The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) seeks a competent and experienced Chief Financial Officer to partner with the organization’s executive leadership team and Board in leading the organization’s financial management and accounting operations. This is an outstanding opportunity for a finance executive with non-profit, federal contracting, private sector, international and domestic financial management experience. The successful candidate will have a solid track record of strategic visioning and partnering, financial and business modeling, and successful implementations in support of an organization’s continued advancement and impact. The Organization Established in 1971, NCSC’s commitment to trusted leadership, proven solutions, and better courts has changed our justice system. An independent, nonprofit court improvement organization, NCSC is where courts turn to for authoritative knowledge and information. Its efforts are directed by collaborative work with the Conference of Chief Justices, the Conference of State Court Administrators, and other associations of judicial leaders. All of NCSC's services — research, information services, education, consulting (domestic and international) — are focused on helping courts plan, make decisions, and implement improvements that save time and money, while ensuring judicial administration that supports fair and impartial decision-making. Headquartered in Williamsburg, VA, NCSC annually administers some 340 federal, state, local government, and private foundation grants and contracts. A staff of 156 provide these domestic and international services. Under the leadership of the CEO, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is a member of NCSC’s executive leadership team.
The Position Reporting to the CEO, the CFO leads the organization’s finance and accounting functions; partners with the executive leadership team to support planning for the ongoing advancement and sustainability of the organization; and safeguards the assets of the organization. The CFO leads a finance and accounting team of 12, including two direct reports: Accounting Director and International Finance Director. Key Responsibilities As NCSC continues to grow and advance its mission, the CFO performs a key role in serving the organization to include overseeing finance and accounting, ensuring efficiency and effectiveness in new accounting technologies and procedures, updating and implementing internal control policies to safeguard assets, and working collaboratively as part of a larger staff team. In addition to leading the finance and accounting team, the CFO serves as the staff liaison to the Finance Committee, Audit Committee and Investment Committee of the Board of Directors. The CFO also serves as a member of the Retirement Plan Advisory Committee.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The CFO is responsible for the following:
Finance Management, Budgeting & Reporting Preparing and analyzing monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports and forecasts for the CEO, executive leadership team, Board, Board Committees and auditors as appropriate.
Overseeing the risk management, insurance, investment, banking, credit and cash flow management activities of the organization.
Managing the budget development process for the annual operating and capital budgets; preparing the fiscal budget in collaboration with the executive team; and assisting the CEO in presenting the budget to the Board of Directors.
Managing the preparation, analyses, and reporting of financial and related information to the executive team and the Finance Committee.
Collaborating with advancement and program professionals to support grants budgeting, implementation, and financial reporting.
Accounting Leadership Leading the overall accounting operations of the organization related to federal, international, state and local grants and contracts, including restricted and unrestricted funds.
Ensuring timeliness and accuracy of the general ledger and subsidiary records.
Assessing and recommending improvements to practices, technologies, and/or procedures that optimize fiscal efficiencies, cash flow management, and budgeting processes.
Overseeing monthly and year-end closings and account reconciliations to ensure the organization is ready for audit.
Ensuring all required tax returns are filed.
Leading the organization’s negotiation and submission of its annual Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA).
Internal Controls, Policies & Procedures Recommending and enforcing internal controls to safeguard assets.
Ensuring finance records and systems align with GAAP.
Evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of NCSC’s accounting and related software platform and modules, with an eye to reducing redundancies, moving accounting operations to a paperless environment, and building the department’s ability to provide outstanding customer service in the form of real-time reports and data to managers.
Preparing and presenting fiscal records for the annual financial statement and federal award audits; responding to and resolving all non-compliance issues.
Managing relationships with insurance brokers and carriers.
Skills and Attributes Successful candidates for this position will bring a variety of experiences and competencies to NCSC including:
10+ years of experience in progressively responsible management level finance positions; nonprofit management and government contracting experience preferred.
Expertise in principles, theories and concepts related to fiscal and financial management of nonprofit organizations.
Knowledge of government contracts and grants accounting, Uniform Guidance federal award audits, budget development and general fiscal operations.
Experience with enterprise-wide accounting and financial management systems, experience with multiple enterprise platforms preferred.
Proven ability to analyze, interpret and present complex financial data, draw conclusions, and make recommendations.
Experience managing or working with endowment funds desired.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
Demonstrated experience as a leader including evidenced success in building high performing teams and ability to work collaboratively with staff across an organization.
Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, finance or related discipline; or a combination of education and relevant experience; CPA required.
Experience with enterprise accounting software and other online systems and tools; experience with Costpoint or other preferred accounting systems used by federal contractors is desirable.
Proficiency using Excel and other Microsoft products.
Interested and eligible candidates are required to complete an online application at jobs@ncsc. In addition to completing the application, you are requested to submit a cover letter and résumé. The position will remain open until filled. For first consideration apply by April 19, 2021.
NCSC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/DISABILITY/VETERAN EMPLOYER
About National Center for State Courts
About National Center for State Courts
The authoritative source for court services
NCSC is the organization courts turn to for authoritative knowledge and information, because its efforts are directed by collaborative work with the Conference of Chief Justices, the Conference of State Court Administrators, and other associations of judicial leaders.
Consequently, NCSC is able to return expertise to the courts in a variety of forms — from Web resources to hands-on assistance. State assessments pay for the distribution of information from knowledge analysts and online sources, available free of charge to state trial and appellate courts and their administrative offices.
To take advantage of tailored benefits, judges and court administrators can register for educational courses or contract with NCSC researchers and consultants for evaluation, assessment, and implementation of court improvement tools and methods. Here's more background on NCSC.
From clearinghouse to full-service solution provider
The National Center for State Courts is an independent, nonprofit court improvement organization founded at the urging of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Warren E. Burger. H...e envisioned NCSC as a clearinghouse for research information and comparative data to support improvement in judicial administration in state courts.
Over twenty years ago, the Institute for Court Management merged with NCSC, adding an educational curriculum especially designed for court managers. In the early 1990s, an international division was formed to offer a similar array of research, consulting, education, and information services to strengthen the rules of law in countries around the world.
All of NCSC's services — research, information services, education, consulting — are focused on helping courts plan, make decisions, and implement improvements that save time and money, while ensuring judicial administration that supports fair and impartial decision-making.