JCC Greater Boston (JCC), a forward-thinking leader among Jewish Community Centers nationally, and one the largest Jewish organizations in New England, seeks a proactive, creative and collaborative team player to serve as its Assistant Vice President for Finance and Administration (AVP). Reporting directly to the Chief Finance and Administrative Officer (CFAO), the AVP will serve as a key financial partner to the CFAO and executive leadership; and serve as a member of the JCC’s organizational leadership team. The AVP will lead all financial administration including business planning and financial analysis, the annual budget process and annual audit. The new AVP will also have direct oversight for human resources and payroll, legal matters, and insurance administration. With four direct reports, the controller, accounting manager, business office manager, and director of human resources, and overall supervisory responsibility for eight individuals in finance, business office and human resources, the AVP will lead the day to day fiscal and administrative management of the JCC.
JCC Greater Boston is a nonprofit organization with roots in earlier Settlement Houses and Young Men’s Hebrew Associations, the JCC of Greater Boston today offers a wide range of services and program activities through the Greater Boston region (~50,000 individuals annually in 98 communities). JCC programs include preschools, day camps, early parenting support, a fully equipped fitness and aquatic center, arts and culture classes, performances and lectures, and Jewish holiday celebrations. The JCC’s pre-pandemic operating budget was $25 million. The 2020 budget contracted significantly reflecting the necessary move from in person programming to virtual offerings. The budget continues to adjust upward in 2021 and is expected to move back to pre-pandemic revenue targets by 2022.
The JCC’s vision is to create a vibrant and evolving Jewish community where everyone belongs. The JCC’s mission is to be at the heart of that community by
• creating a thriving community that nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships,
• welcoming a growing and increasingly diverse set of individuals and families from all over Greater Boston,
• supporting the building of unique identities rooted in Jewish values and deeper connections to Jewish life,
• nourishing minds, bodies, and spirits through dynamic, innovative, and accessible experiences, and
• expanding engagement by partnering closely with other organizations to ensure the continuing vitality of our community as whole.
The JCC is deeply committed to valuing and celebrating the uniqueness of each constituent. We welcome staff and participants from diverse backgrounds. While being proudly Jewish, we strive in every way to provide an open and welcoming setting for all, irrespective of personal practices, beliefs or background. We are guided by JCC Greater Boston core values - Belonging, Joyfulness, Collaboration and Transformation - which resonate with those of all backgrounds.
The AVP will have four key oversight responsibilities: budgeting and financial strategy, core accounting and audit, human resources and payroll, and legal and insurance.
• Actively partner with the CFAO on operational and strategic issues and they arise, providing recommendations based on robust financial analysis and projections. Provide counsel on trends and any changes in the operating model and operational delivery for both finance and human resources.
• Manage and support excellence in finance and accounting staff ensuring that financial systems are in accordance with GAAP and monitor the use of all funds. Oversee annual financial audits and 990 preparation. Direct and optimize workflow for the finance and business office providing opportunities for new skill generation and cross training.
• Manage and support excellence in the human resources department ensuring that human resources systems and policies are made and maintained in accordance with all federal and state legal requirements, that JCC Greater Boston maintains a competitive compensation and benefits package, and all reporting, payroll and tax filings, including the annual 403B audit, are done in accordance to regulations.
• Staff the Audit Committee and provide support for the Finance Committee; liaise with board committees chairs as appropriate. Oversee the preparation and approval of annual operating and capital budgets for the organization and monitor implementation including reporting and financial for funding organizations and the JCC board of directors.
• Oversee the development of high-quality financial analysis to enable nimble strategic decision making across the JCC including at the programmatic and departmental level, and provide predictive modeling and scenario planning to support the evaluation of the JCC’s future goals and aspirations, including cost-benefit analyses of new programs and proposed investments.
• Represent the JCC in legal and insurance matters and related negotiations including the review and approval of all major leases, contracts and legal agreements, liaising with counsel on human resources on general legal issues.
• Support human resources team on escalated employee relations issues.
• Partner with the CFAO to develop risk management strategies and comprehensive risk management processes across all JCC programs.
• Partner with Technology team to help Finance, Business Office and human resources teams leverage technology solutions to improve efficiency, efficacy of data and controls, and support internal customers.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
The new AVP will a proactive leader with judgment and creative problem-solving skills committed to the JCC’s mission to provide programs and services that build and support a broad inclusive community. The AVP will also be an energetic, flexible individual who brings both hands-on management skills and strategic systems-level thinking.
• Eight to ten years of experience in a senior management role ideally with external audit, compliance, in-house financial management and human resources experience in mission driven organization with varied revenue streams.
• A demonstrated track record in nonprofit accounting and finance; an undergraduate is required, a CPA, MBA and/or advanced degree in a related field is preferred.
• Experience in managing budget processes and monitoring implementation.
• Robust analytic and financial modeling skills and capacity to prepare financial reports, statements and projections that support and enable sound decision making.
• The ability to develop and implement effective accounting policies and procedures.
• Experience in negotiating contracts and overseeing legal and compliance functions.
• Proven track record of success facilitating progressive organizational change and development.
• Excellent communication and relationship building skills, with an ability to prioritize, negotiate and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
• An ability to work collaboratively with colleagues with a variety of financial skill levels on analyses that will support efforts to optimize their programs.
• Strong mentoring and coaching experience with an ability to motivate teams to produce high-quality work within tight timeframes.
The Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston (JCC) is an equal opportunity employer. It is the JCC’s goal to provide equal employment opportunities for all employees and applicants for employment. The JCC does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, physical or mental disability or handicap, national origin, ancestry, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other legally protected status. Religion will not be considered a factor except where it is a bona fide occupational qualification and necessary to fulfill the Organization’s mission.