Director of Financial Resources - Start & Strengthen Churches

    • Job Tracking ID: 512954-720565
    • Job Location: Chicago, IL
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: January 27, 2020
    • Years of Experience: 5 - 7 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:


The Director of SSC Financial Resources is responsible for financial analysis and proactive project coordination across the breadth of SSC financial activities. This position collaborates on identifying and implementing improvements in the areas of financial modeling and projections, reporting and communication of financial data, and compliance with ECC finance systems, protocols and policies. This Director will also drive the coordination of various financial improvements, initiatives and projects to enhance the stewardship of the SSC’s resources.

Essential Functions

  • Connects in electronic, phone and in-person communication in a professional, congenial, and courteous manner with constituency. Provide high-level of customer service to constituents from conferences, churches and mission areas.
  • Acts as the main financial liaison with Finance team, conferences and churches connected to SSC through church planting, vitality projects, events and discretionary loan activities.
  • Manages the full spectrum of financial components of SSC events: from budget development to reporting (budget development, accounting, accounts payables and receivables, reporting, purchasing, contract negotiation, reconciliation, research, forecasting, etc.)
  • Engages in broad range of financial, budget and investment analysis to ensure ministry financial resources are optimized and excellence in stewardship is maintained.
  • Works with SSC and conference staff to create, monitor and hold system accountability on financial metrics, goals and performance targets.
  • Assists with monthly, quarterly and year-end accounting and financial processes and reporting schedules.
  • Provides oversight, monitor, manage and make recommendation on investments that contribute to the health of ministry’s financial resources.
  • Coordinates financial tasks, goals and deliverables for SSC projects and communicates developments to corresponding constituents to ensure responsiveness and mitigate risks.
  • In conjunction with applicable stakeholders, researches and formulates recommendations for churches facing financial changes, whether individual or system-wide improvements are warranted. Oversees and resources implementation of approved recommendations.
  • Represents the Executive Minister of SSC in financial matters as deemed necessary.
  • Other duties and/or projects as assigned by the Executive Minister of Start and Strengthen Churches.

Environment Conditions

Able to work well in professional office setting but occasionally works in remote locales. Occasional work on evenings and weekends, travel domestically. Must be versatile and able to work for prolonged periods sitting or standing. Must engage frequently with office tools and equipment, such as: computer, copier, phone, web-conferencing equipment, cell communication, printers, etc. Must be able to occasionally lift or move items, less than 40lbs.

Experience and Skills:

Education and Experience

Required: Bachelor’s degree in business, or a related field, preferably in Accounting or Finance. A minimum of five (5) year experience in budget management and/or financial analysis within a multi-million-dollar business enterprise. Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office and accounting softwares. Experience with report writing or other Data Extraction and Synchronization and familiarity with Financial Reporting/Financial Modelling.
Preferred: Professional certification or evidence of development therein. Nonprofit and governance context experience. Expertise with database management systems, Great Plains, related/ integrated reporting systems, DocuWare, etc.

Skills and Characteristics

  • Demonstrated Christian faith and supports the mission of the Evangelical Covenant Church.
  • Able to foster and inspire collaboration within a decentralized system and multi-faced organization; strong people, presentation and communication skills.
  • Able to operate with discretion and confidentiality at all times.
  • Works well under pressure and can design multiple timelines to accomplish a variety of tasks.
  • Detail-oriented, task-oriented with strong organization, prioritization and time management skills are essential.
  • Analyze practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Understands administrative procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, transcription, formatting and designing forms, data retrieval and organization, and other office procedures.
  • Capacity to respond to and deal with a range of ad hoc queries/requests.
  • Maintains flexibility in approach and adjusts actions when appropriate.
  • Excellent management, leadership and people skills to embrace diversity of schedules, backgrounds, formats and contexts.
  • Uses critical thinking skills, applying logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to address challenges.
  • Self-starter, with the ability to work interdependently and independently.