The Vera Institute of Justice uses research and evidence to build and improve justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities. We work with others who share our vision to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day—from mass deportations, racial disparities, and the loss of public trust in law enforcement to the unmet needs of the vulnerable, the marginalized, and those harmed by crime and violence. Vera has offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans, and its projects and reform initiatives, typically conducted in partnership with local, state, or national officials, are located across the United States and around the world. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace.
The Guardianship Project, one of Vera’s demonstration projects, is an innovative program established to provide model guardianship services to older adults and people with disabilities who have been adjudicated as incapacitated by a court and lack family or friends able or willing to care for them. The Project serves a culturally diverse and primarily indigent population residing in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. We employ a team of professionals, including lawyers, social workers, and property and financial managers, who collaborate to provide effective services and advocacy geared toward maintaining clients with dignity in the least restrictive environment. Guardianship practice generally covers a wide range of issues, including but not limited to foreclosures, public benefits, landlord/tenant law, real estate management and transactions, estate planning, medical decision-making, financial exploitation, elder abuse, and crisis management.
Vera seeks a Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) for The Guardianship Project. The position is available immediately.
This is an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial professional to serve as a senior leader at The Guardianship Project (TGP). This person will manage all operational functions including finance, property and information technology. Reporting to the TGP Director, the DFA will supervise a team of approximately 6 individuals in a fast-growing non-profit demonstration project, while providing the chance to make a lasting and positive impact upon the lives of vulnerable clients.
The DFA will serve as the organizational leader in all areas of finance and budget management including:
- Supervising the Project’s finance, property and technology staff;
- Overseeing client and programmatic financial data within the financial and case management system;
- Managing banking relationships to ensure clients are receiving optimal banking services;
- Assisting in the development and management of internal fiscal controls and procedures in order to promote and achieve best practices;
- Collaborating with case management and legal teams and executive staff to ensure delivery of comprehensive services to clients;
- Ensuring the integrity, accuracy and usefulness of all financial reports
- Coordinating the preparation and submission of court-mandated client financial reports, and directly prepare such reports as necessary;
- Overseeing the marshaling of client income and assets, and assist in the management of client investment portfolios;
- Supervising the processing of check disbursements from client and program accounts;
- Budgeting and forecasting clients’ financial needs;
- Budgeting and forecasting programmatic financial needs;
- Managing all revenue and expense contracts including government contracts;
- Ensuring that all client accounts are timely reconciled on a monthly basis;
- Managing petty cash reporting, audits, and disbursements;
- Working with tax service professionals and taxing authorities to prepare client returns and resolve tax-related matters on clients’ behalf, including tax filings;
- Negotiating with vendors, entitlements agencies, and creditors as necessary on clients’ behalf;
- Building business models and forecasting tools that allow for robust scenario planning and real –time decision making;
- Preparing ad hoc reports on various client and program financial matters, including but not limited to financial analyses in exploitation and fraud cases and an annual audit; and
- Other duties as required to deliver high quality financial services to clients and the team.
- Bachelor's degree in accounting or related field required; Master's degree in accounting, business, or related field, plus three to five years relevant experience in not-for-profit sector preferred;
- Exceptional strategic thinking and problem solving skills, with the intellectual depth and maturity;
- Strong financial fluency; demonstrated ability to create budgets, conduct financial analysis and support strategic decision making
- Minimum three years’ supervisory experience, with excellent teamwork skills;
- Strong interest in social justice for underserved populations required. Demonstrated interest and experience working with older adults and people with disabilities is a plus;
- Excellent organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills, including ability to reconcile complex and conflicting reports;
- Experience designing and implementing internal controls, with ability to contribute to ongoing refinement of best practices in a developing program;
- Advanced knowledge of Excel, including pivot tables, lookup, and sorting;
- Familiarity with trusts and non-probate assets;
- Understands financial statements, financial investment products, and services;
- Ability to conduct and supervise forensic accountings of financial records on behalf of potential victims of exploitation, and to convert findings into coherent reports for use in court proceedings and related purposes;
- Strong teamwork and multi-tasking skills, and ability to perform well under pressure;
- Working knowledge of tax filings and auditing practices;
- Ability to respond quickly to the changing needs of a growing program; and
- Final candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.
Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.
How to apply
Please submit cover letter and resume. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled.
No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.Online submission in PDF format is preferred. However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to:
ATTN: Human Resources / TGP DFA Recruitment
Vera Institute of Justice
233 Broadway, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10279
Fax: (212) 941-9407
Vera is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status.
Vera works to advance justice, particularly racial justice, in an increasingly multicultural country and globally connected world. We value diverse experiences, including with regard to educational background and justice system contact, and depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.
For more information about Vera and The Guardianship Project’s work, please visit www.vera.org.