Jesuits seek Assistant Treasurer

The Position
To seize new opportunities for ministry and service to the Church, the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Provinces will soon merge to form a single, larger province responsible for the care and oversight of Jesuits and their apostolates across the region. Work on the legal and canonical aspects of the envisioned consolidation has already begun.  This position is based in Chicago.

In anticipation of this event, which will be completed by 2017, the provinces are beginning a search for an Assistant Treasurer to oversee the finance and accounting operations of the combined provinces. 

Reporting to the Treasurer, the Assistant Treasurer will be responsible for actively directing and overseeing all financial operations for the organization including

• Accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and general ledger.
• Monthly and annual reporting.
• Annual audits.
• Microsoft Dynamics (Great Plains software)
• Multiple organizations
     - Legacy organizations: Detroit Province, Chicago Province, Wisconsin Province
     - New organization: USA Midwest Province
     - Pooled Investments
• Significant Investment portfolio(s) responsibilities
    - Custodial relationship
    - Manager selection and monitoring with the assistant of a professional consultant
    - Monthly accounting and reconciliation
• Employee benefit programs
     - Health, dental, and vision insurance
     - Long-term and Short-term disability insurance
     - Life insurance
     - Defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans
     - Banking relationships and account management
     - Automobile fleet management
• Insurance policies for the organization
     - Property and Casualty
     - Liability
     - Workman’s compensation
• Jesuit health insurance along with oversight of social security enrollment and Medicare D 
• Interaction with legal counsel relating to reconfiguration issues
• Budgeting
• Oversight of the financial aspect of a charitable gift annuity program
• Oversight of a staff of 2-4 people
• Work closely with Advancement (fund raising) to effect proper accounting for contributions

Skills and Experience Requirements

• Strong analytical and problem solving skills; strong communication and interpersonal skills 
• Ability to organize and prioritize work to meet deadlines; handle multiple projects simultaneously
• Strong attention to detail and problem solving skills
• Understanding of GAAP accounting principles and financial reporting
     - experience in or knowledge of nonprofit accounting a plus
• Working knowledge Great Plains Accounting software a plus
• Advanced Excel skills and working knowledge of all Microsoft Office programs required
• At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in accounting and finance
     - minimum of five years of management experience
• Public Accounting experience desired
• Experience in budgeting, strategic planning and risk management
• A working knowledge of investment management
• Experience working with information technology staff or consultants managing finance/accounting software
• Demonstrates appreciation for organizational mission, vision, values and initiatives
• Knowledge of the Catholic Church and The Jesuits preferred

Education Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree in accounting
• CPA required

Full details are available here in (pdf format)

Qualified applicants should forward resume and cover letter to

Bridget Coffey
President, Professional Connections 

In the subject line please reference
Midwest Jesuits Assistant Treasurer

Please, no phone calls

About the Organization
The Society of Jesus is a Roman Catholic religious order of priests and brothers popularly known as "The Jesuits." It was founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1540 when Pope Paul III officially established the Jesuit Order. Today the Jesuits, the largest religious order in the world, continue to serve the Church through its diverse ministries. About 18,000 Jesuits serve the Church in 112 nations on six continents.

The Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Provinces of the Society of Jesus are two of nine Jesuit provinces in the United States. Each province is led by a provincial superior whose standard term of office is six years. Through the U.S. Jesuit Conference, the nine provincials coordinate communications, higher and secondary education, pastoral and spiritual ministries, native American ministries, social and international ministries, and the formation of men to become Jesuit priests and brothers.

The Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Provinces are comprised of nearly 600 men serving the Church in educational, pastoral and spiritual ministries across twelve states of the midwest – from Ohio to Wyoming.

Educational ministries include sixteen high schools, six universities and colleges, and four middle schools. Jesuits also sponsor nine spiritual/retreat centers.  Jesuits minister in parishes and as chaplains in prisons, hospitals, nursing homes and the military throughout the region. They provide spiritual direction to colleagues and individuals at a number of locations. Additionally, some Jesuits serve in ministries throughout the United States and abroad, including Africa, Central and South America, Europe, India and China.

The Jesuit priests and brothers in both provinces collaborate with various colleagues, civic organizations, local dioceses, and other religious orders. As catalysts for change, the provinces invest personnel and funding in those areas of society where they believe the greatest good can be achieved and the greatest need is not being met. Provincial ministeries express the power of faith doing justice by combining belief in fundamental human dignity with advocacy for the poor and marginalized.

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