WHO WE ARE
For over 50 years, CCLS has been representing and advocating for low-income individuals in Merced, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Fresno, Tulare, and Kings Counties—a region where intense poverty exists side by side with unparalleled wealth and abundance. Our mission is to provide high quality, no-cost civil legal services to low income individuals, families, and communities—improving the wellbeing of our Valley through systems-changing advocacy, client education, and legal work that meets individual clients’ immediate needs. We also work closely with agencies and community organizations that share our commitment to support our clients in being their own agents of change.
Central California Legal Services (CCLS) is seeking a Director of Fiscal Services (DOFS) with proven expertise in accounting and finance who will oversee budgeting, cost analysis, cost management, financial reporting, and revenue forecasting for the organization. The DOFS will oversee CCLS’s accounting and payroll staff and produce timely and accurate financial reports to the Executive Director (ED), management staff, and Board of Directors.
Experience: 5+ Years Experience
Location: Fresno Office
Term of Employment: Regular, Full-Time
Other: FLSA Exempt, Non-Union
Salary Range: $89,004 to $109,322
This position is open until filled, with first review of applications January 3, 2022
Interviews tentatively week of January 17, 2022 and an ideal start date no later than March 1.
REQUIRED APPLICATIONS MATERIALS
2. Cover Letter addressing the following questions:
- Please tell us briefly about your experience, if any, working in an organization that serves a low-income community. What skills and qualities did you bring that were important to the effort? What did you learn?
- Please describe your leadership experience, and management philosophy.
- Tell us about your connection to the Central Valley: how well do you know it? Do you have ties here? What draws you here?
3. Three Professional References
BENEFITS PACKAGE OVERVIEW
- 7.5 hour work day / 37.5 hour week
- 14.5 Paid Holidays
- Free wellness counseling & resources
- Union protection for applicable positions
Rewards for Dedication
- Annual pay increases
- Overtime for Hourly/Non-exempt staff
- Compensatory Time for Salaried/Exempt staff
More than Base Pay
- School Loan Assistance up to $500/month
- Bilingual Pay up to $90/month
- Home internet reimbursement of $25/month
- CCLS issued laptop & cell phone
- CA State Bar dues paid in full
- Mileage reimbursement
- CCLS contributes to staff 403(b) plans starting at the one-year anniversary:
- Year 1 to 2 – 1% of salary contributed
- Year 2 to 3 – 2% of salary contributed
- Year 3 to 4 – 3% of salary contributed
- Year 4 to 5 – 4% of salary contributed
- Year 5+ - 5% of salary contributed
Group Health Insurance
- Coverage begins 1st of the month following hire date
- CCLS pays 100% for staff health insurance coverage
- CCLS pays 67% of staff dependent health insurance coverage
- Low-Cost Plans for: Dental PPO & Vision Insurance; Long term disability & life insurance
- Workers Compensation coverage
Cash Out Options
- Vacation Cash Out: Accrued vacation cashed out & added to paycheck upon request
- Compensatory Time Cash Out (Exempt Staff): Accrued comp time cashed out & added to paycheck upon request. Comp time over 75 hours paid out automatically
- Overtime Pay Out (Non-Exempt Staff): OT paid out within 30 days of accrual, per State standards
Computer Loan Fund
- Up to $1,500 interest free loan to assist staff with personal computer purchase
State Bar Exam Leave & Loan
CCLS is an equal opportunity employer: we value equity, inclusion, and diversity, across all races, cultures, classes, ages, religions, gender identities and presentations, sexual orientations, body sizes, family structures, abilities, and all categories protected by law. We encourage all interested individuals to apply.
- Protected leave for CA Bar Exam
- Interest-free loan for Bar Exam & study course fees
- Up to 8 weeks salary advance
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The Director of Fiscal Services will have a minimum of 5 years of broad finance experience, ideally in accounting, evaluating financial information, and making actionable recommendations to senior leadership. They will have experience managing the finance function (accounting, budgeting, control, and reporting) and compliance functions within a diverse, division-based entity.
The ideal candidate will have a record of demonstrated leadership in support of a diverse organizational culture, ensuring strong financial systems and controls, and applying inclusive leadership practices and internal equity standards to support positive team dynamics and sound strategies across the organization.
- A minimum of a BS; MBA and/or CPA preferred.
- A hands-on manager with integrity, who is excited to work in a dynamic environment, and has experience juggling and meeting multiple demands within compressed timeframes.
- Mature and proactive, with experience working as a business partner to the ED of a multi-divisional organization.
- Strong analytical skills, and experience interpreting a strategic vision into an operational model.
- Deep understanding of, and direct work experience with, state and federal program audits.
- An effective communicator at all levels in the organization, with strong oral and written skills and strengths in translating complex information for use by colleagues without financial expertise.
- A collaborative and flexible style, with a strong service ethic.
- Creativity, with experience funding activities in ways that both cover costs and generate operating margins.
- Highly preferred candidates have experience working in nonprofit, public interest organizations.
- Experience with unionized environments is a plus.
- Experience with Legal Aid organizations is a plus.
The Director of Fiscal Services, as a recognized senior leader, works closely with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and senior leadership team to ensure that organizational initiatives and activities are aligned with the financial growth and stability strategies of Central California Legal Services.
- Support the vision of the ED and help ensure ongoing alignment between financial, operational, and programmatic objectives.
- Partner with leadership on all operational issues as they arise; provide recommendations based on financial analysis and projections, cost identification and allocation, and revenue/ expense implications.
- Engage with management on finance, audits, investments, challenges, recommendations, trends, and changes in operating model.
- Serve as the liaison and/or staff to the Board and to the Board’s Audit & Finance Committee; effectively communicate and present critical financial matters at Board and Committee meetings, and offer proactive advice and recommendations on governance and strategic issues.
- Collaborate closely with the Director of Administration and other members of the Administrative team.
- Represent the organization to financial partners, including financial institutions, investors, funders, auditors, etc.
- Participate in key strategic projects and lead vendor engagements related to finance as needed.
- Provide oversight for all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems, ensuring compliance with appropriate Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, regulatory requirements, and funder requirements. Maintain internal control safeguards and coordinate all audit activities.
- Develop, manage, and provide oversight for all budgets, including grants, organization, and contractual budgets; as well as all budget modifications, forecasts, internal financial plans, and processes. Make actionable recommendations on both strategy and operations.
- Directly manage cash flow projection process and forecasting.
- Oversee the development, implementation, and maintenance of policies and procedures for the compliance infrastructure and its related activities to prevent fraud, abuse, waste, and illegal, unethical, or improper conduct.
- Provide financial dashboards and reports on a regular basis; as directed or requested, keep the Board and senior leadership informed of the operation and progress of compliance efforts.
- Lead all audits, tax filings, and financial reports.
- Mentor, supervise, and develop a department of three, managing work allocation, training, problem resolution, performance evaluation, and the building of an effective team dynamic.
- Provide guidance and training to larger, cross-divisional teams outside of direct span of control.