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Chief Financial Officer - Legal Aid of North Carolina

Company: Armstrong McGuire & Associates
Location: Raleigh
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

Chief Financial Officer

Legal Aid of North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

In America, equal justice under law is a right, not a privilege. The reality is accessing justice is not equal for all. Those who can afford legal representation are much more likely to secure justice than those who can't.

Do you want to help break down the barriers to equal justice? Do you want to ensure that the most vulnerable in our community don't stand alone, aren't robbed of their dignity, or trapped in cycles of poverty, violence, and poor health?

Are you a visionary? Can you inspire others to see how the financial strength and efficiency of an organization helps turns a mission into a reality? Do you invest in the people around you? Are you prepared to work in a demanding environment, to acquire and refine your skills, with high-quality teams in a collaborative law firm setting?

If the answer is yes, then we are looking for you to be the next Chief Financial Officer of Legal Aid of North Carolina.


Legal Aid NC increases access to safe and affordable housing, economic stability, health care, education, and other essential services. Limited resources demand that we help those with the most dire civil legal needs-survivors of domestic violence, families facing homelessness, children and people with income at 125% of the poverty level or below. Legal Aid NC works strategically to educate people about their rights, offers legal advice, and represents clients in legal disputes, serving 25,000 people each year.

What will you do as Legal Aid NC's next Chief Financial Officer?

The Deputy Director of Finance/Chief Financial Officer position is accountable for the financial operations of the organization, including budgeting, reporting, forecasting, financial systems, insurance, and a comprehensive set of controls to mitigate risk, ensure the accuracy of the company's reported financial results, and ensure that reported results comply with generally accepted accounting principles. The Deputy Director of Finance reports directly to the Executive Director and is an active member of the leadership team. Responsibilities are as follows:
Develop and implement improved financial systems, policies, and accounting controls required for the effective and efficient operation of systems. Ensure compliance with financial policies, procedures, and internal controls, including proper separation of duties and adherence to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and local, state, and federal regulations.
Drive the annual budget process and monitor, working with team members to identify operating expenses, capital expenditures, and program and grant budgets.
Responsible for grants management by distributing staff time to funding sources, grant reporting, budgeting, and supporting grant application processes.
Manage the Finance team providing leadership and vision to the Controller, Assistant Controller, and four Senior Accountants, and three additional staff.
Participate in and provide staff support to the Audit and Finance committees of the Board of Directors and attend Board meetings. Be the primary interface with the Board member serving as Treasurer.
Manage annual audit, preparation and filing of Form 990, and all other tax reporting requirements.
Supervise the recording and reporting of the organization's financial information.
Maintain adequate property and liability insurance coverage.
Supervise bi-monthly payroll processing, W-2 and 945 reporting.

Why Legal Aid NC?

Legal Aid of North Carolina is a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers to economic opportunity.

For 20 years, Legal Aid NC has been an investment that benefits all North Carolinians. It ensures that individuals in our state are treated fairly under the law. Legal Aid NC receives over 250,000 calls annually and opens over 25,000 cases that are distributed to its 250 advocates in 25 local offices and 15 statewide projects through a $50M organization. It provides access, tools, and advocacy to all our neighbors regardless of background and age, saving taxpayers money while ensuring justice for all. In most cases, Legal Aid NC can keep our neighbors out of the courtroom saving time and money for everyone.

Want to know more? Visit Legal Aid NC's website at

Key lived experiences, attributes, and skillsets sought in the Chief Financial Officer Leadership experience within a complex nonprofit organization in a finance role; CPA experience preferred
Considerable knowledge of policies, procedures, principles, controls, methods, and techniques of financial management
Strong understanding of, and extensive professional experience, with:
Accounting/GAAP principles, particularly for nonprofit organizations
Budgeting and forecasting
Financial statement preparation and reporting
Cash flow management
Account reconciliations
Accounts payable
Government grants and contracts
Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and deliver against deadlines while maintaining the flexibility necessary to adapt, respond, and meet the needs of the organization
Great attention to detail and a willingness to be hands-on to achieve goals
Enthusiastic approach to work, with the humility and attitude to work effectively in a team environment and contribute to team building and culture
Demonstrated ability to develop positive, productive professional relationships with diverse stakeholders
Proven ability to express thoughts, perceptions, and ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; ability to project confidence and knowledge when speaking publicly
Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively, embrace innovation, and implement tactically
Excellent computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office; experience using accounting software products

Are you the next Chief Financial Officer for Legal Aid NC?

To apply, click on the link to the Chief Financial Officer position profile at . You will see instructions for uploading your cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and professional references. Please provide all requested information to be considered. In case of any technical problems, contact

Compensation is based on regional nonprofit, public interest salaries. Health, retirement, and leave benefits are excellent: Medical, dental, and life insurance premiums are 100% employer covered for employees. 401(k) contributions with no match required. Paid leave includes 1.75 days per month (21 leave days in the first two years; 30 days paid in subsequent years), 14 holidays, floating holidays, and other paid leave.

Legal Aid of North Carolina is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Selection will be based on merit and will be made without discrimination because of race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, citizenship, creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, age, religion, genetic information, mental disability, marital status, familial status, or any other legally protected status. Minorities, women, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply. We thrive when we are diverse.

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