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Deputy Director of Client Finances - Project Guardianship - NYC


Do you know what gets us up in the morning? Justice. (We literally have that phrase plastered on our coffee mugs. That's how zealous we are). We envision a society that respects the dignity of every single person and are fighting to realize this every day. To tackle the most pressing injustices of our day. To explicitly, pointedly and effectively reduce the burdens of the justice system on people of color. To secure equal justice, end mass incarceration, and strengthen families and communities around the country.

Who We Are

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, envisions a society that respects the dignity of every person and safeguards justice for everyone. Vera is committed to securing equal justice, ending mass incarceration, and strengthening families and communities.

We drive change by:

  • Studying problems that impede human dignity and justice.
  • Piloting solutions that are at once transformative and achievable.
  • Engaging diverse communities in informed debate.
  • Harnessing the power of evidence to drive effective policy and practice.

We work with others who share our vision to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day—from mass incarceration, racial disparities, and the loss of public trust in law enforcement to the unmet needs of the vulnerable, the marginalized, and those harmed by crime and violence. Vera has offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace—specifically, we value diverse experiences with regard to educational background and justice system contact. We hire employees that reflect our values: respect, independence, collaboration, and commitment. If you want to learn more about life at Vera click here

What you’ll do

The Deputy Director of Client Finances will oversee the management of over $5.5 million in client funds in over 200 checking, investment, and trust accounts, and including over 1,500 accounts payable transactions a month. Reporting to the Project Director, the Deputy Director of Client Finances will supervise a team of approximately 6 individuals who manage budgets, income, and expenses for approximately 200 aging and/or disabled adults in need of a guardian. The Deputy Director of Client Finances serves on the Project’s senior management team and works closely with the Directors of Legal Services and Case Management to coordinate high-quality services for TGP clients. 

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervising Finance Associates to ensure accurate budgeting and forecasting for all clients, on-time expense payments, monthly bank reconciliations, and accurate reporting of all transactions in database
  • Overseeing Accounts Payable including monthly automatic bill payments, check printing, online bill pay, distribution of cash assistance, and client credit card reimbursements
  • Oversee the preparation and submission of court-mandated annual and final client financial reports.
  • Develop and manage internal fiscal controls and procedures in order to achieve best practices; streamline processes and use technology to create greater efficiencies in the department and across the project
  • Oversee the marshalling of client income and assets, and assist in the management of client investment portfolios and the establishment of supplemental needs trusts
  • Manage banking relationships, work with tax accountants to file client tax returns, and negotiate with vendors and creditors on clients’ behalf

What you bring

  • Belief in advancing a just, fair and equitable society, with a specific focus on racial justice
  • A bachelor’s degree in accounting, business or related field is required; master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in finance, particularly accounts payable and receivable required
  • Minimum of 3 years of supervisory experience required
  • Experience designing and implementing internal controls, with the ability to refine systems and procedures required
  • Experience with financial statements, financial investment products, and trusts and non-probate assets required
  • Demonstrated ability to create budgets, conduct financial analysis, and support strategic decision making.
  • Advanced Excel skills, including pivot tables, lookup, and sorting.
  • Proficient with technology, including databases and online banking interfaces
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills, including ability to reconcile complex and conflicting reports.
  • Ability to conduct and supervise forensic accountings of financial records on behalf of potential victims of exploitation and create reports for use in court proceedings and related purposes preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and experience in the non-profit sector preferred.

To apply

Please submit cover letter and resume. The cover letter should outline your minimum and additional qualifications and address how you will use those qualifications to excel in the role. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled. 

Submission online through Vera’s website is preferred. However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to:

ATTN: Human Resources / Deputy Director of Client Finances

34 35th St, Suite 4-2A, Brooklyn, NY 11232 

Fax: (212) 941-9407


Please use only one method (online, mail or fax) of submission.

No phone calls or emails, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.


Vera is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status.

Vera works to advance justice, particularly racial justice, in an increasingly multicultural country and globally connected world. We value diverse experiences, including with regard to educational background and justice system contact, and depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.

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