Seeking Director of Finance

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Role Overview

Job Description:

Slifka Center’s Director of Finance is responsible to lead the organization’s financial functions. In addition to the technical skills required, the Director of Finance is team-oriented, entrepreneurial, intellectually curious and thrives in a fast-paced environment. Highly organized with a keen attention to detail, the Director of Finance plans, directs and coordinates financial and payroll/benefits strategy and works as a key thought partner to the Executive Director and Managing Director. Reporting to the Managing Director, this is a full-time exempt position that involves financial management of an organization with a budget of $3.5 million and endowment funds totaling more than $30 million. Slifka Center is a service-oriented, team-driven, dynamic, collaborative and highly flexible work environment focused on creating vibrant and sustainable Jewish life at Yale by building a strong and positive environment for staff and students alike.

What You’ll Do

  • Hold primary responsibility for financial management of the organization in collaboration with the Executive Director and Managing Director
  • Perform all aspects of financial reporting, both internally and externally
  • Adapt, develop and enforce financial controls and policies across the organization
  • Determine and implement best practices for internal processes
  • Perform/oversee daily accounting functions including Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, tracking of donor restricted funds and release from restriction, preparing bank deposits, entering online donations as well as monitoring online banking
  • Perform/oversee monthly accounting functions including reconciliation of all bank accounts, review of monthly expenses in QuickBooks system, reconciliation of internal charge account, reconciliation of credit card statements.
  • Work closely with senior leadership to best strategically align organization’s financial growth and goals
  • Manage bi-weekly payroll process via Hillel International’s online payroll system
  • On-boarding of new employees
  • Coordinate provision of health, dental, and vision insurance packages for staff during enrollment and critical event circumstances
  • Work with the Managing Director and Office Manager to oversee
  • Staff expense reimbursements
  • Expense submissions and budget tracking by members of the center’s Management Team
  • Monitor organization’s insurance policies
  • Work with Executive Director and Finance Committee to develop annual organizational budget
  • Monitor cash flows and create projections as needed
  • Reconcile charitable contributions between Development and Accounting databases
  • Prepare year end close and coordinate the annual audit process with our external auditor
  • Oversee preparation of the annual IRS Form 990 and other filings
  • Manage financial relationships and transactions with various Yale entities
  • Provide support to appropriate members and committees of Slifka Center’s Board of Trustees as needed
  • Provide support to the Board Treasurer and Finance Committee, to ensure effective financial reporting to the Board
  • Make sure endowment balances, earnings and expense allocations are tracked Record quarterly activity per investment statements.
  • Other duties as determined by the Executive Director or Managing Director
  • Provide support for various student organizations for which the Organization acts as fiscal intermediary

What you’ve accomplished

  • Minimum 5+ years of relevant work experience (preferably in the non-profit sector)
  • Knowledge of GAAP and accrual basis accounting
  • Preference will be given to candidates with an MBA in Finance and the CPA or CMA or CFA designations
  • Experience partnering with senior leadership and having a high level of oral and written communications skills
  • Capacity to assess process and internal control weaknesses, and suggest/develop improvements
  • Detail-oriented, flexible and
  • Works well both independently and as part of a
  • Experience with QuickBooks and QuickBooks online
  • Experience with accounting for endowment funds
  • Experience with tracking of donor restricted Net Assets
  • Strong Excel skills

What You’ll Receive:

  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA), pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave
  • Professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities
  • Access to Yale programs, services, and amenities
  • Occasional travel if desired.

About Slifka Center:

The Slifka Center is a self-supporting non-profit that serves more than 1,400 Yale undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty, staff, and members of the greater New Haven community. Located at 80 Wall Street, in the heart of Yale University’s campus, Slifka provides a warm, welcoming and diverse Jewish environment in which students and other members of the university community can connect socially, culturally, intellectually, and spiritually. Slifka Center is the home to Yale Hillel which hosts multiple minyanim and communities of students with diverse interests including Magevet (Yale’s Jewish a cappella group), Shibboleth (Yale’s undergraduate journal of Jewish thought), W{Holy} Queer (Yale’s premier LGBTQ program), Yale Friends of Israel, Jewish service and social justice programs as well as other student groups. For more information see

Slifka Center contains the only kosher dining hall on campus, which serves as a focal point for student life within and beyond the Jewish community and a meeting place for students, faculty and community members alike. In addition to the kosher kitchen, the facility also features a chapel, a library, a Beit Midrash as well as additional gathering spaces utilized by the Yale campus community.

About Hillel International

In 1923, Rabbi Benjamin Frankel started Hillel with humble means, a noble mission and a breathtaking vision: to convey Jewish civilization to a new generation. Today, Hillel International continues to enrich the lives of Jewish students and is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world at more than 550 colleges and universities across North America and around the world. As Hillel evolves as an organization, the mission remains steadfast: to create lasting connections with every Jewish student that foster an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel and train them to become the next Jewish leaders.

Slifka Center is affiliated with Hillel International. Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so they may enrich the Jewish people and the world, and envisions a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.