Finance Director

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) seeks a Finance Director. This is a new role, designed for a professional looking for a meaningful opportunity in a proven, growing, and vibrant organization that makes profound differences in the lives of people across New Jersey. The ACLU-NJ takes pride in our reputation of over 60 years of fighting for the rights of all New Jerseyans. And now – with ongoing challenges to civil liberties at the national level, the increased need to develop good policy at the local level, the still-evolving impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on civil rights, and the 400-years overdue increased awareness of the impacts of systemic racism on every American institution— is a vital time to join us and make a meaningful, positive, long-term impact on the future of New Jersey and the United States.

The Finance Director will manage the finances for the organization, including but not limited to managing overall budgeting, reconciliation, and auditing functions. The Finance Director will ensure that the organization is meeting its financial potential and goals, and is responsible for the integrity of financial and accounting processes. They will also support and inform strategic budgeting and decision-making by senior leaders in the organization and the Board of Trustees. This position will report to the Deputy Director/COO and will be based in Newark but will work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic with an expectation of returning to the office in some capacity in early 2022.

What you’ll do

  • Help lead the organizational budgeting process in collaboration with the Executive Director, Deputy Director/COO, and department directors.
  • Ensure best practices with regards to 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) structure and functions.
  • Monitor, interpret, and review financial information and predict future financial trends.
  • Work with external accountants and auditors, ensuring that sufficient accounting systems, controls, and standards are in place guaranteeing timely and accurate compliance with state and federal regulations and laws applying to nonprofit organizations.
  • Negotiate with banks for lines of credit or other financial services as required and appropriate.
  • Direct and oversee the day-to-day financial operations of the organization, including budget monitoring, supervising bookkeeping functions, and overseeing accounts payable, income accounts, and payroll.
  • Manage cash flow and prepare cash flow forecasts.
  • Help prepare grant budgets and track and prompt grant reporting, in consultation with the Development Department, Executive Director, and senior staff.
  • Develop and implement financial procedures in consultation with key staff.
  • Provide oversight of any other areas of compliance for the organization.
  • Prepare and gather all supporting materials for annual audit and tax filings.
  • Coordinate with ACLU National on the financial relationship between the state and national organizations, including but not limited to revenue reconciliation.
  • Prepare monthly financial reports and analysis for the Board of Trustees, treasurer, and key staff; keep the Executive Director and Deputy Director/COO apprised and well-informed about budget and financial matters.
  • Oversee the reconciliation of bank and investment accounts.
  • Oversee the procurement process for independent contractors.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What you’ll need

  • Significant experience in nonprofit financial management, accounting, or related field and/or a combination of experience and relevant advanced education (e.g., MBA, CPA, or masters or certification in relevant field).
  • Strong financial management skills, including experience in budget planning and implementation, and creating, reading, and analyzing financial statements.
  • Proficiency in generally accepted accounting principles and procedures and their application to accounting for nonprofit organizations.
  • Experience that demonstrates good professional judgment, including the ability to exercise discretion and responsibly handle highly confidential information such as financial statements and benefits and payroll information.
  • Proficiency with office technology and information systems, including financial and accounting software (Quickbooks or similar).
  • Strong attention to detail with exceptional organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills and a systems-oriented working style that allows identification of problems as opportunities to generate solutions that will have an impact tomorrow and long-term.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate financial concepts and analyses clearly to those less familiar with them, in written and verbal formats.
  • Ability to stay organized and prioritize as needed to complete priorities under tight deadlines.
  • Flexibility and willingness to incorporate new tools, technology, and resources.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work inclusively across diversity dimensions.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate complex processes in a clear and concise manner.
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU, including a demonstrated commitment to equity and racial justice.
  • Experience working in a non-profit, advocacy, or political organization is preferred.


The salary range for this position starts at $95,000 and is negotiable, commensurate with experience. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package which currently includes 16 days paid time off, 11 office holidays and 12 health care leave days; medical, vision, and dental insurance; life and long-term disability insurance; pre-tax transit benefits; and a 401(k) plan with employer match. This position is full-time, salaried, and exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

About our Culture

We are a diverse workforce and take pride in our ability to attract and retain employees with a huge array of backgrounds and experiences. We work hard, but also like to celebrate our successes.

Our organization is currently a team of 28 who care deeply about the work of the ACLU. We view our work as advancing our goals of liberty and justice for all and we work to achieve these through our approach and practices. We enjoy working together and remain inspired by the remarkable work of our amazing local and national colleagues.

Are You Ready to Help Lead Us into the Future?


If you’re excited about bringing your talents and skills to the ACLU-NJ, complete the application below and upload a resume and detailed letter of interest. Your letter should explain ways in which you satisfy the skills and qualifications specified above. We also invite applicants to include in their letter information about how their background and/or experiences could contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and advocacy work.

Application materials will also be accepted via postal mail (P.O. Box 32159, Newark, NJ 07102), but electronic filing is strongly preferred. Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately. We will accept applications until the position is filled, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website. We hope that one of those applications is yours.

The ACLU makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions.

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please email If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

The ACLU-NJ is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest organization, dedicated to defending and enhancing civil rights and civil liberties through litigation, legislative advocacy, organizing, and community education. 

The ACLU-NJ is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture of belonging. It is our policy to employ qualified people without regard to race; color; religion; sex; national origin; age; ancestry; disability; sexual orientation; veteran’s status; marital status; civil union status; arrest or court record; citizenship; credit history; genetic information; gender identity or expression; status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence, or stalking; or any other characteristic protected under federal or state law. The more inclusive we are, the better we are.

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