Director Of Finance | Minneapolis – St. Paul

Jeremiah Program offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies for ending the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children, two generations at a time. Two-generation – or 2Gen — programs uniquely focus on the whole family and achieve long-term, sustainable results. The approach has been proven to achieve significant educational, health and economic benefits for parents, children and communities. Because systemic inequities, personal bias and racism create disparities in power and possibilities, we are boldly transforming communities with the power of diversity, equity and inclusion.  

Jeremiah Program is expanding throughout the country to meet the growing demand for its model. The organization has campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, Austin, TX, and Fargo, ND and our Central Services office is in Minneapolis. Construction has begun on a campus in Rochester-SE, MN, set to open summer 2020. In Boston and Brooklyn, Jeremiah has introduced an innovative nonresidential model, working with leading organizations to serve mothers and children. Learn more here. 

The Director of Finance plays a key role in translating our Jeremiah Program mission into reality. This position has overall responsibilities to include external and internal reporting and analysis, financial operations, treasury and cash management activities, policies and internal control practices, regulatory compliance and reporting, financial analysis and actively participate in the organizations Leadership Team.  The Director of Finance reports to the Chief Finance and Administrative Officer and manages four full-time staff members (Finance Manager, Senior Accountant, Staff Account and Team Coordinator. This position is member of the CEO’s Leadership Team (CLT).

PRINCIPAL (OR ESSENTIAL) DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Preside over preparation and analysis of management reporting, budgets (income, expenses, capital expenditures, three/five year projections), annual audit, 990, and 403b (serving as lead liaison), grant financial submissions and reporting, Board and Trustee presentations, and regulatory reporting.  Summarize such information providing insights, probable outcomes, risks, and opportunities.

Establish and maintain excellent relationships and service with our campus and central service environment.  Strongly engage as an important member of the Leadership Team contributing financial and organizational insights.

Provide supervision over the financial accounting operations: general ledger preparation, A/P, payroll, bank reconciliations, income recording, cash receipts and disbursements, credit card management.  Oversee the infrastructure of financial systems, processes, policies, and procedures. Manage and motivate current team of four talented financial members: Financial Manager, Sr. Accountant, Staff Accountant.

Maintain banking relationships and provide cashflow, capital, and investment analysis and reporting.

Develop a strong internal control environment throughout Jeremiah Program to streamline processes and decision making. At least annually, review financial policies and procedures.  Maintain a continuous improvement environment.

Ensure compliance with GAAP, and regulatory requirements: compliance with Federal and State regulations for funded capital construction and program projects.

Create, maintain, and improve upon key performance indicators to support management and Board information.  Collaborate with other functional areas to include financial information with program and funding performance indicators.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in accounting and/or CPA
  • EXPERIENCE
    • Five to ten years of Controllership experience working across multiple financial areas: financial planning, investment, reporting, audit, and controls.
    • Two-plus years’ experience working with finance software platforms: Sage, Intacct, or Black Baud Financial Edge NXT
    • Five years of managing a professional finance staff.
    • Experience working in a national nonprofit organization with an annual budget in excess of $5 million.
    • Experience working in a multi-site national organization preferred.
  • FINANCIAL ACUMEN
    • Solid technical accounting background, nuts and bolts experience in the operations of a nonprofit, and comfortable with hands-on involvement.
    • Demonstrated ability to present and convey information through compelling frameworks: written, presentation, and verbal.
    • Ability to interpret and forecast trends from data based information.
    • Strong experience with financial systems.
    • Superior communication skills (written, verbal and presentation); ability to communicate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels of the organization and to finance and non-finance positions.
    • Solid knowledge and understanding of intra-company accounting with multiple sites preferably relating to 501c3 regulations.
    • Commitment to confidentiality and the ability to exercise absolute discretion and independent judgment.
  • ACTION ORIENTED, COLLABORATIVE LEADER
  • Ability to work effectively and accurately under pressure, meet deadlines and manage competing priorities; must be flexible and adaptable in a rapid response environment.
  • Strong talent leader who builds and has been a part of highly effective teams.
  • Inspiring and experienced leader, team-builder and people manager; able to serve as a mentor and role model of excellence for staff and to ensure a culture of innovation, collaboration and accountability.
  • Exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills – both written and verbal – with a passion for collaborating with people and teams based in various office locations and/or working remotely.
  • Passionate about the mission of the organization and understands the realities of the nonprofit sector.

HOW TO APPLY

Jeremiah Program is committed to the recruitment, selection, development and promotion of employees based on individual merit. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability.

We offer competitive compensation including employer-paid health and dental, life and disability insurance and generous time off. Candidates will be located at our Central Services office in Minneapolis, MN.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online.  Please upload a current resume and thoughtful cover letter articulating your interest and fit for the role, including compensation requirements.

Jeremiah Program Is No Stranger to Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity to harness the creativity and innovation that drive our community.

Chastity Lord

This is a shape-shifting moment within our country. As a leader, a mother, and a citizen, this past month has been simultaneously frightening, frustrating, and inspiring. Each day, we move through those emotions and acknowledge that the world has become unrecognizable—but we can’t remain still for too long. We must begin to shape the contours of our new world and ask, “What opportunities does this present? What can we do to reduce the poverty tax on moms and families?”

In the U.S., people of all socioeconomic levels have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. But the pandemic isn’t a great equalizer—far from it. Folks who were experiencing poverty before the pandemic are now experiencing it at a deeper level. Women experiencing poverty will have more difficulty gaining or regaining stability once the daily restrictions are lifted. 

For the mothers of Jeremiah Program, the pandemic has upended almost every aspect of life. The part-time jobs that used to fill the gaps in their budgets no longer exist. The public transportation routes they accessed have been drastically reduced or cut. In every city where we partner with communities, public schools have gone virtual. Mothers are trying to keep up their own studies while simultaneously caring for their children. Our childcare centers used to provide breakfast and lunch; many families are now responsible for every meal, requiring additional groceries at a time when shopping is a logistical and emotional nightmare. 

Many of our moms feel like they were finally gaining momentum, only to have everything they were working for come to a halt. But they’re facing this moment with the grit and resiliency that their journeys have demanded. They’ve been through hard times before. 

Although these challenges are unprecedented, our response as an organization is firmly anchored in our core values. Our leadership is committed to making sure all of our families are safe. No one will lose housing. No one will go hungry. All of our staff will be leveraged and utilized. We will continue to remind our mothers of their power, their resilience, and that they are still experts within their lives.

On a day-to-day basis, this means our staff assessing urgent needs and determining how we can respond to them in scalable ways. It means putting together structures and systems that allow us to be responsive. It means ensuring that our moms get groceries, get diapers, get cleaning supplies and baby wipes. It means keeping the lines of communication open so our families know that we’re here to advocate for them. 

We’re leaning into our mission, and we’re also pivoting to the future. Right now, we have committees working on new digital programming that will deliver Empowerment, family coaching, and supplemental early childhood development programming through hybrid learning models. Everything we’re putting in place is responding to the moment and investing in the future of Jeremiah. When we move out of the COVID crisis, these new hybrid learning models and virtual resources will remain, better serving Jeremiah Program moms and expanding our services to new families. 

Due to the uncertainty of this moment, it benefits our moms tremendously to be able to attend counseling sessions virtually and engage with JP programming after their kids go to sleep. The pandemic has allowed us the opportunity to explore these modalities and build on what we’ve been doing. The new virtual programming will allow us to respond to moms in a more authentic, holistic way while lowering the cost per family engagement.

Jeremiah Program is no stranger to crises or challenges. We understand the urgency of now, but we also understand the need to be disciplined and strategic—because the effects of this pandemic will be far-reaching. More pockets of poverty are being created in our country than has been seen in our lifetimes. We’re taking everything we’ve learned about disrupting generational poverty over the last two decades and making sure the structures we put in place equip us to support more moms and more kids quickly.

We aren’t just treading water in this moment: We are identifying opportunities and making investments that will allow the organization, and our moms, to emerge more powerful than ever. In the words of Maya Angelou, “Surviving is important, but thriving is elegant.” 

Our moms will thrive. Our kids will thrive. Our communities will thrive. And, yes, JP will thrive. 

Chief Financial and Administrative Officer – Minneapolis, MN (National)

CHIEF FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER   

Jeremiah Program offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies for ending the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children, two generations at a time. Two-generation – or 2Gen — programs uniquely focus on the whole family and achieve long-term, sustainable results. The approach has been proven to achieve significant educational, health and economic benefits for parents, children and communities. Because systemic inequities, personal bias and racism create disparities in power and possibilities, we are boldly transforming communities with the power of diversity, equity and inclusion.  

Jeremiah Program is expanding throughout the country to meet the growing demand for its model. The organization has campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, Austin, TX, and Fargo, ND and our national office is in Minneapolis. Construction has begun on a campus in Rochester-SE, MN, set to open summer 2020. In Boston and Brooklyn, Jeremiah has introduced an innovative nonresidential model, working with leading organizations to serve mothers and children.  Learn more here. 

The CFAO is a newly expanded position and will report to our CEO and President and will serve as a member of Jeremiah Program’s Executive Leadership Team.  The Director of Finance and the Director of Operations will report into the CFAO.

Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

This leadership position plays a key role in translating our Jeremiah Program mission into reality. This position has overall fiscal and administrative responsibilities to include Finance, Properties, Compliance, Risk Management, Procurement and IT infrastructure, providing leadership to those functional areas with a holistic, integrated approach.

Participate actively in Senior-level Leadership:  The CFAO is an active partner to the CEO and President and the Executive Leadership Team and brings a forward-looking and proactive stance to leading the organization’s finances and IT functions. 

Cultivate internal and external relationships across Jeremiah Program:  Partnering with the CEO, Executive Leadership Team, Governing Finance Committee, Governing Board of Directors, and community leadership is a key role for this position. Building alliances within the organization that assures confidence in the financial, administrative, and IT infrastructure will enable others to focus on their objectives. The CFAO must be recognized as a welcomed individual to include in strategic decisions who will provide financial and comprehensive knowledge. Additionally, the incumbent must develop relations with external national and community leaders and funding sources to position Jeremiah’s strength in the 2Gen space.

Provide Financial and Administrative leadership and oversite:  The CFAO directly manages the centralized financial organization of five skilled and energized team members led by the Controller within a continuous improvement environment.  This role oversees the annual budget and forecasting processes, financial statement audit, 990 submission, monthly reporting, and Board Committee and Governing Board reporting, as well as partnering with leadership on contracts and major grants and ensuring a compliance process is established and reviewed. The CFAO develops, operationalizes, and monitors policies and procedures relative to financial, administrative, and IT processes to ensure stability, compliance, and sound risk management. 

Manage the Information Technology infrastructure:  This function is critical to our communication and efficiency as a leading 2Gen program.  With a national presence in five states and aggressive expansion plans, IT availability, security must be expertly executed.  Evaluating new integrated systems to ensure efficiency and responsiveness to a growing Jeremiah Program is a priority.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION MBA and/or CPA

EXPERIENCE

  • Ten to fifteen years of senior leadership experience working across multiple functional areas such as financial planning, investment, IT and operations.
  • Experience working in a national nonprofit organization with an annual budget in excess of $10 million.

FINANCIAL ACUMEN

  • Solid technical accounting background, nuts and bolts experience in the operations of a nonprofit, and comfortable with hands-on involvement.
  • Strong experience with financial systems.
  • Superior communication skills (written, verbal and presentation); ability to communicate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels of the organization and to finance and non-finance positions.
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of intra-company accounting with multiple sites preferably relating to 501c3 regulations.
  • Commitment to confidentiality and the ability to exercise absolute discretion and independent judgment.

STRATEGIC LEADER

  • Demonstrated ability to think quickly, think strategically, and work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience creating, building and scaling systems and organizational functions.
  • A strategic thinker with a big-picture mentality, intellectual curiosity and is comfortable navigating complexity.

ACTION ORIENTED, COLLABORATIVE LEADER

  • Ability to work effectively and accurately under pressure, meet deadlines and manage competing priorities; must be flexible and adaptable in a rapid response environment.
  • Inspiring and experienced leader, team-builder and people manager; able to serve as a mentor and role model of excellence for staff and to ensure a culture of innovation, collaboration and accountability.
  • Exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills – both written and verbal – with a passion for collaborating with people and teams based in various office locations and/or working remotely.
  • Passionate about the mission of the organization and understands the realities of the nonprofit sector.

HOW TO APPLY

Jeremiah Program is committed to the recruitment, selection, development and promotion of employees based on individual merit. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability.

We offer competitive compensation including employer-paid health and dental, life and disability insurance and generous time off. Candidates may be located in any of our current program geographies.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to email a current resume and thoughtful cover letter articulating your interest and fit for the role, including compensation requirements to HR@JeremiahProgram.org