Finance Manager

The Women’s Legal Centre improves women’s lives through specialist legal representation, support and advocacy in the ACT community.

The functions of the Centre and community demand for its services have increased in recent years, allowing for the creation of a new role of a part-time Finance Manager. The role will consolidate functions and activities that are currently being undertaken by other staff and service providers, so the Centre expects there will be a period of transition that will be supported by staff and service providers.

This opportunity combines technical accounting skills, financial operations and the important purpose of the Centre. As a newly-created role, the Centre is seeking a finance professional who is excited by the opportunity to shape the Centre’s finance function, highly motivated to take ownership of improving the Centre’s financial compliance, and providing strategic advice to the CEO, the Board and its governance committees.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the compliance of the Centre’s financial position through the application of applicable Accounting Standards and the management of key financial results and balances.
  • Ensure regular controls and reconciliations of corporate general ledger accounts are complete and clearly present the substance of the balances.
  • Financial operations (treasury / banking; payments/accounts payable; payroll and payroll pay-runs; receipting/accounts receivable, taxation)
  • Manage the completion of month-end requirements ensuring subsidiary ledgers (including program financials) are successfully integrated into the general ledger.
  • Lead the preparation of the Centre’s statutory financial statements (working with external audit), and the preparation of financial information for lodgements in line with compliance requirements.
  • Lead the development of the Centre’s budget and mid-year budget update.
  • Over time, develop and refine the Centre’s documented financial policies and procedures.
  • Provide subject matter accounting and strategic advice to support delivery of finance projects.

Skills, Experience and Qualifications

  • Requires University Degree in finance accounting, or equivalent experience. Professional qualification, e.g. CPA, CA, and minimum of five years prior relevant experience highly preferred.
  • Experience with the community sector or managing grant funding arrangements highly preferred.
  • Previous experience and responsibility for making moderate to significant improvements of financial processes, controls or products to enhance the performance of a work area or organisation.
  • Understanding, knowledge and experience in accounting standards, compliance reporting requirements and financial operations.
  • Effective communication with staff, leadership teams, boards and governance committees.


Please send the responses to this description (max 2 pages), including your expected hourly rate, and current CV to recruitment@wlc.org.au.

To discuss this opportunity further, please contact Office Manager, Magda Kaczmarek on 6257 4377 or mkaczmarek@wlc.org.au.