The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut seeks a dynamic team player to fill the position of Director of Finance and Administration. This position requires extensive financial management and administrative experience, and proven ability to manage staff, maintain confidentiality, exercise sound independent judgment, attend closely to details, and take initiative. The Director of Finance and Administration facilitates income and expense transactions, creates related reports and tracks income/expense trends, and assists the Executive Director in preparing the annual budget. The Director of Finance and Administration will supervise the Administrative Support Manager and report directly to the Executive Director.

Overview of the ACLU of Connecticut

The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut is a nonpartisan, non-profit membership organization that defends, promotes and preserves individual rights and liberties under the U.S. and Connecticut constitutions in state and federal court, the General Assembly and the state’s 169 towns and cities. The ACLU of Connecticut is comprised of two legal entities: the ACLU of Connecticut, Inc., a 501(c)(4) membership organization, and the ACLU of Connecticut Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that coordinates and carries out legal and educational work around civil liberties issues. We carry out this work from our office in Hartford with a staff of fourteen full-time employees assisted by interns, volunteers, cooperating attorneys, our active Board of Directors and our chapters. We are one of 53 affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union nationwide.

This is an exciting time to join the ACLU of Connecticut. With enormous threats to civil rights arising in nearly every area of the ACLU’s work, we’ve seen a phenomenal outpouring of support from new members, donors, and volunteers who view the ACLU as the nation’s principal defender of fundamental freedoms and liberties. The ACLU of Connecticut is doing its part in the nationwide struggle to defend the Constitution while working to protect and advance civil rights and liberties here in Connecticut.

Position Overview

The ACLU of Connecticut seeks a dynamic, creative, self-motivated team player to serve as its Director of Finance and Administration. The Director of Finance and Administration will report to the Executive Directors and function as a strategic thought partner in planning for the future success of the growing organization. This person will have primary responsibility for three core functional areas: financial management and compliance, human resource and process improvement, and risk management. The Director of Finance and Administration will supervise the Administrative Support Manager.

Responsibilities

  • Financial Management and Compliance (45%)
    • Manage outside bookkeeping firm. Accounting oversight to include: analysis and presentation of financial reports in an accurate and timely manner, clear communication of quarterly and annual financial statements, preparation and filing of all legally required documents; preparation of national revenue audit and cash-flow and forecasting.
    • Under the direction of the Executive Director and the Board’s Finance Committee, work with an outside auditor to coordinate the preparation of all tax reports and annual audit.
    • Act as point person between bookkeeping firm and auditing firm to ensure effective communication and understanding of task delegation.
    • Provide the Executive Director with financial reports, information, and recommendations on financial and administration matters and coordinate with them to prepare the annual budget.
    • Work with department directors to develop and track programmatic budgets.
    • Design and implement financial management systems and provide the Executive Director with reports to guide the current and projected operations of the organization.
    • Liaise with the Board Treasurer and Finance Committee regarding the organization’s finances.
    • Oversee the Administrative Support Manager’s duties regarding payroll and benefits.
    • Manage banking and broker relationships.
       
  • Human Resources and Cross-Departmental Efficiencies (40%)
    • Oversee and work with the Administrative Support Manager to provide staff with effective professional development, performance management and evaluations, accountability, training and recruiting.
    • Review, on an annual basis, health care costs, research health care plan adequacy, survey staff to determine needs, and recommend modifications to the Executive Director.
    • Drive organization-wide efficiencies by scoping, directing, and managing a portfolio of efficiency and process improvements.
    • Identify areas of opportunity to improve staff retention and equity within the organization.
    • Support the Executive Director with administration, facilities, and internal communication needs to ensure efficient and consistent operations as the organization evolves.
       
  • Risk Management (15%)
    • Identify and eradicate organizational risk and liabilities.
    • Ensure organizational and individual compliance with local, state, and federal law.
    • Monitor and evaluate all organizational insurance policies (legal, real property, etc.).
    • Advise the Executive Director in instances of potential organizational risk.

Qualifications

  • Strong commitment to civil rights and civil liberties.
  • At least four years relevant work experience, ideally in the nonprofit sector.
  • Fluency in accounting principles and familiarity with GAAP compliance preferred.
  • Exceptional personnel and financial management skills.
  • Experience and excellence with software in support of accounting and financial reporting functions, including QuickBooks (or other accounting program), Excel, and Word.
  • Knowledge of human resources including organizational development, employee relations, performance management, compensation, and talent acquisition.
  • Working knowledge of federal employment law obligations.
  • Ability to develop organizational systems and procedures.
  • Ability to professionally format documents.
  • Work experience that demonstrates professionalism, a strong sense of discretion and the ability to exercise good judgment in stressful circumstances.
  • Outstanding attention to detail, work ethic, and problem-solving skills, as well as a willingness to learn new skills.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects in a fast-paced environment, to work collaboratively and prioritize with colleagues.
  • A commitment to and understanding of diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, color, ethnicity, age, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, record of arrest or conviction, and socio-economic circumstance.
  • Flexibility in work schedule; ability to work on occasional evenings or weekends, with prior notice (reciprocal time-off available).
  • Strong, demonstrated written and verbal communication skills.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary will depend upon experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits include: paid vacation and sick leave, health and dental insurance, life and disability coverage and a defined contribution 401(k) retirement plan.

Application Procedure

To apply, email a cover letter, resume and list of three references defining your relationship to: search@acluct.org, and include “Director of Finance and Administration” and your last name in the subject line. Please indicate where you learned of the posting.

The ACLU-CT is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU-CT encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, record of arrest or conviction, or veteran status.

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