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Director of Finance - Diocese of Gary

The Diocese of Gary is currently seeking a Director of Finance. The Director of Finance is responsible for the administration of the fiscal functions of the diocese including financial management, financial reporting and analysis, treasury management, budgeting, forecasting, fund accounting, and managing both the internal and external audit, as well as, other temporalities such as properties and insurance. This is a hands-on leadership role that requires a financial leader who is both strategic and tactical.

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities

(The essential functions/major responsibilities listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position. Duties and responsibilities are also subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and the requirements of the job change.)

Specific Task/Duties:

  • Prepare and supervise the budget and financial plan of the diocese as well as oversee the expenditures of the diocese.
  • Manage the treasury activity, including investments, insurance, banking and pension functions.
  • Provides oversight for financial accounting and reporting for both the diocesan office and parish location in accordance with accounting principles accepted in the United States of America, especially in the application of the principles of fund accounting.
  • Prepares financial statements and analyses thereof for the Bishop, financial advisory groups and department managers as required.
  • Responsible for maintaining general ledger.
  • Supervise the provision of the accounting software to support the financial, pastoral and educational programs for the dioceses.
  • Maintain relationships with independent auditors. Prepare for and manage annual audits.
  • Serve as staff to Consulters, Program and Budget Review Committee, Finance Council and Priests’ Pension Board, Catholic Foundation for Northwest Indian, and Cemetery Board.
  • Provides financial oversight, guidance, and advice for fiscal operations of parishes, missions, and schools. This includes advising financially challenged parishes to help improve their situation.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Critical Success Factors:

  • Support, upholds, and maintains the Mission of the Diocese of Gary and Parish and serves as a role model of the church/school in a positive manner and in all business interactions within the church/school and to the outside community. Demonstrates loyalty and pride in the church/school, its employees and departments.
  • Respects and safeguards the confidentiality of information regarding parishioners, customers, co-workers and the church, and holds others accountable to the same standard.
  • As a leader within the church, projects a professional and caring demeanor in interactions with all.
  • Takes responsibility for maintaining a clean, neat and orderly environment. Uses equipment, supplies and other materials with a focused effort to stewardship and reducing waste.
  • Demonstrates an attitude of teamwork when interacting with others within or outside the church. As such, consistently displays respect for self and for others in manner (body language, dress), word (spoken language) and action (behavior).
  • Takes ownership of job responsibilities by initiating prompt and appropriate action/follow-up in all areas. Insures appropriate and timely resolutions to situations.
  • Exhibits resourcefulness and Initiative in anticipating and meeting the needs of others in a pro-active manner. Encourages and empowers subordinates to perform in the same manner.
  • Welcomes suggestions and new ideas as an opportunity to learn, grow and improve services.
  • Promotes and supports the change effort through accurate and timely communication, flexibility and acceptance.

Specific Job Skills

Incumbent needs to possess a comprehensive knowledge in the areas of general business practices, accounting and finance including fund accounting as well as a grasp of computer theory and functions and have an in-depth understanding of the basic functions and structure of the Church.

In addition, this position calls for a conceptual approach to management responsibilities and requires the person occupying the position to possess at least some creative abilities in terms of dealing with complex and sometimes difficult situations. An interactive management approach is essential to proper function of this position. This position also requires excellent written and oral communication skills, strong persuasive skills, and superior problem-solving skills.

Other required traits: proactive, collaborative, analytical, and team oriented.

Education and/or Experience

  • Demonstrated hands-on financial leadership in an applicable environment including a thorough understanding and application of fund accounting principles.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • MBA and/or CPA designation preferred.

Interested candidates are asked to contact Joe Lopykinski directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 630-598-0550.

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