Job Title: Director of Finance Classification


Job Title: Director of Finance Classification
Job Title: Director of Finance
Division: Operations
Reports to: Chief Financial Officer
Supervises: Finance Department
Classification: Exempt
Department: Finance
New or Revision Date: 03/2015
After School Matters is a nonprofit organization that offers Chicago public high school teens high quality,
out-of-school-time opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work,
college and beyond. Our hands-on, project-based arts, science, sports, technology and communications
programs are delivered at Chicago public high schools, community locations across the city and downtown
at Gallery 37 Center for the Arts.
The Director of Finance is responsible for providing leadership and supervision to staff responsible for all
general accounting, payroll, budgeting and financial reporting functions of the Finance Department. This
position is a key member of the After School Matters’ leadership team and will work closely with management
staff from other departments to ensure financial processes and procedures meet the needs of the
organization as a whole.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
 Oversee daily operations of the finance department, including payroll for full time and part time staff.
 Train, supervise, and evaluate department staff.
 Manage month-end close process, which includes review of all journal entries and preparation of
account reconciliations.
 Ensure preparation of timely, accurate and meaningful monthly financial reports for other department
heads, Executive staff and Board of Directors while complying with funder requirements and requests
 Direct and coordinate the organization’s budget preparation and management functions.
 Monitor and analyze monthly operating results against budget.
 Oversee and monitor financial reporting process for government and private funding.
 Coordinate annual audit and preparation of annual financial statements, including footnote
disclosures as well as 990 tax return.
 Ensure company accounting procedures conform to generally accepted accounting principles.
 Recommend benchmarks for measuring the financial and operating performance of divisions and
 Establish, implement and monitor accountability to short- and long-range departmental goals,
objectives, policies, and operating procedures.
 Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal financial reporting requirements.
 Work closely with partner organizations to identify resources.
 Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein as may be assigned or
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
 Knowledge of and extensive experience with general ledger software
 Significant leadership skills and proven ability to manage effectively in a high growth, demanding
 Strong interpersonal and communications skills
 Highly organized and extremely detail-oriented
 Energetic team player who works well in collaborative situations
 Excellent problem solving abilities.
 Ability to motivate staff to produce quality materials within tight timeframes and simultaneously
manage several projects.
 Ability to work in a fast-paced, high energy environment
 Proficient in all Microsoft Office applications
Supervisory Responsibilities
 Finance Department
Physical Demands
The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully
perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals
with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 Needs to be able to sit at the desk for long periods of time
 Needs to able to work at the computer for long periods of time
Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters
while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 While performing the duties of this job the employee is not exposed to weather conditions the noise
level in the work environment is usually moderate.
 10-12 years of experience in a senior-level accounting/finance position preferably with a non-profit
 BA/BS Degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business preferred
 CPA certification, public accounting experience, or MBA preferred.
 5-7 years Supervisory experience
 Chicago residency required
After School Matters is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants
will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, military
discharge status, age, marital status, parental status, or source of income.