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Bethany Community Church

Finance Director

Bethany Community Church
Seattle, Washington, United States

Date Posted: 12/14/2006
Categories: Administrative
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

The Director of Finance is responsible for the oversight of all financial aspects of the church and to ensure full compliance with all financial regulatory requirements. This person will also provide the Church Treasurer, Executive Director and church staff with financial reporting and information and attend evening finance and Church Council meetings as needed. The Finance Director will direct and participate in the goal-setting and budgeting process in all ministry areas, and, track budgeted and actual receipts and expenses to plan for the following year. The Finance Director will be responsible for maintaining relationships with financial institutions and provide or secure expert advice in the area of tax law as necessary. The Finance Director will be responsible for answering questions related to all financial policies of the Church, including issues related to charitable contributions.


Ensure Bethany financial records and reports are accurate and current. This includes a thorough understanding of not for profit accounting and reporting in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles (FASB 116 and 117).

Responsible for maintaining the general ledger and financial reporting system of the Church. Responsible for preparing quarterly financial statements for presentation to the lender in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles.

Completion of weekly accounts receivable related to unconditional promises to give arising from fundraising or capital campaigns, -, contribution tracking and reporting (at least monthly or as determined by the finance committee) and associated journal entries into the general ledger accounting system. Maintaining related Servant Keeper system.

Responsible for maintaining the accounts payable system, including reviewing invoices for appropriate authorization and/or approval, recording in A/P module of accounting systems, processing the payments and timely mailing of same.

Responsible for making sure that the weekly offering and other cash receipts are properly counted and deposited into the bank account of the church, and for recording of same in the general ledger.

Responsible for internal auditing as deemed appropriate by the Treasurer and Finance committee.

Follow and establish appropriate internal controls as needed.

Prepare monthly financial reporting. The financial report for church council is to be completed by a week prior to the monthly council meeting so that the reports can be included in the council packet that is mailed the week prior to the meeting.

Provide financial analysis and reports as requested by the Executive pastor, Church Treasurer and Church Council. Provide, on a monthly basis or as requested, reports for each budgeted ministry or other area of the church comparing actual expenditures to budget. Meet, as needed, with individuals responsible for those areas and assist in holding staff accountable to budgets.

Prepare state and federal filings (non-profit filing, tax exemption reports, 1099/1096 filings)

Process payroll and maintain relationship with outsourced functions.

Maintain relationships with all financial institutions, including banks, brokerage houses, and leasing companies.

Responsible for overseeing the annual financial statement audit, including preparation of all items needed by outside independent CPA firm to efficiently and cost effectively complete the audit no later than two months after the fiscal year end.


Ability to quickly acquire a working knowledge of accounting and financial data management systems. Experience and knowledge of computerized accounting systems is required.

Thorough understanding of double-entry bookkeeping.

Thorough understanding of not for profit financial statements and accounting. Ability to analyze cash flow and related implications to the church.

Experience with reconciliation of general ledger accounts to supporting documentation

Minimum of 3 years accounting experience, preferably in a non-profit environment.

Accounting degree required.


Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Must be a team player, able to work in a dynamic environment and demonstrate a strong customer-service orientation.

Must understand confidentiality issues related to issues that arise in a church, including confidentiality of charitable contributions

Must be organized with strong attention to detail and follow up.

Must have Microsoft Excel skills and good knowledge of MS Office.

Ability to provide strategic planning, debt structure analysis, investment strategy, and capital planning

CPA preferred