Interim Treasurer and Director of Finance and Operations


Interim Treasurer and Director of Finance and Operations

4/19/2022

The Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church is currently seeking an Interim Treasurer and Director of Finance and Operations who is well grounded in the value of stewardship and has a proven track record of leading and implementing organizational change.  The Interim Treasurer and Director of Finance and Operations will partner with another non-profit entity to provide shared financial services and joint ventures for the United Methodist Churches in the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area over the next 12 to 24 months.

The purpose of the position is to oversee the fiscal life of the annual conference to enable the various ministries within the Conference while supporting future growth between two entities with a shared mission.

This is a limited term position not to exceed 24 months.

OVERVIEW OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Oversees a small financial and benefits team as the Conference merges major business operations with another non-profit organization over the course of the next 12 to 24 months.
  • Acts as Annual Conference Treasurer, providing leadership and oversight of all financial, accounting, and budget development and management activities.
  • Acts as Pensions and Health Benefits Officer for the annual conference. Provides strategic and operational leadership for all pensions and health benefits activities.
  • Provides oversight and management of annual conference administrative and operational functions, including working with Conference Chancellor on legal issues as necessary.
  • Participates as a member of or consultant to various annual conference committees and boards ensuring well-informed stewardship and finance information are components of decisions made.
  • Acts as a church finance contact and subject matter expert between the annual conference, general church, local churches, clergy and conference committees. Provides training and consultation as necessary. Attends meetings sponsored by the General Council on Finance and Administration, the Board of Pension and Health Benefits, Faith Foundation Northwest, and other organizations.
  • In consultation with the conference personnel committee, conference leadership and the Finance Office and leadership of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference, continues to plan and implement collaboration and consolidation that leads to greater effectiveness and efficiency across the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area.

QUALIFICATIONS:
 
  • Bachelor's Degree; Master's Degree preferred.
  • At least six years of experience in a combination of financial management, accounting, health and retirement benefits.
  • Possess, or be willing to obtain, a clear understanding of the history, doctrine and polity of the United Methodist Church and of its global connection. Display a willingness to support the mission and vision statements of the United Methodist Church and the Annual Conference.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills that facilitate effective communication with various audiences with differing levels of technical knowledge.
  • Knowledge of non-profit organizations, specifically religious institutions and their unique financial management issues.
  • Proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively with various stakeholders, committees, and groups.
  • Knowledge of and experience implementing acceptable accounting practices.
  • Experience using office and accounting software.
  • Organizational change management experience with a forward-looking holistic approach.
  • Successful experience managing merger of complex non-profit agencies would be a plus.
Here is a link to the job description.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

The position is full-time exempt and offers a flexible-hybrid remote work arrangement within a compressed workweek schedule Monday – Thursday. The job is located in Portland, Oregon.

This position requires travel within and outside of the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area as well as work during evenings and weekends.

The final candidate for this position must complete and pass a criminal, DMV and credit background check.

The Compensation and Benefits Package: Salary DOE. Benefits include health insurance (medical, dental and vision), life and disability insurance, employer contribution of 12% to a 403 (b) retirement plan, wellness plan incentives, generous paid time off (vacation, personal and sick) and holiday pay.

Working Conditions and Environment:
This position works in the Conference Office which is a general business and office environment. The person in this position will need to move about the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.; sit frequently; will be continually required to utilize hand and finger dexterity, talk and hear, utilize visual acuity to read and use a keyboard; and occasionally lift/push/carry items less than 25 pounds. There is a low level of noise associated with this position.

About the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church:
The Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church supports the work of more than 160 churches and ministry settings across Oregon and southern Idaho as they seek to be Jesus’ disciples in our communities by following the three principals of our church founder, John Wesley: Do no harm, Do Good, Stay in Love with God. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, our staff stretches across the great expanse of our Conference (geographic territory) to provide financial, spiritual, structural and technical support to our churches and ministry settings. Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky is the Resident Bishop of the Greater Northwest Area, which encompasses the Oregon-Idaho, Pacific Northwest, and Alaska Annual Conferences.

Who we are: The United Methodist Church has a long history of advocating for social justice, including civil and human rights. One of our major missional priorities is to dismantle racism in the church and society. We welcome and affirm LGBTQ+ persons at all levels of leadership in the church.

TO APPLY:

Interested applicants should submit a current resume and cover letter (no longer than three pages) that clearly addresses the four supplemental questions outlined below. Applicants who most closely match the qualifications as demonstrated in their resume and responses to the supplemental questions provided in their cover letter will be considered.
  1. Describe your understanding of stewardship and your experience exercising and leading others to exercise stewardship in financial management systems or other contexts.
  2. Describe your experience providing leadership in matters of financial management and/or health and retirement benefits.
     
  3. Describe your experience working with committees or workgroups that are diverse in their experiences, expertise, and perspectives.
     
  4. Describe your experience managing teams in an organization that is rapidly changing, as well as the leadership required to provide stability in the midst of change.
Please email resume and cover letter with responses to supplemental questions to:

Paul Cosgrove at pcosgrove@pscosgrove.com

Recruitment will be open until filled. Applications that are incomplete may not be considered.

The Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage and welcome applicants from a diverse background and strive to create an inclusive and equitable workplace.
 
 

Contact: Paul Cosgrove

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