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Controller, Extended Application Deadline: July 31, 2013 

Ministry Team Financial Services - Common Services  
Reports To Chief Financial Officer  
FLSA Status Exempt  
Salary Grade 10  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Category National and Global Ministries, Cleveland, Ohio  
Starting Salary  

General Purpose of Position: Support the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in the oversight of the financial operations and assets of Local Church Ministries (LCM) and related corporations. Oversight includes but is not limited to interpreting financial policies and implementation as well as directing the activities of the LCM financial operations function including cash flow, budget development and reporting, and internal and external financial reporting in conjunction with the other program ministries of the United Church of Christ Board (UCCB).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Support the CFO and LCM Executive Minister in financial decision-making by analyzing historical financial data, identifying trends and providing forecasts; developing, guiding and training team leaders, program and administrative staff in budget preparation processes; preparing and interpreting budgets, long-term budget plans and financial reports for the UCCB and LCM Board of Directors, staff and other organizations.


  • Responsible for the accuracy of LCM’s investments, accountability of its funds and other assets, staffing support of the UCCB financial committees as requested by the CFO, and such liaison tasks in the business affairs of the corporation as assigned.


  • Monitor compliance of LCM staff to policies, procedures and internal controls, identify areas needing remedial action and implement changes in consultation with the CFO, LCM Executive Minister and auditors.


  • Meet regularly with the LCM Executive Minister and with the CB&LF Executive Director on financial matters directly related to Local Church Ministries and the Church Building & Loan Fund, respectively.


  • Be an active member of the Financial Services team of the United Church of Christ Board; representing LCM interests in that process.


  • Other duties as assigned by the Chief Financial Officer and/or Executive Minister of Local Church Ministries.


  • Direct, oversee and assess activities of LCM (including UCC Hotel Venture LLC and the Church Building & Loan Fund) finances performing certain accounting functions in support of endowments, programs and other related funds through the use of accounting, sales and fulfillment, mortgage and investment software and systems. Keep abreast of technological changes and keep staff up-to-date on uses of software.


  • Initiate and carry out negotiations for new banking and custodial services as necessary for approval by the Boards of Directors of the Church Building & Loan Fund (CB&LF) and the UCC Hotel Venture LLC (Hotel) and monitor bank accounts for proper cash levels


  • Monitor relations with estates, both those in place and in process; ensure that use of legacies is properly recorded in accordance with donor wishes; establish new funds when warranted and provide reports related to endowments and annuities to the Board of Directors and other organizations.


  • Provide all audit-related documentation for LCM, CB&LF and the Hotel,  including but not limited to the preparation of support schedules and footnotes; assist the Audit Committee(s) by preparing materials, arranging meetings and serving as staff resource for the audit.


  • Represent LCM on the Boards of Directors of the Hotel, and the LCM Church Building & Loan Fund; chair the Loan Review Committee of the CB&LF Board of Directors. Represent LCM on other boards as appointed by the Executive Minister.


  • Review and sign all transactions related to LCM, CB&LF and the hotel in excess of the LCM Ministry Specialist’s, Mortgage Loan Accountant’s and other Financial Services staff’s signing authority as needed.


  • Review check runs as needed, providing second signature on checks if necessary.


  • Supervise the LCM Ministry Specialist.


  • Supervise the CB&LF Mortgage Loan Accountant in conversation with the CB&LF Executive Director and Associate Director.


  • Participate as a member of the Local Church Ministries Leadership Team.


  • Attend the LCM board meetings and staff appropriate committees, as requested or required, with voice but without vote. Attend the General Synod of the United Church of Christ as requested or required.


  • Provide other accounting support for Conferences or other related institutions of the United Church of Christ as needed.
Position Requirements


The requirements listed below are representative of knowledge, skills and/or abilities required to perform successfully in this position.


  • Relevant 5 to 7 years of financial management experience with in-depth knowledge of generally accepted accounting practices and principles, and extensive knowledge and experience with financial computer applications and systems. A bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or business administration is required; preference will be given to candidates with an MBA or CPA credentials, and experience in church or not-for-profit financial management.


  • Experience in preparation, evaluation and interpretation of budgets, financial statements and reports; ability to recommend and implement sound fiscal policies and procedures.


  • Demonstrated communication, managerial, supervisory and interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective and collegial working relationships with staff, directors, customers and vendors.


  • Understanding of and commitment to the mission of the Church, with a knowledge or, or a willingness to learn about the history and polity of the United Church of Christ and of the history, purpose and programs of Local Church Ministries and its related organizations.


  • Travel within the United States is required, including overnight and weekends.


This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for the position and are subject to review and change at any time in accordance with the needs of the ministry. Since no job description can detail all duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a position, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a position shall also be considered part of the position holder’s responsibility.

It is expected that the persons who holds this position will conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the policies of the CMUCC and in a manner that will reflect positively on the organization. All staff are encouraged to nurture safety within the work performed on behalf of the CMUCC by being attentive to self-care, education, maintaining appropriate boundaries, and the importance of referring those in need to supportive and helpful resources.


The United Church of Christ National is a Multicultural, Multiracial, Open and Affirming, Accessible to All, Equal Opportunity Employer.



Comprehensive Benefits Package Employer paid health, dental, life, and pension  
Application Deadline July 31, 2013  
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