Director of Finance and Administration


The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York (HFWCNY), is seeking a Director of Finance and Administration. The Health Foundation’s mission is to improve the health and health care of the people and communities of western and central New York. They accomplish this by working with community partners to develop, implement and evaluate sustainable programs that make a positive difference in the lives of thousands of young children and older adults in our regions, and support the community-based organizations that serve them. Since the Health Foundation’s founding in 2002, they have awarded more than 400 grants totaling more than $30 million to fund programs in 16 counties in western and central New York.

Reporting to the President, the Director of Finance and Administration will serve as part of HFWCNY’s management team and contribute to achieving the strategic vision and goals of the Foundation. This position supports the organization by being primarily responsible for financial and administrative activities for the organization, and providing key staff support to the President and Board of Trustees on governance, finance, investment and administrative matters. The Director of Finance and Administration is the Foundation’s primary liaison to accounting and auditing firms, investment advisors and banks, and also oversees their contracts with financial, technology and office management services. He/she will manage the administrative activity related to the Foundation’s two office locations and supervise two administrative staff. The Director will interact regularly with the Foundation’s program and communications staff and consultants, as well as with other philanthropic organizations and community colleagues. Additionally, the Director will assist in maintaining and enhancing a positive image for the Foundation in the communities it serves and actively engages in health and community-related activities under the guidance of the President.

The ideal candidate must have proven senior financial management and leadership experience, along with strong business acumen. Additional required competencies include: analytical thinking, delegation, performance/detail focus, numerical accuracy, high integrity, strong communication and planning skills, organization and decision-making skills. The Director of Finance and Administrative will be a team player with a focus on high performance, and a passion for improving the quality of life for all Foundation constituents.

Position requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, and/or Accounting or Finance.
• Five to seven years’ prior experience in an accounting/operations capacity; foundation, non-profit and/or public administration experience preferred.
• Five years supervisory experience.
• Proven project management experience.
• Demonstrated proficiency with accounting principles and software and managing outside consultants.
• Working proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint.
• A CPA is preferred.
• Community service experience, such as board membership on a local non-profit or Foundation is preferred.

Qualified candidates may submit a resume and cover letter to MaryEllen Carlo, Director of Search Services at Career Partners International Buffalo | Niagara, at