FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
Finance Manager Position Overview
Reports to: Interim Senior Minister
Status: Part Time (20 hours per week)
Hours: To Be Determined
First Congregational Church (UCC) is a vibrant, progressive congregation of approximately 500 members, located in an urban setting in downtown Burlington, Vermont. We are an Open and Affirming congregation with a diverse church family.
This list, while not all inclusive, represents the core functions of the role.
• Manage accounts payable, ensuring timely payment of vendors, appropriate approval of expenses, budget allocations, and record keeping.
• Manage accounts receivable, including donation and payment processing, as well as tracking and follow up on amounts owed.
• Maintain detailed and accurate donor records, issue pledge and tax statements, and respond to inquiries from donors regarding giving history.
• Prepare and distribute financial reports and budget projections on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis as directed by church leadership.
• Manage cash flow and assets in accordance with the budget and other policies as established by the Board of Trustees.
• Facilitate and support annual budget development process.
• Maintain the budget throughout the year and provide alerts when significant variances occur.
• Manage online giving and credit card payment system through the Church’s website.
• Allocate investment earnings or losses across internal investment funds on a quarterly basis and produce corresponding reports.
• Provide accounting services for program funds and related entities (Possibility Shop, Vermont Ibutwa Initiative, etc.), in addition to operating budget.
Human Resources and Personnel
• Administer the church payroll on a semi-monthly basis. Input all data related to new hires, withholding adjustments, expense reimbursements, tax liabilities, etc. for reference by payroll vendor (ADP).
• Coordinate employee benefits by serving as liaison with the UCC Pension Board and enrolling eligible employees, as well as providing periodic updates regarding salary changes, Flexible Spending Account participation, terminations, etc.
• Ensure full compliance with employment laws, as well as the church’s Personnel Policy.
• Significant bookkeeping and some human resources experience, preferably in a nonprofit environment.
• Technology savvy, including proficiency in Microsoft Office and cloud computing.
• Excellent communication skills and ability to work as a motivated and cooperative member of a team.
• High level of patience and discretion, including a respect for confidentiality in handling sensitive personnel and donor information.
• Ability to work in an environment of rapidly changing priorities, particularly during peak times of the year (Christmas, Easter, etc.)
• Ability to work autonomously and a quick learner
• Ability to troubleshoot problems and resolve quickly.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS, BUT NOT NECESSARY
• Experience with a new accounting system implementation and working through transitional issues with an implementation.