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Director of Finance, Miriam's Kitchen

Hybrid, Washington, DC
Miriam’s Kitchen is the leader in the fight to end chronic and Veteran homelessness in D.C. Founded in 1983 as a soup kitchen, Miriam’s Kitchen has evolved over the years to provide more than meals. Today, Miriam’s Kitchen is a critical player in the fight to end chronic homelessness in D.C. On the direct services level, we help our guests improve their health, increase their income and obtain housing through a range of programs and partnerships. And at the systems level, we work with leaders across the city to make instances of homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring. Miriam’s Kitchen is committed to continual learning that fosters inclusion, tolerance, and respect, and we value diversity in all its forms. We have centered our current strategic plan on racial equity and diversity and are actively working toward becoming the just and equitable organization -- and D.C. community -- that we envision.

Click here to read Miriam Kitchen’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

All applications should be submitted directly through Miriam's Kitchen's website.

Reporting to the COO, the Director of Finance (Director) is responsible for the overall financial health and stability of Miriam’s Kitchen. The Director will serve as a strategic thought partner to executive leadership and a coach to staff, supporting other Directors in formulating strategic budgets that strengthen programmatic operations. The Director is a member of our six-person operations team who strives to ensure that staff have the resources they need to enjoy the work they do while efficiently and effectively reaching their individual and organizational goals. This is an exciting opportunity to shape the financial infrastructure, systems, and processes of a growing organization.

The ideal candidate will be a mission-driven, detail-oriented, highly collaborative leader with exceptional strategic and financial acumen and a demonstrated talent for the continuous improvement of finance systems and processes in growth environments. Additionally, they have a deep commitment to Miriam’s Kitchen’s vision of ending chronic homelessness in Washington, D.C., and to our values and culture.

The Director will provide strategic financial and organizational leadership for Miriam’s Kitchen. These responsibilities include:

Financial Management
  • Recommend and implement systems, policies, procedures, and controls which assure that Miriam’s financial operation functions efficiently and effectively; is designed to account accurately for various grantors and funding streams; and complies with standard nonprofit accounting principles.
  • Manage monthly financial close process and create monthly reports to distribute to the Directors Team and all staff.
  • Analyze organizational profit and loss statements; identify, explain, and correct variances as appropriate.
  • Work closely with the Development Team to develop grant budgets and provide timely and accurate financial reports to funders and grantees as required.
  • Lead efforts to increase financial literacy across the organization to promote effective budget management and develop internal leadership.
  • Lead annual audit process: prepare materials for the audit and work directly with the auditor during the field work and throughout the process and manage RFP, bid, and selection process in collaboration with Board Finance Committee; ensure that the organization’s 990 is filed on time annually.
  • Support the annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the CEO and COO; assist with the creation and review of all financial plans and budgets.
  • Increase staff’s level of financial understanding through coaching, training, and collaborative efforts.
  • Ensure continual review of internal and strategic controls, communications, risk assessments and maintenance of documentation.
  • In collaboration with other members of the Operations team, perform month end financial close bookkeeping such as reviewing credit card expenses, posting journal entries for prepaids, investments and payroll, reconciling revenue with SalesForce and reconciling bank accounts.
  • Process payroll on a biweekly basis.

Supervisory Responsibility
The Director of Finance supervises the Financial Specialist position which is responsible for supporting the invoicing, payroll, and financial functions of the organization.

Organizational Leadership
As a member of the Directors’ Team, leadership responsibilities include:
  • Develop, lead, and implement key organizational priorities.
  • Ensure effective collaboration between the organization’s teams.
  • Promote and maintain a healthy organizational culture that values diverse perspectives.
  • Maintain staff and guest safety.
  • Facilitate internal communications both within the operations team and to senior leadership.
  • Provide input on key strategic decisions.

  • Strong interest in and commitment to Miriam’s Kitchen’s mission of ending chronic homelessness in DC
  • Demonstrated experience (with progressively increasing responsibility) in managing financial systems
  • Deep knowledge of and experience with GAAP
  • Experience leading a nonprofit organization through an audit process required
  • Excellent attention to detail and problem-solving, critical thinking, and research skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of the operations team
  • Ability to maintain a high-level of confidentiality on all financial matters
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to effectively juggle multiple projects at once and meet deadlines
  • Proficiency with standard Microsoft Office software
  • Proficiency with QuickBooks online and experience with cloud accounting tools such as Bill.com and Divvy
  • An understanding of the structural and systemic causes of homelessness
  • Comfort working with a diverse population with myriad backgrounds and lived experiences
  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, or related field required; master's degree preferred
  • At least seven (7) years' experience working with financial systems and restricted grant programs
  • Extensive financial and administrative experience working with non-profits

Salary range: $115,000 - $125,000. Miriam’s Kitchen is proud to offer comprehensive benefits that support the continued health and wellbeing of our team, including: 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance; generous medical coverage for dependents; 100% employer-paid short-term disability, long term disability, and life insurance; employer retirement contributions; generous annual paid leave, and annual professional development funds for all full and part-time team members.

All applications should be submitted directly through Miriam's Kitchen's website.

Miriam’s Kitchen guests come from all walks of life and so do our employees. We are committed to hiring employees that bring diversity of lived experience, education, thought and engagement to help achieve our mission of ending chronic and veteran homelessness in Washington, DC. We encourage candidates to apply with the confidence that at Miriam’s Kitchen, we believe in our commitment to diversity and leading with our core values to build a strong, equitable, and inclusive work force.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class.  

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