As a community development corporation (CDC), Just-A-Start (JAS) is dedicated to building the housing security and economic stability of low- to moderate-income people in Cambridge and nearby communities. Through comprehensive and integrated programs, JAS creates and maintains affordable housing, provides housing resources and services, offers education and workforce training for youth and adults, and builds community engagement. JAS’s vision is a better future for each and every community member: a secure home, a sustaining career, and engagement in the community. For more information, visit www.justastart.org.
The Director of Finance and Administration reports to the Executive Director and is a member of the organization’s senior leadership team. She/he is responsible for assuring sound fiscal management of the organization’s resources by: (a) maintaining complete, accurate, timely and reliable financial records; (b) developing and implementing goals, policies and procedures relating to accounting, internal controls, and financial reporting; and (c) partnering with the leadership team and program and department leaders to increase their financial management skills and to support resolving their business issues. The Director ensures that all accounting, financial reporting, planning, analysis and financial compliance needs of the organization are met, and that the annual budget and audit processes are completed timely and accurately.
The Director will supervise and manage the finance staff of accountants, office manager, and payables assistant and will be responsible for human resource activities including employee benefits, retirement plan compliance and reporting, corporate insurance, and related activities.
The position is part-time (24 hours/week) and requires a minimum of 8 years of comparable nonprofit experience. The ideal candidate is a motivated self-starter possessing solid leadership, communication, and technical skills with successful prior management experience and strong ethics.
- Serve as the senior management lead for all financial matters and to the Board Finance & Audit Committee and to Board as a whole on all financial matters
- Assure proficiency in all aspects of accounting and associated reporting requirements and regulations. Oversee timely, accurate and effective execution of core fiscal operations, including accounting, accounts payable, billing, purchasing, payroll operations and all required external reporting
- Direct the annual budget development process for use with internal management and external parties
- Oversee cash management and develop/maintain strong banking relations
- Produce accurate and timely monthly financial statements, including budget to actual projections for income statement, cash flow and balance sheet
- Lead, manage, and develop the finance and administration team and manage the continual improvement of systems and processes
- Direct the coordination and execution of the effort necessary to assist the external auditors for both the agency and affiliates
- Assist with special projects, technical accounting analysis, and ad-hoc reporting
- Oversee completion and filing of all corporate income tax returns
- Requires bachelor’s degree in accounting or related experience. Advanced degree desirable, MSA, MBA or CPA and a minimum of eight years of directly related experience.
- Experience with not-for-profit organizations with diverse public sector funding and contracts.
- Analytical self-starter with a high emphasis on teamwork, timeliness, and quality of work.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job at most times. Normal office conditions most times. The noise level in the work environment is quiet to moderate most times.
Interested candidates may apply confidentially by submitting a resume and cover letter (required) to gale.batchelder@claconnect. No phone calls, please.