Job Overview

Summary

Udall Foundation fosters leaders who embrace-and practices that exemplify-its core values of integrity, civility, consensus, public service, and non-partisanship. The U.S. Congress established the Udall Foundation in 1992 as an independent executive branch agency to honor Morris K. Udall's lasting impact on this nation's environment, public lands, and natural resources, and his work with American Indians and Alaska Natives (P.L. 102-259). In 1998, Congress passed the Environmental Policy and Conflict Resolution Act (P.L. 105-156) to establish the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (Institute) as a program of the Udall Foundation to assist parties in resolving environmental, public lands, and natural resources conflicts nationwide that involve federal agencies or interests. In 2009, Congress enacted legislation to honor Stewart L. Udall and add his name to the Udall Foundation (P.L. 111-90). Today the agency is known as the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. For more information, please visit www.udall.gov.

The Udall Foundation Director of Finance and Operations (DFO) acts as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Foundation and reports directly to the Udall Foundation Executive Director. The Udall Foundation is a Federal micro-agency and employs fewer than 30 individuals total. Accordingly, this position provides an opportunity for the incumbent to be involved in all professional aspects of the Foundation. The DFO/CFO position is responsible for Foundation budget, financial operations, internal controls, information technology and administrative support processes. While the USDA provides many financial services (e.g. processing payments and providing financial statements), many critical budgetary and administrative functions are performed directly by the DFO/CFO. The DFO/CFO formulates fiscal policies, oversees budget formulation and tracking, investments and forecasting; assists with strategic and operations planning; and oversees Information Technology strategy and services. The DFO/CFO serves as a member of the Udall Foundation's leadership team, which includes the Executive Director, General Counsel, and Director - DC Office of the Udall Foundation, Director Education Programs and Director Environmental Conflict Resolution Program. The leadership team works cooperatively on Foundation-wide management issues.

Duties

As the Chief Financial Officer / Director of Finance and Operations of Udall Foundation, you will provide executive oversight over financial management (including Trust Fund investments), financial systems, budget and accounting, financially-related program analysis, internal controls, cash management, credit management, debt management policies, procurement, and information technology ensuring standards and compliance guidelines are met and oversee corrective actions relating to internal risk assessments and external audit recommendations. You will interact directly with Federal entities such as the Office of Inspector General, US Government Accountability Office, the Office of Management and Budget and USDA financial services. You manage the annual financial audit.

You will be expected to possess expert knowledge of federal laws, rules, regulations and policies of the federal government, to theorize, plan, and direct the entire financial and budgeting functions for the agency as you will be responsible for all aspects of resource management including, but not limited to:

  • Establishing, developing and maintaining financial controls, interpreting and applying financial and budgetary guidelines and policy; negotiating and assisting in resolution of controversial financial and program issues of considerable scope.
  • The DFO/CFO is required to resolve conflicting objectives resulting from overlapping or conflicting programmatic goals.
  • Advising and preparing top Foundation officials who appear before congressional committees and national media concerning the agency's budget and accounting.
  • Interacting directly with Federal entities such as the Office of Inspector General, US Government Accountability Office, and the Office of Management and Budget.
  • The DFO/CFO serves as liaison with OMB (for budget submission, ad hoc financial questions), USDA (for investing and accounting issues/problems), the Udall Center for the Environment and Public Policy at the University of Arizona (for budget and financial information), and the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona (for budget and financial information).
  • You will oversee revisions to the Udall Foundations processes, procedures and documentation resulting from external audit and internal control activities.
  • The DFO/CFO oversees investment decisions and balances of the Udall Foundation Education Trust Fund and the Udall Foundation Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund
  • Developing and implementing an ongoing internal controls program for the Foundation.
  • Acting as a conduit for personnel-related information to ensure Foundation staff is informed of eligibility and changes to federal benefits and programs, including Federal Health Plans, the Thrift Savings Plan, etc.
  • Formulating overall accounting strategy, security and user support to assist with developing functional and financial specifications and for the internal Project Management Database.
  • You will supervise approximately 6 staff in the execution of strategic and performance based plans. You will provide day-to-day leadership and direction to all Udall staff in all phases of resource management. This includes analyzing current and/or newly required management policies and procedures to design new or revised/improved processes and validate current processes with respect to statutory and/or regulatory requirements.
  • You will review and, when needed, revise financial methodologies and associated documentation and ensure their implementation.
  • You will act a s liaison with partners and when necessary other Federal departments and agencies serving as the principal representative on matters relating to financial management.
  • You will develop and maintain positive relationships with Udall Foundation staff, government agencies, Congress and other entities.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may be paid in accordance with Travel Regulations.