Senior Director of Accounting at Minneapolis Jewish Federation

Job Title:

Senior Director of Accounting

Organization Name:

Minneapolis Jewish Federation

Job Type:


Salary Range:



Open until filled

Position Summary:

Minneapolis Jewish Federation is seeking a highly skilled and motivated Senior Director of Accounting to join our finance team. The ideal candidate will possess extensive accounting experience, a strategic mindset, and the ambition to advance to the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) within the next couple of years.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Accounting Leadership: Provide strategic leadership to our accounting department, overseeing financial operations, financial reporting, and compliance with nonprofit accounting standards and regulations.

Hands On Accounting: Perform various accounting tasks including:

  • General ledger – journal entries, month end and year end close, account reconciliations, and bank recs.
  • Pledge/Grant subsidiary ledger – reconcile to accounts in general ledger.
  • Accounts payable distributions – AP review, distribution selection, and ACH reports.
  • Foundation accounting – Review and consolidate accounting information into general ledger and funds detail worksheet.
  • Annual audit – planning, confirmations, audit workpapers, and consolidated financial statements review.
  • Tax returns – planning, tax workpapers, and tax returns review.
  • Stock gifts – sell and maintain records of donor stock gifts.
  • Donor inquiries – provide timely answers and information to donors as needed.
  • Special projects as needed by CFO and other leadership staff.

Reporting: Prepare and present financial reports to senior leadership and external stakeholders including:

  • Quarterly department sources and uses of funds statements including variance analyses.
  • Quarterly consolidated financial statements for bank.
  • Annual tax receipts notices to donors.
  • Annual consolidated financial statements and notes for audit.
  • Management and other reports as needed by CFO and other leadership staff.

Financial Analysis: Conduct financial analysis, forecasting, and planning to support informed decision-making and maximize financial resources for our mission, and as needed by CFO and other staff.

  • Team Development and Supervision: Mentor and supervise accounting staff.
  • Process Improvement and Policies/Internal Controls: Identify and implement process enhancements to streamline financial operations and ensure fiscal responsibility and adherence to accounting policies and internal controls.
  • Compliance: Ensure adherence to all nonprofit accounting standards, regulatory requirements, and tax obligations.
  • Participation and Attendance: Attend meetings and participate in Federation events, community events, and conferences (onsite, offsite, and out-of-town).
  • Succession Planning: Work towards acquiring the skills and knowledge needed to assume the role of CFO within the next couple of years.

Experience and Qualifications Requirements:

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and strategic thinking skills.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • In-depth knowledge of nonprofit accounting principles, standards, and regulations and strong knowledge of nonprofit tax laws and regulations.
  • Experience with financial planning, forecasting, and budgeting.
  • Strong proficiency in accounting software, financial reporting tools, and Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent attention to detail.

ASPIRATION: To advance to the role of CFO within the next couple of years.

SCHEDULE FLEXIBILITY: Ability to work non-traditional hours dependent on project/organization needs

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to Lisa Michalik at [email protected].