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Committee for Public Counsel Services Financial Analyst in Boston, Massachusetts

The Finance Department is seeking a full-time Financial Analyst to create financial reports and analysis for the Agency and to ensure compliance with the requirements and guidelines of the Commonwealth.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION MISSION STATEMENT

CPCS is committed to protecting the fundamental constitutional and human rights of our assigned clients through zealous advocacy, community-oriented defense, and the fullness of excellent legal representation. We are dedicated to building and maintaining strong professional relationships, while striving to accept, listen to and respect the diverse circumstances of each client, as we dedicate ourselves to meeting their individual needs. It is our CPCS mission to achieve these goals, and in furtherance thereof, we embrace and endorse diversity, equity and inclusion as our core values as we maintain a steadfast commitment to: (1) Ensure that CPCS management and staff members represent a broad range of human differences and experience; (2) Provide a work climate that is respectful and supports success; and (3) Promote the dignity and well-being of all staff members. CPCS leadership is responsible for ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion. The ability to achieve these goals with any level of certainty is ultimately the responsibility each member of the CPCS community.

AGENCY OVERVIEW

CPCS is the state agency in Massachusetts responsible for providing an attorney when the state or federal constitution or a state statute requires the appointment of an attorney for a person who cannot afford to retain one. The agency provides representation in criminal, delinquency, youthful offender, child welfare, guardianship, mental health, sexually dangerous person, and sex offender registry cases, as well as in appeals and post-conviction and post-judgment proceedings related to those matters.

GENERAL OVERVIEW

The CPCS Finance Department is responsible for all financial functions within the agency. These include, but are not limited to, Budget, Accounting, Procurement, Accounts Payable, Payroll Data, Security, Internal Control Compliance, Audit & Oversight Conformity, Fixed Assets, Federal Grants, Records Management, and Facilities.

The Financial Analyst works hand-in-hand with the Finance Director and the Chief Financial Officer to create the financial reports and analyses for the agency. They will ensure compliance with the relevant requirements and guidelines of the office of the State Comptroller (CTR), the Operational Services Division (OSD), Administration and Finance (ANF), and the Committee for Public Counsel Services.

The Financial Analyst reports to the Finance Director.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance or similar field or an equivalent combination of relevant education, training, and experience;

  • Five years of experience in accounting and/or accounts payable experience; and,

  • Access to a personal computer with home internet access sufficient to work remotely.

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS

  • Prior Massachusetts state government experience, including MMARS transactional experience, HR/CMS reporting, or similar state experience preferred;

  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office 2010+ with a strong emphasis on Excel, Access, and Outlook;

  • Ability to proactively identify solutions for process improvements and ability to implement effective solutions;

  • Ability to create, analyze, and interpret financial information and scenarios;

  • Knowledge and understanding of state finance law as well as payment and procurement regulations;

  • Good communication skills; and

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a group.

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL ATTRIBUTES

This person will possess personal and professional integrity, strong communication skills, and strong analytical and decision-making skills.

The individual must possess strong leadership and managerial skills, strong interpersonal skills, high energy level, and a positive outlook.

This person must believe in strong customer service and always act with professionalism and responsiveness.

The individual who will succeed in this role can best be described as:

  • motivated; you thrive in feeling accomplished without gloating or getting an ego;

  • a stickler for accuracy; your attention to detail is critical for success and the success of the Agency mission;

  • a believer in customer service; you understand that even difficult conversations should end with a smile and/or pleasantries and that responsiveness is a key component of great customer service;

  • consistent across many communication mediums; whether it be over the phone, text or email, you provide superior support for whomever needs it;

  • a tech enthusiast; you recognize that technology can improve processes and love to learn how technology can improve existing processes;

  • a team player; no matter your peers’ education or experience, you treat them as your equal;

  • patient; you welcome differences and you understand that sometimes you are limited in what you can improve upon or change but you continue to look for opportunities to improve existing processes; and,

  • a believer; that our clients and staff are why we come to work every day and that nearly anything can be accomplished with dedication, patience and hard work.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing standard reports for Budgeting, Payroll Forecasting, and Agency Revenue and Expenditure Forecasting;

  • Conducting routine analyses of caseload related spending and complete forecasts of anticipated spending as needed;

  • Supporting the financial month-end process, including financial reporting activities and variance analysis;

  • Supporting internal and external reporting requirements or activities such as an agency-wide annual report;

  • Preparing and communicating financial and/or operational presentations;

  • Developing and working with financial models and financial databases to provide ad-hoc analysis as needed;

  • Determining data collection models for the best use of the Commonwealth Information Warehouse (CIW) and other internal and external data sources;

  • Developing analyses to support policy development and contractual negotiations;

  • Ensuring accuracy to maintain the high quality and integrity of information, data and databases;

  • Suggesting improved Internal Control procedures, based upon analysis conducted;

  • Providing technical assistance to other members of the Finance Department to perform routine reporting;

  • Supporting ongoing department initiatives which include moving to a paperless office where possible, cross training, and standardized/routine reporting; and,

  • Other duties as assigned.

    EEO Statement

The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation as required by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other applicable federal and state statutes and organizational policies. Applicants who have questions about equal employment opportunity or who need reasonable accommodations can contact the interim Director of Human Resources Management, Mark Conlon, at mconlon@publiccounsel.net

ID: 2021-2089

Post: careers: 11/24/2021

Post End Date: 12/15/2021

Salary: $73,840 - $87,360, commensurate with years of experience

External Company URL: www.publiccounsel.net

Street: 75 Federal Street

Telecommute: No

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