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Posted 10/28/2021

Job Title:

Director of Accounting and Reporting

Department:

Finance

Location:

Archbishop Quigley Center
835 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611-2030

Hours:

Full time

Description:

The Archdiocese of Chicago (AoC) is the third largest diocese in the United States and serves more than 2.2 million Catholics in 347 parishes in Cook and Lake Counties. The Archdiocese, pastored by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, has more than 15,000 employees across its ministries, including Catholic Charities, the region’s largest nonprofit social service agency. The Archdiocese also has one of the country’s largest seminaries. The Archdiocese’s 217 elementary and secondary schools comprise one of the largest U.S. private school systems.  

 

Position Overview

In alignment with the mission of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Director, Accounting and Reporting position oversees the leadership and management of accounting, external reporting, audit, tax, financial controls for the Archdiocese, an enterprise with $1.2 billion in revenue and over $3 billion in assets.  The position requires an experienced leader who can operate well across the Finance teams as well as with operating leaders, to maintain both financial and enterprise-wide perspectives on the responsibilities and results. The position will report to the Chief Financial Officer.

  • Lead and manage all accounting, close/consolidations, financial reporting and tax compliance for the Archdiocese (Chief Accounting Officer). 
  • Develop, lead and implement transformational initiatives to streamline, automate, and control the accounting, reporting and tax compliance operations.
  • Lead and develop the Accounting & Reporting team.  Implement processes to set and achieve individual/team goals, as well as assess performance of team members. 
  • Oversee all internal controls, governance, risk, and compliance activity, including end-to-end process ownership. 
  • Oversea and manage all G/L and other financial systems and the chart of accounts to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the financial operations they support.
  • Manage external audit process and engagement.  Serve as member of the Audit Committees and liaison on behalf of the CFO and COO. 

 

Position Specifics

Position Responsibilities:

  • Lead and direct all accounting, close/consolidations, financial reporting and tax compliance for the Archdiocese.
  • Direct and manage all G/L accounting and financial reporting. 
    • Organize and manage all monthly, quarterly, and year-end financial reporting closings. 
    • Produce and issue quarterly and annual financial statements and related footnotes/disclosures in a timely and accurate manner.
    • Direct and manage transaction processing operations and related accounting including, revenue process, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Payroll, and Arch Bank.   Ensure all transactions are processed accurately and in a timely manner. 
  • Lead and drive ongoing vision/strategy, design and implementation of the accounting and reporting transformation, to streamline, automate, and properly control the Finance Accounting, Reporting and Compliance function, including:
    • Implementation of OneStream for US GAAP consolidations and reporting
    • Revenue process accounting, including the Stewardship & Development-to-Finance end-to-end process and systems
    • Accounting and close optimization efforts
    • Implementation of accounting policies and procedures
    • GL System upgrade/replacement assessment and Chart of Accounts redesign
    • APC-wide accounting, process and controls operations and oversight assessment, design and implementation. 
  • Effectively own all major end-to-end processes that input accounting systems and results.  Develop and implement solutions to create efficient, effective and controlled processes. 
  • Oversee all internal controls, governance, risk, and compliance activity, including end-to-end process ownership. 
  • Oversea and manage all G/L and other financial systems and the chart of accounts to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the financial operations they support.
  • Coordinate and successfully complete external audits.  Manage relationship with external auditors.  Serve as member of Audit Committees and liaison on behalf of the CFO and COO. 
  • Provide financial support, controls and/or shared services for the other Archdiocesan offices and parishes/schools, as needed to ensure timely and accurate financial reporting and proper internal controls.  
  • Oversee reporting requirements for bondholders and banks, in conjunction with Treasury team.
  • Manage the tax function to meet all statutory and accounting requirements and properly file the not-for-profit Form 990 and other tax returns, as required.
  • Serve as a back-up to the CFO on all accounting, reporting, audit, tax and internal control matters.  
  • Lead and develop the Accounting & Reporting team. 
    • Implement processes to set and achieve individual/team goals and assess performance
    • Implement organization development processes to support the team members functional and competency development.
    • Align the goals of the team to the needs of the Archdiocese.

 

Supervisory of Archdiocese Employees:

  • The following positions and their respective organizations report to the position:
  • Controller
  • Financial Systems Administrator
  • Shared Services Manager
  • GL Operations Manager

Requirements:

Requirements

  • 15+ years of experience in finance and accounting with a medium/large company, with at least 8+ years of experience in Director/Sr. Manager positions. Experience managing finance operations in not-for-profit organizations is preferred.
  • Undergraduate degree in Finance/Accounting is required.
  • CPA is required. 
  • MBA is strongly preferred.
  • Experience in shared service operations, end-to-end process, internal controls, and external audit are preferred. 
  • Strong leadership and initiative-taking ability to assume independence and suggest opportunities for continual improvement
  • Strong strategic thinking and ability to synthesize data and information into key messages, implications and recommended actions.
  • Strong interpersonal skills-ability to lead meetings with senior staff and build confidence and trust
  • Experience envisioning and delivering transformational changes for operations and organizations.  Comfortable with high change environments and turnaround environments.
  • Strong ability to set priorities in a complex environment and manage resources to meet priority goals and objectives.
  • Strong people leader and record of building strong teams.  Strong record of cross-functional consensus-building and coordination.
  • Strong detail orientation and willingness to engage in detail as necessary, without sacrificing the overall perspective.
  • Major financial systems experience:  Lawson G/L and related financial modules or comparable, Hyperion/OneStream or comparable, Microsoft Office suite
  • Demonstrated project management capabilities.
  • Demonstrated high integrity and ethics in all operations and responsibilities
  • Affinity for mission-driven, not-for-profit organizations and a commitment to serving the Catholic Church in the Chicago area.  Must demonstrate understanding, respect and support for Catholic Church teaching, mission and values.  Hiring preference will be given to candidates who are Catholic.

 

The Archdiocese of Chicago is in the midst of exciting changes as we renew our local Church. With a variety of opportunities to contribute your professional talents and experience, we invite you to consider any of our current openings at archchicago.org/careers. We offer competitive salary and benefit packages, as well as opportunities for professional and personal growth and development.

If you are interested in being considered for this opening, please visit the list of open positions on AppliTrack. Please complete a letter of interest, a profile, or submit your resume.

Thank you for your interest in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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