Finance and Benefits Manager
Northern Middlesex Council of Government

Job Order #: 18513015

Lowell, MA 01852

Part Time

32 hours per week

POSTED 2/21/2023

EXPIRES 5/22/2023

Job Description

The Finance and Benefits Manager reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for all accounting and financial reporting and related activities related to the Council?s operations. The employee is responsible for ensuring that all procurement, payroll, invoicing, disbursements, and reporting are conducted in accordance with accepted accounting practices and are compliant with all state and federal regulations. Overall responsibilities include accounts payable and receivable, budget preparation, payroll, and maintaining records of revenues and expenditures. The Finance and Benefits Manager is also responsible for the preparation of warrants and financial reports, analysis of cash flow and projections, and assisting staff with contract management activities, including invoicing. Oversees the Council?s cost allocation plan, maintains appropriate cost allocation controls, and prepares the annual Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards (SEFA) The SEFA is prepared to determine if the agency meets the threshold for a Single Audit. Further the Finance and Benefits Manager prepares all documentation needed for the annual audit, in full compliance with state and federal regulations and requirements. Work closely with the auditor to ensure the accuracy of the audit. Assist with all administrative and financial tasks for onboarding new employees and provides assistance with benefits for existing employees and retirees.

In this position the successful candidate must have the ability to perform the following tasks:
-    Reconciliation of all bank accounts and account transfers
-    Prepare month end closings, including production of a monthly balance sheet, month end financial statements, and project revenue/expense reports
-    Perform all functions related to the fiscal year end close, including reconciliation of allocated costs, labor costs and payroll, analysis of accounts, and adjustment of entries
-    Verify timesheets including hours, leave time and project codes
-    Prepare accounts receivable spreadsheet, and track contract funds earned and received
-    Maintain fixed assets inventory
-    Assist in preparing contract documents and program budgets for grant applications
-    Provide data to actuarial firm to calculate NMCOG?s Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) liability
-    Provide project managers with bi-weekly financial status reports for each contract and grant program
-    Administer and manage all insurance policies for NMCOG and its EE?s.
-    Prepare monthly tax, deferred compensation and state retirement system payments and reports
-    Prepare quarterly tax payments and reports
-    Process W-2 and 1099 forms
-    In consultation with the Executive Director and auditor, periodically evaluate internal control and accounting procedures to ensure consistency with generally accepted accounting practices
-    Perform other related duties as required

Required Skills:
-    Strong written, oral communication
-    Strong analytical and problem solving skills
-    Ability to carry out verbal and written instructions
-    Professionalism, tact and diplomacy required
-    Time management and organizational skills, and an ability to multi-task
-    Computer proficiency in the use Microsoft Office (Word and Excel)
-    Proficient with accounting and financial management software

-    BA degree in Accounting, Finance or a related field, with at least 5 years of progressively responsible finance or accounting experience, preferably in the public sector
-    Expert knowledge of financial and budget management, and all related accounting standards, as well as knowledge of state and federal regulations, laws and requirements
-    Working knowledge of payroll processing, financial data analysis, and management of complex financial recordkeeping systems
-    Knowledge of MA state and federal labor laws
-    Human Resource policies and regulations
-    High level of skill in computerized accounting systems, such as GMS

How To Apply

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Lowell, MA 01852

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$75,000.00 - $90,000.00 per year


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Benefit Details

NMCOG offers excellent Massachusetts state employee benefits and a flexible, hybrid work environment. NMCOG is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.


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