POSITION: Finance and Accounting Director 

LOCATION: Washington, DC

REPORTS TO: Chief Operations and Finance Officer 

SUPERVISES: Staff Accountant, Grants Manager 

FLSA STATUS: Exempt

 

ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION 

LIFT is a national nonprofit whose mission is to invest in families to break the cycle of poverty. We connect hardworking parents and caregivers of young children to the people, tools, and resources they need to reach economic stability and mobility. We help them build personal well-being, social connections, and financial strength to secure basic needs and achieve long-term goals and aspirations, like a safe home, living wages or a better education. LIFT operates in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., communities with some of the highest rates of concentrated poverty. To learn more, visit www.whywelift.org.   

LIFT is at an exciting moment in its organizational trajectory, having launched a new four-year strategic plan for scale through influencing systems and policy change in addition to continuous improvements to our direct service model. We are looking for entrepreneurial, results-driven, relationship builders who are committed to LIFT’s mission and values of diversity, operating with excellence, equity, relationships, and hope.   

*LIFT has transitioned to a hybrid schedule, and this role will be expected to work in the office as needed, potentially up to twice a week but negotiable based on the candidate’s and the team’s needs. 

 

POSITION OVERVIEW 

Reporting to the Chief Operating and Finance Officer, the Finance and Accounting Director will lead all day-to-day operations of the finance and accounting team, including accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll, budget development, audit and tax preparation, financial reporting, grants administration, and relationship management with banks, insurance providers and other service providers. The Director will also be charged with identifying new opportunities to improve efficiencies and respond proactively to other departments’ and regions’ needs. They will need to analyze existing processes and systems and work closely with the COFO to streamline current systems, leverage information technology, and establish standard operating procedures that provide maximum benefit to LIFT’s staff and partners. 

This is an outstanding opportunity for a proactive, hands-on finance professional who brings a successful track record of creative problem solving and strengthening infrastructure to a dynamic and growing national nonprofit. The Director will have a significant impact setting up LIFT to achieve its strategic plan goals.  

 

AS FINANCE & ACCOUNTING DIRECTOR YOU WILL 

  • Management and team leadership:
  • Provide thoughtful supervision and performance management for the Staff Accountant and Grants Manager in alignment with LIFT’s values
  • Set goals and priorities for the finance and accounting team in collaboration with the COFO
  • Finance and accounting operations:
  • Manage day-to-day operations of the accounting staff as well as all outsourced activities
  • Ensure that policies and procedures are in compliance with GAAP rules and standards and that a comprehensive system of internal controls are in place, continuously refining as growth requires it
  • Manage the annual audit and ensure proper and timely preparation of required tax filings and registrations
  • Manage the construction of the annual budget in collaboration with the COFO
  • Approve semi-monthly payroll and 403b contributions for all LIFT employees
  • Monitor accounts receivable and coordinate efforts with LIFT’s development team to ensure timely collection of contributions
  • Ensure grant accounting is accurate, aligned with underlying grant documents, and properly recorded
  • Financial reporting
  • Maintain accurate financial record keeping and reporting systems
  • Prepare financial statements including: Statement of Activities, Statement of Financial Position, Statement of Cash Flows, Net Asset Roll Forward, and Rolling Cash Forecast
  • Generate budget to actuals reports and communicate with Regional/Department leads
  • Prepare grant budgets and grant-required financial reports in collaboration with grants manager
  • Communication & customer service:
  • Communicate finance priorities and updates to the broader LIFT team, and foster strong collaboration with LIFT’s development and program teams
  • Act as a member of, and collaborate with, the National Finance and Operations team at LIFT which includes Talent & Culture, Technology, and Finance
  • Provide a superior level of service to internal stakeholders and external clients
  • Systems improvement:
  • Maximize capabilities of existing financial management systems with a focus on Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
  • Manage efforts to integrate financial and adjacent systems to achieve greater efficiency and workflow improvements (time and attendance, grants management, payment processes)
  • Create internal systems for organizing and coordinating the team’s work, leveraging the productivity and document management tools available in the Microsoft Teams platform
  • Identify systems needs and efficiency gaps and propose cost-effective recommendations 

 

OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE: 

  • Commitment to LIFT’s mission and values
  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field; advanced degree a plus (ideally a CPA or MBA)
  • 8+ years background in the Finance and Accounting field, preferably in a nonprofit environment with prior people management experience
  • Up-to-date knowledge of GAAP accounting standards
  • Systems: Experience with cloud-based financial software, ideally Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central; very strong computer application skills, including Microsoft Office products, and experience developing and executing systems projects (scoping, implementation, change management)
  • Communication: Strong communication skills with ability to relay finance-related information and concepts to non-finance stakeholders, and the ability to report on results in a timely fashion for multiple stakeholder audiences including the board, Executive Team, Leadership Team, and broader staff
  • Relationship-Building: Demonstrated ability to develop solid, trusted relationships with teammates, leadership, and internal stakeholders, and ability to use discretion and good judgment when working with sensitive information
  • Critical Thinking & Continuous Improvement: Proven ability to apply critical thinking and creativity to problem solve; experience creating scalable systems, processes, and policies, and iterating on them; and the desire and ability to work and thrive in a growth-oriented, evolving environment with an eye toward continuous improvement and efficiency
  • Project Management: Strong project management skills including a successful track record of planning and accomplishing goals
  • Organization: Detail-oriented and highly organized, with a track record of successfully juggling multiple priorities 

 

Don’t think you have everything for this role but are still very interested? Please don’t hesitate to apply. We’d love to hear from you!LIFT believes that diversity in all dimensions of the organization supports and bolsters the innovative thinking essential to its success and is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants. LIFT’s goal is for our people to reflect the communities in which we live and serve and to ensure representation of people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities in our organization.   

WHAT WE OFFER: 

LIFT’s compensation philosophy is to pay competitively for our non-profit sector and ensure equity across the organization. The salary range for this role is $120,000 - $125,000. Compensation for the role will depend on several factors including qualifications, skills, competencies, and experience, and may fall outside the range shown. 

LIFT provides an attractive benefits package that includes employer-paid health care coverage (100% for employees, 75% for dependents), a 403(b) retirement plan including an employer match contribution, 12 weeks paid parental leave, partial cell phone coverage, and pre-tax accounts for transit, health, and childcare benefits. LIFT also provides a generous paid-time-off policy, including one-week company-wide vacation over the winter holidays and a one-week company-wide vacation over the summer fiscal year transition.   

 

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