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The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law.

If you are a talented professional who wants to use your skills, hard work, and expertise to further the cause of civil rights and civil justice, please consider applying for a career at the Lawyers' Committee.

Lawyers’ Committee is an equal opportunity employer with a standing policy of nondiscrimination. This means that all qualified persons are accorded an equal opportunity for employment or promotion without regard to actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, personal appearance, genetic information, matriculation, or political affiliation.

We encourage applications from people of color, women, and persons with disabilities.  Positions will remain open until filled, and applications will be reviewed as received.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and benefits are provided by the employer.

Current Job Openings:

Controller(Financial & Grants Management)

Position Summary
Coordinate and carry out specialized financial grants management functions and implement improved efficient accounting software and measurable practices for systematic reporting on trends in income and expenses.

Assist in coordination and supervision of key financial functions of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, including; accounting, budget management, and financial data processing systems.

Duties And Responsibilities

Financial Reporting

  • Prepare a variety of regular and special internal accounting/financial statements and reports for staff, the Executive Director, Executive Management team and the Board.
  • Coordinate selection and implementation of financial reporting tools such as Jet Reports or Micr
  • osoft Dynamics to enable routine financial reporting by key variables including natural class, department, program or project and grant.
  • Formulate comparative reports for effective year-over-year financial trend analyses.
  • Prepare a variety of regular and special internal accounting/financial statements and reports for staff, the Executive Director, Executive Management team and the Board.

Other Financial Management

  • Assist the Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer in the administration, coordination, monitoring, and evaluation of other financial functions as assigned. Specific areas for assignment may include some of the following:
  • Develop and modify accounting policies/procedures/ systems in accordance with organizations needs and objectives, as well as government regulation.
  • Support, supervise, coordinate and perform preparation of expenses reports and travel advance accounting for the President and Executive Director’s expense report.
  • Supervision of the accounting staff:  Interview and advice on hiring, train new accounting staff, confer regularly with staff to plan and coordinate activities, assign and review work, assist with difficult or unusual tasks, and resolve problems.
  • Serve as business/financial liaison with federal funding and regulatory agencies, grantors, sub-grantees, financial institutions, vendors, consultants, and others outside the Committee regarding LCCRUL financial and business matters.
  • Supervise and assist as needed with daily accounting operations, including cash receipts, disbursements and accruals, and the like, operating within the LCCRUL accounting system.
  • Perform various cash management functions, including cash flow projections, investment oversight and releases of restricted revenues.
  • Review and approve major or unusual financial transactions, key internal and external accounting reports.

Grants Management
Supervise, coordinate and perform a full range of professional accounting duties associated with specialized fiscal grants management including:

  • Ensure compliance with applicable grantor and federal accounting and financial reporting requirements.
  • Supervise and assist as needed with daily accounting operations, including cash receipts, disbursements and accruals, operating within the LCCRUL accounting system.
  • Perform various cash management functions, including cash flow projections, investment, drawdown of federal grant funds, and so forth.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable grantor and federal accounting and financial reporting requirements.
  • Maintain a strong working knowledge of financial requirements for all active grants within the restricted grant portfolio, prepare requisite reports and ensure timely release from restriction of multi-year grants revenues

Monitor restricted grants management, accounting, and budget management functions, regularly dealing with a variety of issues that arise on a daily basis. Coordinate and carry out specialized grants management functions:

  • Coordinate the preparation of financial elements of restricted grant applications, including budgets, completion of certifications, compilation of all financial materials, ensuring compliance with all requirements, communicating with federal grants officials regarding financial questions or problems.
  • Coordinate awarding of grants to sub-grantees, including sending out application packages, screening budgets and negotiating required changes with applicants, rerouting to peer review panels and to executives for approval, issuance of award notices, forms and reporting instructions.
  • Monitor sub-grantee reporting and issue payments, verify quarterly financial reports, prepare summary spreadsheets, authorize payments, and verify issuance of checks.
  • Compile sub-grantee financial data into composite reports to federal granting agencies.
  • Initiate the draw of federal funds.

Oversee and coordinate program and project budget management functions:

  • Play a key leadership role in coordinating the annual program and project budget development process.
  • Advise the Development Grants Manager and Project Directors on budget management strategies.
  • Assist in presenting budget drafts for review by project directors and Board.
  • Confer regularly with the Chief Financial Officer and Development grants team and Program Directors to plan, coordinate, and evaluate activities/projects/systems/policies, exchange information, investigate and resolve problems, and provide technical advice and assistance.  As a member of the organization’s senior staff, participate in overall evaluation efforts.  Be available to attend Board meetings as needed. 

Supervision Exercised
Supervise the accounting staff.

Supervision Received
Direction is received from the Chief Financial Officer.

Qualifications

  • Minimum required academic qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in business, finance or other appropriate discipline plus CPA or MBA.
  • Minimum required work experience:  Five years of relevant financial, public accounting and grants management experience.
  • Minimum three years’ experience supervising accounting staff with demonstrated successes.
  • Good understanding of non-profit business operations and federal/state grant and contract funding mechanisms.
  • Broad base of relevant technical knowledge and skills related to accounting and financial management systems, with some fund accounting/non-profit experience desirable.
  • Strong planning, organizational, and budget management skills.
  • Ability to deal effectively with and represent the Committee to a wide range of state and federal agencies, sub-grantees, financial institutions, vendors, consultants and others, including good basic negotiating skills.  Ability to work effectively with other Committee staff, grantors, and affiliated organizations.
  • Commitment to civil rights, racial justice, and social justice.

To Apply:Please send a letter of interest and resume by email to jmoore@lawyerscommittee.org  and address to Joe Moore, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 1401 New York Avenue, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20005. Please insert REF#CFGM11014 in the subject line of your email.

Lawyers’ Committee is an equal opportunity employer with a standing policy of nondiscrimination. Diversity is an essential component of the Lawyers’ Committee, and we encourage women and minorities to apply. All qualified persons are accorded an equal opportunity for selection without regard to actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, personal appearance, genetic information, matriculation, or political affiliation. The position will close at 5:30 p.m. November 14, 2014.  Salary is competitive with a fringe benefits package, including employer-funded health insurance, provided. For more information about our work, please refer to our website at: www.lawyerscommittee.org.

 

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