SVP of Finance

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Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith. Please visit to view our Statement of Faith and Doctrinal Distinctives.

SVP of Finance

Alliance Defending Freedom is looking for a highly skilled SVP of Finance to join us in our Scottsdale, AZ or Lansdowne, VA office. As the Senior Vice President of Finance, you are a vital part of Alliance Defending Freedom. In this highly visible role, you will report to the CEO and closely partner with Executive Leadership Team members in furthering our legal objectives through the execution of a comprehensive and strategic enterprise-wide finance and accounting organization which includes accounting, budgeting, fp&a, tax, and regular financial and operational reviews. You will directly oversee ADF’s Finance function, as well as the Facilities and Security Services teams.

Your Essential Responsibilities:


  • Contribute to the strategic plan; offer innovative approaches to advancing and elevating the ministry
  • Act as a strategic advisor to executive leadership.
  • Build an annual plan and budgeting process to manage and control ministry deliverables.
  • Develop a 3-year capital plan and monitor capital expenditures diligently.


  • Develop and maintain dashboards and key reports to all stakeholders and authorities
  • Lead automation and technology implementation to make work more efficient and agile.
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly reporting packages, financial statements, Form 990, and annual reports.
  • Establish financial planning and analysis functions to support the business.
  • Establish and maintain internal controls and audit activities.


  • Execute the annual plan within approved budgets.
  • Manage and resolve risks to the annual plan.
  • Keep the executive team up to date on the progress of the plan.


  • Build, develop, and coach a team of finance leaders to ensure excellence and efficiency in the financial function.
  • Provide training to advance the capability of the team and clear advancement and succession plans.
  • Create a strong teamwork environment that enables sound cross-functional outcomes.


  • Set aside time to pray, reflect, and think.
  • Lead through a lens of positive impact on people and the ministry (not self-interest).
  • Foster a spirit of trust on your team and among colleagues.
  • Make talent development and team member care a priority in your calendar.

Key Attributes

  • Strategic Orientation – Continuously develop a thoughtful and well-articulated roadmap of th future structure, people, processes and systems to support the future mission work of ADF creating an environment for its abundant success and flourishing.
  • Technical Proficiency – Strong technical abilities in and knowledge of accounting, financial reporting, analytical skills, finance/treasury, IRS and regulatory compliance,, etc.
    Business Acumen – Ability to understand and utilize knowledge of the organization’s mission, business strategies, and operating processes to assist the executive leadership team with the achievement of key goals and objectives (understanding how an organization runs and generates revenue; working with executive leadership team on ideas, opportunities and strategies to improve the organization and its business processes); ability to balance between strategic planning and tactical execution.
  • People Skills – Abiltiy to build strong relationships, communicate effectively (writing, speaking and listening), delegate appropriately, develop people, and create a high-performing team.
  • Intellectual Curiosity – Ability to utilize analytical, conceptual, and problem-solving skills to see beyond the numbers and understand their impact on the business (“the big picture”). Ability to take initiative and readily identify problems and propose solutions. Ability to take action and effectively execute material change based on one’s own observations and best judgment.
  • Fiduciary Mindset – Ability to interface with diverse stakeholders and represent their best interests. Provide “independent” perspective to the ministry’s leadership and Board of Directors as necessary and as requested.
  • Success / Results Driven Mentality – Strong entrepreneurial spirit, high professional drive, and a willingness to “do whatever it takes” to support the team and the ministry’s mission and success.
  • Meticulous Attention to Detail – Strong ability to deliver accurate reports, analysis, and other work product, free of errors and discrepancies and supported by readily available documentation and detail, as needed and requested.
  • Project Management – Ability to organize/prioritize actions needed to drive a desired outcome while leading people through the change of processes or systems.
  • Leadership Team – As a true business partner to the CEO and leadership team, assess organizational performance against both the annual budget and Alliance Defending Freedom’s strategic plan.

Other Responsibilities (Non-Essential):

  • You will be asked to perform related duties or special projects as assigned.

Skills you need to succeed: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting Required.
  • Master’s degree or CPA required.
  • 15+ years of relevant experience with 7+ years minimum in a corporate leadership role managing finance and accounting professionals and staff.
  • Demonstrable history of outstanding communication skills.
  • Experience as a senior leader for an organization that has grown dramatically and has successfully “scaled” resources to accommodate growth.
  • Experience with international accounting teams, real estate, investments, as well as managing strategic relationships with financial institutions and vendor partners.
  • Combination of for-profit and non-profit experience preferred
  • Working knowledge of enterprise financial systems.
  • Travel required to connect with leaders in other offices (15%)


We have it! Alliance Defending Freedom offers team members a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes major medical insurance, dental care, medical and dependent care reimbursement, paid disability, long-term care insurance, and life insurance. We also offer a 401(k) plan with a generous company match. Work and life balance is important to the well-being of our team members. You will receive paid time off (PTO) that starts accruing from your hire date and 11 paid holidays per year.

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