Chief Financial Officer

The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (“AnitaB.org”) builds on the work of generations of women in technology, to advance the careers of new generations of women in technology. AnitaB.org was formally incorporated in 1997 by computer scientists Anita Borg and Telle Whitney, and over the years has evolved to focus exclusively on advocating for professional women who invent, develop, deploy and use computing technologies in their work.  The scale of AnitaB.org’s advocacy and programs has dramatically grown, particularly over recent years, yet has only scratched the surface of its true potential. The organization wishes to continue its explosive growth in reach, influence and impact, and the new CFO will contribute significantly to this effort.

AnitaB.org is organized into six clusters of activity that each serve different purposes in an overarching strategy to strengthen the role of women in technology:

Movement Building creates connections among women in technology and between women and companies to share best job search, recruiting, career development, retention, and professional practices. Programs include: Systers, the largest private community of women in computing in the world; AnitaB.org Community, a network of open, locally organized communities that bring women technologists together in cities around the world; and online tools that facilitate interactions among women in technology.

Partner Programs offer advice and perspective to organizations that make a year round commitment to increase the representation of women technologists in their organizations. Programs include: Top Companies for Women Technologists, a national initiative that draws attention to companies that build workplaces where women technologists can thrive; small meetings, workshops, and large industry gatherings that enable AnitaB.org partners to share effective strategies that increase retention and help advance women technologists into leadership positions; and various consulting and other services that drive changes to hiring practices and work environments. This is one of the most important growth areas for AnitaB.org.

Education, Research, and Advocacy, including: collaborations with (and guidance for) academic institutions to promote academic work by women in technology and encourage girls to pursue computing as a career; commissioned research on the state of women in the tech sector that appears in reports and through various media outlets; various education and knowledge-sharing programs designed to recognize, inspire, and guide women technologists as they advance their career; and policy positions and advocacy that drives dialogue and action supporting women in technology.

Events are generally orchestrated under the umbrella of the Grace Hopper Celebration (“GHC”) programs, named to honor the inventor of the first computer language compiler, who also advanced the paradigm-altering concept of machine-independent programming languages. GHC programs include the world’s largest gathering of women in computing; forums for high-level technology executives to discuss recruiting, retaining, and advancing technical women; and smaller, but no less significant events staged throughout the United States, India, and other countries.

Award Programs that draw attention to leading women in technology, and to companies that take concerted action to advance the careers of women in technology. These include the Abie Awards and Top Companies for Technical Women awards. Award events also serve as a mechanism allowing representatives from different companies to learn from each other and share best practices.

Media Operations which draws public, media, and corporate attention to the work of AnitaB.org cited above, to best practices, and to the urgent need of engaging more women in technology in positions of influence.

The organization’s headquarters is based in Palo Alto and has an affiliate in Bangalore, has a $30 million budget, staff in the U.S. and in India, 30+ volunteer Board members, 60+ corporate partners, a community of well over 35,000 in 87 countries, and more than 500 university connections. While AnitaB.org is strongest in the U.S. (particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area), our expansion path is to focus on urban centers of technology employment and academic research worldwide.  The organization will pursue its agenda through cultivation of local groups of women in technology and their supporters, and by building productive partnerships with technology-intensive businesses, educational institutions, and government entities.

Responsibilties

AnitaB.org is seeking a Chief Financial Officer who will play an instrumental role in the future growth and impact of the organization’s mission. As the trusted advisor to the senior management team as well as the Board, the CFO will develop and implement strategies and best practices for the continued financial health of the organization. This position will report to the CEO. Preferably based in Chicago.

The ideal candidate will have high integrity, possess leadership characteristics, employ sound business principles, value a team orientation, and proudly represent the organization. As the CFO, responsibilities will encompass strategic planning, implement and maintain best practices, accounting/financial reporting, and audit oversight.

Specifically the CFO will:

  • Serve as both a financial and strategic business advisor to the CEO as well as other members of the top leadership team. Contribute actively to the evolution and execution of the organization’s strategic and operational business plans. Act as a sounding board and strategic partner for the executive team, providing substantive and thoughtful feedback on all business issues and projects.
  • Proactively direct financial planning and analysis, including the establishment of, and reporting on, key performance metrics, to assist the CEO, Board, and senior management in the ongoing management of operations. In addition, the CFO will be responsible for the financial modeling of prospective and new business initiatives, a critical element in the organization’s overall strategic, operating, and capital planning.
  • Employ best practices to ensure that the organization has the appropriate financial controls, operational processes, policies, procedures, and systems in place to support its continued growth.
  • Analyze broad-based business risks and opportunities, and make recommendations as they affect the financial results of the organization.
  • Ensure that all financial reporting and filings are completed on a timely basis.  Ensure that the preparation of the annual financial statements are in accordance with U.S. GAAP.
  • Facilitate Board relations by managing duties assigned by the Audit Committee and other Board members.
  • Develop and drive business process improvements, aimed at reducing administrative and overhead costs while enhancing overall capability as the organization scales.
  • Represent the highest standards of integrity, personal accountability, and honesty.
  • Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process; administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes to keep senior leadership team abreast of the organization’s financial status.
  • Mentor, motivate, and grow a high-performance, diverse team that brings excellence to the finance function and in turn the company.

Professional Qualifications

  • Experience as CFO of tech or not-for-profit organization
  • 6+ years as CFO of greater than $20 million revenue organization
  • Financial leadership experience, managing group of 5+ finance team
  • Strong breadth of organization skills
  • Experience with high powered boards
  • Highly resilient with demonstrated ability with dealing with a diverse environment with a variety of stakeholders
  • Good business acumen – contribute to evolution of organizational development
  • Strong partner to the management team
  • Desire to continue building structure for organizational growth and impact

Personal Characteristics

The successful candidate will be an outstanding finance leader with extensive and relevant experience in financial management in a public company environment. The successful candidate values transparency, continuous learning, and creative thinking. The successful candidate will also approach issues with an unbiased and pragmatic approach.

Candidates will have exceptional strategic thinking skills, in conjunction with a self-starting and resilient personality. Behaviorally and stylistically, the Chief Financial Officer needs to be an excellent leader of people, and act as a player-coach who can manage as well as inspire the finance organization. This person will naturally “roll up their sleeves” in order to drive results, and will exhibit low ego and high emotional intelligence.

The CFO will proactively articulate and convey important messages in a clear and compelling manner. The candidate will require clear communication skills of maintaining two-way communication and have the ability to express their views candidly, while making an effort to understand the views of others.

Finally, the successful candidate will embody and practice world-class ethical standards. They will create an environment of trust by acting with fairness and consistency, keeping commitments, and clearly articulating the rationale for their decisions.

In summary, this person will have:

  • Value AnitaB.org’s mission
  • High ethics; integrity
  • Impeccable communication and relationship skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Detail orientation

Interested applicants should email their resume and cover letter to MichelleW@AnitaB.org and indicate “CFO” in the subject line.

About AnitaB.org

AnitaB.org envisions a future where the people who imagine and build technology mirror the people and societies that use it. To achieve that vision we connect, inspire, and guide women in computing and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative. As a mission-driven nonprofit, we seek to expand communications about the underrepresentation of women in technical roles, the importance of increasing diversity in tech, and promoting solutions to these issues.