Founded in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is the leading advocacy organization in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their loved ones. NILC’s mission is grounded in the belief that everyone living in the U.S. — regardless of race, gender/gender identity, immigration status, or economic status — should have equal access to justice, resources, and educational and economic opportunities that enable them to achieve their full human potential. NILC is committed to advancing its mission — which intersects race, immigration status, and class — through a racial, economic, and gender justice and equity orientation.
Headquartered in Los Angeles with an office in Washington, DC, NILC seeks to achieve just laws and policies that address systemic inequities, create narrative and culture change for an inclusive and equitable society, and build a healthier and more powerful movement. For more information, please visit www.nilc.org. and www.immigrantjusticefund.org/
The Associate Director of Accounting leads an accounting team to accurately perform all accounting functions, adhere to internal controls and manage systems to report financial information to internal and external stakeholders. This leader will have in-depth knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, proficiency in accounting research, pay great attention to detail and have a strong motivation to contribute to the achievement of accurate and efficient close and financial reporting processes.
Essential Job Functions
- Financial Accounting: Ensures revenue and expenses are recorded accurately and timely. Manages the month end close process ensuring entries are accurate, errors are minimized, data is accessible and transparent to internal stakeholders.
- Internal Controls: Maintains internal controls and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, program budgets, and expenditures. Reviews and approves all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements.
- Financial Systems: Responsible for data integrity within all financial systems, including the accounting, expense management, banking and payroll and timekeeping systems. Responsible for ensuring financial system processes are optimized and procedures are developed and maintained. Responsible for successful integration and maintenance of financial reporting systems.
- Compliance: Completes all state and federal tax forms, registrations, and licenses for continued operations. Takes responsibility and serve a key role in the timely and accurate completion of annual audit and tax filings.
- Leadership: Removes barriers and develops staff to optimize individual and team performance; serves as a partner to other leaders in the organization identifying areas of improvement and building solutions to bridge gaps and advance our efforts to create work/life harmony. This will require the ability to lead and drive change, model resiliency and flexibility as we continue to build capacity and capability in the organization.
- Performs other management duties as assigned.
- Interviews, hires, trains, and mentors accounting staff; ensures continuing education for staff to perform their duties
- Prioritizes work, removes barriers, and provides constructive and timely feedback to direct reports
- Directly manages multiple employees
- Manages outside consultants, third-party administrators, and vendors
Education & Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, CPA preferred
- At least five years of accounting experience required in a 501 c3 non-profit, experience with 501 c3 and 501 c4 preferred
- Experience using NetSuite or other accounting applications, financial/human resource information systems, and Microsoft Office applications and advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel strongly desired
- Values aligned with the mission of defending and advancing the rights of immigrants with low income. A strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion for all.
- Excellent attention to detail and proven track record of mitigating risk and reducing errors
- Demonstrated critical thinking skills and ability to translate accounting rules and procedures into operational activities
- Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to build rapport with internal and external stakeholders
- Advanced knowledge of accounting and reporting software; Restricted and Unrestricted Grants management and reporting requirements.
- Ability to lead, motivate and performance manage a team to deliver exceptional results
- Currently the organization is in all-remote status due to the pandemic. The work environment is generally quiet and in an office setting. About 5% of overnight interstate travel may be required; generally, travel is quarterly to the NILC DC office or another location within the US for 3-5 nights.
- Remaining in a stationary position, often standing, or sitting for prolonged periods
- Communicating with others to exchange information.
- Repeating motions, like typing or answering a phone, that may include the wrists, hands and/or fingers.
- Assessing the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned.
Please submit an updated resume and cover letter. Applications are reviewed on rolling basis. Controller experience encouraged to apply.
Salary for the role is commensurate with experience, and will be between $97,000 and $121,300.
NILC is an equal opportunity employer; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. NILC does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, citizenship status, ethnic background, religion, political orientation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or any other protected class. We consider all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative.