Job Summary

Texas Civil Rights Project is seeking candidates for the role of Finance and Accounting Manager. The ideal candidate will be capable of multitasking in a fast-paced environment with a focus on process and accuracy. This position will be part of the Finance & Operations team and report to the Director of Finance and Administration.

Texas Civil Rights Project comprises five different offices across the state with over 40 employees. TCRP has grown tremendously over the last couple of years and we are looking for our next Finance and Accounting Manager to help us keep up with the growth.

About the Texas Civil Rights Project

We are Texas lawyers for Texas communities, boldly serving the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts. In our thirty year history, the Texas Civil Rights Project has brought thousands of strategic lawsuits to protect and expand voting rights, challenge the injustices in our broken criminal justice system, and advance racial and economic justice.

We use our tools of litigation, legal advocacy, and communication strategies to protect and advance the civil rights of everyone in Texas and we partner with communities across the state to serve the rising movement for social justice. We undertake our work with a vision of a Texas in which all communities can thrive with dignity, justice and without fear.

The Finance & Operations team provides the foundation to allow our organization to achieve its mission and help make Texas a better place to live.


Learn more at www.txcivilrights.org


Overview of Key Responsibilities

  • Establishes and/or maintains internal controls and guidelines for accounting transactions
  • Oversees preparation of business activity reports, financial forecasts, and project budgets
  • Oversees the production of periodic financial reports; ensures that the reported results comply with generally accepted accounting principles
  • Manages accounts payables and accounts receivable; ensures prompt collection of receivables and timely payments of invoices, bills and staff reimbursements
  • Maintains Expense Management System (Concur) and ensures all staff are trained to submit expenses in a timely fashion and creates and enforces travel and reimbursement policies for organization
  • Coordinates and submits materials for annual audit
  • Ensures timely processing of all year-end documents, including 1099’s and W-2’s.
  • Completes daily bank reconciliations
  • Assists Director of Finance and Administration with board reporting, presentations and the development of the board's financial dashboard
  • Assists Director of Finance and Administration in drafting and monitoring the organization's annual budget
  • Reviews budget variances and reports significant issues to the Director of Finance and Administration; works with the Director of Finance and Administration and leadership team to resolve variances between budget and actual expenditures

Ideal candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Commitment to mission and vision of TCRP
  • Bachelor's degree plus 7 years of professional experience, preferably within the nonprofit sector; or a combination of education and experience that meets the required knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, anti-racism, inclusion and social justice
  • Strong familiarity with Quickbooks
  • Experience with employee reimbursement software
  • Minimum intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Proven knowledge of bookkeeping and of generally accepted accounting principles, practices, standards, laws, and regulations
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of financial record-keeping
  • Ability to handle sensitive information and maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to work collaboratively and with a wide range of personalities in a professional, productive manner
  • Extraordinary attention to detail and skillful organization
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment, take initiative, solve problems and quickly respond to urgent matters as they arise.
  • Ability to translate financial concepts to—and effectively collaborate with—colleagues who do not have finance or accounting backgrounds


Compensation

TCRP is a unionized workplace and salaries are on a tiered pay-scale based on years of experience per the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The starting salary for this position is $59,000. TCRP also offers excellent benefits, professional development opportunities and a deep commitment to a meaningful work-life balance. We envision and work towards an organization that reflects the communities we serve and a culture of ​radical inclusion, ​continuous growth​, and openness. TCRP benefits include: employer-paid health insurance, four weeks paid vacation, eight weeks paid family leave (with avenues to extend leave to 14 weeks in total), a $500 professional development budget annually, and extensive holidays, including a two week winter break. This position is FLSA exempt, and does not qualify for overtime compensation. A minimum of 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, are expected. .


Inclusion & Non-Discrimination

TCRP values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture — women, Black and other people of color, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, creed, religion, physical ability, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, previous incarceration, languages spoken, socioeconomic status, veteran status, union membership or activism, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law.


Travel

The applicant can expect to travel <10%.


How to Apply

To apply, please follow this link. For consideration, the deadline to apply is 11:59pm central time on 01/10/2021


Note: If you have been chosen for an interview you will be notified before the new year but interviews will begin in January 2021.

Note: TCRP is currently operating under a remote work policy until March 31, 2021 with all of our physical offices closed. The Finance & Operations team is based out of the Austin office and is the preferred location for this position. However, if you are the right candidate we can discuss working in one of our other offices in Texas (Alamo, Dallas, Houston or San Antonio).

The Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) is a public-interest law firm that uses legal advocacy to empower Texas communities and create policy change. In our twenty-eight year history, we have brought thousands of strategic lawsuits to protect and expand voting rights, challenge the injustices in our broken criminal justice system, and advance racial and economic justice.  Today, with dozens of high-caliber attorneys and legal professionals across Texas, and an extensive network of pro bono counsel and community allies, TCRP is among the most influential civil rights organizations in Texas. Learn more at www.texascivilrightsproject.org.

Every year, the Texas Civil Rights Project sponsors multiple legal fellows across our three programs (Racial and Economic Justice, Criminal Justice Reform, and Voting Rights) and in all of our five offices across the State (Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Rio Grande Valley).  These fellows are recent law school graduates or judicial clerks who obtain external funding to work with us, usually on a specific project for a predetermined period of time, usually 1 or 2 years. Opportunities for external funding are extremely diverse, including law firms, law schools, government agencies, advocacy organizations, and private foundations of all sizes. Over the last few years, fellows working at TCRP have been awarded fellowship funding from the following sources, among others:

- Equal Justice Works

- Justice Catalyst

- Open Society Foundations

- Kloiber Foundation

- Yale Law School

- Columbia Law School

- University of Texas School of Law

Fellowship applicants are usually required to seek sponsorship approval from a host organization (like TCRP) before applying for fellowship funding.  While we are sensitive to time constraints, our process for approving a potential fellow for sponsorship at TCRP is extensive, including application reviews within the organization, interviews, review of past work product and references, and a thorough evaluation of the applicant’s proposed project.  This process ensures we only sponsor fellowship applicants who have developed a project proposal that significantly advances our mission of seeking justice for Texas communities, but it also means that we are only able to sponsor a small number of the qualified applicants seeking to work with us. Limiting the number of fellows that we sponsor also allows us to work closely with applicants to develop a strong proposal for funding and to ensure that we have the resources to properly manage and train fellows once they get here.  

Because this process takes time, fellowship applicants are encouraged to apply for sponsorship at least 60 days in advance of any funding application deadline. If circumstances prevent an applicant from complying with this timeline, we encourage the applicant to contact our Fellowship Coordinator to discuss the situation.  

Because of the widely varying application deadlines for fellowship funding, TCRP accepts applications from fellowship applicants throughout the year.  Major fellowship funders (e.g. Equal Justice Works) usually have early fall deadlines, while many smaller funders (e.g., law schools) have deadlines in early spring.  

To be eligible for a fellowship at TCRP, an applicant must meet the following basic criteria:

- Graduation from an ABA-accredited law school by the time the fellowship would begin;

- Completion of the bar exam of any U.S state or territory prior to beginning  the fellowship;

- Willingness to work in Texas at one of TCRP’s established offices; and

- Development of a project proposal that fits one of the three subject-matter areas in which TCRP works.

If you will be able to meet these criteria and wish to complete your fellowship at TCRP, please submit the following sponsorship application materials:

1. Cover letter indicating:

- Why you are interested in working with TCRP

- Preferred practice group (REJ/CJR/VR)

- An idea for a proposed fellowship project

- Names and deadlines for any particular fellowship applications to which you are applying

- Interest in working in Texas  

2. Detailed resume
3. Writing sample of no more than 10 pages, preferably related to the subject matter of your proposed project idea.
4. A list of at least 3 references with at least 2 of these being professional references.

TCRP values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture — women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, creed, religion, physical ability, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, previous incarceration, veteran status, union membership or activism, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law.

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We are an equal opportunity organization that welcomes all qualified applicants. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, physical ability, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, previous incarceration, veteran status, union membership or activism, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law.

We are Texas lawyers for Texas communities, boldly serving the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts. We use our tools of litigation and legal advocacy to protect and advance the civil rights of everyone in Texas and we partner with communities across the state to serve the rising movement for social justice. In our twenty-nine year history, we have brought thousands of strategic lawsuits to protect and expand voting rights, challenge the injustices in our broken criminal justice system, and advance racial and economic justice.

We are seeking positive, motivated, balanced, well-organized individuals to serve as our law clerks for the 2021 Summer semester. TCRP is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic team and women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. Our law clerks are a critical part of the TCRP family and will assist our attorneys with every aspect of our work, from investigating potential cases, crafting strategic advocacy plans and preparing complaints to assisting with discovery, briefing dispositive motions and trying cases in federal and state court.

We ask that students commit to at least 400 hours of work over the course of the summer. We have opportunities available at all of our 5 offices across Texas (Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Alamo).

Texas Civil Rights Project