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Director of Financial Services

Company: Legal Services Corporation
Location: Washington
Posted on: February 25, 2021

Job Description:

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 financial statements.
  • Manages the payroll cycle to ensure employees are paid on a timely and accurate basis and all proper tax filings are filed.
  • 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 tools.
  • Manages treasury function including reporting on liquidity to meet operating needs of the organization and complies with US Treasury reporting requirements. Manages the banking relationship.
  • 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 timely manner.
  • 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 accounting treatment.
  • 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 jobs@lsc.gov. 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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