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Director of Finance and Administration

Position: Director of Finance and Administration

Organization: Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest

Organization Profile

Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all. Appleseed takes a systemic approach to complex issues – such as children’s welfare, immigration policy, affordable health care, and poverty – and takes its work wherever it can do the most good, whether that’s at the courthouse, at the statehouse, or in the community. For more information visit

Nebraska Appleseed is an equal opportunity employer; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Nebraska Appleseed does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or handicap.

Position Summary

This position is responsible for working with the Executive Director to manage and oversee the finances and budget of the organization and the administrative operations of the organization.


This position assumes the lead role in overseeing all aspects of the organization’s finances and financial management, including the following:

  • Preparing monthly and other financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Performing highly responsible work in financial management and overseeing internal controls by keeping a general ledger pertaining to the receipt and expenditure of all agency funds.
  • Taking responsibility for counting, tracking, recording and depositing all funds received by the organization.
  • Receiving and processing invoices and bills related to operational and capital expenses for the Executive Director’s review and approval.
  • Coordinating an annual audit with independent auditors and assisting in audit preparation including, among other things, preparation of trial balances, reclassification of journal entries, calculations of accounts payable and accrued expenses, reconciliations of cash accounts, information on fixed asset additions and disposals including capitalization calculations, and valuation of non-cash donations.
  • Coordinating preparation of Form 990 with independent auditors.
  • Processing employee payroll, related benefits and retirement plan.
  • Preparing all checks for payment of invoices and taxes; and processing electronic payments, as appropriate.
  • Maintaining independent financial records related to various government, foundation and other grants, investments, and cash accounts, including unrestricted, temporarily restricted and permanently restricted funds.
  • Preparing annual budgets, operating pro forma’s and operating ratios, and project pro forma’s.
  • Working with Program Directors to ensure expenditures do not exceed grant budgets.

This position assumes the lead role in overseeing aspects of the organization’s operations including the following:

  • Managing and supervising the Office Manager.
  • Ensuring Corporate Registration and Charitable Registration status is maintained.
  • Arranging for appropriate insurance for the organization including general liability, Directors and Officers, Employment Practices, and Professional Liability Insurance
  • Staffing the Audit, Finance and Investment Committee of the Board and the Personnel and Compensation Committee of the Board.
  • Working with the Office Manager to maintain employee benefits such as health insurance, cafeteria plan, and other benefits.
  • Managing new hire paperwork for new employees.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, math or related field and nonprofit accounting experience. CPA preferred but not required.
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Knowledge of designing, implementing, and maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting.
  • Knowledge of all laws and regulations applicable to non-profit corporation finances.
  • Knowledge of applicable U. S. Office of Management and Budget Circulars including the A-133 (Audit), A-110 (Accounting Standards), and A-122 (Cost Principles) Circulars.
  • Working knowledge of Quickbooks, MicroSoft Office, and Google products including Word, Excel, and Google Docs.
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Strong ability to manage multiple projects, follow timelines, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment and be organized and detail oriented.
  • Ability to analyze and compile data and prepare narrative and statistical reports.

Salary and Benefits

Competitive nonprofit salary based on experience and benefits including health, vision, dental, 401(k), and vacation.

To Apply

Position is open until filled. Target start date is mid-November. Please send a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample (letter, memo to staff or board, etc.), and list of three references via email to Elizabeth Hutchison at or mail to: Nebraska Appleseed Director of Finance and Administration Search, Nebraska Appleseed, 941 “O” Street, Suite 920, Lincoln, NE 68508 by Friday, Oct. 28. If you have any questions or need additional time to submit materials, please contact Elizabeth Hutchison at 402-438-8853, ext. 122.

Get Involved With Nebraska Appleseed

There are many ways to get involved with Appleseed, and we welcome all passionate individuals who are interested in learning more about and becoming engaged in our work.

Fill out our volunteer form below or apply for an internship or clerkship and a staff member will be in touch with you about next steps towards joining us in the fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans.

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Internships & Clerkships

Nebraska Appleseed routinely has positions for interns and law clerks to help support our work. If you are interested in being a law clerk or intern please complete our electronic application form and attach a cover letter and resume. Apply online for Law Clerk, Intern, & Volunteer positions.

We will are currently hiring for Spring 2017 Internships.

The deadline to apply for a Spring 2017 internship is Monday, November 28th.


The Nebraska Appleseed Internship Program is a hands on way to learn about nonprofit and advocacy work in Nebraska.

Our internships are part time, unpaid positions (8-12 hours per week). Interns work within our programs to conduct research projects, assist with advocacy and public policy work, help with community outreach and education, and provide general office support.

Interns work directly under the supervision of a Nebraska Appleseed staff member in one of our four program areas (Immigrants and Communities, Economic Justice, Health Care Access, and Child Welfare).

Law Clerks

Nebraska Appleseed clerkships are full or part time positions open to current law students that provide opportunities to experience a wide variety of public interest law. Law clerks will do research, legal writing, litigation support, assist with administrative appeals and advocacy and conduct public policy research and analysis. Law clerks work directly under the supervision of Nebraska Appleseed Staff Attorneys allowing them to get one on one attention and direction.

Available Positions

Online Application for Internships & Clerkships

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