JOB DESCRIPTION AND SPECIFICATIONS
The Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (“CHCACT”) is a membership association comprised of community health centers, all of whom provide comprehensive health care to the people of Connecticut and beyond. The Association, with headquarters in Cheshire, Connecticut is a recognized national leader in the provision of technical assistance and training in practice transformation and quality improvement. Our team of professionals is dedicated to strengthening and supporting the clinical and operational performance of community health centers. Our mission is to advance and align the work of health centers, with stakeholders, to improve the health and wellness of all.
The individuals comprising our Association are the source of our creativity, reputation, and vitality. Every position here at CHCACT is critical to our ability to achieve our shared objectives. Each time we hire a new staff member, we are given the chance to enhance the community and to demonstrate CHCACT’s values of accountability, diversity, respect, and responsibility. We do this by using fair, legal, inclusive, and effective hiring practices that support and comply with CHCACT’s policy and the applicable State and Federal laws in a way that is mindful of climate, culture and diversity, and by affirming the unique qualities of each individual throughout the hiring process.
POSITION SUMMARY & FUNCTIONS:
The Community Health Center Association of Connecticut is seeking an experienced leader and team builder to join its Senior Leadership Team as the Vice President (“VP”) of Finance. CHCACT seeks an effective, strategic and experienced VP to oversee all financial operations. Under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer, the Vice President of Finance has overall responsibility for the finance department, and for the planning and management of all financial resources needed for agency operations. The VP of Finance is a strategic thought‐leader, capable of bringing entrepreneurial thinking, experience with new business development, and a history of securing positive financial outcomes through capital development, investing in new revenue streams, and utilizing all available financial resource tools. The VP will work collaboratively with the entire leadership team to ensure financial planning and sustainability is integrated into all strategic planning and development. This includes oversight, leadership and coordination of CHACT’s financial planning and budget management. The individual in this role is expected to serve as a role model for all staff, proactively supporting one another’s efforts to advance the mission and vision of CHCACT.
- Oversee daily accounting and financial functions, including General Accounting, Financial Statement Preparation, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Cash Management.
- Direct and control all accounting and financial reporting functions for the organization.
- Develop and implement initiatives to increase the team’s capacity to obtain grant funds and private donations. Assist in managing relationships associated with such initiatives.
- Develop and implement strategies to ensure long‐term operations obtain sustainable funding sources.
- Provide monthly financial reports including analysis on team capacity and needs for strategic growth.
- Provide direction and planning for the maintenance of fiscal records and preparation of financial reports that summarize and forecast CHCACT’s activity and financial position.
- Ensure that effective internal controls are in place and follow GAAP and applicable federal regulations.
- Provide guidance, technical support and training for the Federally Qualified Health Centers (“FQHC”) and CHCACT Staff in budgeting, forecasting, procurement, and other aspects of financial management and grant compliance.
- Responsible for fiscal reporting, budget presentation and updates of other required fiscal activities to the CEO, the Finance Committee, and the Board of Directors.
- Responsible for demonstrating, educating and informing all CHCACT staff members on budget, finances and accounting practices of CHCACT.
- Prepares CHCACT annual budgets.
- Negotiate indirect cost rate with Health and Human Services and update CHCACT Cost Allocation plan when required.
- Build a highly effective client‐focused team through training, mentoring and development.
- Design and facilitate required accounting and financial management training for FQHCs and CHCACT staff members.
- Oversee the annual audit and compliance.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for a dynamic leader with ten plus years of progressively responsible accounting and financial management experience. The successful candidate will have extensive experience in accounting and audit operations as well as skill leading decision support analysis and evaluation for the executive team, board members, and external stakeholders. Other qualifications include:
- 10+ years of progressive accounting and financial management experience, preferably within a non‐profit, public health center organization with multiple funded programs.
- Strong business analysis, performance monitoring, compliance management, and financial reporting skills.
- Proven ability to effectively recruit, develop, mentor and lead diverse financial management teams.
- Annual planning and organizational budgeting experience.
- Extensive experience coordinating audit activities and managing reporting, budget development, accounts payable/receivable, general ledger, payroll, and accounting; government auditing standards experience preferred.
- Experience managing the financial reporting and compliance aspects of a diverse grants and contracts portfolio including government, corporate, and major donor funding.
- Knowledge of uniform administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements for federal awards.
- Advanced knowledge of accounting and reporting software and experience with system conversions; technology skills including experience defining requirements, business case development, RFP processes, and overseeing vendor software installations.
- Exceptional analytic, organization and problem‐solving skills enabling strategic data interpretation and forecasting.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills with ability to clearly convey complex financial issues to different audiences; experience providing presentations to senior management, board members, and partners.
- Preferred experience with Blackbaud financial system.
- Preferred experience working within a Federally Qualified Health Center.
- Exceptional client service orientation and ability to build that strength across the Finance team.
- Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
- Active listening, negotiation, facilitation and reasoning skills.
- Ability to effectively supervise, delegate and train individuals and teams; demonstrates flexibility and change management skills.
- Demonstrates the maturity, savvy, and good humor necessary to meet the challenges of a fastpaced work environment.
- Expert knowledge of accounting/finance within a grant‐based organization.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance related field; advanced degree preferred.
PHYSICAL AND VISUAL REQUIREMENTS:
While performing the duties of this job, the individual is regularly required to use computers and office equipment, manipulate documents and move about the office. The employee may occasionally move materials up to 25 pounds.
The position requires the ability to read, and interpret financial reports, and legal contracts and documents. Must have ability to effectively speak before groups and present training to all types of audiences.
MENTAL DEMANDS AND REASONING ABILITIES:
Job requires the ability to focus, attention to detail at times and thoroughness in completing work goals. The ability to analyze information, formulate diverse solutions and make decisions using logic to address
work‐related issues is required.
The incumbent regularly performs work in an office environment as well as at FQHC sites. Travel (up to 50%) may be required to attend meetings throughout the state.
This position description has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent(s) will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. The Association reserves the right to modify, change or add to the position’s job duties and responsibilities as business needs may require.
This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.
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