Chief Financial Officer

Job Purpose/Position Overview

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is hiring a Chief Financial Officer to replace its retiring CFO. This person will provide primary leadership for the accounting, audit, banking, budget, finance, insurance, investment, risk management, and technology functions of a statewide and financially stable nonprofit land trust with annual revenue of approximately $30M.  The INHF Chief Financial Officer position is a hands-on position including general ledger responsibilities.

This full-time, exempt position typically involves 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, in our Des Moines office with occasional travel to participate in weekend/evening events with board, donors or volunteers. Telework is an option, but a presence in the office at least two days minimum is preferred.

The CFO reports to the INHF President and works closely with the Senior Management team, the Finance, Investment and Audit Committees, and the Board of Directors.  The Chief Financial Officer supervises the Information Technology and Finance functions.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Serve as an advisor to the President on the organization’s strategic and financial functions.  Serve as a member of the Senior Management team.
  • Assure the integrity and viability of the organization’s finances.  Provide strategic management of accounting, finance, and technology functions.
  • Direct and oversee financial activities and preparation of all financial statements, reconciliations, and management reports for the Board of Directors and staff.  Serve as lead staff resource for the Finance Committee.
  • Assure that all donor restricted and board designated funds are properly maintained and reported. 
  • Assure compliance with GAAP and nonprofit best practices.  Manage the annual audit and the preparation and submission of all tax returns.  Serve as lead staff resource for the Audit Committee.
  • Serve as primary resource for the organization’s banking operations including management of the line of credit and other debt.
  • Oversee the annual budget, budget reforecast, budget reporting and variance analysis.
  • Manage the organization’s property and casualty insurance.  Assist the HR Director with the renewal of all employee insurance.
  • Manage the organization’s investment portfolio.  Serve as lead staff resource for the Investment Committee.
  • Manage the organization’s risk management function including the internal controls. Recommend and implement continuous process improvements.
  • Supervise the outsourced technology function and assure the security of the organization’s network.


  • Personal alignment with our organization’s mission.
  • 5+ years of nonprofit financial management experience required.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and/or MBA or related field required.
  • Knowledge of all aspects of generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Board presentation and public speaking skills required.
  • Excellent strategic, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work well with the President, board members, and staff.

A successful candidate will have …

  • Personal qualities of integrity, ethics, credibility, and a commitment to the organization’s mission.
  • Project positive, optimistic image to staff, INHF members, vendors and others.
  • Exhibit personal accountability and initiative by:
    • Adhering to the staff operating principles.
    • Following INHF policies.
    • Practicing effective teamwork.
    • Accepting new challenges.
    • Incorporating new learning.
  • Perform other duties as assigned for the efficient and effective operation of INHF.

Salary and Benefits Summary

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation values our team members and takes pride in providing competitive compensation, generous medical and dental benefits, ample vacation and sick leave accrual, retirement matching, a flexible-within-reason schedule and opportunities for professional and personal growth.

Physical Requirements

Physical requirements include sitting and/or standing at a desk for the majority of the workday. Must be able to work in an office environment with low to moderate noise levels. The employee must provide own transportation to and from work.

To Apply

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Priority consideration will be given to those applicants who apply on or before the review start date of September 20, 2021.

Please electronically submit a cover letter with rationale for your interest in this position, résumé, and at least three professional references (with contact information) to Kari Walker, Human Resources Director, at  References will not be contacted until later in the search process with the candidate’s prior knowledge.