Are you good with numbers and are you looking to put those skills to use in a nonprofit, faith-based organization? Come work with us at the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia!

The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, established in 1853, is seeking a Director of Finance. The diocese is the regional governing body of more than 100 Episcopal churches throughout Western Washington and one of more than 100 dioceses that are part of the multinational Episcopal church.

Our Seattle offices are located in a beautiful mansion on Capitol Hill, a few buildings north of St Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral. The approximately 25 member staff provide services and resources to congregations as well as manage the tangible assets (real estate and investments) for the entire region of Western Washington churches. The Diocese of Olympia is led by Bishop Greg Rickel, who came to the Diocese in 2007. Serving in the capacity of a “CEO,” the Bishop’s team of managers (called Canons) run the day to day operations for the Diocese of Olympia.

POSITION SUMMARY
The Director of Finance reports to the Chief of Staff (Canon to the Ordinary) and directs the financial affairs of the diocese. This position manages the accounting operations, insurance needs, compliance with IRS and applicable federal, state and local regulations, and risk management assessment. This position serves as a resource to congregations and ministries within the diocese to ensure that the congregations’ fiscal matters follow accepted procedures and comply with applicable laws and regulations.

The Director of Finance manages two employees and this position plays a key, hands on role in closing the monthly financial statements as well as serves as the financial analyst for the organization. There are multiple funds (operating and non-operating) as well as two legal entities for this tax-exempt organization. The Director of Finance works out of the Seattle office.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide oversight of audit preparation and financial reporting, as well as financial accounting and reporting systems, including the general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and bank accounts.
  • Develop and monitor compliance with financial policies, procedures and internal controls.
  • Develop an annual operating budget with the support of the Budget & Finance Committee.
  • Provide back-up for the Accountant and be prepared to “jump in” and provide hands-on support when needed.
  • Manage employee payroll and benefits program, including insurance and pension.
  • Provide support on financial matters to the Diocesan Investment Fund Committee, Board of Directors, Diocesan Council, Budget & Finance Committee, Joint Finance Panel, Episcopal Retirement Communities Board, and others as assigned.
  • Continually assess the mission strategy in the diocese, against current financial performance, investment return, individual giving, and church attendance trends, and bring this to the attention of the governing bodies and the Bishop.
  • Collaborate with others to develop and provide financial training and information to clergy, church treasurers, and other appropriate congregation members.
  • Supervise finance office personnel; currently includes a fulltime Accountant and fulltime Accounting Assistant & Insurance Coordinator.
  • Serve as a member of the diocesan management team, providing financial information, advice and recommendations as needed to the Bishop, other departments, governing bodies and committees.
  • Participate as a member of the Bishop’s staff – including staff meetings and retreats.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS SUMMARY

  • Four-year degree in accounting, business administration or related field.
  • Desire to work in a faith-based organization. The Episcopal Church is a very inclusive denomination and promotes the value of diversity. People from any faith background, or a strong belief in a higher being would be welcome.
  • Experience with fund and non-profit accounting is highly desired.
  • Experience managing the closing of monthly financial statements.
  • Experience as an auditor or being audited by a CPA firm is required.
  • Strong organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Highly motivated and takes initiative.
  • Ability to manage, supervise and lead people in a collaborative style.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Understanding of church operations and church policy of any denomination preferred.
  • Ability to translate accounting and financial terms to persons unfamiliar with the field.
  • Ability to multi-task and shift focus quickly and frequently.
  • Flexible schedule is essential as there are several “peak times” throughout the year – year end, budgeting, and audit are often tasks that require more hours than the normal work week.

SALARY AND BENEFITS
The Diocese of Olympia offers an excellent benefits package currently including 100% employer contribution for employee healthcare (75% employer contribution for dependent(s) healthcare), retirement plans, paid holidays, paid sick leave, and four weeks paid vacation annually. The Diocese of Olympia is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Salary low to mid $80,000’s, DOE; FLSA exempt position.

TO APPLY
The search for our Director of Finance is being handled by an outside search firm, CFO Selections, LLC. All inquiries received by Diocese of Olympia regarding this position will be forwarded to CFO Selections; for fastest response, please send an email with your resume attached to Carly McBride at carly@cfoselections.com.

ABOUT CFO SELECTIONS
CFO Selections provides finance and accounting interim consulting and executive search services to a wide range of organizations in the Northwest. Established in 2002, the company focuses on locating and recruiting the highest caliber senior-level talent available. Its team of consulting CFOs and Controllers work in a collaborative and problem-solving way to generate maximum results.

 

 

 

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