Courtney Galuska, HR Manager

Open Chief Financial Officer Position

American Battlefield Trust

The American Battlefield Trust, the nation’s premier historic land preservation nonprofit organization, seeks an experienced Chief Financial Officer. The Trust preserves America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educates the public about what happened there and why it matters.

The Chief Financial Officer will direct and oversee the financial activities of the organization, prepare financial reports and summaries, and oversee the accounting, budget preparation, and audit functions, working with other department heads to monitor each department and make recommendations for improvement.

Location: Washington, DC

Reports To: President/CEO

Job Classification: Full-Time; Exempt

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • At least 10 years of direct professional experience, including managing the finance and accounting functions of a $20 million to $50 million organization
  • Bachelor’s degree (MA/MBA highly preferred), ideally in Business, Management, or Finance
  • CPA license strongly preferred
  • Experience creating and driving the analytic framework for planning and managing organizational change in a small but highly entrepreneurial organization
  • Extensive knowledge of MS Excel and Quickbooks or other accounting software

Ideal Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with experience collaborating in a multidisciplinary, diverse, and dynamic team
  • Demonstrated experience in non-profit financial management and accounting
  • Experience should include legal, audit, compliance, budget, grant management, and resource development, with experience in complex real estate transactions being a plus
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities, and proposing new ways of creating efficiencies
  • Proven effectiveness leading professionals in finance and business management
  • Technologically savvy, with an ability to point to examples of having worked with staff to develop and implement new processes and systems that increased efficiency and visibility in a fast-moving environment
  • Flexible and a self-starter; able to multitask while also being highly detail oriented
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, sense of humor, and a commitment to the preservation and education mission of the American Battlefield Trust
  • Preference given to non-profit experience

Duties and Responsibilities

Business Development:

  • Provides analytical support and financial recommendations for new business proposals
  • Works closely with the President and Executive Team to develop profit/loss forecasts and controls


  • Responsible for all aspects of the organization’s financial management including: managing unrestricted and restricted cash, managing and reporting financial performance, and setting priorities
  • Works closely with the President, Executive Team and the Board to identify their financial information needs and provide clear, useful financial analysis and information to help them meet their responsibilities for financial oversight
  • Responsible for recruiting and retaining a highly competent staff or vendors to fulfill additional needs
  • Identifies tools to improve the efficiency and quality of the organization’s financial management, including new technology or workflows
  • Fosters a culture of transparency and ethical conduct
  • Other leadership duties as assigned by the President


  • Oversees the preparation of the annual cash budget and its incorporation into the Trust’s financial systems, working collaboratively with the President and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to engage other members of the Executive Team, with a focus on setting priorities, directing the allocation of resources based on those priorities, and bringing together the right teams of people to resolve issues
  • S/he and the CAO will work together to monitor the budget and engage the Executive Team to initiate whatever changes are necessary to keep the budget balanced
  • Responsible for the development of reports for management and Board review that are transparent, understandable, that raise any issues clearly and understandably, and that propose solutions to issues as they arise


  • Immediately reports any financial concerns, along with specific recommendations to address the concerns, to the President and Executive Team (and the Board, when appropriate)
  • Provides timely, accurate, and transparent financial reports to management and the Board
  • Participates in long-range planning efforts, providing financial analysis and forecasts to support this work
  • Oversees tax return planning and preparation for the Trust and works with external tax preparer to complete the annual tax returns on time
  • Manages the Trust’s relationship with all financial institutions including banks, custodians, depository accounts, and investment accounts
  • Obtains Board approval for and negotiates/secures capital financing, including bond financing and lines or letters of credit, as needed. Oversees debt obligations and fulfills all covenant requirements imposed by lenders
  • Works to ensure that the Trust has appropriate insurance coverage
  • Staffs the Finance Committee and the Audit Committee of the Board including preparation of agenda, minutes, reports, and other materials requested by the Committees


  • Works with the Audit Committee, President, and others in the development and completion of internal audits including reporting results to the Audit Committee and implementing recommendations
  • Maintains systems of internal controls to safeguard the financial assets of the Trust
  • Works with the President and others to periodically report to the Audit Committee on the Trust’s potential financial, operational, and reputational risks
  • Assists the Audit Committee in hiring external financial auditors and coordinates the annual financial audits, including Uniform Guidance audits and employee benefit plan audits
  • Ensures that the Trust is in compliance with all 501c(3) 401(a) and 403(b) requirements, that the Trust’s financial statements are GAAP compliant, and the Trust is complying with all applicable federal, state, and local regulatory laws and rules for financial and tax reporting

To apply for the position, please send resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and references to  No calls, please.

At the American Battlefield Trust, we build parks and tell stories — the narrative threads that make up the rich tapestry of our nation. Our culture calls for hardworking, entrepreneurial individuals that take calculated, intelligent risks and are always looking for opportunities to learn and improve. Our staff is united by a commitment to excellence and a passion for keeping American history alive.

Since 1987, the Trust has saved more than 53,000 acres of hallowed battlefield land from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War. We have reached millions of students and other life-long learners through our education programs.  As our nation heads toward the 250th anniversary of its birth, we are looking to grow even more and build upon our previous successes.