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Non- Profit Director of Finance

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Decatur, Georgia, United States

Date Posted: 09/03/2013
Categories: Accounting
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Title:  Finance Director

Location:  Decatur, Georgia


Are you ready to fully utilize your financial skills and experience to help transform an organization and make a real difference in the lives of others?


Come join our dynamic and growing organization with a strong legacy of organizational and financial stability. We provide meaningful, positive change that dramatically impacts the lives of children and families within the North Georgia community.  Join this well-established Atlanta nonprofit organization focused on providing life changing family services for the Atlanta/North Georgia area.  Fully utilize your hands-on skills and leadership experience to direct the Finance and Accounting Department of this dynamic, growing organization.  Enjoy the challenge of working in partnership with a strong executive team and board members to drive transformational change.  Fulfill your passion for the mission by building and implementing accounting best practices that will enable successful mission delivery in this top rated nonprofit.  Become part of our team and experience the true joy of helping us effectively fulfill our mission: to help children to heal emotionally and spiritually, to unite families and to bring the wholeness of God’s love to each of them through Jesus Christ.





The United Methodist Children’s Home – An Exciting and Important Ministry


The United Methodist Children’s Home is a safe haven for children, youth and their families, and we have been since the founding of the organization in 1871. Our stable, resilient organization has a strong foundation and legacy as a steadfast source of hope and healing to those whom we serve. We provide a loving and safe home for abused and neglected children in the state foster care system. Our service offerings include Foster Care and Adoption for children of all ages, Independent and Transitional Living for older youth, and Higher Education assistance. We also work to prevent abuse and strengthen families and believe that the best way to provide a safe and loving home for a child is to help create that same safe and loving experience in his or her own family.  Our family preservation services – Family Counseling, Parenting Classes, Financial Aid and residential Family Housing – help families stay together and become stronger.


Whether through adoption, reunification, staying together or standing independently, we help our children, teens and families find their permanent home.




The United Methodist Children’s Home has a rich history of serving children and families in our area.  The Home was originally established in 1871 to care for children orphaned during the Civil War. Originally called the Methodist Orphans’ Home and located in Norcross, the Home moved in 1873 to our present location in Decatur.  By the early 1930s, the Home was serving large numbers of children who could not be termed “orphans”; therefore, in 1934 the trustees approved changing the name to Methodist Children’s Home.


In 1977, the United Methodist Children’s Home opened the first district office in Augusta to better serve children and families throughout north Georgia. The district office in Dalton opened in 1984, the office in Rome opened in 1996, and the office in Gainesville opened in 2006. Over the years, the Children’s Home began offering additional programs and services to children, teens and families.


In 2010, the United Methodist Children’s Home made significant changes to the program offerings, adding new services, and changing and expanding existing programs. We serve increasing numbers of older youth in our Independent Living program and children and youth of all ages in Foster Care.


Today, we are again in the midst of exciting organizational change! UMCH is working to build increased awareness in the community, to increase funding designed to help us strengthen existing programs and services, and provide new offerings to serve even more children and families and fulfill unmet needs in our area.




To provide redemptive, healing services that bring meaningful change to the lives of children and families. Grounded by scripture and the tradition of the church, we seek to bring the wholeness of God’s love to persons through Christ.



Position Summary


Reporting to the VP of Operations, The Finance Director is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and leading all finance and accounting functions and staff in the Accounting Department. Additional responsibilities include safeguarding organization assets and fiscal record keeping; leading and managing the annual budgeting and planning process; overseeing all financial project/program and grants accounting and expenditures; monitoring organizational cash flow in partnership with senior management. An important part of this role is coordinating all audit activity; consistently analyzing and preparing reports for senior management, the board of directors, external users, and government agencies, and monitoring department policies and procedures and recommends improvements. The Financial Director is also charged with ensuring that all fund accounting activities are in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, legal, regulatory, and organizational procedures, as well as ensuring that the Finance Department supports the overall goals of the organization and that finance services are delivered professionally and efficiently.


This is a full-time opportunity working onsite five days a week in the offices at the UMCH headquarters in Decatur, Georgia.  No travel is expected. 


PLEASE NOTE:  No relocation assistance is offered for this opportunity.



Duties and Responsibilities


Finance and Accounting Leadership


  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards, AICPA and FASB pronouncements, and regulatory requirements.


  • Ensure timely and accurate monthly, quarterly and year end closing processes including booking journal entries, preparing variance analysis, and reconciling income (with CRM) and balance sheet accounts; maintenance of fixed asset and depreciation schedules.


  • Prepares monthly financial statements for the board and executive team that include income & expense, revenue and cash-flow analysis and ad hoc reporting.


  • Manage organizational cash flow forecasting by working in partnership with the CEO and VP of Operations; continuously collaborate with executive team to assess the financial efficacy of program operations and establish finance and administrative systems to support program operations.


  • Consistently analyze financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; monitor progress and changes.


  • Maintain internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures.


  • Coordinate all audit activity.


  • Lead and manage the annual budgeting and planning process; administer monthly department budget reviews to identify, explain, and correct variances as appropriate; initiate, prepare and conduct budget training.


  • Preparation and filing of form 990, annual registrations and grantor funding requests.


  • Oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting; ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant and program budgets throughout the grant/fund period; collate financial reporting materials for government, corporate, and foundation grants.


  • Manage, account for and report on the performance of invested assets monthly.


  • Make recommendations for developing and maintaining accounts principles, practices and procedures to ensure accurate and timely financial reporting.



Team Leadership


  • Establish annual goals and performance objectives including the development of metrics to track and report on performance.


  • Leverage strengths of the current finance team members, help to clarify roles and responsibilities and develop and implement training programs in order to maximize and reach optimal individual and organizational goals.


  • Provide leadership in strengthening internal communications with staff at all levels throughout the organization; create and promote a positive and supportive work environment.





Perform other duties and ad hoc assignments as defined by the executive team.





  • Required BA/BS in accounting, finance or business management with an emphasis in accounting; Active CPA license preferred.


  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience full lifecycle accounting experience.


  • Minimum 3 years’ fund accounting experience OR public accounting experience as a CPA working with nonprofit clients and fund accounting.


  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in effectively managing staff and teams with experience developing roles and responsibilities, training staff, coaching staff to fulfill organizational objectives.


  • Knowledge of and experience working with ERP systems, preferred experience with Sage financial software.


  • Deep experience coordinating audit activities and managing reporting, budget development and analysis, accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll, and accounting for investments.


  • Working knowledge of GAAP, AICPA and FASB pronouncements in relations to all nonprofit accounting, operating procedures and principals.


  • Keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which allows for strategic data interpretation versus simple reporting.


  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, board or other outside partners.


  • Ability and desire to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including finance and non-finance managers.



Preferred Skills and Experience


  • Knowledge and understanding of the Office of Management and Budget Circular A133 audit compliance and reporting.


  • Prior knowledge and experience with Medicaid billing and accounting procedures.


  • Hands on experience with financial software conversions and software upgrades.


  • Prior experience with state and federal contract reporting.


  • Prior knowledge and experience in grants management as it relates to compliance and reporting of government, corporate and foundation grants.


  • Demonstrated experience automating complex business processes.



Ideal Candidate Attributes


  • Strong passion and affinity for the organization’s vision and mission and constituents.


  • Self-directed problem solver who is effective at driving change and creating structure in a challenging environment.


  • Innovative and change oriented leader, highly professional with ability and organizational expertise to effectively inspire staff and volunteers.


  • Relationship builder with flexibility and finesse to “manage by influence”.


  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants and other supporters.


  • Influential, credible, confident persona with strong personal stature and authenticity.


  • Hands-on, detailed oriented leader who will work “shoulder to shoulder” with staff.


  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to investigate, uncover, analyze and translate data into meaningful format that can be used to drive solutions


  • Balanced approach to work



Computer Skills


  • Microsoft Office – strong proficiency and experience in working with Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint






  • Internal:  Executive leadership, Board of Trustees, Administration & Program staff


  • External:  Auditors, State of Georgia, Vendors




Location and Work Environment


  • This position is located at UMCH headquarters in Decatur, Georgia, and the work is conducted in/out of an office setting.


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, climb stairs, stoop or kneel.


  • This position is located in the metro Atlanta, Georgia area, and the work is conducted onsite in an office setting.  No travel is required.



Compensation and Benefits


United Methodist Children’s Home offers a competitive salary and benefits package including:   

  • Major medical insurance, plus dental and vision covered 100% for UMCH employees
  • Discounted family medical coverage program
  • Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Paid company holidays
  • Vacation and sick days accrual program
  • Defined contribution benefit pension program
  • 403b plan
  • Expense reimbursement program for mobile phone and mileage