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Chief Financial Officer

OpenJanuary 24, 2020 — February 23, 2020
DeadlineFebruary 23, 2020

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (“Wilson Center”) seeks a highly collaborative, charismatic executive leader that will serve as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to strategically oversee financial management services and operations of the organization. 

Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Wilson Center is created by congressional statute as the living memorial to President Woodrow Wilson. It is the leading institution for in-depth research and open dialogue to inform actionable ideas on global issues. The Wilson Center is ranked #1 in Regional Studies in the world according to the findings from the University of Pennsylvania.

The CFO serves as the senior executive and technical expert on all aspects of financial management and responsible in overseeing and managing with organization's financial resources, which include a combination of federal appropriations and other funding from non-federal grantors and donors. The CFO reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and works closely with the Wilson Center's Director, President and Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Trustees. 

The primary priorities for the CFO include:

  • Administers the operations of the Wilson Center financial management program to ensure conformance with regulatory requirements applicable to federal government and non-profit organizations.  
  • Formulate accounting and budget strategies to increase profitability of short-term investment pool and to maximize the value of the organization’s financial resources.
  • Collaborate and partner with internal and external holders to the Wilson Center to include executives from federal agencies such as the Office of Management Budget, the National Finance Center, and the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Engage and supervise subordinate managers to incorporate vision, strategic planning, and elements of quality management into the full range of the Wilson Center’s activities.

Experience and Attributes

Ideal candidates for this position will share our commitment to be the leading non-partisan global think tank. Essential experiences and attributes include:

  • Proven executive leadership experience overseeing financial resources of a non-profit organization.
  • Proven successful track record in developing integrated financial and short-term investment plans.
  • Executive experience in cultivating relationships with stakeholders in the financial management and accounting fields.
  • Extensive executive level communication skills, exceptional writer, and excellent listener.
  • Team player with a “can do” attitude, a good sense of humor and professionalism in a fast-paced environment.

Selective Factors

To be considered, applicants must meet the following selective factors:

  • Minimum of 10 years executive management experience particularly in financial management and operations.
  • Must have authorization to work in the United States.
  • A graduate degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Financial Management or equivalent is required. Professional certifications (i.e., CPA, CGMA), as they relate to the position, are highly desirable.


Salary is commensurate with professional experience. The Wilson Center offers competitive benefits and generous incentives. 

To apply:

Please send your resume or CV to

In your email, please respond to the following questions:

  1. Do you have at least 10 years of executive management experience in financial management and operations?
  2. Do you have a graduate degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Financial Management or equivalent? 
  3. Do you have the authorization to work in the United States?

Your application will be rated "incomplete / ineligible" if you fail to answer the questions above (selective factors).