For the third year in a row, CLASI was named one of the top workplaces in Delaware as evaluated by employees in 2018. This year CLASI finished fourth of all companies with less than 100 employees, and first among non-profits of that size.  https://www.delawareonline.com/story/money/business/2018/08/26/delaware-top-workplaces-2018/1103577002/

CLASI also received special recognition for having scored the highest in the state, regardless of size, on intra-office communication.

https://www.delawareonline.com/story/money/business/2018/08/24/delaware-top-workplaces-2018-special-award-winners-among-businesses/1000001002/

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Chief Administrative and Financial Officer

Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (CLASI) is a private, not-for-profit law firm dedicated to equal justice for marginalized populations since 1946. Our clients primarily include members of our community who have low incomes, who have disabilities, or who are age 60 and over. CLASI has offices in Wilmington, Dover, and Georgetown. Our present operating budget is $5.6 million and our staff census is approaching 60 FTE. Revenue is derived from more than twenty different funding sources, consisting of federal, state, and local grants and general contributions. CLASI has been recognized as a Top Workplace by the News Journal each of the last four years, and last year was the highest scoring non-profit in the state with under 100 employees, as rated by the staff.

CLASI is seeking an enthusiastic leader to become its Chief Administrative and Financial Officer (CAFO). This is an exciting opportunity to work directly with the Executive Director and an experienced and committed team of legal professionals and administrative staff in a progressive, vibrant social justice organization. The CAFO is responsible for ensuring excellence in fiscal responsibility, budgeting, human resources, facilities management, and strategic financial planning. In this key senior management role, the successful candidate will provide financial and organizational leadership and be a catalyst in driving the financial performance of the organization.

The CAFO is responsible for oversight of the financial and administrative affairs of the agency in accordance with sound financial principles and government regulations. The CAFO is responsible for performing complex work involving the creation and maintenance of financial records, protecting and maintaining the financial integrity of the organization and supervising office and personnel management. The CAFO directs the development of the budgets, financial statements, completion of Federal Financial Reports (FFRs), payroll, and all other finance-related duties; and manages and coordinates human resource functions at CLASI. In addition the CAFO ensures that CLASI develops and maintains comprehensive financial policies and budgets and complies with all financial requirements, as well as ensures the efficient operation of CLASI’s office administration and personnel services.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • In coordination with the development staff and management staff, submit budgets, budget adjustments, and be responsive to funders’ financial monitoring efforts.
  • With assistance from a full-time accountant, and a part-time accounting assistant, manage accounting and financial functions–including payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and cash management– and ensure that all functions are completed in a timely manner.
  • Manage multiple federal, state and private grants, ensuring compliance with funding requirements as well as organizational policies and procedures.
  • In coordination with the Executive Director, develop annual agency budget and monitor monthly performance against targets and cash flow.
  • Prepare regular reports to the Board’s Finance Committee and full Board of Directors both in writing and orally.
    Communicate complex financial matters clearly and concisely to executive staff and board members.
  • Manage and support the annual audit and tax return preparation.
  • Maintain Accounting Policy and Procedure Manual, initiating updates as needed to improve agency’s systems and internal controls.
  • Manage CLASI’s HR processes- including onboarding and benefits.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in accounting or finance preferred; minimum 5 years’ relevant experience with federal and/or state grants; experience with not-for-profit accounting and financial reporting preferred; understanding of cash management principles preferred; superior communication skills (oral and written) preferred; knowledge of labor laws and regulations preferred; experience with employee benefit administration preferred; experience with accounting and other office software preferred. Must be well respected as a leader; must possess exemplary human relations skills; and must be committed to CLASI’s mission.

COMPENSATION: Competitive salary and benefits package that includes generous leave; health care, dental care, and vision care for self and dependents (currently without employee premium contributions for base plans); life insurance; short-term and long-term disability; and a 403(b) retirement plan with a 10% contribution from CLASI after one year of qualifying service (and a 1% contribution from the

employee). Free parking.

LOCATION: CLASI’s Wilmington Office in the Community Service Building—100 W. 10th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.

DISCLAIMER: The purpose of this position description is to serve as a general summary and overview of the major duties and responsibilities of the job. It is not intended to represent the entirety of the job nor is it intended to be all-inclusive or fixed indefinitely. CLASI is a very nimble and fluid organization. Management reserves the unilateral right to modify the job duties as organizational needs evolve.

APPLICATION PROCESS: The review of applications will begin immediately with the appointment to commence as soon as possible. Please email applications, including a letter of introduction, a detailed resume, and the names of three references (we will not contact without the consent of the applicant) in confidence to CLASI’s Executive Director, Daniel Atkins at datkins@declasi.org.

CLASI is strongly committed to diversity and welcomes applications from minority group members, persons with disabilities, and other marginalized group members who may contribute to the further diversification of our workforce. CLASI is an equal opportunity employer.

CLASI conducts testing for compliance with Fair Housing laws in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties. Trained testers pose as home seekers and visit housing providers to collect information to assist with regional monitoring and investigations. Testers are paid a small stipend $50 – $65) for their efforts and are reimbursed for mileage, tolls and postage. Testers document their experiences objectively, so attention to detail and excellent writing skills are required. CLASI relies on fax and/or e-mail to notify testers, set up scenarios and submit tests. Qualified applicants will have access to a reliable form of transportation. Accepted applicants must attend a 2 – 3 hour training session and complete a paid practice test.

Contact person:  CLASI Fair Housing Test Coordinator, Linda Jackson at  ljackson@declasi.org, or (302) 575-0660, ext. 259, or toll free: 1-800-292-7980

Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. “CLASI” will sponsor candidates for post graduate public interest attorney fellowships provided by the Skadden Foundation, Equal Justice Works, or other identified foundations.  A fellowship at CLASI provides recent law school graduates interested in a public interest law career the opportunity to work at a non-LSC funded legal services and Protection and Advocacy program.  Since its establishment in 1946, CLASI has remained the largest non-profit public interest law firm in Delaware.  More information about CLASI can be found at www.declasi.org.

CLASI will accept fellowship applications through July 5 each year. Interested candidates may wish to consult with us in advance regarding suggestions for viable proposals. We encourage interested candidates with diverse cultural backgrounds and/or oral proficiency in languages other than English to contact us.Interested candidates should submit the following electronically:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter addressing their interest and experience in public interest and poverty/disability/elder law and describing any ideas for a fellowship proposal.
  • Although we ask that you describe any ideas you have regarding a fellowship proposal please note that it is not necessary to have a proposal at this stage of the application process.
  • One or Two Brief Legal Writing Samples
  • Law School Transcript
  • List of Three References
  • A list of any other organizations with whom you are pursuing fellowship opportunities.

These materials should be sent via email to the attention of Daniel Atkins at datkins@declasi.org.  Candidates may address any questions about the application process to Daniel Atkins:  (302) 575-0660, ext. 229 or datkins@declasi.org.

Please note that CLASI may sponsor more than one individual for each Fellowship opportunity and that Fellowship awards are not guarantees of employment with CLASI once the fellowship expires.

CLASI welcomes applications from attorneys interested in volunteering in one of our three offices for work in our poverty law, elder law and disabilities law programs.

Law Clerk Positions
CLASI welcomes applications from law students interested in volunteering in one of our three offices during the summer or school year. Law clerks may receive credit or work study funding from their law schools or may be eligible for a grant from a public interest organization.

Paralegal Positions
CLASI welcomes applications from individuals interested in volunteering in any of our three offices to help with tasks such as client interviews, document preparation, discovery and community education.

Clerical Positions
CLASI welcomes applications from individuals interested in volunteering in any of our three offices to help with tasks such as typing, filing, answering telephones, document scanning and preparation, and special event planning.

Administrative Positions
CLASI welcomes applications from individuals interested in volunteering in any of our three offices to help with tasks such as bookkeeping, public relations, and special event planning.

Send resume and cover letter to:
Daniel Atkins, Esq.
CLASI
100 W. 10th Street, Suite 801
Wilmington, DE 19801or
E-mail resume and letter to:
datkins@declasi.org

CLASI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.