rural_action Rural Action

  • Reports to: CEO
  • Status: Exempt
  • Hours of Work: Full Time
  • Salary: $60k-$70k, depending on experience
  • Supervises: Controller, Staff Accountant
  • For best consideration, apply by March 8

Job Summary

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Finance Director works closely with the CEO to build and manage effective and streamlined administrative and financial systems including budgeting, audit, accounting, legal, and human resources. The finance director will perform these functions for all Rural Action ventures and programs.

Essential Functions

  • Overall responsibility for the finance operations of the organization
    • Manage staff required to effectively implement Rural Action financial, and operational systems;
    • Maintain all accounts in accordance with GAAP standards
    • Coordinate all audit activities and obtain a clean audit, filed timely every year
    • Ensure compliance with all financial reporting requirements
    • Oversee the annual budgeting process for the organization
    • Maintain all contracts with outside vendors, including programmatic contracts
    • Maintain a calendar of all finance office activities
    • Manage insurance policies across the organization
    • Maintain registrations for all vehicles owned by the organization
    • Participate in mandatory Leadership Team and Staff meetings
    • Perform quality control reviews of data entry and accounting functions including, but not limited to, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, and grant reporting
    • Have a functional understanding of the accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll processes
  • Report to the CEO and the Rural Action Board
    • Provide accurate monthly reports to the finance committee, and bi-monthly reports to the board of directors
    • Provide accurate cash flow statements, budget-to-actual monthly and YTD reports and financial statements to the finance committee monthly
  • Work with programs on budgets and grant management
    • Oversee budgeting and cash flow for programs
    • Invoice contracts and grants
    • Produce and submit Financial reporting to funders
    • Manage all proposal budgeting (administrative and programmatic), financial reporting on grants, and any needed budget revisions
    • Create and implement a Rural Action-specific indirect cost plan
  • Manage all accounts for the organization
    • Make deposits and process cash receipts batches for each bank account
    • Make bank transfers as needed to manage cash flow
    • Maintain a chart of accounts and ensure proper accounting for each account
  • Oversee the financial management of Rural Action social enterprises with the assistance of the Social Enterprise Director
    • Assist with business plan and budgets
    • Develop workable systems for financial reporting
    • Maintain a calendar of required activities and reporting for each enterprise
  • Oversee and suggest procedures for the financial management of Rural Action non-profit and for-profit enterprises with the assistance of the Social Enterprise Director, Chief Program Officer
  • Manage all staff required to effectively implement Rural Action financial, systems;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Meticulous attention to detail and an ability to manage up and laterally;
  • Ability to work effectively in teams, create teams, and lead teams;
  • People and project management, organizational, verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Significant experience with foundations, grant writing, and grants management;
  • Track record of managing strategic planning, implementation and evaluation;
  • Experience with contracts and memos of understanding and other legal tools;
  • Ability and interest in working with a wide range of individuals: senior management, board members, volunteers, members, donors and communities of interest and place;
  • Driven by and focused on Rural Action’s mission;
  • Deeply appreciative and respectful of rural people and places;
  • A self-reliant and results-oriented problem solver;
  • Understanding of best practices in program interventions for community based economic development and their practical implementation;
  • Knowledge and/or experience in partnership development and in developing, working with and leading collaborative efforts, both internally and externally;
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive.

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least five years of professional experience in finance and administration with demonstrated experience in financial management, accounting, and non-profit grants management;
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience/education; Master’s degree preferred;
  • Experience with payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, billing, maintaining auditable records, and audit processes;
  • Proficiency with databases, spreadsheets, data entry, and other computer skills related to financial management and communication with colleagues;
  • A valid driver’s license;
  • Available for occasional evening and weekend activities to report to the Rural Action board at bi-monthly meetings, donors at periodic donor events, and at the annual meeting.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience using Financial Edge

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume outlining your experience as it relates to this job description and providing your salary expectations for the position. Send materials to with the subject heading: Finance Director. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is hired. Rural Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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