Finance Director

Fair Food Network is founded on the belief that vibrant local food systems can create health and economic opportunity for all. A national nonprofit, we work with a diverse network of partners and pioneer solutions that support farmers, strengthen local economies, and increase access to healthy food—especially in our most underserved communities. We also serve as a network for the good food movement, bringing people together to generate ideas, share resources, and promote policy change.

Fair Food Network is seeking a Finance Director to oversee the organization’s finance, business planning and budgeting functional areas. The candidate we seek will manage all aspects of the organization’s finances and complex grant commitments within our accounting system. The selected professional will also prepare and present financials to the Board of Directors and work closely with department heads to cultivate increased financial literacy and accountability to departmental budgets. The Director of Finance will hire and manage an Accountant.

The position as described below can be constructed as is structured a full or part time position, depending on the preference of the most qualified candidate. One of the first duties of the Director of Finance will be to hire an Accountant, with that position constructed as either full or part time to best complement the schedule and skills of the Director.

The Finance Director is a senior position and will report to the Chief Operating Officer. The position is based in Fair Food Network’s Ann Arbor, MI office.


  • Lead process to develop annual organizational budget and corresponding departmental budgets, based on organizational goals and funding commitments. Prepare budgets to fund new projects and effectively integrate new funding into organizational budgets.
  • Analyze and present financial reports for the board and executive leadership to enable strategic decisions about organizational growth.
  • Lead process to develop organizational approach to cash management, risk assessment and investment strategy, in close collaboration with executive leadership and Board.
  • Monitor actual spending against budget and prepare monthly variance reports for review with executive leadership and department heads.
  • Implement and maintain a robust grant management and financial management/reporting system, including systems to manage the allocation of expenses against grant funding; ensure that funds are spent in the timeframe and manner promised and that financial reports are submitted in timely manner to funders.
  • Lead the annual audit/990 process, liaising with external accountants and auditors, and address any changes necessary.
  • Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; update and modify the finance department’s overall policies and procedures manual as needed.
  • Manage Accounting Manager and oversee basic accounting function, as well as activities related to the Fair Food Fund and its loans, investments, payments, interest, and reporting.
  • Other finance-related special projects and duties as appropriate.


  • Bachelor’s degree, ideally combined with an MBA/CPA or related degree, with at least 7 years of related professional experience and specific experience with broad financial management.
  • Experience with final responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data, reporting and audit coordination for an organization, division or significant program area.
  • Understanding of complex financial concepts and the ability to translate them into functional budget/performance tracking tools.
  • Ability to work effectively with programmatic and fundraising colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds.
  • Experience in fund management of multiple restricted government and private grants preferred.
  • A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills, which support and enable sound decision making.
  • Creative thinking and an ability to innovate the introduction and implementation of best practices that support collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and efficiency of work.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, a positive worldview, and commitment to fairness.
  • Solid knowledge of generally accepted accounting practices and principles.
  • Advanced expertise in QuickBooks and Excel.
  • Dedication to the mission of Fair Food Network.


How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume together in one file to with subject line “Application: Finance Director.” Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Fair Food Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our mission is best advanced by contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects the diverse community we serve is a priority, and we encourage applicants of all ages, cultures, races, colors, religions, national or regional origins, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or other status protected by law.

Classification: Full-time, exempt

Compensation: Commensurate with experience; benefits included