Accounting, Auditing, Bookkeeping, Information Technology
Vice President Finance and IT
Position Summary: Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago & Northwest Indiana has an opportunity in our Chicago Loop location for a VP of Finance and IT. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, and working closely with the Audit, IT and Executive Committees of the Board of Directors as a member of the senior leadership team, the VP of Finance and IT will set both financial and IT strategy and direction including process change and optimization of resources to support the needs of the business. This position will lead a staff of 9 in the Finance and IT departments to support the Mission. This role is a strategic leadership position, but also must be a team player who is not afraid to get their "hands dirty" and wear multiple hats.
Location: Chicago Gathering Place in the Chicago Loop
Hours: Core hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:30am-5:00pm
Duties and Responsibilities:
Oversee the month-end close process and approve all financial reporting materials and metrics for funding the organization and the council’s Board of Directors.
Manage cash flow and forecasting.
Optimize technology to streamline processes and simplify workflow. Use streamlined processes and technology to support council leadership and departments with data and analysis to better manage our business and support the mission. In tandem with senior leadership, create best practices for optimal vendor usage.
Be a thought leader on critical external relationships in managing council funds, i.e., pension, property insurance and banking relationships, and investment advisors.
Oversee long-term budgetary planning and expense management in alignment with council's strategic plan.
Coordinate all audit activities.
Serve as staff liaison to the Board Audit Committee.
With senior leadership, develop and implement a strategic plan for council technology. Plan must meet daily operational needs and assist council in serving our constituents.
Consult with senior team members and key stakeholders to exchange information and present new approaches to discuss equipment/system process changes.
Evaluate current vendors and determine path forward to gain efficiencies.
Coach the IT Director to maximize performance of staff and third party providers.
Serve as the staff liaison to the Board on technology.
Experience, Skills and Qualifications:
The VP of Finance and IT will be a seasoned leader with at least 12-15 years of experience; ideally beginning in audit followed by experience gathering and evaluating financial information and making actionable recommendations to senior leadership. Broad experience working in process improvement and understanding how to implement efficiencies. Experience managing IT highly desired. Experience working in the non-profit sector preferred.
Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. Our mission sounds simple, but it ultimately changes lives by building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. As one of the largest Councils in the United States, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana is more than 52,000 girls and 20,000 adults strong locally, reaching girls in 254 communities throughout 10 counties in Illinois and Indiana.
It is our policy not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, citizenship, marital status, or economic status.
Qualified Candidate will have:
A Bachelor’s degree and a CPA are required; MBA or related, advanced degree is a plus.
At least 12 years of broad finance experience is required. A foundation in audit is highly preferred.
At least 7 years of people management and leadership experience. Proactive with evidence of having worked as a true business partner to a CEO.
Demonstrated excellence in managing finance, accounting, budgeting control and reporting.
Experience managing technology projects to fit strategy.
Desired behaviors & experiences:
Team player with a collaborative and flexible style, and a strong service mentality.
Hands-on manager with integrity and a desire to work in a mission-driven environment.
Effective communicator with strong written and verbal skills.
Strong commitment to developing team members.
Experience working with a non-profit board.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Health, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD, Legal assistance, generous time off (10 holidays,15 vacation days, week between Christmas and New Year's off, 2 personal days) 403b
Internal Number: 547
About Girl Scouts GCNWI
Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. With programs from coast to coast, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. As one of the largest councils in the US, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana is more than 52,000 girls and 20,000 adults strong locally, reaching girls in 254 communities throughout 10 counties in northern Illinois and Indiana.