Careers and Internships at PHR | Director of Finance

Director of Finance

Location: This position is usually located in our headquarters in New York City but is remote while offices remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Classification: Full-time | Exempt

Work Authorization: Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Organization Description

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is a preeminent international advocacy and research organization that uses science and medicine to prevent mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. For more than 30 years, PHR has mobilized a community of clinicians and human rights professionals to advance human rights, public health, and social justice across the globe. In this time, it has become a trailblazer in its field, leading landmark investigations into crimes against humanity, and earning a 1997 Nobel Prize for its investigation of the health impact of land mines in Cambodia. PHR has also exposed the use of chemical weapons against civilians in Iraq, exhumed mass graves in Bosnia and Rwanda for international tribunals and provided evidence for criminal investigations into torture and extrajudicial executions.

Today, PHR is on the front lines of the most pressing human rights crises of our time, from the coup in Myanmar, to U.S. police violence, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The last year has only highlighted the critical importance of using science-based approaches to safeguard human rights, most particularly those of women and children, immigrants, refugees, detainees, and other populations at risk.

Recent highlights of PHR’s work include:

  • Advocating for an Evidence-based Response to the Pandemic: Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, PHR has sounded the alarm over the grave risks posed by COVID-19 to populations in areas where health systems are underdeveloped, decimated by armed conflict, or virtually nonexistent. PHR is elevating the voices of local health providers about the extreme dangers of COVID-19 to their communities and supporting partners around the world in advocating for a concerted, collaborative, science- and rights- based worldwide response.
  • Documenting Police Violence: Following President Trump’s July 26, 2020 order to deploy federal agents to protest sites around the country, PHR sent an expert team to Portland, Oregon to investigate reports of the extreme force police and federal agents were using against protestors and first responders.
  • Highlighting Violence Against the Rohingya: PHR has produced numerous reports documenting serious human rights violations against the Rohingya people of Myanmar. Its latest research sheds new light on the patterns of extreme injuries, specifically related to sexual violence, that survivors suffered through rape, gang rape, mutilation, forced witnessing of sexual assault, and other forms of sexual violence.

PHR’s vital work is sustained by a dynamic and deeply committed team of approximately 45 based in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is also supported by a prominent Board and an annual operating budget of nearly $8-9M.

Position Summary

The Director of Finance (DF), reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, has direct responsibility for the organization’s budget and finance-related activities, from assisting in developing a fiscal strategy to creating projections and reports, to managing payroll, accounts payables and receivables, cash disbursements, the general ledger, and the technology and other systems used to manage our financial systems. The DF should be both a strategic thinker as well as a hands-on implementer to ensure the maintenance of solid financial systems and a smooth functioning office. 

The DF should have specialized financial skills and experience, accounting knowledge, and an affinity for working with state of the art financial software applications. The ability to work with international government and private funding sources and complex budgets is essential.

Reports to: Chief Operating Officer (COO)


  • Manage all accounting operations including Accounts Receivables, Accounts Payable, cash flow, investments, and the monthly, quarterly and annual close of accounting and financial records.
  • With direction from the COO, lead the development of the annual budget, working closely with the Executive Director, Department Directors, and Treasurer.
  • Create and present monthly and quarterly financial reports and projections
  • Monitor current year’s budget, analyze and review on a monthly basis and effectively communicate and present, in a timely manner, critical financial matters to the appropriate managers, COO, the Executive Director and the Treasurer.
  • Oversee month end, quarter end and year end closings, including reviewing, analyzing and reconciling the general ledger accounts and ensuring all appropriate journal, recurring, allocating, accrual and adjusting entries are posted in the appropriate period.
  • Oversee the process of grants management, including budgets for proposals, financial reports for donors and managing expenditures to their fullest potential.
  • Manage the annual financial audit and act as the PHR point of contact with the external auditors.
  • Ensure compliance with mandatory reporting such as the preparation of the Form 990 and A-133 SEFA.
  • Monitor and maintain the general ledger ensuring that all accounting data is accurately transferred from sub-ledgers and other modules including accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash management, purchasing and projects and fixed assets
  • Review the trial balance on a quarterly basis, develop and provide supporting documentation for all significant balances.
  • Provide oversight and backup for payroll and deposit functions.
  • Manage cash receipt journals, deposits and bank reconciliations.
  • Provide financial oversight and manage all accounting operations including Accounts Receivables, Accounts Payable, cash flow, Payroll, Benefit management, and the monthly, quarterly and annual close of accounting and financial records in international field offices.
  • Manage reconciliation and monitor all domestic and foreign cash accounts, and produce cash flow and projections
  • Review and match investment transaction advices with monthly investment statements
  • Manage the NICRA process and monitor on a regular basis for compliance.
  • Analyze revenues and expenses to ensure they are recorded appropriately in accordance with GAAP.
  • Provide oversight on monthly reconciliation on new gifts, pledges and cash receipts.
  • Maintain the fixed asset schedule.
  • Analyze and evaluate temporary restricted assets and ensure that such assets recorded accurately.
  • Supervise the Grants manager and Accounting Associate including reviewing deliverables, managing performance, and providing ongoing training and professional development.
  • Ensure that appropriate financial procedures and controls are maintained and/or improved to ensure the integrity of the financial and administrative systems.
  • Research and make recommendations to improve cost effectiveness of the organization.
  • Establish and maintain auditor, bank and other vendor relationships necessary for the successful operations of the finance program
  • Ensure staff are trained and comply with financial policies and processes.
  • Work with Human Resources and/or PEO to ensure the correct financial accounting of employee benefits such as Flexible Spending Accounts, workers’ compensation, and 403(b) plan contributions.
  • Assist the COO as necessary in managing the daily financial and administrative operation

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting (graduate degree preferred).
  • 10+ years of accounting experience preferably in a nonprofit environment.
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Solid knowledge and experience with financial analysis and forecasting
  • Experience with Sage Intacct Financial Accounting software; and Concur; experienced computer user; familiar with Windows XP, Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Self-starter, excellent analytical, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in work, exercise good judgment and discretion at all times. 

Skills and Attributes

  • Ability to stay on top of daily work while also developing systems and processes to more efficiently manage workflows
  • Experience/interest analyzing financial management systems and implementing efficiencies
  • Excellent communicator with the interpersonal skills to interact successfully and collaboratively at all levels of the organization, and to develop positive relationships in a culturally diverse workplace
  • Strong work ethic and attention to detail
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, exercise good judgment and discretion at all times
  • Team player and self-starter
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights.

Salary and Benefits

PHR offers competitive compensation, with options for medical, dental, disability, and life insurance, a retirement savings plan, and generous vacation. PHR observes the last week of the calendar year as an opportunity to refresh, with all offices closed. 

More information about Physicians for Human Rights can be found at

To Apply

Please combine your cover letter and resume as a pdf or word document and send it to Indicate your “Last Name/First Name, Director of Finance” in the email subject line.

A complete application consists of:

  • A thoughtful cover letter explaining why you are qualified for/interested in the Director of Finance position with PHR. 
  • Resume/curriculum vitae.

Only complete applications in the format requested sent to will be considered.

Physicians for Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit and hire without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, marital status, veteran status, or age.