Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
March 5, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
Computer/Tech Systems, Finance/Accounting
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago & Northwest Indiana has an opportunity in our Chicago Loop location for a VP of Finance and IT. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, and working closely with the Audit, IT and Executive Committees of the Board of Directors as a member of the senior leadership team, the VP of Finance and IT will set both financial and IT strategy and direction including process change and optimization of resources to support the needs of the business. This position will lead a staff of 9 in the Finance and IT departments to support the Mission. This role is a strategic leadership position, but also must be a team player who is not afraid to get their "hands dirty" and wear multiple hats.
Location: Chicago Gathering Place in the Chicago Loop
Hours: Core hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Duties and Responsibilities:
Oversee the accounting and finance processes to monitor financial results against internal and external operational metrics. This includes:
Oversee the month-end close process and approve all financial reporting materials and metrics for funding the organization and the council’s Board of Directors.
Manage cash flow and forecasting.
Oversee team including Director of Finance, AP, Staff Accounting, etc. Ensure staff prepares and communicates monthly financial statements and results. Coach team to optimal performance.
Direct all financial, project-based and departmental accounting.
Manage the oversight and controls over investment funds.
Optimize technology to streamline processes and simplify workflow. Use streamlined processes and technology to support council leadership and departments with data and analysis to better manage our business and support the mission. In tandem with senior leadership, create best practices for optimal vendor usage.
Be a thought leader on critical external relationships in managing council funds, i.e., pension, property insurance and banking relationships, and investment advisors.
Oversee long-term budgetary planning and expense management in alignment with council's strategic plan.
Coordinate all audit activities.
Serve as staff liaison to the Board Audit Committee.
With senior leadership, develop and implement a strategic plan for council technology. Plan must meet daily operational needs and assist council in serving our constituents.
Consult with senior team members and key stakeholders to exchange information and present new approaches to discuss equipment/system process changes.
Evaluate current vendors and determine path forward to gain efficiencies.
Coach the IT Director to maximize performance of staff and third party providers.
Serve as the staff liaison to the Board on technology.
Experience, Skills and Qualifications:
The VP of Finance and IT will be a seasoned leader with at least 12-15 years of experience; ideally beginning in audit followed by experience gathering and evaluating financial information and making actionable recommendations to senior leadership. Broad experience working in process improvement and understanding how to implement efficiencies. Experience managing IT highly desired. Experience working in the non-profit sector preferred.
Qualified Candidate will have:
A Bachelor’s degree and a CPA are required; MBA or related, advanced degree is a plus.
At least 12 years of broad finance experience is required. A foundation in audit is highly preferred.
At least 7 years of people management and leadership experience. Proactive with evidence of having worked as a true business partner to a CEO.
Demonstrated excellence in managing finance, accounting, budgeting control and reporting.
Experience managing technology projects to fit strategy.
Desired behaviors & experiences:
Team player with a collaborative and flexible style, and a strong service mentality.
Hands-on manager with integrity and a desire to work in a mission-driven environment.
Effective communicator with strong written and verbal skills.
Strong commitment to developing team members.
Experience working with a non-profit board.
Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. Our mission sounds simple, but it ultimately changes lives by building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. As one of the largest Councils in the United States, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana is more than 52,000 girls and 20,000 adults strong locally, reaching girls in 254 communities throughout 10 counties in Illinois and Indiana.
It is our policy not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, citizenship, marital status, or economic status.
Internal Number: 547
About Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
“The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers." Juliette Gordon Low
It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, who believed in the power of every girl. She organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, and every year since, we've made her vision a reality: helping girls discover their strengths, passions, and talents.
Our council, the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI), was formed when seven councils in Greater Chicago and nearby Indiana merged on July 1, 2008. Today, GSGCNWI is one of the largest councils in the country. Our dedicated employees work with over 20, 000 volunteers, out of 6 Gathering Places, 6 campground properties, and virtually to reach 50,000 girls in 245 communities throughout 10 counties in Illinois and Indiana. .
We provide a business-casual work environment that fosters community and family among staff. We are collaborative, enterprising, and passionate about our mission. We make history every day and we love it! We also enjoy a generous benefits package which includes many perks such as: schedule/worksite flexi...bility, casual dress code, commuter benefits, and summer hours. Together with volunteers and interns, we build an environment where any girl can be empowered to define her future.
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana welcomes all who are committed to our mission to join us. If you are looking to make a difference with your job, visit our employment page and submit an application for consideration.