Vice President, Finance & Controller

Tides Foundation

Tides Foundation

Accounting & Finance
San Francisco, CA, USA · New York, NY, USA · California, USA · New York, NY, USA · San Francisco, CA, USA · Remote
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024
About Tides

Tides is a nonprofit and philanthropic organization committed to advancing social justice. We work across the social sector to shift power to communities of color and other groups historically denied power.

Centering equity and justice in everything we do, we collaborate in deep partnership with movement leaders, nonprofits, donors, foundations, and corporations to amplify the impact of their work by providing services like fiscal sponsorship, donor advised funds, grant making, and a variety of innovative solutions. Learn more at

The Role

The Vice President, Finance and Controller (VPFC) reports directly to the Chief Financial Officer and provides financial leadership, strategy, and operational excellence across its entities including Tides Foundation, Tides Center, Tides Network, and related operations. This role will be responsible for financial and accounting integrity across all Tides entities while leading a team of five direct and over 40 indirect reports.

The VPFC has the potential to be the Chief Financial Officer successor within a three-to-five-year period.

What you will Do

The Vice President, Finance and Controller will lead Tides Network Finance in achieving its mission by overseeing all aspects of its operations, including:

Financial leadership

  • Envision and lead strategy to sustainably improve financial systems.
  • Work closely with Tides CFO and Finance Senior Directors to build and execute strategic, financial, and operational goals for the organization.
  • Own Tides’ consolidated financials and accounting data across all Tides entities.
  • Lead and manage annual budget, audit, and compliance across Tides entities in partnership with the Finance Leadership team, ensuring timely delivery, accuracy, and integrity of transactions.
  • Partner with Chief Financial Officer, V.P., Impact Investing, Executive Team, and other Tides staff to develop, model, implement and manage long term financial strategy to maximize impact and sustainability.
  • Lead and manage annual budget, audit, and compliance processes across Tides entities in partnership with the Chief Financial Officer, Finance Leadership Team and other Tides departments, ensuring timely delivery, accuracy, and integrity.
  • Facilitate strategic initiatives and projects aligned with operational goals while ensuring financial sustainability, GAAP compliance, and systems interoperability.

Strategic leadership

  • Lead development of and ongoing analysis and modeling of Tides various business models for short- and long-term impact and sustainability.
  • Lead policy development, accounting and reporting services, workflow processes, and governance.
  • Partner with the Chief Financial Officer on Board-related matters including preparation for Board and Committee meetings, active participation in the Audit Committee and the Finance Committee meetings. May liaise directly with the Board as needed.
  • Manage financials for organization wide and board directed projects.
  • Develop a high-performing financial practice to support the organization’s impact objectives.
  • Contribute to fostering a financial stewardship mindset across the organization in alignment with Tides’ mission and impact goals.

People leadership

  • Develop a high performing financial practice/team to support the impact goals of Tides’ entities and organization.
  • Lead, mentor, and develop a high performing team that consistently models Tides values and JEDI principles.
  • Collaborate across the organization on Tides’ initiatives and operational goals while representing Finance team considerations on sustainability, GAAP compliance, staff capacity, and systems interoperability.
  • Lead, mentor, and develop a high performing team of direct reports, Including Tides Center, Tides Foundation and Tides Network Finance Teams.

Operational leadership

  • Provide operational leadership by visioning and implementing impact-focused financial systems, reports, and analyses, processes, and solutions as a part of the Tides Finance Leadership team.
  • Create and maintain operational excellence across Tides Finance, including the quality and reliability of all accounting functions, accurate and timely reporting for Tides’ entities, and the operational fitness of internal controls related to the accounting procedures, policies, and generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Own Tides' consolidated financial and accounting operations and processes across all Tides entities.
  • Lead projects related to the unique mission, goals and responsibilities of the Finance department including Client Impact, Investments, and Administration.

What you will Bring

  • Deep commitment to Tides’ mission, impact goal, and JEDI principles.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice working on and leading justice and equity-focused issue areas.
  • Demonstrated ability to pair strong accounting skills with strategic financial perspective at an organizational level.
  • Advanced knowledge of enterprise-wide financial and related systems (NetSuite ERP, Salesforce, ADP) with substantial experience managing, implementing, changing, and integrating processes and systems in a planned and holistic fashion.
  • Expert knowledge of GAAP/FASB standards, knowledge of FAR, CFR, relevant OMB circulars and procedures utilized in a non-profit environment.
  • Prior experience working in a multi-entity environment.
  • Demonstrated partner-centric approach to finance, including understanding and meeting the needs of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong communication and problem/conflict resolution skills; Demonstrates commitment to cooperate and work collaboratively to meet the needs of internal and external clients; ability to strive for high level of satisfaction.
  • Strategic thinker and systems builder with demonstrated success leading change management initiatives.
  • Ability to hold self and others accountable for accurate, high-quality, timely, and effective results.
  • Commitment to embracing and valuing diversity, equity and inclusion; working with a multicultural workforce, while demonstrating cultural humility in all interactions.
  • Ability to delegate effectively, celebrate diversity within the team, and manage performance against goals.
  • High degree of integrity, discretion, professionalism, and accountability to achieve quality results.
  • Demonstrated ability to hold information confidential with excellent judgement. Ability to learn quickly; able to flex and/or pivot when needed and operate effectively in a fast-paced, multifaceted environment.
  • Strong emotional intelligence and track record of people-centered leadership and engagement practices.
  • Visioning and implementing impact-focused financial systems, reports and analyses, processes, and solutions for organization.
  • Creating operational excellence, including the quality and integrity of all accounting functions, accurate and timely reporting for Tides entities, and the operational fitness of internal controls related to accounting procedures, policies, and generally accepted accounting principles.

Education & Experience

  • 15+ years of experience in nonprofit finance management, leadership, fiscal sponsorship, or a related field
  • Leadership experience in a union-represented environment preferred.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent years of related work experience can be substituted for a college degree. Academic credentials will not take the place of robust and relevant leadership experience.
  • CPA and accounting related course work strongly preferred.


Tides is committed to providing a competitive compensation package. We value pay equity and account for factors such as your location within the U.S., your skills and your relevant experience, and we will not ask for your salary history. Your starting salary will fall into one of three ranges, depending on your location:

  • National market: $191,000 - $238,800 (Most U.S. states)
  • Moderate market: $208,400 - $260,500 (Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and D.C. metro areas)
  • High market: $229,100 - $286,400 (New York City and San Francisco metro areas)

Please note, these geographic areas are examples and not a complete list. Our talent acquisition team will review your application and confirm your placement within this structure at the beginning of the interview process.

Application Instructions

To be considered for this role, please submit a thoughtful cover letter with your resume. Your cover letter should express why you’re a great candidate for this role, and your motivation for joining our team at Tides.

Application Deadline: July 31 @ 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time

Life at Tides

Working at Tides connects you with world-class teammates, enduring relationships, and an inspired sense of purpose - while our employee benefits support our team’s talent and well-being. Our hybrid work model supports staff who are based all across the United States, in addition to maintaining our offices in New York & San Francisco.

Equal Employment Opportunity

We look forward to reviewing applications from all qualified jobseekers. We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the LGBTQIA+ communities. No applicant will be discriminated against because of their race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we encourage and will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Applicants with Disabilities

Reasonable accommodations will be made so that all who are interested may participate in our interview process. If you are in need of an accommodation, please advise in writing at the time you apply.