The Ohio State Legal Services Association Seeks a Chief Financial Officer Organization Description:

Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA) is a three-part legal aid program headquartered in Columbus. OSLSA’s mission is to search out the patterns, causes of, and solutions to the repetitive and fundamental legal problems facing low income Ohioans and to pursue the legal recourse needed to address those problems.

OSLSA includes Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS), the Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC), and the Ohio Poverty Law Center (OPLC). SEOLS serves thirty counties and LASC serves Franklin County (Columbus) and five other nearby counties. OSLSA has a budget of about $12 million and a staff of 110, including 65 lawyers. OSLSA, LASC, and OPLC each has its own board, all very committed and involved in the work their respective parts of the organization and of the organization as a whole. LASC affiliated with OSLSA in 2009 and the consolidation of the programs has gone well though there is still potential to achieve greater efficiencies and synergies. OSLSA enjoys a good financial position, with sizeable reserves, and has grants from over 60 funders.

Position Description:
As a key member of the Senior Leadership team, the Chief Financial Officer will report to the Executive Director and assume a strategic and operational role in the overall management of Accounting and Finance functions for OSLSA. The CFO will have primary day-to-day
responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities of the organization. This will include development and management of the budget process, grant compliance and administration, payroll administration, and accounts payable. The CFO works with all management staff to ensure accurate reporting and adherence to grant and donor restrictions and regulations as well as all applicable laws. The CFO supervises 3 staff, one full time accountant and two assistants.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting; CPA or MBA preferred.
  • A minimum of eight years broad financial experience in a multi-funded not for profit organization. At least four years of supervisory experience. Legal services experience a plus.
  • Demonstrated leadership and team management.
  • Experience in evaluation of financial systems, policies and procedures, and presentation of proposed changes to senior management.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local government requirements and reporting.
  • Proficiency with Excel, Abila or other accounting software are essential (Microsoft Office environment), strong working knowledge of PowerPoint and Outlook is preferred.

Example of Duties:

  • Develop the annual budget along with the Executive Director and other Senior Management staff for presentation and approval by the Board of Directors.
  • Monitor the budget by line item and funding source and recommend necessary changes during the year.
  • Oversee the preparation of monthly consolidated financial statements as well as by funding source and location. Analyze any variance and prepare communications to distribute to appropriate Senior Management staff.
  • Oversee monthly, quarterly and annual funding source financial reports ensuring accuracy and timeliness.
  • Prepare analysis for Senior Management regarding the monthly financial reports and work with Project Directors, Managing Attorneys and others on specific budgets.
  • Prepare and present financial reports to the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors and coordinate presentation of reports to the full Board.
  • Evaluate current accounting software, policies and procedures and propose any changes identified to improve financial reporting to each along with an implementation plan.
  • Ensure maintenance of adequate internal controls.
  • Coordinate all financial audits, including monitoring visits from funding sources and annual financial audit.
  • Ensure financial compliance requirements with all funding sources.
  • Monitor cash flow to ensure availability of funds when needed.
  • Monitor investments of excess cash.
  • Oversee all financing arrangements of OSLSA. Ensure adequate bidding procedures for major purchases. Oversee vendor relationships.
  • Select, train, supervise and evaluate department staff.
  • Respond in an appropriate and timely manner to the needs, concerns and problems of staff, the finance department and of the organization.
  • Completion of other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director.

Compensation- The salary for this position is $80,000 + DOE. We offer an excellent benefit and leave package and ongoing training opportunities.

How to Apply– Please submit a cover letter and resume to the Executive Director, Kathleen McGarvey at

We are an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.

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