Finance Associate

Posted by

The Bronx Defenders

Published 4 days ago

March 23, 2021
$50,000 - $55,000

The Bronx Defenders (BxD) – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks a passionate individual with a commitment to social justice to fill a position as Finance Associate. 


The Bronx Defenders is a public defender non-profit that is radically transforming how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the legal system, and, in doing so, is transforming the system itself. BxD seeks thoughtful, creative, energetic individuals with a strong commitment to social justice to join our dynamic and diverse staff. Our staff of over 400 includes interdisciplinary teams made up of criminal, civil, immigration, and family defense attorneys, as well as social workers, benefits specialists, legal advocates, parent advocates, investigators, and team administrators, who collaborate to provide holistic advocacy to address the causes and consequences of legal system involvement. Through this integrated team-based structure, we have pioneered a groundbreaking, nationally-recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for our clients. 

Each year, we defend more than 20,000 low-income Bronx residents in criminal, civil, child welfare, and immigration cases, and reach thousands more through our community intake, youth mentoring, and outreach programs. Through impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community organizing, we push for systemic reform at the local, state, and national levels. We take what we learn from the clients and communities that we serve and launch innovative initiatives designed to bring about real and lasting change.

The Finance Associate is a new role created in response to the organization’s growth and evolution. This position is an integral part of The Bronx Defenders Finance Team. The candidate must take ownership of projects as it relates to the Administrative Accounting and Financial aspects of the company.  The Finance Associate handles a range of tasks from data compilation to check processing.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Process and mail payments to vendors
  • Post prepaid and accrued expenses
  • Review invoices and flags for payment
  • Obtain list of approved payables to be submitted for final review & check print
  • Compile data for submission and grant reporting (INTACCT System)
  • File &  keep records for reporting purposes
  • Perform accounting and clerical functions to support finance department and    managers
  • Interact with vendors relating to purchases and payment
  • Liaise between finance, staff  vendors, and consultants
  • manages employee company cards within the T & E software platform
  • Support audit function for the finance team
  • Complete ad hoc requests by upper management

Qualifications and Experience

To be eligible, candidates must have both:

  • A minimum of an Associates Degree in Accounting; 
  • At least 2 years of non-profit financial accounting experience is required

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of financial operations, laws, and terminology
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a high degree of analytical ability
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Accounting and bookkeeping skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Ability to design, analyze, and prepare financial reports
  • Ability to monitor expenditures and maintain data
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Familiarity with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) as applied in a non-profit context
  • Knowledge of GAAP & related financial reporting
  • Ability  to work both independently and within a team setting
  • Intermediate level expertise in databases such as INTACCT and Salesforce
  • Intermediate to expert-level proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Excellent time management and organization skills
  • Ability to meet various stringent deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Commitment to the mission of The Bronx Defenders 
  • Excellent communication, and active listening skills
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize 
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment, discretion, and confidentiality with sensitive matters
  • Ability to think critically and creatively in fast-paced settings
  • Ability to receive feedback constructively, reflect and shift behavior accordingly
  • Experience working in and with racially, ethnically and socioeconomically marginalized communities 
  • Ability to effectively and respectfully communicate, collaborate and connect with people with various backgrounds, identities, positions and experiences 
  • Commitment to raising one’s cultural consciousness and challenging oppressive practices on an interpersonal and institutional level
  • Knowledge of federal and non-federal regulations and operation policies preferred but not required

Salary is commensurate with experience.  For candidates with 2-5 years of directly relevant experience the salary range for this position would be approximately $50,000-55,000. Full-time employees are also eligible for a comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to medical, dental and vision coverage; a 403(b) plan with employer contribution; a generous vacation, sick leave, and parental leave policy. More specific information about salary and benefits will be provided when and if an offer is extended. 

The Bronx Defenders (BxD) – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks a passionate individual with a commitment to social justice to fill a position as Finance Associate. 


The Bronx…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule
  • 2-Year Degree Required
  • Entry level


Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in the world
Associated Location
360 East 161st Street, Bronx, NY 10451

How to Apply

To apply, please visit our Career Portal at the link provided, select the position of interest, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB ONLINE and upload your resume and a cover letter in one document when prompted. If writing a cover letter is not accessible to you, you may upload your resume as a document and separately upload a video or audio statement instead of a cover letter if that is more accessible to you. Your cover letter or video/audio statement should share why you want to do this work at our office, some key lived and/or professional experiences that have prepared you for this position, and any additional information you would like for us to consider. This information allows us to understand your distinct perspective, experience and potential beyond the work history summarized on your resume. Your cover letter may be up to one page if written or up to 3 minutes if an audio/video statement. Please remember that you may submit a written cover letter or an audio/video, but not both, and applications without either will not be considered. The start date for this position is immediate or as soon as possible.

The application deadline is March 23rd, 2021 at 11:59pm, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis and decisions will be made as soon as appropriate candidates are identified. Please contact finance, via email at with any questions regarding the position. Please do not call to inquire about the position.

The Bronx Defenders is an equal opportunity employer and is cultivating an anti-oppressive workplace that embraces staff with a diversity of backgrounds, identities, and experiences. We acknowledge the ways in which systemic oppression and injustice can undermine access to professional opportunities and are committed to conducting hiring and promotion processes that are equitable and accessible to those commonly excluded from the workforce. We do not discriminate against and in fact specifically encourage applicants from marginalized communities to apply, including those who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of color, queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, disabled, neurodivergent, and those directly impacted by criminal, civil, family and immigration legal systems. We value lived as well as professional experience and particularly welcome applications from the Bronx community that we serve.

To apply, please visit our Career Portal at the link provided, select the position of interest, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB ONLINE and upload your resume and a cover letter in one…

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