Director of Finance & Administration
Western Center on Law and Poverty
Western Center on Law & Poverty, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, attains system-wide policy solutions on behalf of 8.3 million low-income Californians through impact litigation; policy advocacy; negotiations and collaborations with state and local government; and in-depth support for frontline legal aid programs and community advocates. We focus on the issues of health care, affordable housing, public benefits and access to justice. Western Center is California’s oldest and largest legal services support center, with offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Oakland, a staff of 32 and an annual operating budget of $3.7 million.
Director of Finance & Administration
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Finance & Administration (DFA) will direct, maintain and manage all aspects of Western Center’s financial and administrative systems, maintaining and improving the infrastructure and systems needed to support the organization’s strategic objectives. Areas of responsibility include finance and investments, accounting, information technology, human resources, operations, legal and regulatory compliance and physical plant. The DFA will have direct supervision of finance and operations staff. The DFA will act as the primary liaison to the board of directors' finance committee. As a member of the senior management team, the DFA will be involved in a range of organization wide planning, decision-making and initiatives.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Western Center provides generous benefits to its employees.
• Bachelor's degree in a relevant field, such as business, finance or administration, is required. An advanced degree such as an MBA, is desirable.
• Minimum of five years of progressively responsible work experience in financial administration, including strong experience with fund accounting and reporting and proficiency with computerized accounting software and Microsoft Office. Prior work experience in the public interest/ nonprofit community is preferable.
• Commitment to the mission of Western Center.
• Ability to perform and/or direct all relevant financial activities, including budgeting, forecasting, monitoring, accounts payable/receivable, auditing and reporting.
• Familiarity with human resources processes and procedures.
• Strong organizational and oral/written communication abilities, including dealing effectively and diplomatically with individuals with varying levels of financial expertise.
• Collaborative and team-oriented
• Equally attentive to detail and to overarching goals
• Thrives in a busy, multi-tasking, and time-pressured environment.
• Accuracy. integrity and discretion are essential.
• Values diversity of thought, backgrounds and perspectives
• Experience working with information technology staff.
• Success seeing beyond the numbers, identifying trends and new possibilities.
Example of Duties
Finance and Accounting
The DFA will be responsible for all accounting and financial management.
• Oversee the accounting department to ensure proper maintenance of all accounting systems, functions, appropriate internal controls and financial procedures.
• Maintain all accounts, ledgers and reporting systems.
• Prepare monthly and annual financial statements, budgets, forecasts, cash-flow projections and other financial reports.
• Ensure timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial and management reporting for public sector funders, foundations, the executive director and the board of directors.
• Approve and/or review invoices, check requests, wire transfers, cash advances, travel and business expense reports, and purchase card reconciliations.
• Oversee usage of corporate credit and purchase cards and distribution of petty cash.
• Evaluate and work with outside investment advisor.
• Coordinate audits and the proper filing of tax returns.
• Ensure legal and regulatory compliance for the organization.
• Oversee grants accounting and reporting, including restricted grant budgeting and administration.
The DFA will be responsible for all operational, HR, and technology management.
• Oversee and manage all HR functions and systems, including recruitment, retention, recordkeeping, compensation, payroll, benefits, professional development, employee events, evaluation, personnel policies etc.
• Manage all information technology infrastructure and services.
• Manage vendor relationships and contracts, such as property management, insurance, equipment, etc.
• Maintain paper and electronic filing systems.
• Manage day to day facilities and operational needs of all office, including agency communications, emergency preparedness, equipment, supplies, technology and other needs.
• Develop and oversee office policies and procedures.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Paul Tepper, email@example.com.
Western Center is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity.