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Finance Specialist

Title:              Finance Specialist

Reports To:    Chief Operating Officer

Job Summary:

The Finance Specialist is responsible for the overall finance, reporting, budgeting, recordkeeping and expense management functions resident within the Chapter. The specialist is also the liaison to Centralized Financial Services (CFS) and is responsible for managing the daily financial operations of the organization to ensure information is reported accurately, timely and in accordance with chapter, MAWA and GAAP guidelines.  This is achieved by a thorough review of financial information submitted by CFS and other departments.  In addition, this individual will be supporting proper administration of employee benefit programs and Chapter internal control processes. 

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs the Chapter-based finance functions as well as  all internal and external reporting and filings
  • Acts as the liaison to Centralized Financial Services (CFS) with Make-A-Wish America
  • Analyzes monthly reporting provided by CFS
  • Maintains the organization’s financial internal controls in accordance with best practices and MAWFA guidelines and procedures
  • Establish procedures and protocols that improve effectiveness and accountability within the Chapter for timely reporting, accurate record-keeping and prudent expense management.
  • Create and continually update documentation for all activities performed and for all processes overseen by this position.
  • Manages banking relationships
  • Process payroll and necessary worksheets for journal entry creation
  • Collects, reviews and appropriately processes and submits invoices to CFS for weekly AP check run
  • Provides accounting support and guidance to other departments
  • Maintains accounting, payroll and vendor contract records
  • Preparation of annual budget with input and guidance from Chapter’s leadership team
  • Prepares various financial and cash forecasts
  • Prepares work papers and manages along with CFS, the annual external audit
  • Reviews Form 990 prepared by external accountants
  • Prepares sales and other tax remittance
  • Acts, in conjunction with the COO, as a liaison to the Board finance committee
  • Ensures chapter is in accordance with non-profit GAAP and MAWFA accounting standards
  • Improves administrative and operational services such as treasury management, 403(b)plan, payroll and purchasing
  • Assist COO with management of benefits programs
  • Adheres to all MAWFA performance standards
  • Other duties as assigned

Personal and Professional Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in accounting/finance or related field
  • 3-5 year experience managing and coordinating multi-discipline areas of financials with at least 3 year experience in the non-profit sector and/or small- to medium-sized business environment preferred
  • Working knowledge of accounting, reporting, expense management/tracking and data management platforms used by organizations of similar size/complexity with similar business functions (e.g. fundraising, service/process management, marketing)
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks effectively
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Initiative-taker, highly organized and detail oriented with the ability to work independently and effectively in a team environment
  • Ability to effectively manage time and work priorities and consistently meet deadlines
  • Professional and polished image with a comfort in dealing with all levels of donors, vendors and third-party resources
  • Self-motivated and thrives in a team-oriented environment
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Constant Contact), financial database management skills, preferably Financial Edge and fundraising database management skills, preferably Raiser’s Edge

Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to

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