Head of Finance and Operations

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Mary’s Meals

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Bloomfield, NJ

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Mary’s Meals is a nonprofit organization, formerly known as Scottish International Relief (SIR), whose mission is to enable people to offer their money, goods, skills, time, or prayer, in order to provide the most effective help to those suffering the effects of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest communities. Founded in 2002, Mary’s Meals began as a grassroots operation reaching 200 children in Malawi, and has since grown into a worldwide movement, providing free school meals in hundreds of schools and feeding more than one million children daily. Mary’s Meals has registered affiliate organizations in 13 countries, including Mary’s Meals USA which raises donations and awareness of Mary’s Meals work.

Mary’s Meals is a simple idea that works – by providing a daily meal in a place of education, chronically poor children are attracted to the classroom where they can gain a basic education that provides an escape route from poverty. Another core tenant of Mary’s Meals is empowering and engaging communities to own and run their own school feeding programs. In Malawi alone, Mary’s Meals has over 80,000 community volunteers preparing and delivering meals to children.  

Mary’s Meals envisions a world in which every child receives one daily meal in their place of education and all those who have more than they need, share with those who lack even the most basic things.

For more information, please visit Mary’s Meals website: https://www.marysmealsusa.org/


Reporting to the Executive Director and serving as an integral member of Mary’s Meals USA (MMUSA)’s leadership team, the Head of Finance and Operations will be responsible for the development and implementation of MMUSA’s financial management and operational strategy and will also have a seat at the table in helping to shape the organization’s broader strategic goals. This is an ideal opportunity for a mission-driven finance professional to leverage his/her skills towards an amazing cause.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Strategic Planning

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and Mary’s Meals International (MMI) team to develop and implement MMUSA’s organizational strategy and associated financial plan and budget
  • Monitor and report on progress against the above strategies and recommend adjustments as new opportunities/challenges arise
  • Advise the Executive Director on team and functional performance as required

Financial Leadership

  • Oversee the financial control of MMUSA and all matters relating to income, expenditure and value for money
  • Generate effective financial modeling (based on past, present and future data) in order to prepare clear and accurate budgets and forecasts for presentation to the Board and other key stakeholders
  • Establish an appropriate financial policy framework to guide MMUSA’s financial decision making
  • Ensure the appropriateness of key assumptions included in MMUSA’s medium term financial plan and annual budget proposals
  • Advise ED and Board on compliance and due diligence needs for grants and oversee the grant process ensuring financial stability
  • Lead annual audit and 990 processes – oversee/collaborate with audit committee, manage internal processes, serve as point person to external auditing firm
  • Maintain records to meet legal and tax requirement and to measure both the inputs and the outcomes of MMUSA’s operations
  • Keep abreast of developments across the nonprofit sector by liaising with senior finance and operations staff in other nonprofit organizations

Operational Management and Governance

  • Partner with MMI to develop and implement the business systems needed to support MMUSA’s strategic plan
  • Work with MMI to implement the global IT, security, and operational policy framework for MMUSA
  • With guidance from MMI, manage the organization’s approach to risk management
  • Ensure MMUSA works within any/all nonprofit regulatory guidelines including data privacy, data protection, and relevant statutory compliance
  • Advise ED and Board on operations-related matters as needed
  • Oversee real estate agreements, as necessary


People Strategy

  • Partner with MMI to build a strong organizational culture (grounded in Mary’s Meals’ shared vision, mission, and values) and leverage existing, effective human capital practices
  • Ensure effective and compliant HR policies and systems are in place to guide and inform the organizational development and direction (e.g., learning and development plans for all staff and volunteers, regular performance feedback cycles, etc.)
  • In partnership with the ED, recruit the staff and volunteers needed to support MMUSA strategy


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of 5 years experience working in a high-performing nonprofit organization and a deep commitment to respectfully providing for communities and children in need
  • CPA qualified, with experience serving at the senior management level of a finance function
  • Experience working with and providing operational reports to Chief and/or Board-level professionals
  • Strong people manager with proven ability to build, lead, and develop the capabilities of driven, bright and diverse teams
  • Exceptional strategic decision making skills; combination of analysis, wisdom and judgement
  • Systems and process orientation; ability to conceptualize and lead organization-wide operational systems
  • Ability to straddle strategy and execution; willingness to roll up one’s sleeves and do whatever it takes to get the job done
  • Strong interpersonal skills; adept at negotiating and influencing as well as building effective relationships and partnerships
  • Experience managing relationships with external service providers, including auditors and advisors
  • Good computer skills, including familiarity with Financial Software packages, Microsoft Word and Excel, Raiser’s Edge, QuickBooks, Salesforce
  • Alignment with Mary’s Meals’ 7S competency model: Self, Service, Simplicity, Stewardship, Strategy, Strengthen, Success


Flexible Location; occasional travel to MMUSA’s domestic offices


Driven by the ambitious vision of feeding and educating all children around the globe and their deep commitment to service, Mary’s Meals seeks to ensure as much money as possible goes directly towards feeding children. For this reason, they have established compensation bands across their organization. The Head of Finance & Operations – USA salary will be capped at approximately $85K.

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Mary’s Meals is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.

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