Position Overview Reporting to the Executive Director, the Senior Accountant will be responsible for providing leadership and direction on the Executive team and working with the board to effectively design and implement a strategic business model. This role will be providing day-to-day financial management and oversight for the organization. The position will play a critical role in partnering with the Executive leadership team in strategic decision-making as Cabrini Green Legal Aid continues to enhance its Theory of Change and long-range planning for the organization. This role will also be responsible for providing leadership in creating and monitoring the organization’s budget as well as its compensation system and merit budgets.
Strategy & Vision
Advise the Executive Director and other senior leaders on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and policy matters.
Works closely with Board and Executive Director and other senior members to develop a strategy for driving the future success of the organization.
Serve as the management liaison to the board and finance committee; effectively communicate and present critical financial matters at board of director and committee meetings.
Identify and implement innovative processes for improving business processes to support administrative functions.
Ensure legal and regulatory compliance and appropriate risk mitigation through the timely review and approval of all of the organization’s business relationships including but not limited to business insurances, contracts and grant agreements.
Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements; collate financial reporting materials for all donor segments, and oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting.
Create and manage annual budget process.
Coordinate and lead the annual audit process, liaise with external auditors and the finance committee of the board of directors; assess any changes necessary.
Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the ED.
Administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes; and keep executive leadership team abreast of the organization’s financial status.
Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting.
In collaboration with the Associate Director of HR, monitors the annual cost of employee benefit renewals.
Implement a robust contract management and financial management/ reporting system; ensure adherence with the contract billing and collection schedule and that financial data and cash flow are steady and support operational requirements.
Update and implement all necessary business policies, internal controls and accounting practices; improve the finance department’s overall policy and procedure manual.
Oversee the management of the accounts receivable billing and tracking.
Oversee Accounts Payable processes in bill.com and Expensify.
Manage organization’s financial reserves.
Oversee financial planning, financial policy development, accounting, financial reporting and compliance, and institutional stakeholder relations.
Improve administrative and operational accounting services such as treasury management, grants payment processing, payroll, accounts payable, and purchasing.
Responsible for overseeing all contracts and completing all grant related financial reporting and ensures compliance with funders’ reporting requirements.
Work collaboratively with Financial Management / Accounting Consultants to enhance the accuracy, completeness, and functionality of the accounting recordkeeping systems.
In collaboration with the Associate Director of HR, monitors the effectiveness of existing compensation policies and guidelines and procedures for recommending plan revisions as well as new plans that are cost-effective and consistent with compensation trends and company objectives.
Create and manage compensation system and annual merit based budget.
Keeps apprised of federal, state and local compensation laws and regulations to ensure company compliance.
Supervises the participation in, conducts and/or purchases exempt and nonexempt salary surveys to ensure company compensation objectives are achieved.
Assists Human Resources, Directors and other managers with compensation-related issues.
Serves as a member of the Executive Team in providing leadership in developing agency-wide financial training by introducing best practices and executive counsel on healthy fiscal business practices.
Ensure that all staff receive timely and appropriate training on relevant finance and operational processes.
Provide leadership, coaching, and accountability for all direct reports.Ensure that timely, consistent, and detailed performance feedback is provided to each direct report. Responsible for ensuring direct reports are performing at a satisfactory level.
Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, conduct quarterly and annual performance appraisals.
Effectively lead operations staff and builds positive departmental culture.
Provide resources and support to address staff needs, identifies and secures professional development opportunities for staff, provides coaching and supervision, and manages and resolves conflict.
Address performance issues with staff and interns using appropriate disciplinary methods such as verbal warnings, write-ups, and performance improvement plans.
Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.
Serves as the staff liaison to the Board Finance Committee; Provide oral and written finance reports to the committee.
Performs other miscellaneous duties as assigned.
Education A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Graduate degree in business or accounting, MBA/CPA or related degree preferred.
MBA in Finance or Certified Public Accountant.
Have 5 - 7 years of experience working in a not for profit sector; ideally six-plus years of broad financial and operations management experience.
Proven track record in grants management.
Experience with creating and managing cost allocation plans.
Demonstrated experience and proficiency in financial management and accounting utilizing QuickBooks Accounting Software, ideally in the nonprofit sector.
Experience with nonprofit accounting, including sophisticated fund and grant accounting, compliance, and reporting.
Experience in audit management, compliance, budget, and resource development;
Experience with Circular A133 audit.
Excellent oral and written communication; relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
Ability to translate financial concepts to – and to effectively collaborate with -- programmatic and fundraising colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds, at the board and staff level.
A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which support and enable sound decision-making.
Strong organizational and leadership skills.
Excellent people skills, with experience collaborating in a multi-disciplinary, diverse, and dynamic team environment.
Strong computer skills including proficiency in QuickBooks, Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint;
A multitasker with the ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects and deadlines while producing quality results.
Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports.
A strategic and analytical leader who enjoys working in a fast paced environment.
Possesses exemplary attention to detail.
Supervises 1 Bookkeeper
Required Hours Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm, 40 hours per week. NOTE: Occasional weekend and evening work will be required.
Sit for long periods of time
Speak clearly, so listeners can understand.
Understand the speech of another person.
Must be able to handle working in a stressful work environment.
The employee is regularly required to sit, walk, talk, read, see and hear.
The employee is frequently required to use hands and fingers to type, handle, or feel and reach. The employee is regularly required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Working Conditions Work is performed in a typical office environment. Must be able to work in an open office setting with moderate noise levels.
Benefits We offer a generous benefits plan that includes Blue Cross Blue Shield - Health insurance, Vision Service Plan – Vision insurance, Principal Dental insurance and 100% employer paid life insurance, (EAP) Employee Assistance Program, Dependent Care, Pet Insurance and Medical Flexible spending accounts, Pre Tax Programs for parking, local transit for Ventra and Metra and UberPool, and Vanguard 403(b) retirement account. Additionally, CGLA offers generous Paid Time-off, Floating Holidays and 14 paid holidays per year. During the summer months we celebrate Summer Fridays by closing the office early.
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