Oct 11, 2022

Chief Financial Officer

$300,000 yearly
  • The Byers Group
  • New York, NY, USA
Full-Time Civic Engagement Executive Management (CEO/ED)

Job Description

The ACLU seeks a mission driven, people centered, financial leader with significant experience building and leading high-performing finance teams in a non-profit environment to be the Chief Financial Officer of the ACLU’s National office in New York.  Within the ACLU are two consolidated organizations: the Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3), and the Union, which is the 501(c)(4). Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will oversee the financial strategy, operations, and compliance of both the 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4), with a combined budget of over $375 million in annual operating and capital expenses and nearly $1 billion in investments under management.

The American Civil Liberties Union was founded more than 100 years ago and is our nation's guardian of liberty. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Today, the organization is headquartered in New York City with a 50-state network of staffed, autonomous affiliate offices. In the last 5 years, the ACLU has experienced exponential growth, essentially doubling in size, which has enabled their efforts nationally and locally.

From paying vendors to forecasting budgets, and everything in-between, the Finance team provides the resources and platform for informed financial decision-making. In addition to having oversight of all financial activities of the National ACLU, the CFO will manage a team of 24 diverse and empowered doers and thinkers who take pride in their work and how it contributes to the mission of the ACLU. Its mission is to be a standard for excellence in non-profit finance.

Hiring Organization



The successful CFO candidate will be an experienced leader who has deep financial expertise, is a strategic and trusted advisor to senior leadership, and an effective people manager. They will have a successful track-record of managing the financial affairs of a large, complex organization, with a big picture understanding of finance and a creative thinker around systems that create organizational efficiencies.  A demonstrated passion for the work of the ACLU is essential.

The ideal candidate will possess an appetite for talent development, and a service oriented style to partner with and influence senior management, peers, and others. An undergraduate or graduate degree in finance or related subject (a CPA and/or MBA in accounting and finance are highly desirable) is required.

Industry/Service Area

Advocacy/Social Action




The ACLU offers a competitive annual salary of $300,000 and offers a comprehensive benefits package.

Application Instructions

The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by October 16, 2022. To apply for this outstanding opportunity, please electronically submit your resume and a cover letter of interest to The Byers Group: ACLU.CFO@byersgroupca.com. The letter of interest should outline why you are interested in joining the ACLU and your relevant accomplishments.

Confidential inquiries are encouraged and can be directed to: Ms. Brett Byers, 323-403-8279, brett@byersgroupca.com and/or Ms. Christine Boulware, 312-691-6098, christine@byersgroupca.com.

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