Senior Director – Finance


Position Overview

This position is responsible for providing the leadership, direct oversight, management and vision
necessary to ensure that the Finance Team has the proper operational controls and reporting
procedures in place to assist Special Olympics Illinois in accordance with generally accepted
accounting principles for the purpose of achieving the Organizational Mission and Big Three Key
Objectives. This position is responsible for managing financial oversight over the entire
organization. Other responsibilities include: evaluating and advising on the impact of current
financial strategies and controls, long-range planning, introduction of new programs/strategies and
regulatory interaction; managing the financial database and applications; and delivering effective
feedback in order to improve the performance of direct reports.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

● Duties require broad conceptual judgement, initiative and ability to deal with complex
accounting, finance and database issues and provide innovative solutions

● Identifies, develops, supervises and mentors staff, including but not limited to: making
recommendations to the Chief Financial Officer regarding employment and compensation of personnel;
establishing and approving goals, objectives and priorities for each direct and indirect report;
conducting ongoing and annual evaluations of direct reports and overseeing process for indirect
reports; and identifying ongoing professional development needs and opportunities for department

● Provides leadership in case of staffing vacancies in Finance Department

● Develops and manages Budget for Organization including driving improvements in the budgeting
process and educating department managers on financial issues impacting their budgets

● Provides leadership to ensure progress toward all organization and department goals

● Manages and supervises assigned staff and their reports so that organizational policies and
procedures are adhered to and standards of excellence are maintained

● Manages the distribution of monthly budget analysis and financial reporting to staff, board and
Leadership team

● Enhances and/or develops, implement and enforce financial policies and procedures that will
improve the overall organizational operation and effectiveness

● Manages the finance team to provide leadership in developing reports and custom requests for
users and assist with application and user support

● Ensures continual improvement of the timeliness and accuracy of the organization’s cash flow
and management of the billing process

● Manages the end of month and end of year closing. Insuring compliance with GAAP, FASB and IRS

● Reviews and evaluates internal controls for Finance department and organization annually

● Maintains relationship with financial institutions & Audit Firm to analyze use of services
purchased annually

● Meet all team deadlines and responsibilities, listen to others and value opinions, help team to
meet goals, welcome newcomers and able to work collectively with SOILL team

● Actively works with the Chief Financial Officer to monitor, drive and achieve
departmental-specific, strategic goals to ensure progress toward the Big Three Key Objectives and
to protect the financial integrity of the organization

● Manages all accounting for Illinois S.O. Foundation, including entries, reconciliations,
quarterly reporting and board reporting for the entity



● Master’s degree with 5+ years’ direct experience in a financial leadership capacity; or,
Bachelor’s degree with 8+ years’ experience

● Certified Public Accountant preferred

● Supervisory Experience Required

● Excellent computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office Products, and knowledge
of Business information systems

● Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail

● Excellent business communication skills, both written and oral; must have good command of
English language

● Must have strong interpersonal and customer service skills

● Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and meet deadlines

● Ability to work independently without close oversight, but also a team player who productively
engages with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside Special Olympics Illinois

● High energy and passion for Special Olympics mission

● Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail

● Ability to articulate and implement the Strategic Plan

● Professional and resourceful style; must possess the ability to take initiative and manage
multiple tasks and projects at a time

Work Schedule

• Based out of Headquarters Office in Normal, IL

• Reports to CFO

• Monday through Friday with occasional evenings and weekends as position demands

• Independent in-state travel required, including some overnight and weekend travel as an
essential function of position

• 1-2 event attendance is required annually to become familiar with SOILL events and

• Position is security-sensitive and requires the signature of a Confidential Information and
Nondisclosure Agreement

• Physical mobility required: must be able to climb stairs, assist in setup and breakdown at
events, stand or sit for long periods of time, and load and unload vehicles

• Medium work required, which involves lifting no more than 50 pounds at a time with frequent
lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds; requires a good deal of walking, standing,
and/or sitting with some pushing and pulling of arm or leg controls; includes sedentary and light

• Close visual acuity required to perform activities such as: preparing and analyzing data and
figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving
small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines; operating motor vehicles

• Valid driver’s license and proof of insurance is required

• Other duties as assigned

To Apply

• To apply for this position, please send a copy of your resume with a cover letter to Cindy
Villafuerte at