Director of Financial Services
Company: Legal Services Corporation
Posted on: February 25, 2021
Established by Congress in 1974, the Legal Services Corporation
(LSC) is the country's single largest funder of civil legal aid for
low-income Americans. LSC currently funds 132 independent nonprofit
legal aid organizations with more than 800 offices throughout the
nation. LSC's mission is to promote equal access to justice and
provide grants for high-quality civil legal assistance to
low-income Americans. BASIC FUNCTION: Under the direction of the
Chief Financial Officer (CFO), assists the CFO in the management,
administration, and implementation of the Office of Financial and
Administrative Services (OFAS) business operations and functions.
The Controller manages day-to-day operations of the accounting
functions and the employees responsible for them. Among other
duties, the Controller is responsible for the annual financial
statement audit and for ensuring the timely and accurate reporting
of accounting results each month. The position is located in
Washington, DC, but will be performed remotely until the pandemic
subsides. PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Manages day-to-day financial operations involving both
appropriated and non-appropriated funds, and the systems under
which funds are received, committed, obligated, transferred,
controlled, disbursed, reconciled, and reported.
- Maintain accounts payable, payroll, treasury grant accounting,
and general ledger, including developing and training staff.
- Manages the close cycle to ensure that all journal entries and
reconciliations of balance sheet and income statement accounts are
completed accurately, efficiently, and within the monthly and
annual close deadlines. Prepares monthly, quarterly, and annual
- Manages the payroll cycle to ensure employees are paid on a
timely and accurate basis and all proper tax filings are
- Leads the preparation of the annual 990 form and all other
financial and tax filings. Ensures compliance with applicable legal
and tax requirements.
- Reviews and updates the policies, procedures, and internal
controls that ensure the integrity of financial systems, financial
transactions, and financial reports.
- Evaluates the finance function and office plan for continual
improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
Continually analyzes processes and procedures to identify ways to
improve efficiency. Works with team members and other departments
to implement changes and improvements.
- Monitors cash receipts, disbursements, investment accounts and
fund balances to ensure availability of adequate operating funds.
Monitors and reports on minimum cash threshold necessary to meet
operating needs and appropriate reserves. Creates dashboard and
other tools to clearly articulate LSC's cash position and goals to
senior management. Proactively identifies appropriate strategies to
enhance cash position.
- Manages the roll-out and implementation of new finance and
accounting software, systems, and tools, structuring their use to
maximize efficiencies and benefits to LSC. Supervises the
administration and improvement of existing software, systems, and
- Manages treasury function including reporting on liquidity to
meet operating needs of the organization and complies with US
Treasury reporting requirements. Manages the banking
- Coordinates and serves as the lead contact for the annual
financial statement audit; prepares and reviews audit schedules,
answer auditors' questions, and responds to audit requests in a
- Ensures compliance with all accounting technical
pronouncements, including implementation of new accounting
standards as they are applicable to LSC.
- Prepares or reviews an analysis of new transactions
(contract/grant/donation) to determine and document proper
- Provides strong customer service on an individual basis or
through team members, ensuring all internal and external accounting
inquiries are responded to in an accurate and timely manner.
- As necessary, may stand in for CFO in their functions with the
Board of Directors. Supports the CFO in the successful
implementation of the annual office plan.
- Establishes, reviews, updates, and ensures full compliance with
LSC's fiscal management policies, procedures, and internal
controls. Ensures the Financial Services team adheres to GAAP
principles, relevant laws and regulations. Trains staff on and
ensures adherence to the above.
- Promotes inclusiveness and diversity within LSC.
- Manages staff responsible for performing accounting functions.
Coordinates personnel matters with the Office of Human Resources,
including recruiting and hiring employees, onboarding, professional
development and training, designation of work assignments, review
of performance plans, and implementation of performance
evaluations. Ensures that LSC's personnel policies are consistently
applied to their staff.
- Performs other related duties as assigned. COMPETENCIES
REQUIRED: General: Outstanding leadership and management skills;
strong initiative and accountability for results with ability to
work well independently, collaborate on teams, and work effectively
with staff at all levels; solution-oriented critical thinker with
strong experience creating new systems and approaches to work;
exercises good judgment; strong analytical skills and attention to
detail ; able to work under pressure and adjust to changing
priorities; ability to manage multiple priorities with the ability
to prioritize and complete multiple projects ; strong commitment to
principles of diversity; high degree of flexibility, capacity for
self-management, and attention to detail; understanding of and
commitment to organizational mission and goals; strong
organizational skills; adaptable and able to plan and manage
execute multiple and shifting priorities against tight deadlines;
unimpeachable integrity and personal ethics and adherence to the
highest standards of ethics and professionalism ; ability to
influence, motivate, challenge, and inspire confidence among
others; ability to develop and lead high performance/high morale
teams and to foster teamwork among diverse individuals; strong
emotional intelligence; excellent oral and written communication
skills to interact effectively with others to reach different
audiences effectively ; equitably applies LSC personnel policies;
must have demonstrated ability to handle confidential and sensitive
information. Technical/Specialized: A bachelor's degree in
accounting and a minimum of 10 years of progressive management
responsibility and experience in the accounting and business
functions of a non-profit. CPA licensure preferred. Strong
knowledge of accounting theory, concepts and practices and ability
to develop accounting policies and standards. Excellent critical
and strategic thinker with ability to develop and implement
strategic plans that improve business operations and efficiencies
and reduce costs. Excellent working knowledge of GAAP standards for
financial reporting. Thorough knowledge and experience of
Controller's functions, including fiscal responsibilities and
internal controls. Extensive knowledge of automated accounting
systems and relevant applications to develop and manage general
ledger maintenance and reconciliation systems and operations.
Strong project management skills. Working knowledge of Microsoft
Office suite, with advanced knowledge and proficiency with Excel
and the demonstrated ability to create specialized spreadsheets.
Experience with NetSuite and Solution 7 preferred. SALARY AND
BENEFITS: Salary range: $157,686 LSC has a competitive market-based
salary structure that establishes a specific salary range for this
position. Excellent benefits package. APPLICATION PROCESS: To
apply, submit a complete application (provide ALL of the
information requested and answer ALL of the questions) and attach a
r--sum-- and cover letter explaining why you are a good fit for
this position. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Apply directly by filling out the "Apply Now" section at the top
right side of this page. Once you click "Submit," you will be
directed to a webpage to create a candidate profile and complete
the application. If reasonable accommodation in the application
process is required, please notify OHR at email@example.com. DIVERSITY,
EQUITY, AND INCLUSION STATEMENT: We are committed to diversity,
equity and inclusion. Our differences fuel excellence, and we
strive to create an environment where every individual is valued
and feels empowered to bring their full, authentic self to work. We
are building a community rooted in openness and trust where
colleagues have the resources to grow, thrive and fully contribute
to achieving equal access to justice. LSC is an equal opportunity
employer. POSITION TITLE NOTE: Please note the internal title for
this position is Director of Financial Services.--
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