Emerge America Seeks Chief Financial Officer

  • Jul 30, 2018
  • Rachel Feder

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)


San Francisco

Emerge America’s mission is to increase the number of Democratic women leaders from diverse backgrounds in public office through recruitment, training, and providing a powerful network.  Our vision:  To change the face of power, politics, and leadership in this country in order to have policies that are responsive to all.

As the national umbrella organization, Emerge America’s role is to:

  • Elevate the importance of electing more Democratic women at every level of the ballot.
  • Empower our current alumnae and affiliates with support and capacity-building.
  • Expand our impact by replicating our success in new states.

Emerge America is seeking a person with high energy, ability to multi-task, great project management skills, and incredible interpersonal skills to be the inaugural CFO, helping guide the organization through an exciting period of growth.  Reporting directly to the President & Founder, all of the duties described below will contribute to our mission in an essential way.


  • Strategy
    • Lead budgeting, including development of multi-year budgets for strategic planning, annual operating budgets, quarterly reforecasts, and project budgets.
    • Facilitate financial modeling to evaluate different options for expanding operations to all 50 states.
    • Set policies and procedures in collaboration with other senior staff to align incentives with organizational goals.
  • Operational Accounting
    • Bring accounting in-house (currently outsourced).
    • Design and implement systems to maintain internal controls, process transactions efficiently, ensure legal compliance, and provide timely information.
    • Prepare monthly financial statements and budget vs. actual reports for management, state affiliates, and board.
    • Oversee transactional accounting.
  • Compliance & Risk Management
    • Evaluate and manage organizational risks.
    • Work with legal counsel and staff comply with federal and state laws and regulations, as well as responding to inquiries from government agencies.
    • Oversee preparation of IRS Form 8872 quarterly.
    • Coordinate annual reviews or audits and preparation of IRS Form 990 by independent CPA.
    • Manage organizational insurances.
  • Education & Communication
    • Build financial management competency among staff, state executive directors, and volunteer boards.
    • Share information about financial health, plans, and performance with key stakeholders to support transparency, accountability, and decision making.
    • Engage in professional development for self and others.
  • Relationships
    • Recruit and supervise accounting staff.
    • Develop and maintain strong relationships with co-workers, affiliates, and volunteers.
    • Manage relationships with external service providers, including banks, insurance brokers, auditors, etc.


We are seeking candidates with deep financial and management accounting experience, ideally in both nonprofit and political settings, along with passion about our mission to recruit, train, and elect women Democrats for all levels of office.

  • Accounting expertise
    • Strong knowledge of economics and accounting standards, as well as laws and government regulations.
    • Understanding the importance of timely processing of income and expenses and how a strong financial department is crucial to an organization’s viability.
    • Track record of building systems to provide meaningful financial information, maintain internal controls, and manage risk.
    • Power user of technological tools, including Excel and accounting software.
  • Planning and analysis
    • Track record of leading budgeting, including translating programmatic goals and strategies into budgets, tracking progress, and making smart recommendations on financial decisions.
    • Ability to analyze financial data to provide insights.
    • Experience with strategic and multi-year planning.
    • Skill at careful management of resources to achieve organizational goals.
  • Managing a high-performing team
    • Results-oriented, with a proven track record of managing a team to achieve results and a demonstrated ability to set and manage ambitious, yet achievable goals.
    • Experience training and developing others.
    • Ability to generate trust, respect, and followership of staff and colleagues.
  • Detail and systems oriented
    • Track record of developing systems and processes to manage work effectively.
    • Comfortable digging into the nitty gritty and have a fine attention to detail and accuracy.
    • Ability to track a lot of moving parts and manage complex projects.
  • Problem-solving
    • Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.
    • Skill at solving problems, including developing and evaluating options and implementing solutions.
  • Communication
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
    • Ability to present complex financial information to stakeholders of varying skill levels using narratives, tables, and charts.
  • Work style
    • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and have the flexibility to adapt and switch gears when opportunities or needs arise.
    • Strong owner of work and a self-starter who is able to deliver as an individual performer, while also being a good team player.
  • Cultural competency
    • Experience working in diverse teams and creating equitable and inclusive environments.
    • Able to build strong, trusting relationships across a diverse team, and to consider and adapt to perspectives beyond one’s own to strengthen the results of the team.


This is a full-time position in our San Francisco office, though part-time may be considered for the right candidate.  Emerge America has offices in downtown San Francisco and on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  Both are accessible by public transportation.

Salary and Benefits

Budgeted base salary of $130,000 with generous benefits.

How to apply

Please send a resume and cover letter with the email subject “Emerge America Chief Financial Officer” to search@emergeamerica.org. In your cover letter, include a description of how your background aligns with this position and an explanation of your interest in working for Emerge’s mission.

Emerge America is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.