Finance Director (Los Angeles CA, Washington DC, or Chapel Hill NC)

Finance Director (Los Angeles CA, Washington DC, or Chapel Hill NC)


The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) protects and advances the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals. Our offices (in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Chapel Hill, N.C.) engage in national, state, and local advocacy efforts, including analyses of federal and state laws, policy advocacy, litigation, continuing legal education, and individual technical support. We work with lawyers and advocates, community-based entities, federal and state policymakers, health care providers, and clients.

NHeLP is committed to health equity—ensuring that everyone has access to the resources they need to be healthy—and to cultivating an internal environment that empowers an exceptional and diverse staff. For more information, see our Equity Stance. NHeLP particularly encourages applications from members of racial and ethnic minority groups, women, the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, and others whose backgrounds may contribute to the effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities.


NHeLP’s Operations Team provides essential support to those implementing NHeLP’s mission, vision, and equity stance. The Operations Team is responsible for managing the day-to-day business operations of the organization including finance and budgeting management, legal compliance, risk management, technology, office administration, and logistics for offices in Los Angeles, CA, Washington, DC, and Chapel Hill, NC. In addition to the specific duties described below, the Finance Director will be invited and encouraged to participate in other departmental and organizational opportunities and initiatives, such as our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion affinity groups, committees, and task forces. That work would be considered part of and not in addition to the person’s job responsibilities.


The Operations Department is seeking a Finance Director with responsibility for developing, monitoring, tracking, and reporting on NHeLP’s $11 million operating budget. The Finance Director is a member of the organization’s senior advisory team and reports to the Chief Operating Officer (COO).

The Finance Director will be responsible for translating financial data into executive reporting tools such as dashboards, pivot tables, and other financial data analysis instruments.  The Finance Director will collaborate with Division Directors to ensure the initiatives for the organization are resourced on an annual basis.  The Director will also collaborate with the Development team to ensure donations are tracked, recorded, and reported accurately, and to manage and oversee NHeLP’s subgrant portfolio, ensuring compliance with agreed-upon conditions and producing monthly, quarterly, and as-needed reports.


Budget development and contract/subgrant monitoring (40%):

  • Work with the COO to transition NHeLP’s traditional budgeting process to a matrix-based budgeting structure
  • Work closely with organizational leaders to develop and monitor their budgets on an ongoing basis
  • Collaborate with the Development team to ensure donations and subgrants are tracked, recorded, and reported accurately
  • Own and manage the process of salary allocations for budget compliance and create schedules (use of pivot tables and advanced excel spreadsheets is required)
  • Track and monitor contractual agreements to submit invoices on time
  • Develop individual grant budgets in collaboration with the Development team and supervise the maintenance of financial records for each project in a manner that facilitates reporting

Financial Management and Analysis (25%):

  • Supervise and review accounting to ensure proper allocation of expenses in compliance with grant restrictions and internal allocations and manage the annual grants financial closeout process
  • Oversee and seek to improve the process and workflow of the new matrix-based budget structure
  • Develop and enhance systems for contracts and grants administration and tracking in order to streamline operations
  • Perform financial analysis and maintain financial models to support business decisions – monthly review of financial statements and project reports
  • Develop and manage indirect cost rate proposals, monitor and conduct analysis and forecasting required for applications and/or reporting
  • Manage and oversee benefits as they correlate to finance and payroll, including workers compensation, retirement and investments in consultation with HR
  • Stay current with all federal regulations, Uniform Guidance, procedures and legislation that will impact finance and accounting
  • Revise and propose the implementation of financial policies and procedures to ensure compliance with laws and regulations
  • Conduct financial analysis and formulate recommendations on key financial issues, reports and statements for COO, ED, and Board

Administrative (20%):

  • Analyze and present financial data and formulate recommendations to the COO for improvements/efficiencies
  • Facilitate cross training to budget owners on matrix-based budgeting
  • Work in partnership with Administration Manager to ensure annual tax returns (e.g., Form 990) and other mandatory financial reports are submitted on time with highest level of accuracy
  • Participate with Senior Advisory Team in strategic planning, translating operational, programmatic and staffing plans into working budgets
  • Assess effectiveness of financial and accounting systems periodically in order to ensure systems meet the demands of the organization

Organizational Culture and Enterprise Level Leadership (10%)

  • Actively demonstrate personal alignment with NHeLP’s equity commitment
  • Create, improve, and maintain a culture of accountability towards organizational goals to ensure a high level of team performance while building a culture of collaboration and belonging
  • Be a culture carrier and strategic steward for the organization

Audit (5%):

  • Work in partnership with the Administration Manager, the outsourced accounting company, and the COO to ensure all audit schedules are submitted on time and in compliance with GAAP standards and regulations
  • Ensure appropriate internal controls are maintained for all financial and grant management functions
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 7+ years of finance experience with a minimum of 3 years non-profit experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, accounting or related field, Master’s degree preferred
  • Ability to occasionally work evenings and periodically work weekends, as needed.


  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement, and manage business systems and processes, including expertise in financial analysis and budget development and monitoring
  • Demonstrated ability to transition NHeLP’s traditional budgeting process to a matrix-based budgeting structure
  • Demonstrated experience managing and tracking contracts and subgrants in a nonprofit environment
  • A successful track record in setting priorities, financial analysis, critical thinking, organizational and problem-solving skills enabling sound decision-making
  • Advanced excel and data presentation skills (macros, pivot tables, creating charts, dashboards, smart-sheets, etc.)
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative, and work collaboratively in teams;
  • Articulated commitment to NHeLP’s mission and values by demonstrating a sophisticated understanding of how race dynamics impact supervisory relationships, organizational culture, partnerships, campaigns and coalition work, and demonstrated history of successfully intervening in problematic dynamics and deepening a racial justice approach within an organization, team, or campaign.


  • Experience working in a highly collaborative, matrixed environment
  • Experience working collaboratively with cross-functional areas of the organization
  • Flexible nature and ability to work under pressure and manage shifting priorities under competing deadlines
  • Ability to lead and foster teamwork; strong leader and team-player with a proactive, service-oriented attitude


The compensation range for this position is between $112,200 and $126,225 annually, depending on years of experience. Compensation is competitive, commensurate with experience, and in alignment with internal equity. Candidates, either newly hired or new to the role, can typically expect a salary between the range minimum and maximum depending on qualifications, internal equity, and the budgeted amount for the role.

Generous benefits are available, including employer-paid medical, dental, life, and disability insurance, as well as pre-tax savings plans and retirement savings opportunities (up to 3% employer matching after one year of employment). NHeLP also offers generous paid time off, including holidays, sick time, personal time, parental leave, 150 hours (20 days) of vacation per year, and more.


This position is largely remote with the occasional need to be at the office and travel to one of our locations in Los Angeles CA, Washington DC, or Chapel Hill NC


Qualified applicants should email a cover letter and resume in a single PDF document to [email protected]. The subject of the email should describe the position the applicant is seeking i.e., “JOB TITLE”. Please add your name to the application attachment that you send. For example JaneSanchezApplication.PDF.

No phone calls please, except for reasonable accommodation requests. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact us at: [email protected].


July 30, 2022 (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis if received later).

NHeLP advocates to advance the health rights of many populations that have traditionally lacked legal protection, such as women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, and people with limited English proficiency. To promote social justice and best achieve our mission, NHeLP is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.  NHeLP is committed to maintaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified applicants.

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