Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (Skills) is a nonprofit organization that creates demand-driven solutions for employers to get the unemployed and underemployed back to work. We work to improve the trajectory and economic mobility of the under and unemployed by meeting the talent needs of employers.
Launched in 2012, Skills has placed more than 4,500 unemployed and underemployed job seekers into employment through strong partnerships with nearly 60 local employers. Skills is chaired by Greg Brown, CEO of Motorola Solutions, and governed by a Board of Directors comprised of 22 chief executive and human resources officers from Chicago-area corporations. The public-private partnership is funded by the City of Chicago and The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, as well as a wide range of foundations, corporations, and donors. For more information, please visit www.skillsforchicagolandsfuture.com .
Top Level Priorities:
Responsible for financial planning, analysis, and controls to support ongoing strategic business decisions
Provide reliable and relevant financial reporting tailored to a variety of audiences (i.e. staff, board, auditors, donors, etc.) and the ability to both written and verbally communicate it to such audiences
Demonstrate critical thinking and provide high quality analytics that support business recommendations and/or trends
Provide strategic input into initiatives that could generate revenue and relevant impact on organization in current and future state
Supervise, coach, and develop all Finance department staff
Plan and implement an infrastructure that supports the growth and scale of operations
The Director of Finance will report directly to the Vice President of Finance & Administration. The ideal candidate will embody a professional decorum as they will engage with staff, vendors, and board members. The Director of Finance will be highly organized, detail-oriented, flexible and both tactical and strategic when called upon. They must be able to handle confidential information and have a self-interest to advance and expand portfolio. He/she will excel in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.
The Director of Finance is responsible for oversight of the financial, information technology, and administrative functions, providing critical operational support to the organization, enhancing the ease of how key information is captured by staff, and increasing access to vital decision making information to both leadership and Finance & Audit Committee members.
Provide oversight to the monthly-closing activities, preparation of the general ledger, schedules, ad-hoc reports and reconciliations for review and approval by the Vice President
Provide fiscal guidance on the entity-wide, program offering and line item expense level
Create, maintain and inform of fiscal health via budget tools, cash flow analysis, projections and forecasts
Oversee and manage treasury function, including impacts to liquidity
Ensure established financial policies and procedures are in place and followed
In partnership with the Marketing department, create communication tools, including PowerPoint presentations, excel workbooks, to present fiscal health
Lead and manage all audits to ensure Skills is in compliance with all financial rules and regulations
Support the Vice President of Finance & Administration in the communication and presentation to the Finance and Audit Committee
Support the Vice President of Development, Development Committee of the Board and applicable staff in grant proposals, monitoring and writing
Serve as the principal fiscal liaison for staff and vendors
Manage and report on government funding streams
Build collaborative relationships with vendors, staff, job seekers, and other related entities to enhance partnerships
Perform other duties as assigned by Vice President of Finance and/or CEO
Seek opportunities around how the department can better serve staff and be open to taking on projects that may not always fall within department
Stay abreast of any existing and/or new policies and legislation that may impact the organization
Manage independent projects and initiatives as directed by the Vice President of Finance & Administration and develop proposed business plans to be considered
Leverage IT consultant to provide valued and necessary communication and information technology services and solutions to support and meet the organization’s goals and objectives
OPPORTUNITIES OF THE POSITION:
An educated, motivated, and entrepreneurial work culture
Staff committed to the success of the organization and understanding that we are demand driven and the employer is our first priority
A reputation as an innovative and data-driven organization
Ability to grow professionally and expand portfolio
Skills seeks a proven financial professional with the ability to be tactical, but think strategically; effectively build, lead and mentor a team; and communicate well with multiple stakeholders. Qualified candidates will have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance (CPA, CMA, MBA preferred or ability to show in process); at least 5 - 7 years of professional full-time experience, preferably within a nonprofit, government or public accounting; familiarity with IT operations and project management; and excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
Additional personal attributes:
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Strong interpersonal and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with a broad range of constituents
Excellent time management skills and the ability to effectively manage multiple projects, competing priorities, and deadlines.
Ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers.
Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output.
Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
Self-starter that is highly effective at working both autonomously and as part of a collaborative team.
Strong Microsoft Office skills (comfort and proficiency in MS Excel required).
Familiarity and use of general ledger and payroll systems. Knowledge of Quickbooks, ADP, and Paychex is a plus.
Commitment to and passion for Skills’ mission.
Internal Number: 3129067229
About Skills for Chicagoland's Future
Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (SCF) is a nonprofit organization that creates demand-driven solutions for employers to get the unemployed and underemployed back to work. We work to improve the trajectory and economic mobility of the under and unemployed by meeting the talent needs of employers.Launched in 2012, SCF has placed more than 3,400 unemployed and underemployed job seekers into employment through strong partnerships with nearly 50 local employers. SCF is chaired by Greg Brown, CEO of Motorola Solutions, and governed by a Board of Directors comprised of 22 chief executive and human resources officers from Chicago-area corporations. The public-private partnership is funded by the City of Chicago and The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, as well as a wide range of foundations and corporations. For more information, please visit www.skillsforchicagolandsfuture.com.