Vice President, Finance
Awana is a $30 million worldwide nonprofit ministry focused on providing fully integrated Bible-based evangelism and discipleship solutions for ages 2-18. As the global leader in child and youth discipleship, Awana gives children the opportunity to know, love and serve Jesus, no matter their background. About 100 FT employees are housed in Awana’s headquarters in Streamwood, IL (near Chicago), in addition to 215 field staff across the world. Its mission is to equip leaders to reach kids with the gospel and engage them in lifelong discipleship.
Founded in 1941, Awana now each week has more than 4.7 million children and 470,000 volunteers who gather in 57,000 churches around the world to hear the gospel and be launched into lifelong discipleship. Offered through local churches, Awana reaches kids where they are and walks alongside them in their faith journey.
Reporting directly to the President & Chief Strategy Officer, the CFO directs and coordinates the activities of various departments, including Finance, Accounting, Risk Management, Legal, and Purchasing/Production. The CFO ensures the fiscal integrity of the ministry and directs ministry activities to conform with domestic and international regulatory requirements, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), Evangelical Counsel for Financial Accountability (ECFA) standards, and risk management policies to safeguard the assets of the organization. S/he serves as a member of the Awana Senior Leadership Team (SLT), a board member of the Stewardship Insurance Captive, a board member for the Awana Foundation, and liaison to the Awana Board of Directors Finance Committee. Assists the President/CSO and CEO in formulating and administering organizational policies and ministry initiatives by providing leadership for the following duties and responsibilities.
The ideal candidate may currently be  serving as a CFO or VP of Finance at  another nonprofit, [2} a top finance executive at a successful business or mid-sized corporation who is ready to move from “success to significance,” or  a CFO at a college or university. Awana needs someone in this position who functions in an appropriate tension and balance between a ministry heart and fiscal responsibility. S/he must understand the uniqueness of nonprofit finance; i.e., fund balances that span multiple fiscal years, being a donation-based ministry, how to measure ROI and that the “bottom line” isn’t always financial, etc. They must be laser-focused on finances (opportunities and threats), yet also connect relationally with senior leadership and key team members across the ministry. And finally, they need to be a learner, mentor and teacher, knowing that part of “leading change” and organizational turnaround is helping people understand the reasoning and the direction.
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To learn more about the ministry of Awana, please visit their website at www.awana.org.