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Associate Director of Finance

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Town/City Plainfield
Salary Additional Information 30,000
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Board & Executives
Deadline 20/12/2013
Company Name Earthdance
Contact Name Hilary Lake
Telephone 413-634-5678
Fax 815-550-1556
Email jobsatearthdance@gmail.com
Website Further Details / Applications
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Associate Director of Finance

Application Deadline: December 20, 2013 (or until position has been filled.)

The Associate Director of Finance is responsible for carrying out the vision and mission of Earthdance under the direction and oversight of the organization’s Executive Director. The Associate Director of Finance supports the organization in achieving its goals by developing and implementing strategic operational systems, organizational structures, and profitable mission-driven programs. In addition, this position is responsible for the development and oversight of organizational, departmental and program budgets, along with supporting the creation of strategic financial management and business plans with the Executive Director.
Specific duties and responsibilities include:

Financial Planning & Management

  • Ensures that the organization is equipped with a solid foundation of financial practices:
  • Develops, recommends and manages the Annual Organizational Budget with Executive Director, Board Treasurer, and Finance Committee
  • Manages/maintains:
    • Financial operations, ensuring sound fiscal practices and proper cash flow management
    • Procedures for financial collection and Accounts receivable
    • Oversees Budget allocations for facility code compliance projects and related business regulations
    • Oversees Budgets for each operational department, and monthly reporting/monitoring/training with key staff
  • Engages in and maintains all bookkeeping activities, following GAAP guidelines, and supervises volunteer support in this area
  • Provides financial reports for Executive Director, Finance Committee, and Board of Directors
  • Attends Board meetings as requested
  • Serves on Finance Committee, attends monthly meetings

Business Management

  • Ensures that the organization is equipped with a solid foundation of business practices:
  • Supports and serves the Executive Director in establishing financial goals, and developing operational policies, procedures, and manuals to fulfill the mission of Earthdance and ensure organizational resilience 
  • Monitors/evaluates and reports on the financial success of Earthdance operations and programs
  • Advises on Earthdance program models, pricing/fee structures, and contract templates in relation to fiscal health
  • Develops and advises on remuneration policies that encourage staff retention and fosters a sustainable work environment
  • Ensures organizational/operational legal compliance and insurance coverage
  • Manages monthly payroll and communications with payroll company
  • Ensures employee contracts and volunteer agreements are compliant with state and federal laws.
  • Monitors the implementation of Earthdance’s Volunteer Program by the Operations Manager in regards to the financial and legal implications of housing and compensation

Staff Development and Supervision

  • Monitors, advises, and supports paid hiring procedures for paid staff to ensure effective recruiting
  • Develops and maintains Employee and Volunteer handbooks in collaboration with Operations Manager
  • Attends weekly All-Staff and Core Staff meetings

Facility/Group Rentals

  • Manages relationships and communications with Earthdance rental clientele
  • Evaluates program models and develops rate structures to ensure profitability
  • Books rental groups and manages rental calendar
  • Negotiates and finalizes rental contracts with Earthdance clientele
  • Communicates legal concerns and operational issues to Executive Director and Operations Manager 

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Bachelors Degree in relevant field plus 2 years of experience in financial management, or comparable experience
  • Demonstrated ability to complete financial analysis and projections for growth; ability to develop and manage a $500,000 budget
  • Understanding of HR policies and practices
  • Skills and background in contract negotiation
  • Bookkeeping experience, and previous work with Quickbooks and Microsoft Excel
  • Excellent ability to tend to heavily administrative functions, including email correspondence, composition of business/HR policies and contracts, and development of budgets and narratives.
  • Ability to work quickly and prioritize in order to accomplish a large volume of work in an otherwise relaxed work environment
  • Interest in arts and social justice

Preferred Skills/Competencies:

  • Strong interest in, and previous experience with, group living and working as a team
  • Strong team leadership skills in a live/work environment
  • Ability to manage personal work schedule depending on requirements/responsibilities as needed
  • Professional demeanor and work ethic
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Adept creative problem-solving skills
  • Self-motivated, able to self-direct and take direction
  • Ability to maintain positivity and composure under pressure
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality with sensitive information

Earthdance encourages applicants to consider this position for at least a 3-year term. The position will commence upon hire. This is a 32 hour/week, associate staff position, under the direct leadership of the Executive Director. Work occasionally requires availability on weekends and evenings. Compensation for this position is salaried at $30,000/year, and has opportunity for slight growth. Benefits include four weeks paid time off, complimentary Workshops and Jams, meals while on-site at Earthdance, access to Earthdance studios, guest privileges, and professional and community development opportunities. Housing is not available for this position.

Applicants who are available to start immediately are highly desired.

Women, people of color, LGBT, and/or people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To apply: For consideration, applicants must send cover letter and resume to jobsatearthdance@gmail.com. Priority application deadline is December 9, 2013.

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