The National Federation of the Blind is a membership organization of blind people from each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. As America's civil rights organization of the blind, the Federation is a coordinated network of skilled advocates, resources, and programs that raise expectations of the blind in society and create opportunities for blind people to live the lives they want. The staff of the Federation are central to the organized blind movement by providing support, professional expertise, and daily contributions to the success of the organization. Working under the direction of the Federation's elected President, the staff advise the organization's leadership and contribute to the vibrant, energetic, and collaborative culture of the organization that raises expectations throughout society.
The affiliate finance specialist reports to the executive director of Fiscal Services and is responsible for assisting National Federation of the Blind affiliates and divisions with nonprofit administrator responsibilities. This role requires a detail-oriented multi-tasking individual who enjoys working with others. Affiliate finance specialists support state-level organizations by teaching financial best-practices, coordinating tax filings, completing state filings, and being knowledgeable resource for the national and local leadership. The ideal candidate will have accounting knowledge; nonprofit management experience is a plus.
- Build productive relationships with affiliate and division leadership
- Support affiliate and division treasurers
- Provide guidance on accounting issues
- Organize and file annual tax filings
- Understand state filing requirements and file necessary reports
- Review organization insurance in relation to program activities
- Provide training to new treasurers and presidents
- Evaluate current processes to re-engineer or build effective processes
- Communicate with affiliate and national leaderships
- Identify issues and recommend solutions
- Performing other duties as assigned
- Knowledge of accounting
- Experience with financial systems, QuickBooks, or QuickBooks online
- Strong ability to analyze financial books, processes, and documents
- Ability to read financial reports
- Ability to identify issues and problem solve
- Strong organization skills
- Knowledge of nonprofit management a plus
- Skill in pattern recognition a plus
- Superior ability in written and oral communications
- Ability to communicate complex issues to laypersons
- Ability to function on teams or individually, depending upon task required, and to move quickly and efficiently from one task to another.
Education and Experience
- Associates or bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance, experience may substitute
- Minimum of three to five years of relevant experience required
How to Apply
We seek individuals who wish to identify with a cause and to assist in advocacy for a group long denied equal opportunity to succeed or fail based on ability, and not be denied opportunity based on society’s stereotypes.
This job is open until filled. Applicants should send, preferably via email, a résumé and cover letter indicating salary requirements to: Human Resources, National Federation of the Blind, 200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230; telephone 410-659-9314, ext. 2488; fax 410-685-5653; email [email protected].
The National Federation of the Blind is an equal opportunity employer. Accordingly, all terms and conditions of employment will be carried out without regard to race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, marital status, age, or disability. For more detailed information about our commitment to equal opportunity in employment, please email a request to [email protected].