Finance Director

Terms of Employment: Full Time, At Will, Exempt
Reports to: Executive Director
Position Location: Los Angeles, USA or Remote


Position Objective:

The Finance Director is primarily responsible for all facets of the financial operations at Animal Equality. These responsibilities include providing up-to-date fiscal information for reference, audit, and/or compliance, and ensuring sound fiscal practices are followed. This position requires knowledge of nonprofit taxation issues and accounting procedures, practices and regulations.

The ideal candidate is a hands-on collaborative leader who will work with the management team and staff to support the organization and strengthen its infrastructure and capacity. This position is a great opportunity for someone who is interested in having a positive impact on animals by helping the organization as it works to fulfill its mission and meet its short and long term objectives.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all aspects of day to day bookkeeping, accounting processes, and financial reporting functions including but not limited to: A/P, A/R, payroll, journal entries, and bank reconciliation in accordance to GAAP.
  • Manage all GL entries, the monthly close, bank reconciliations, etc. to assure timely and accurate entries and reporting.
  • Develop and present financial reports in a timely, clear, and accurate manner, in accordance with GAAP, so that the organization can make effective management decisions
  • Perform annual 1099 reporting process for vendors.
  • Coordinate with outside CPA and Auditors in preparation of year-end audit and IRS 990 and State filings.
  • Manage organizational cash flow.
  • Coordinate and lead the annual audit process, liaise with external auditors and the finance committee of the board of directors; assess any changes necessary.
  • Lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the ED and department Directors; administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes; and keep management team informed about the organization’s financial status.
  • Oversee the financial management of the contracts, ensure that the contract billing schedule is adhered to and that invoices are paid in a timely way.
  • Oversee grants management including budgeting, revenue recognition, expense tracking, and accurate and timely reporting to funders.
  • Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; improve the finance department’s overall policy and procedural manual.
  • Oversee risk management for the organization.
  • Effectively communicate and present the critical financial matters to the management team and the board of directors.
  • Prepare an annual budget in conjunction with department directors to be submitted to the Board of Directors.
  • Monitor all programs and related financial activities to ensure that allocations are accurate, related revenues are generated, expenses are within budget limits and fiscal practices are followed.
  • Inform the Executive Director and other staff regarding procedures and requirements to provide necessary information for decision making, taking appropriate action and/or complying with established fiscal guidelines for nonprofit organizations.
  • Analyze contracts and projects in determining feasibility of services within budgeted parameters and make recommendations.
  • Process fiscal information to update records and/or authorize final action in compliance with accounting requirements.
  • Research discrepancies of financial information and/or documentation to ensure accuracy and adherence to procedures prior to processing for action.
  • Perform other related duties as necessary, requiring strong judgment and initiative.

Position Requirements:

  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, business or a field related to finance and 5 years of experience, or:
  • 10 years of related work experience.
  • Experience working in nonprofit multi-fund accounting, including experience tracking and reporting financial data for multiple grant funders
  • Strong Quickbooks skills, including all normal accounting transactions, GL management, budgeting, and reporting.
  • Strong Excel skills.
  • Experience going through a financial audit.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Attention to detail, strong communication, and problem solving  skills are all critical for success in this role.
  • High degree of professional ethics.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Professional appearance.
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary based on experience. Benefits package includes health, dental, vision, 401(k) and Flexible Spending plans. Casual office environment includes companion animals.

Application Period:
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Animal Equality is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age.

Please Note: We are only able to consider applicants who possess United States work authorization.