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Litigation Fellowship (Paid)
5/7/2015

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a full-time legal fellow for their Litigation Department to be based at their Philip Merrill Environmental Center headquarters located in Annapolis, MD. The fellowship is a one year position.


THE CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay. Established in 1967, CBF has a staff of approximately 185 employees working in offices in Annapolis Maryland; Richmond and VA Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water polices, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.

CBF's headquarters office in Annapolis, MD is the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world's first U.S. Green Build Council's LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened The Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, VA. The Brock Center is one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.

CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 200,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF please visit www.cbf.org.

The Litigation Department uses the law as a tool to protect and preserve the Chesapeake Bay. Using federal, state and local laws, CBF attorneys file amicus briefs, regulatory challenges and, if necessary, lawsuits to stop polluters and to ensure governmental compliance with those laws.


CONTEXT OF THE POSITION

The litigation fellowship provides an opportunity for a recent law school graduate to work with experienced environmental practitioners within a leading environmental non-profit organization.

The fellow will take a lead role in managing a project designed to help lay the groundwork for litigation and possibly other advocacy work within CBF. The fellow will work closely with the Vice President for Litigation, litigation counsel, litigation staff, and other CBF staff, including scientists, land planners, lobbyists and educators.

The fellow's responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Analyzing federal and state environmental laws, regulations, and administrative processes that apply to the project
  • Reviewing agency records, files and documents
  • Summarizing findings in the form of a formal report that includes proper documentation and accurate citations
  • Communicating with other groups outside of CBF as needed
  • Managing a budget specific to the project
  • Working with CBF staff to promote the project
  • Participating in the day-to-day life of CBF, including staff meetings, strategy sessions and at least one CBF field experience.
  • Assist the litigation department in developing and researching new cases.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

CBF seeks independent, creative thinkers who will help us to act wisely and in the public interest as we strive to "Save the Bay." The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • JD from an accredited law school
  • Admission to practice law in at least one State (can be obtained during fellowship)
  • Experience with environmental law
  • Strong legal research and writing, interpersonal, and communications skills
  • Willingness to travel regionally


To apply, please send resume and cover letter explaining your interest in CBF by June 15, 2015 to:

Human Resources/FY15-42-LI
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Cbf_employment@cbf.org

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Director of Accounting
3/25/2015

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Director of Accounting to be based at its Philip Merrill Environmental Center headquarters located in Annapolis, MD.


THE CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay. Established in 1967, CBF has a staff of approximately 185 employees working in offices in Annapolis Maryland; Richmond and VA Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. CBF's headquarters office is in the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world's first LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened The Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, VA. The Brock Center is one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.

CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 200,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF please visit www.cbf.org.


CONTEXT OF THE POSITION

The Director of Accounting reports to the Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for financial planning and analysis, sponsored grants and contracts, Finance and Accounting systems, and payroll.

The Director will lead the financial planning and analysis functions including budgeting and forecasting processes, and all financial reporting and analysis including financial modeling. The Director will support the Chief Financial Officer by leading the creation of reports and analyses that are presented to the Board, the CBF executive management team, CBF staff and outside organizations, agencies, and individuals.

The Director will lead the sponsored grants and contracts financial functions related to all public and private grants, contracts and sub-contracts including proposal pricing and modeling, pre-award and post-award compliance and reporting to ensure that systems and reporting needs are met.

The Director will lead the Finance and Accounting systems functions and serve as the subject matter expert to coordinate with the CBF Information Technology Department to evaluate, implement, manage and provide technical support for all Financial Accounting Software Systems. Ensures accurate, appropriate, and effective ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) structure/configuration, documentation, and operational guidelines for a nonprofit accounting setting.

The Director will lead the payroll and 403(b) financial operations to timely prepare and process all payrolls and 403(b) expenses in compliance with Federal, state and local laws and regulations. Also, the Director will ensure that 1) payroll expenses are properly allocated to all appropriate direct and indirect projects and 2) audits associated with payroll and 403(b) expenses are successfully and completed timely.

The Director sets goals and objectives for accounting staff members within his/her area of responsibility including identifying training needs and providing cross-training for each staff position.


Essential functions include:

  • Leads a group of staff, including the supervision of direct reports and the coordination with staff (within other departments) who have significant responsibilities managing individual sponsored grants, contracts and sub-contracts.
  • Supervises CBF budget and forecast function, providing technical support for budget and forecast tracking systems.
  • Provides support for the Chief Financial Officer and upper management with periodic and ad hoc financial reports, analyses and presentations as necessary.
  • Administers Crystal Enterprise website for distributing financial reports to accounting users, departmental financial managers and project managers.
  • Develops and writes financial, budget, forecast, payroll and other reports in financial accounting report writer applications and in Crystal Reports.
  • Leads the sponsored grants and contracts financial functions related to all public and private grants, contracts and sub-contracts.
  • Manages all financial modeling and proposal pricing, and maintains systems and controls to ensure timely and accurate pre-award and post-award compliance and reporting.
  • Collaborates with Information Technology to do the following:
    • Maintain custom SQL tables for tracking project manager security rights and application for project tracking information.
    • Establish and maintain security and data integrity controls for all Finance and Accounting systems.
    • Investigate, review, evaluate and implement new Finance and Accounting software systems for effectiveness and integration with existing CBF financial software systems.
    • Provide implementation, management/support, training, and technical support on software systems as necessary. 
    • Work with outside consultants/vendors/support as necessary on technical issues.
  • Serves as the subject matter expert for all existing (and future) Finance and Accounting systems that currently include EPICOR, Active Planner Budgeting System, Raiser's Edge of the Blackbaud System, Crystal Reports, FRx Software, MS SQL Server, MS Office (including Access and Excel), payroll systems (Mangrove and iEmployee) and investment software (KPM Technologies, Inc.: Endowment Solutions Software).
  • Knows and has experience collaborating with Information Technology through an organization-wide major implementation and integration of new Finance and Accounting systems to include ERP, CRM, grants management, payroll and budgeting/forecasting systems, etc.
  • Supervises payroll functions, as well as provides implementation management and support of ongoing payroll systems – which may involve troubleshooting system errors, workflow issues and writing reports to leverage payroll information.
  • Maintains payroll subsidiary ledger (custom SQL tables) and reviews the reconciliation of the subsidiary ledger to the general ledger trial balance.
  • Develops, creates and maintains custom database application (Microsoft Access) to calculate payroll expense allocations -- and related fringe and leave allocations - interfacing outside timekeeping vendor reports (iEmployee) with payroll output files (Mangrove).
  • Ensures personnel policies affecting payroll/personnel are in compliance with all regulatory agencies - working with Payroll Financial Manager and Human Resources staff.
  • Completes special projects as assigned.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate should possess a Bachelor's degree with 7-10 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. MBA and/or CPA a plus.

The ideal candidate should also possess experience leading the systems and reporting needs of a sponsored grants and contracts team that includes US government, State, Local, and private grants, contracts, and sub-contracts. A demonstrated knowledge of federal regulations (especially FAR, OMB Circulars A-110, A-122 and A-133) and compliance related to non-profit grants and contracts.

Knowledge of accounting related information systems is required as well. Existing systems used by CBF include EPICOR, Active Planner Budgeting System, Raiser's Edge of the Blackbaud System, Crystal Reports, FRx Software, MS SQL Server, MS Office (including Access and Excel), payroll systems (Mangrove and iEmployee) and investment software (KPM Technologies, Inc.: Endowment Solutions Software). Prior experience in Information Systems and Finance Systems based on a MS SQL platform. An understanding of how to create reports and analyses using Crystal Reports. Prior support of an ERP system as the finance & accounting subject matter expert. Current knowledge of new Finance and Accounting systems including ERP, CRM, grants management, budgeting and forecasting, payroll, investment management, etc.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements no later than April 30, 2015 to:

Human Resources/FY15-25-DofA
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Cbf_employment@cbf.org

CBF offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a tax deferred annuity plan. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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