About The Institute of World Politics

The Institute of World Politics is a graduate school of national security and international affairs, dedicated to developing leaders with a sound understanding of international realities and the ethical conduct of statecraft, based on knowledge and appreciation of the founding principles of the American political economy and the Western moral tradition. Our employees enjoy a flexible work environment, great benefits, and a real opportunity to make a difference in our government and world peace. Join our talented team of professionals and scholar-practitioners!

Full-Time (FT)

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) advises the President, Executive Vice President, and senior staff on all matters pertaining to the management and operation of accounting, budget management and control, student aid disbursement, financial information systems, fiscal planning, financial statement preparation, benefits and payroll. As a representative of IWP, the CFO works with the highest levels of stewardship, ethical standards, and professionalism. The CFO must enjoy working within a University environment that is mission-driven, high profile, and government and military community oriented. This position works independently on projects, from conception to completion, and must be able to work under pressure and manage confidential matters with discretion and diplomacy. 

Key responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for the management and oversight of accounting systems and internal control functions, as well as the Human Resources, Business Office, and Financial Aid departments.
  • Generate weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports as needed to monitor, evaluate and optimize cash-flow and liquidity.
  • Direct and coordinate the monthly and annual accounting close and budget functions while providing quarterly updates to the Board of Trustees and other senior staff.
  • Oversee the maintenance and reconciliations of at least six (6) endowment funds and multiple restricted and unrestricted bank accounts while adhering to specific restrictions on each fund or account.
  • Manage the accounts payable and receivable processes, to include both donors and customers (students) and while utilizing multiple systems to ensure the accuracy of outstanding account balances.
  • Work with the independent auditor and internal staff to resolve accounting issues throughout the fiscal year, including research into new accounting pronouncement.
  • Develop, review, revise and/or approve contractual agreements with vendors or other external stakeholders on behalf of the Institute.
  • Oversee the process for analyzing, comparing and approving benefit(s) packages for employees. Develop a positive working relationship with the Institute’s benefits’ broker(s) to facilitate communication and benefit education across the organization.
  • Serve as the primary retirement plan administrator and fulfill all applicable ERISA and non-ERISA related regulatory reporting requirements.
  • Contribute to the overall success of the Institute by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned or needed.

Successful candidates will have:

A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or related business field with a minimum of 5 years’ senior financial leadership experience and a minimum of 15 years’ overall accounting/finance experience. CPA and/or MBA highly preferred.  Experience within the education industry and/or as a CFO or Controller of a registered 501(c)3 desirable. 


For more information about The Institute of World Politics visit https://www.iwp.edu/.  Please submit a cover letter and resume to apply.careers@iwp.edu with “Chief Financial Officer” in the subject line. Open until filled. We are reviewing applications as they come in and will begin interviews the week of October 15, 2018.

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Please note the selected candidate will be required to submit to a company background check.  IWP is an equal opportunity Employer.