We are hiring for Council Finance Consultant to join our team of Council Consultants and Subject Matter Experts. The Consultant works independently and in collaboration with other functional areas in developing high-level finance resources and support plans for councils. As the expert in Girl Scout financial practices, the Consultant is a GSUSA internal resource for execution approaches and strategize with council CFOs (or equivalents) for implementation planning.
What makes this position unique?
- The Council Finance Consultant role is highly nuanced. The Council Finance Consultant derives satisfaction from getting outcomes through influencing others rather than through positional authority. The incumbent must be able to drive results, while being comfortable with a long time horizon to realize them.
- You could be a good fit for this role if you are achievement-oriented. The Consultant takes initiative, follows through on commitments and focuses on results and how they are achieved.
This Job Could be the Right fit for you if:
- If you have been in a leadership positions at a Girl Scout council with a deep expertise in a variety of financial and accounting health practices.
- A Subject Matter Expert - Serves as a resident expert on effective financial practices relevant for Girl Scout councils within the Girl Scout network. As such, is knowledgeable about council and industry best practices. With a deep understanding of finance and a keen understanding of the spectrum of council capabilities, drives national finance strategies and develops and/or maintains a framework to analyze, discern insight, and measure fiscal excellence and health. Summarizes internal and industry trends and makes recommendations for national strategies to GSUSA’s Senior Leadership Team.
- A Consultant - Work closely with other functional area experts (governance, property, membership, etc.) and Council Leadership Consultants to develop finance strategies and resources for councils as part of the holistic council business model. Provides strategic guidance to council CFOs (or equivalents) in identifying critical finance issues and solutions. In consultation with councils, analyzes council financial health, understands the standard chart of accounts and purpose, conversant in the Financial Accounting Standards Board Codification and application to councils, to provide consistency in data for capacity building. Curates and develops resources, frameworks and tools such as case studies, templates and guides to support finance practices universal to all councils. Using tools such as qualitative/readiness assessments and performance metrics the Consultant will deliver strategic finance consultation to councils.
- Community of Practice Owner/Relationship Manager:
- In conjunction with the Lead Council Finance Consultant acts as a Consultant and a bridge between the Finance community at councils and the leadership at GSUSA. Positions one’s self as an advocate for CFOs (or equivalents) within GSUSA and works to ensure national strategies align with council planning realities.
- Applies the strategy for cultivating a national community among council finance practitioners. Supports the development of the agenda and execution of national and/ or regional events for CFOs (or equivalents). Identifies areas of opportunity to enable finance cohorts to creatively resolve challenges. Convenes targeted council learning and working sessions, opportunities for council finance practitioners to share effective practices and industry strategies
- A strong communicator and cultivator of a Council financial community (e.g. Chief Finance Officers, Finance Directors, council lead finance staff) in conjunction with the Lead Finance Consultant. She/he promotes opportunities for dialogue and sharing among council functional experts for quick identification and dissemination of effective practices.
- Utilize analytics to drive financial strategies and develops and/or maintains a framework to measure excellence and health in finance.
- Develop key financial indicators for the council health dashboards periodically review against industry standards.
- Deliver and advise on council finance-related content for GSUSA courses, council related technology initiatives, national meetings and strategy, workshops, and onboarding to ensure consistent messaging among finance cohorts.
- Curate and develop resources, frameworks and tools such as case studies, templates and guidance to support councils in developing and sustaining high performing finance operations.
- Conduct, commission or acquire appropriate research to analyze trends and identify key finance issues in a council and effectively disseminate information to both council and internal partners. She/he provides superior customer service and support to councils by providing information in a timely manner, modeling teamwork, professionalism, and demonstrating a commitment to organizational diversity.
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in related field preferred.
- 10+ years of work experience in non-profit or entrepreneurial organization with preference for experience in a Girl Scout council.
- Develops strong relationships based upon trust, respect, effective communication, and achievement of common goals.
- Influences and motivates others to take action by adapting personal leadership style, anticipating and persuading, and making a compelling case.
- Drives to results through critical thinking and problem solving, planning and execution, and continuous improvement; has the ability to help others see the bigger picture, connecting the appropriate “dots”.
- Achievement oriented; takes initiative, follows through on commitments, and focuses on results and how they are achieved.
- Demonstrates cultural competence by communicating, working effectively with those from diverse backgrounds, creating, and sustaining an environment in which people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives can succeed.
- Demonstrated expertise in functional area with relevant work experience.
- Experience developing resources and tools in area of expertise.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills. Strong project management skills.
- Ability to Travel 25- 30%
Girl Scouts of the USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.