Job #667: Chief Financial Officer/Chief Accounting Officer - New York, NY (1-3-18)

  • Job Title: Chief Financial Officer/Chief Accounting Officer
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Salary: $120,000

Job Description:

Lawyers For Children (LFC) seeks an experienced nonprofit finance and administration professional to be a hands-on manager in the areas of finance, business planning and budgeting, administration and IT.  Reporting directly to the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director/General Counsel, the CFO/CAO will partner with senior leadership to develop and implement long-term strategies for finance and administration, including systems oversight, team building, budgeting, organizational controls, IT oversight, and reporting/compliance.  The CFO/CAO will have day-to-day responsibility for financial planning and oversight, grants administration, organizational finances, benefit plans, and office operations. This position requires the proven leadership experience necessary to successfully oversee and coordinate the activities of all members of the administrative team, as well as technology expertise with experience selecting and overseeing software installations, managing relationships with software vendor; and, knowledge of accounting and reporting software.  The ideal candidate will have excellent communication and relationship-building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.

Essential Duties:

Strategic Leadership

  • Serve as the senior finance and administration officer and oversee all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities and other administrative functions as they relate to finance and office operations
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director/General Counsel, Board of Directors, and senior staff to develop short- and long-term finance and organizational strategies
  • Lead, design, and manage the annual budget development process, collaborating closely with the Director of Development around grant and individual donor projections
  • Provide financial insight and support to colleagues for grants management, fundraising and donor reporting
  • Provide IT oversight and support, including the organization’s office-wide, Mac-based computer system, and oversee all IT support provided by outside vendors.
  • Provide administrative staff oversight and supervise duties of Office Manager.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to provide internal controls and protect organizational assets

Financial Management and Reporting

  • Lead the collection, recording, processing, and reporting of all financial transactions, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, general ledger, and fixed assets
  • Oversee development of financial statements as well as reporting to convey financial accomplishments
  • Manage preparation, submission and funding of bi-weekly payroll; preparation and submission of employee pension and 403B remittances
  • Oversee preparation of cash projections and manage cash flow and forecasting to adequately fund operational needs
  • Manage the annual financial audit process, including liaising with external auditors and the audit committee of the board of directors
  • Ensure compliance with all state and federal legal requirements governing non-profit organizations, including tax, legal, and regulatory requirements

Experience and Education: 

  • Minimum of five to ten years’ leadership experience in accounting and/or finance with a non-profit organization
  • Bachelor’s degree required; CPA and/or MBA strongly preferred.
  • Executive-level financial management experience, with proven team leadership abilities
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, with a facility for preparing and clearly presenting technical information to non-technical and technical audiences
  • Demonstrated understanding of nonprofit organizational structure, accounting and operations, including current working knowledge of General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), 501(c)(3) provisions and the upcoming FASB changes to financial reporting impacting nonprofits
  • Knowledge of restricted and unrestricted nonprofit financial management
  • Ability to anticipate and establish appropriate internal controls in all areas, emphasizing accounting, finance, operations, and software applications security
  • Business and contract background with effective negotiating and contract management skills
  • Familiarity with audit, compliance and internal control issues and best practices in risk management and insurance
  • Strategic and tenacious about achieving objectives; handle multiple projects simultaneously with excellent follow through and attention to detail
  • Passionate about child welfare issues
  • Ability to function in a collaborative and collegial environment, sensitivity to others, high degree of integrity, and excellent judgment
  • Deep understanding of Mac operating system and hardware and familiarity with PC-based financial accounting software: QuickBooks Premier Nonprofit Edition

Interested candidates should contact Karen Freedman at:  Please mention that you are a member of EisnerAmper's Friends of the Firm program.  Make sure to copy Nkrumah Pierre;, and Jennifer Rosener; on your email.