyone. We are the pre-eminent civil liberties organization in Minnesota.

We are especially mindful of the need to protect the interests of people who are disfavored or marginalized. The ACLU of Minnesota is non-partisan, defending the civil liberties of everyone, regardless of their politics. More information can be found at: www.aclu-mn.org.



  • Works with the Executive Director to identify and articulate the organization’s strategic issue priorities, those with significant financial, human resource or policy components.
  • Serves as a member of the senior management team.
  • Assures that finance stays focused on those priorities.

Financial Oversight

  • Oversees and monitors the overall financial health of the organization.
  • Manages the organization’s accounting processes.
  • Prepares an annual budget for board approval in conjunction with the Executive Director, Board Treasurer, Board Finance Committee, and department directors.
  • Prepares and consistently updates long-range financial and cash-flow projections.
  • Prepares financial statements and reports regularly to the Board Finance Committee.
  • Monitors investment portfolio that is managed by the Board Finance Committee.
  • Works with the Development/Philanthropy Department to submit annual revenue reconciliation to the National ACLU.
  • Administer contracts with outside organizations and with vendors.
  • Ensures compliance with 1099 reporting.
  • Develops and facilitates support with ACLU National office.


  • Oversees the annual audit and serve as primary liaison with the independent auditors.
  • Works with outside accountants to prepare IRS form 990s annually.
  • Researches and sets appropriate financial allocations between 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 organizations and allocates shared expenses among programs.
  • Monitors compliance with and makes necessary updates to Accounting Procedures Manual and other financial policies and procedures.
  • Oversees maintenance of Sage Intacct bookkeeping system to prepare deposits, pay invoices, reconcile bank statements, track donations and expenses.
  • Supervises and works collaboratively with the financial manager to perform the organization’s accounting and financial functions and provide support and backup.

Human Resources-Financial

  • Maintains payroll; works with payroll company to ensure accuracy.
  • Facilitates payment of 401(k), health care premiums, and other payroll deductions.
  • Manages the employee benefits programs, vacation and sick leave records, and personnel records.
  • Reviews, on an annual basis, health care costs, researches health care plan adequacy, surveys staff to determine needs, and recommends modifications to the Executive Director.
  • Works with Director of Operations to coordinate Human Resources benefits.
  • Reviews employee handbook to ensure compliance with employment laws.
  • Establishes hiring procedures and performance review policies.


  • As part of the senior management team, works with the Executive Director and other senior staff on finance-related matters. 
  • Regularly assesses staffing needs of finance department and proposes staffing changes as appropriate. 
  • Establishes budget projections of staffing costs for finance department each year as part of budgeting process. 
  • Supervises all finance department staff. Completes regular check-ins and performance reviews of all staff direct reports. 
  • Attends ACLU-MN meetings and events.
  • Helps the Executive Director operate an effective, professional, and high-quality organization that stays focused on its mission, vision, and values.
  • Works with the Executive Director to maintain a strong team spirit in the office.


The ideal candidate will have launched their professional career in accounting and finance and held one to two positions of increasing responsibility and leadership and will now be ready to focus on financial direction and management. In addition, this position represents an opportunity to build out overall experience by broadening the skill base to include managing additional operations functions within the organization, after assuming all responsibilities listed above.


  • 5+ years of experience in a mid to senior-level nonprofit finance position

  • BA/BS degree required

  • Demonstrated support for social justice and racial equity

  • Knowledge of generally accepted financial management and accounting principles, and specifically non-profit accounting, AR and AP management, payroll, budget development and management, and financial statement preparation

  • Experience with a standard accounting/financial management system

  • Experience with audits and legal compliance

  • Experience supervising and developing financial staff

  • Ability and willingness to translate complex financial concepts, audit requirements, compliance needs, and other areas of your knowledge and expertise to clear, concise, understandable, and actionable information for program content staff and executives

  • Outstanding communications skills, written and oral; experience in effectively communicating key information, including presentations to staff and senior management

  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills; ability to work effectively as part of a team

  • Ability to prioritize, negotiate, and multi-task while maintaining vigilant attention to detail

  • Creative, flexible, and responsive

  • Demonstrated ability to think and act as a general manager within the organization


This is a full-time position with a base salary of $90-110k. The appropriate salary level is determined by a review of relevant experience and qualifications. The total compensation includes a generous benefits package, including 95% of healthcare and dental insurance for yourself and dependents, 3 weeks paid time off in the first year, long-term-disability, life insurance, paid holidays, and a 401(k) equal to 2% of your salary and matches up to 6% of your salary.


Scion Executive Search (www.scionexecutivesearch.com) has been retained to lead this search. For immediate consideration, please reply to this posting with your resume/curriculum vitae and cover letter in Word.docx or PDF format.

ACLU-MN is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. ACLU-MN encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or record of arrest or conviction. 

ACLU-MN undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: jburman@aclu-mn.org. (Correspondence sent to this email address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed.) 


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