Under the general direction of the Vice President, Finance, the Director, Finance is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the Finance department including the tactical responsibilities of the financial operations and controls. The Director, Finance is responsible to ensure timely, accurate, and transparent financial information and proper stewardship over corporate assets. The Director, Finance, is a key team member whose information and insights will help the organization to make informed, data-based decisions regarding strategic initiatives, optimize improvement efforts, and appropriate re-deployment of resources.
Lead, develop, and coach the Finance and Gift Processing team; goal is operational excellence
Direct comprehensive analysis of ROI of various events and programs, ensuring evaluation of any unfunded programmatic costs utilizing full cost funding rubric
Direct implementation and execution of programs and events budgets and expenses in Financial Planning and Analysis tool (Vena)
Conduct complex financial cost/benefit analyses, forecast and modeling to support growth and other strategic initiatives
Evaluate, develop, and enforce organizational financial policies and procedures and maximize utilization of systems that will improve the overall operation and effectiveness
Play a major role in the preparation of the annual operating budget and annual funding budget
Manage organization’s operating budget and actual expenses while maintaining cost containment
Prepare meeting materials and actively participate in the Audit Committee meetings
Manage and coordinate all interactions and activities related to donations of stock, including partnering with Major Gifts, the brokerage firm, etc.
Manage year-end financial statements audit and act as primary contact for external auditors
Prepare annual audited financial statements and Form 990, for ultimate review and submission by the Vice President, Finance
Manage allocation of expenses into functional expense cost centers and prepare reports
Lead and manage the day-to-day financial operations of the organization, including Accounts Payable, Pledge Receivables, general accounting, etc.
Ensure the timely preparation of accurate and transparent financial statements; evaluate and resolve any potential discrepancies.
Manage contract review process, including analysis for improvements to minimize organization’s business risk
Direct completion of annual solicitation permit applications and General Liability and Workers’ Compensation insurance renewals
Ensure proper internal controls exist throughout the organization to safeguard company assets
Support Vice President, Finance and the Executive Team with ad hoc projects and reports
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned
Bachelor’s degree required
Minimum 7 years of relevant work experience including at least 5 years in an Accounting/Finance function required; Must have either CPA license or experience at a Public Accounting firm
Minimum 3 years leading and developing a high performing team
Demonstrated ability to develop, lead, and mentor a diverse team to achieve professional growth and meet performance expectations
Be an excellent analyst, capable of imagining innovative ways to get at and use financial information both to measure performance over time, and to assist with forecasting, budgeting, and managing resources
Excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills
Ability to work collaboratively across functions and maintain effective relationships with all departments and employees in a diverse team-oriented environment
Ability to educate management team on financial, accounting, and budget matters and assist their departments in being fiscally responsible
Demonstrated capability to interface and maintain effective relationships with all appropriate external partners, e.g. external auditors, tax accountants, bankers, insurance brokers, etc.
Self-motivated and independent, with excellent prioritization, project management and critical thinking skills, a strong sense of focus, organization, and meticulous attention to detail
Strong verbal and written communications skills with the ability to communicate strategy, tactics, and results with clarity for a variety of audiences
Enthusiastic team player with positive can-do attitude, flexibility to re-prioritize, multi-task and switch tasks fluidly, including ability to hit the ground running
Ability to creatively troubleshoot and work in a fast-paced environment with numerous deadlines
Superior knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Excel (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel) is essential; previous experience with FP & A tool, e.g. Vena, is a plus
About United Way of Greater Los Angeles
United Way of Greater Los Angeles is a non-profit organization that creates pathways out of poverty for Los Angeles' most vulnerable residents. We are more than fundraisers. We believe in more than putting band-aids on community issues. We are the hand-raisers. The game changers.
We fight poverty at its roots by focusing on long-term solutions in Education, Housing, and Economic Mobility for everyone in L.A. County. Are you ready to join the fight?