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Director of Finance and Administration (Los Angeles)
September 14, 2021 at 11:17 am

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Director of Finance and Administration

Type: Full-Time
Reports to: Executive Director

Organizational Background:

Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer+ (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization with over 900,000 members. Equality California brings the voices of LGBTQ+ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ+ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating, and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. For more than 20 years, Equality California has been fighting for full, lived LGBTQ+ equality in a number of ways: electing pro-equality leaders up and down the ballot; passing pro-equality legislation in California, Nevada and Washington, DC; and fighting for LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice in the courtroom.

Equality California Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization that has a parallel mission to Equality California, its 501(c)(4) counterpart. Equality California Institute works to achieve full, lived LGBTQ+ equality by reducing disparities in LGBTQ+ health and well-being, developing a pipeline of LGBTQ+ leaders and increasing civic participation within the LGBTQ+ community.

Position Overview:

Equality California is hiring an experienced, high-performing Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) to be an active strategist for the organization’s overall financial position, while setting and monitoring the organization’s financial direction. As a key member of the senior leadership team, the Director of Finance and Administration will report to the Executive Director and will work closely with an engaged Board Finance Committee. The Director of Finance and Administration will lead all finance, human resource, administration, technology, and facility activities.

The ideal candidate must possess strong operational and finance competencies. Candidates should have at least 7 years of broad finance experience including – accounting, budgeting, audit, and reporting. Candidates should have demonstrated success in managing and growing operational budgets to meet the organization’s operating functions.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Equality California staff are working remotely. In compliance with the state and local guidance, all Equality California staff located in Los Angeles County will safely return to the office with advanced notice from organizational leadership. The Director of Finance and Administration will be required to work from the Equality California headquarters located in Los Angeles once a return date is finalized.

Core Responsibilities:

1. Finance

  • Develop financial performance indicators and measurement systems.
  • Establish and communicates the long-term strategic financial plan of the organization.
  • Work closely with the Board Finance Committee and Board of Directors by preparing timely and accurate reports on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis.
  • Develop financial plans and forecasts to set direction and pace of growth.
  • Utilize predictive models and activity-based financial analysis to provide insight into the organization’s operations.
  • Manage liabilities.
  • Oversee the development and preparation of the annual IRS form 990.
  • Oversee organizational budget; work closely with Department Directors on the development of well-informed and strategic annual organization and department budgets.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to set financial projections.
  • Ensure timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of monthly financial reporting for department leaders, to ensure their budgets, cashflows, and invoices are accurate and submitted on time.
  • Oversee proper maintenance of all finance accounting systems and functions.
  • Responsible for financial compliance for all grant programs.
  • Facilitate the annual audit process with independent auditors.
  • Work closely with banks, auditors, legal counsel, and other professional advisors.
  • Oversee the development and implementation or all financial and accounting policies and practices.
  • Provide strategic recommendation based on financial analysis and projections, cost identification and allocation, and revenue/expense analysis.
  • Remain up to date on nonprofit finance best practices.

2. Human Resources:

  • Oversee the organization’s culture, hiring, and performance evaluation process.
  • Provide day-to-day direction and support for all aspects of human resources.
  • Serve as the first point of contact for all staff HR needs.
  • Develop and execute all hiring processes across the organization.
  • Expand and formalize the onboarding process. Each new hire should have exactly what they need in terms of paperwork and organizational tools and resources. At a high level, make sure each new hire understands the basic functions and priorities of each department.
  • Develop and lead separation process for departing employees.
  • Design and implement culture programs that improve office dynamics and are rooted in the organization’s values as the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization.
  • Develop and operationalize the performance evaluation process.
  • Ensure compliance training for all local, state, and federal laws.
  • Support employee growth and development by connecting them to stellar training opportunities.
  • Lead the revision process for the employee handbook.

3. Technology:

  • Supervise and lead the organization’s technical design by working with outside IT consultants.
  • Set the technical tools and systems for operational effectiveness.
  • Develop tracking system for organization’s technology purchases and lead process for updating technology.

4. Management:

  • Supervise administrative, HR, and finance support staff. Please note – there is currently one additional direct report.
  • Coach, mentor, and provide feedback for all direct reports.
  • Manage all outside Director of Finance and Administration’s partners and consultants including auditors, IT consultants, accountants, and benefit managers.


Applicants for this position should bring the following knowledge, abilities, and attitude:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree and CPA strongly preferred.
  • At least 7 years of broad financial experience with organizations with a budget of at least $5 million.
  • Demonstrated experience providing vision and leadership.
  • Proven ability to set and least strategies that support the financial health of the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with departments – specifically, the Development Department, Programs Department, and Communications Department.
  • Excellent presentation skills; ability to present financial strategy to Board of Directors, banks, auditors, funders, etc.
  • Strong analytical skills and experience translating a strategic vision into financial reality.
  • Proficient understanding of government funding, including multi-year government grants.
  • Detail orientated, logical, and methodological approach to problem solving.
  • Supervisory and people management experience.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google Workspace (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Forms).
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – ability to relate to individuals at all levels.

Salary will be based on experience and includes competitive benefits (healthcare, dental, vision, long/short term disability, life insurance and 401K). This full-time position will be based out of the Los Angeles office and will require a flexible schedule including evening and weekend work time, as well as regular travel across California and sometimes, Nevada. Applicants will be reimbursed for mileage but must have a reliable car and be able to drive in California.

Equality California is an equal employment opportunity employer. Equality California does not make employment decisions or discriminate based on protected characteristics including, but not limited to, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sex, gender (including gender identity and/or gender expression), sexual orientation, age, physical or mental handicaps, veteran status, or genetic information as prescribed by applicable local, state, and federal law. We strongly encourage diverse candidates to apply, including, but not limited to, women, people of color, people of diverse gender identities, and non-LGBTQ+ allies.

To apply:

Email resume (including names and contact of 3 references), cover letter and two writing samples to Tony Hoang at jobs@eqca.org. Please be sure to put “Director of Finance and Administration” in the subject line of your email.




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