Finance Coordinator - Disability Rights Fund

Position Title:                          Finance Coordinator

Reports to:                              Finance Director

Location:                                Boston, MA USA (remote possible)

Standard Weekly Hours:            35



The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) is a $6.5 million grantmaking collaboration between a diversity of donors and the global disability rights community that resources organizations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) to advocate for equal rights and full participation in society. We currently work across Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Caribbean. The Disability Rights Advocacy Fund (DRAF) is DRF’s sister organization, supporting advocacy for legislative change. The Funds – which are based on a participatory grantmaking model – annually make 100-125 grants ranging from USD $5,000-$50,000 each to DPOs to advance the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), including in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


DRF and DRAF are two legally separate entities with separate budgets, books, and bank accounts. DRF/DRAF follow GAAP standards and have a fiscal year of December 31. The organizations are in a period of significant organizational growth and currently have 20 team members working around the world in multiple time zones. We are committed to safeguarding, including prevention of financial mismanagement/fraud, as well as to value for money principles.



The primary focus of the Finance Coordinator is to support the Finance Director in the effective financial management of DRF and DRAF. The role involves working closely with an outside accountant on monthly financial reconciliation; ensuring appropriate financial records are accurately maintained; maintaining financial reporting to support management of DRF/DRAF operations, governance  and donor requirements; and supporting team members in financial administration. Previous accounting/financial experience is essential, with nonprofit experience preferred. This role requires familiarity with audits, accounts payable and receivable, and budgets; an ability to prioritize multiple projects; adherence to timelines and confidentiality requirements; and a commitment to operating in a team environment.



Accounting and Finance (40%):

·       Prepare payment requests ensuring correct coding based on expenditure type and donor

·       Review credit card reconciliations for coding accuracy and ensure backup documentation is sufficient, per organizational policies

·       Work closely with accountant to ensure payment requests are remitted in a timely manner

·       Enter non-grant wires in to banking website for approval by Finance Director

·       Ensure exchange rate accuracy for expenses in other currencies

·       Ensure revenue sources are coded accurately

·       Work closely with Director of Development to produce individual giving reports for recording purposes  

·       Maintain vouchers, financial files, and records

·       Assist with monthly and year-end close tasks in accordance with policies and procedures and as directed by the Finance Director

·       Manage petty cash


Reporting (15%):

·       Maintain monthly and quarterly budget-to-actual reports, Board financial reports, and department financial reports; prepare ad hoc reports as requested

·       Provide recommendations for improving and streamlining reporting

·       Maintain expenditure against donor source reports

·       Assist with preparation of donor reporting

·       Liaise with Finance Director and Evaluation & Learning Manager to provide data on the relevant logframe indicator on an annual basis


Budget (15%):

·       Work closely with Finance Director in preparing annual organizational budgets, including:

o   Preparation of internal budgeting templates

o   Costing activities, as directed

o   Working closely with personnel to assist in individual budgeting

·       Assist Finance Director in analyzing expenditures against budget

·       Assist in preparation of donor budgets, as needed


Audit (15%):

·       Under guidance from Finance Director, assist with coordination and preparation of annual organizational audits and 990s

·       Assist with implementing improvements to controls, as recommended by auditor


Other (15%):

·       Work with the Finance Director on devising risk management prevention and mitigation strategies; institute changes as approved and directed

·       Research new vendors as needed, ensuring value for money and in accordance with procurement policies

·       Assist with updates to financial policies and procedures

·       Support Finance Director in reviewing grantee financial information, including:

o   Review grantee proposals for budget accuracy

o   Assist in review of grantee financial reporting; liaise with Finance Director and program team as needed

·       Support staff to follow financial policies and procedures, as outlined in the organization’s Finance Manual and related policies



The ideal candidate will have experience in nonprofit financials, along with:

·       Bachelors degree, or equivalent, with minimum 3 years of relevant experience

·       Experience with accounts receivable/payable and fund accounting

·       Knowledge of nonprofit audits and tax filings

·       Ability to create, update, and maintain financial reports in Excel

·       Experience with process improvement, particularly with regards to risk management; good judgment and creative problem-solving skills

·       Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive

·       Strong written, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively communicate complex information

·       Commitment to the human rights of people with disabilities and the organizational mission

·       Demonstrated ability to work well with diverse populations and across countries working in an e-office environment



Preference will be given to candidates located in Boston, MA.



This is a full-time position; salary will be commensurate with experience. DRF/DRAF offers an excellent benefits package including employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees. 



The Disability Rights Fund is an equal opportunity employer. We seek to build a diverse team. Applicants shall not be discriminated against on any basis. Individuals from historically marginalized identities including persons with disabilities, Black, Indigenous, and people of color are encouraged to apply. Please contact [email protected] for reasonable accommodations requests.


Please email a cover letter and resume to:


Alice Phinizy, Finance Director

[email protected] (please, no phone calls)



Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.


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