February 15 Deadline to Apply for Chief Financial Officer Opening

January 17, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) has an opening for a Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The CFO functions as an executive of the agency and serves under the supervision of the General Secretary, its chief executive. Deadline for applications is Feb. 15.

The General Board of Church & Society is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church. Prime responsibility of the board is to seek implementation of the Social Principles and other policy statements on Christian social concerns of the General Conference, the denomination's highest policy-making body. The agency's primary areas of ministry are Advocacy, Education & Leadership Formation, United Nations & International Affairs, and resourcing these areas for the denomination. It has offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City.
The Chief Financial Officer assists the General Secretary and GBCS's Board of Directors in fiscal management of budgets, property, investments, business administration, and implementation and adherence to the policies consistent with set goals and objectives.
The CFO manages all aspects of GBCS's finances, in accordance with the directives of the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors, the General Council on Finance & Administration (GCFA) and the General Conference, as outlined in the Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church.
Sound financial practices
The CFO is expected to maintain good stewardship through sound financial practices as well as moral and ethical policies consistent with statements issued by General Conference.
Among the CFO's responsibilities are to monitor GBCS's investments and provide asset-management oversight of the United Methodist Building in order to generate income for GBCS' programs. The building is located on Capitol Hill across the street from the U.S. Capitol.
The CFO also provides input into United Methodist Church financial policies to maintain the connectional relationships and ensure financial consistency between the general agencies. The CFO serves as a staff liaison with GCFA external auditors and the UMC Foundation.
This is a full-time exempt position with 10-15% travel. The position is located in Washington, D.C.
Compensation consists of a salary of $106,088, pension benefits, 22 days paid vacation, sick leave, comprehensive medical, dental and accidental death insurance and other benefits as outlined in GBCS's Employee Personnel Manual.
Applicant requirements
Minimum requirement for an applicant is a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting; a Master's Degree (MBA) or CPA certification is highly desirable.
The applicant should have a working knowledge of automated accounting systems and spreadsheets, an understanding of investment reporting practices and insurance policies, and ability to evaluate from a risk-management point of view. Knowledge of business law is essential.
The applicant should have a minimum of 5-7 years experience, with at least three years in not-for-profit. The applicant should also have experience in asset management of real property, analyzing insurance coverage, and managing investments.
To apply for this position, send a cover letter, resume with three professional references by the closing date, Feb. 15, to:
General Board of Church & Society
Attn: Frances Roberts
100 Maryland Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002
or via email to froberts@umc-gbcs.org.
A more detailed job description is available on the GBCS website at Chief Financial Officer.