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Director of Finance

National Federation for Children with Special Needs
Job Title: Director of Finance
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July 6th, 2022
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Federation for Children with Special Needs, Inc. (“the Federation”) has partnered with Pillar Search & HR Consulting on the search for its new Director of Finance.

This is an ideal and exciting role for an experienced nonprofit financial professional to serve as the principal financial officer of the Federation. The Director of Finance is responsible for the financial management of the organization as well as oversight of agency business functions. They will be a strategic thought partner and report to the Executive Director.


Based in Boston, the Federation’s vision is that of an inclusive society where every family, child, and young adult has equitable access to education, health and community supports. They are one of the largest parent centers in the country, serving tens of thousands of parents and professionals each year.

The Federation provides information, support, and assistance to all families, especially those with children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities.  The organization is committed to listening to and learning from families and encouraging full participation in community life by all people, especially those with disabilities.

Learn more here.

Job Details:

  • This is a hybrid role. Currently, employees of the Federation work in the office one day per week; this will eventually increase to two days per week. Employees who wish to work in the office more frequently are welcome to do so.
  • The Director of Finance is a full-time, exempt role.

Management Responsibility:

This role has management responsibility for the Staff Accountant.

Essential Job Functions:

Financial Management

  • Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements; collate financial reporting materials for all donor segments and grant reports, and oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting.
  • Implement a robust contracts management, financial management and reporting system; ensure that the contract billing and collection schedule is adhered to and that financial data and cash flow are steady and support operational requirements.
  • Ensure compliance with all federal rules and regulations according to OMB Circulars A-122, A-133 and A-110, IRS regulations and general laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts including the following:
    • Use of federal drawdown and state invoicing procedures.
    • Submission of federal Indirect Cost Rate Proposal.
    • Federal annual and project-end fiscal reports.
    • Filing required federal and state tax forms (Form 990/MA-PC).
    • Compliance with requirements for expense allocations.
  • Coordinate and lead the annual audit process, liaise with external auditors and the finance committee of the board of directors; assess any changes necessary.
  • Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the Executive Director; administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes; and keep senior leadership team abreast of the organization’s financial status.
  • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting.
  • Provide staff support to the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors.

General Business Administration

  • Ensure adequate insurance coverage for agency liability and Board of Directors.
  • Develop and implement purchasing policies and procedures in compliance with federal and state contracting requirements.
  • Maintain employee work time allocation, reporting and accrued benefit time measures.
  • Support payroll input and servicing requirements by payroll vendor.
  • Implement employee benefit coverage for eligible staff. Support 403B benefit accounting and reporting.

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum BA degree, ideally with an MBA/CPA or related degree a strong plus
  • The ideal candidate will bring at least 7-10 years of overall professional experience, at least 5 of which includes broad financial and operations management experience
  • The ideal candidate will have had experience for the quality and content of financial data, reporting and audit coordination
  • A track record in grants management (federal/state) required
  • Experience with staff supervision and managing remotely
  • Ability to translate financial concepts to – and to effectively collaborate with — programmatic colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds
  • Technology savvy; expert knowledge of accounting and reporting software
  • A successful track record in setting priorities. The ideal candidate will have keen analytic, organization and problem-solving skills which support and enable sound decision making
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • A multi-tasker with the ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced environment
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of the Federation for Children with Special Needs.


  • The Federation offers a very competitive benefits package.
  • The office is located in The Schrafft Center and offers easy access to public transportation (the Orange Line on the MBTA) as well as parking at no cost to the employee.

Commitment to Diversity:

The Federation recognizes that the high-quality services they offer results from the individual and collective efforts of their caring and exceptional staff.

The Federation team is diverse, talented, hardworking, and enthusiastic! They value the work their employees do to impact thousands of people each year. Their stories, skills, experiences, passion, and dedication are rich and add tremendous value to the Federation’s work. They are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment, filled with creativity and innovation.

The Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) embraces the diversity of our staff and is committed to increasing the diversity of our organization.  As an EEO employer, FCSN is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and candidates for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other legally protected status or designation.   Also, we welcome parents of children with special needs or those with a disability to apply!

Please learn more about the Federation’s commitment to diversity here.

To Apply:

  • Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit their cover letter and resume to Cindy Joyce, Founder/Executive Search Consultant, Pillar Search & HR Consulting, at cindy@pillarsearch.com.
  • Note: Resumes submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.

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