About 60 Decibels
60 Decibels, a new social impact measurement company spinning out of Acumen, is looking for an experienced finance professional to join our team at an exciting inflection point.
The 60 Decibels team pioneered the Lean Data methodology at Acumen, an impact investor that supports early-stage entrepreneurs who are fighting the root causes of poverty.
As we spin out of Acumen, we are looking for a finance leader who will build and operationalize the financial infrastructure of our new, fast-growing, global organization that is revolutionizing how the world measures social impact.
About Lean Data and 60 Decibels
Lean Data was developed at Acumen to address the measurement needs for its $100M+ patient capital investment portfolio. Lean Data is a low-cost, high speed, end-to-end customer insights and data collection service that has revolutionized the field of social impact measurement. Since 2014, Lean Data has completed more than 300 projects, gathering feedback and social outcomes data from more than 75,000 low-income customers across 33 countries, working with Acumen investees as well as with leading organizations like Omidyar Network, DFID, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The 20-person Lean Data team is spinning out of Acumen in February 2019, and the new organization is launching under the name 60 Decibels.
Acumen is changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. Acumen invests patient capital in businesses whose products and services are enabling the poor to transform their lives. Founded by Jacqueline Novogratz in 2001, Acumen has invested more than $111 million in 104 companies across Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the United States. We are also developing a global community of emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills and determination to create a more inclusive world. In 2015, Acumen was named one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profit Companies.
Reporting to the 60 Decibels Director of Operations, the Director of Finance will create, operationalize and maintain a robust financial infrastructure in a growing, global organization. S/he will collaborate closely with a global team working in the United States, the United Kingdom, India, and Kenya. S/he will manage a small team of junior finance staff in service of the finance team’s global responsibilities.
The ideal candidate for this role will be comfortable with both big picture planning and detail-oriented "sweating the small stuff." S/he will toggle between activities like building out a cashflow model for an investor presentation, managing Accounts Receivable from 30+ global clients, and reviewing expense coding and signing off on Accounts Payable for a team of 100+ enumerators in 30 countries. The ideal candidate is someone who will embrace all of these activities: you’ll couple a keen attention to detail with a systems- and process-building orientation, laying the foundation for our growth and modeling the financial and operational rigor required in a fast-growing, global organization.
More than anything, we are looking for someone who is curious and entrepreneurial, a quick learner who will continuously be looking for strategic opportunities to improve how we manage our finances.
Duties & Responsibilities
This position will be based in New York City, NY. Permanent authorization to work in the United States is required.
Compensation for this role is competitive and will be commensurate with experience.
How to Apply
Candidates for the Director of Finance position are asked to submit their resume and their responses to the questions below. Please keep your responses to 300 words or less.
Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline to apply is January 25th.