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TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineApril 1, 2021
College Degree Required?Yes
Salary Range$130 – 130k



We are seeking a VP of Finance & Administration (VPFA) for our client, Activation Capital, a self-sustaining, mission-driven organization created to grow the number of life sciences and advanced technology businesses by and for the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1992. The organization provides a portfolio of resources to entrepreneurs and entrepreneur support organizations translating science and technology into world-changing companies.

The VPFA is a key strategic role with hands-on responsibility for the development of Activation Capital’s financial management strategy, contributing to the development of the organization’s strategic goals, and providing insight into opportunities for long-term financial growth. The individual contributor has a span of control encompassing business & financial planning, annual budgeting, forecasting, accounting, financial analysis, management & performance reporting, and HR/Benefits administration. The annual budget is $1.5M+ with primarily commercial real-estate assets of $20M. This role is part of a small entrepreneurial team located in downtown Richmond, VA reporting to the President.

Activation Capital is aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals targeting Gender Equality, Decent Work & Economic Growth, Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure, and Reduced Inequalities. The organization values agility, an entrepreneurial mindset, collaboration, impact and inclusion.  Learn more at!

Summary of Job Responsibilities and Requirements

Strategy, Vision, and Leadership

  • Advise the CEO and Board of Directors on capital strategies, financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and policy matters.
  • Serve as the management liaison to the Board and Finance & Audit Committee.
  • Contribute to the development of Activation Capital’s strategic goals and objectives.

Financial Planning & Forecasting

  • Oversee financial forecast, including analysis and insights into the key drivers, assumptions, and changes.
  • Build and maintain forecast reporting formats and processes.
  • Contribute to the development of revenue generation and growth planning involving multiple revenue channels.
  • Participate in building business cases for new initiatives, capital investments, and partnerships.

Annual Operating Planning

  • Lead the annual operating plan and budgeting process, ensuring alignment with strategic focus and priorities.
  • Provide recommendations regarding opportunities, risk management, and resource allocation.

Accounting, Administration & Controls

  • Maintain an appropriate system of policies, internal controls, accounting standards, and procedures under the General Accounting Standards Board (GASB).
  • Improve administrative and operational accounting services such as treasury management, retirement plan, grants payment processing, payroll/HR, accounts payable, and purchasing.
  • Oversee management of administrative areas (including HR, IT, & contracts), responsible for creating systems and processes that are effective and efficient.
  • Manage accounting/reporting to ensure compliance with GASB audit standards and statutory requirements.
  • Provide operational support for affiliate organizations and coordinate financial reporting.
  • Manage relationships with third-party finance vendors, payroll management, auditors, tax vendors, etc.

Financial Analysis & Business Performance Reporting

  • Report on business performance, including financial results and key metrics, providing analysis and insights.
  • Help design and maintain reporting on business & financial results, including scorecards and dashboards.
  • Promote consistent business modeling, milestones, and dashboards by affiliate organizations.
  • Advise the organization on tools and solutions to increase efficiency in forecasting, analysis, and reporting.
  • Other special projects and tasks as assigned.

 Key Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Accounting, or Finance; MBA is desired. CPA or CMA is a plus.
  • Minimum of 10+ years of progressive experience in Finance and Accounting, with significant FP&A exposure.
  • Highly skilled in QuickBooks Desktop and Excel; exposure to State pension systems.
  • Experience with government/nonprofit finance and accounting regulations.
  • External audit and in-house financial management experience.
  • Mastery of business modeling, management reporting and analytic tools to assist with revenue generation.
  • Experience in Human Resources and benefits administration; Dominion iSolved experience a plus.
  • Experience with commercial real-estate and / or venture-backed entrepreneurship organizations a plus, not required.
  • Collaborative with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Represents the organization in a professional manner to the community, vendors, and internal personnel.
  • Typical full-time work schedule is Monday through Friday.
  • Offer of employment is contingent upon successfully completing pre-employment background screening and professional references.

Competitive Salary & Rich Benefits Package including health, dental, vision, life & AD&D, LTD, STD, LTC, FMLA, paid holidays, paid time off, retirement and deferred compensation plan with matching contributions!  Professional development reimbursement, work life balance / flex schedule opportunity and wellness initiatives.

Apply by sending your resume and cover letter. This position will remain open until filled.

EOE M/F/D/V On behalf of its client, Warren Whitney reserves the right to alter, change, modify and/or terminate this job posting at any time without notice, or obligation, to any party.