Coughlin & Gerhart LLP

Building Relationships on Results

Coughlin & Gerhart LLP

Director of Finance (DOF)

Start Date:

On or before 7/1/23



Reports to Title:

Executive Committee

FLSA Status:


General Statement of Duties:

Responsible for preparation of financial statements, projections, budgets, and other reports. Manages the accounting department and oversees all aspects of the firm’s financial transactions, payroll, time and billing, collections and trust accounting and reporting. Works with outside accountants to prepare year-end tax returns and reports. Responsible for design and review of management reports, internal control systems, accounting policies and procedures, attorney performance and accountability measures. Maintains bank relationships and arranges debt financing. Reports to executive committee.

The role will require frequent interaction with key stakeholders in the firm (partners, practice leaders). In order to be successful, the candidate will need to have strong communication skills and the ability to effectively identify, assess and address business issues. The candidate must also be highly organized and able to perform at high levels in a fast-paced, multi-office work environment. Critical thinking, problem solving, and flexibility are critical to this position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain overall control of the firm’s accounting records and ensure the completeness, accuracy and integrity of the financial records and underlying systems.
  • Prepare monthly income statements, balance sheets, cash flow and financial reports.
  • Oversee monthly financial and management reporting including delivery of concise and insightful variance analysis.
  • Prepare the firm’s annual tax return and related schedules.
  • Supervise the 4-person accounting department.
  • Manage and oversee the firm’s annual budget process.
  • Develop financial projections for use by management in planning and decision support efforts.
  • Actively participate in the design and implementation of the firm’s process automation and profitability reporting initiatives.
  • Oversee cash flow reporting, cash flow management and treasury operations.
  • Collaborate with, and provide support to, supporting administrative and financial functions such as payroll, practice management, financial analysis.
  • Maintain and oversee the firm’s 401(k)/profit sharing plan, including annual audits.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • B.A. degree in Accounting or demonstrated proficiency through relevant work experience. CPA desired.
  • 7-10 years of experience working in the accounting function, preferably in of a professional services business (e.g. law, accounting, engineering, etc.).
  • 1-3 years of supervisory experience.
  • Solid accounting knowledge. Experience in preparing partnership tax returns desired.
  • Strong proficiency with Excel and ability to create financial models.
  • Ability to multi-task under tight, unpredictable deadlines.
  • Strong analytical, organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to fully utilize and leverage office technology.
  • Ability to prioritize work load to meet deadlines. Highly organized with an aptitude for details.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to establish and maintain effective collaborative working relationships with leadership, attorneys, and staff.
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail and coordinate various activities simultaneously, working well under pressure.
  • Ability to interpret instructions provided in written, oral and diagram form.
  • Experience communicating with and presenting to senior management.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and act with discretion.