Careers at EMA

Director of Finance

This position will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Finance Department of a nonprofit organization. The incumbent will provide financial management assistance to the CFO, oversee the preparation of monthly financial statements and year-to-date data analyses and reports, and review the GL with budget managers to ensure that project costs are coded properly. The director of finance supervises the accounting staff to accomplish these goals.

Reporting to the CFO, the director of finance will direct accounting operations, institute and maintain internal controls, and serve as a financial management resource to programmatic and operational staff on all levels. S/he will lead process improvement efforts to streamline and improve accounting control and administrative operations. The director of finance will be responsible for the efficient operation of all software and technology solutions used by accounting operations.

This role reports to:
Chief Financial Officer

Key Responsibilities

  • Direct all aspects of accounting/payroll function and maintain accounting records of the organization in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles
  • Oversee processing of all transactions, including but not limited to payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, expense report processing, and cash management
  • Plan and direct monthly close and preparation of monthly and annual financial statements; provide YTD reports to all project managers
  • Oversee the implementation of financial software and optimize its use for annual budgeting/forecasting, long term budget planning, and a resource to be used by budget managers to view YTD reports administer financials software solutions, including design, implementation, deployment of upgrades, workflow
  • Oversee fixed asset accounting including track all capital expenses and work with appropriate staff to project depreciation and disposal of assets
  • Ensure revenue is recognized in accordance with GAAP
  • Assist the CFO in the annual budget process
  • Assist the CFO in the preparation and submission of all filings and reports
  • Assist the CFO in ensuring compliance with all local/state tax jurisdictions
  • Institute and maintain adequate internal controls
  • Cultivate relationships with budget managers to best understand project-related costs and work with them to find efficiencies in all expenses; ensure that budget managers understand their financial control obligations and their actual performance against those obligations
  • Manage the year-end audit
  • Direct and supervise activities of the accounting staff; ensure appropriate management of staff; provide staff with appropriate coaching to ensure growth and development
  • Write and maintain policies and procedural documentation
  • Assist the CFO and other officers in other duties as required
  • Design and implement streamlined processes for the accounting department

Educational Requirements

Experience Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Accounting, Finance, or related field
  • Certified Public Accountant preferred but not required
  • A minimum of seven (7) years’ accounting experience, at least five of which are at a comparable level of responsibility within a not-for-profit organization
  • Ability to quickly learn new systems, processes, and procedures
  • Ability to produce accurate work and create systems to check the integrity of all work
  • Ability to manage detail work while keeping perspective of the overall goals set forth by the organization. 
  • Affinity towards using technology to streamline systems
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including experience in effectively reporting key data and translating complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels, including finance and non-finance managers
  • Solid analytical, problem-solving, and financial troubleshooting skills
  • Confident, hands-on manager who can set appropriate priorities and work effectively with diverse colleagues across the organization
  • Excellent leadership, coaching, business partnering, influencing, negotiating, presentation, and project management skills
  • Experience coordinating audit activities and managing reporting, budget development, and analysis activities
  • Proficiency in accounting software systems and Microsoft Office (including Excel and Word)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (in English) with all levels of management, particularly department heads and directors

To Apply:

Candidates who share our passion for excellence are encouraged to send their resume and a cover letter (including salary requirements) to Please reference DOF2020 in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

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The Enrollment Management Association offers our employees a Total Rewards package, which includes compensation and a range of market-relevant benefits. We believe in compensating well for excellent work. We balance our total rewards with pay and provide great benefits.

Paid Time Off & Holidays

We want you to take time off for you and your family. We offer up to 25 days of vacation, 10 sick days, 3 personal days plus 13 federal holidays.

Health & Income Protection

We offer medical, dental (at no cost to you), vision (at no cost to you), short-term and long-term disability, group life insurance and more.

Paid Maternity Leave & Parental Leave

We believe that having that time to spend with your family is important. We offer 8 weeks of paid maternity leave and 2 weeks of paid parental (secondary caregivers) leave.

Work from Home & Remote Workers

We offer opportunities to work from home up to two days per week for suitable positions and we have positions that allow for remote employees.


We offer Employee Assistance Program and gym and fitness membership fee reimbursement up to a certain amount.

Tuition Reimbursement

We are dedicated to developing a capable and knowledgeable workforce.  We provide financial support to employees who participate in externally sponsored educational courses.


We offer a retirement plan that employees can participate upon hire with a very generous employer contribution following an employee contribution of just 2%. We also provide you with the option to invest in a Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Account.


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