Job Description

Classification: Full-time employment; exempt from overtime

Reports To: CEO

Summary: The director of finance is responsible for providing strategic and tactical leadership to the firm’s shareholders; conducting financial projections; budgeting; analyzing finance data; providing systems and grant management as well as investment oversight; supervising the bookkeeper; maintaining a system of strong internal controls; and overseeing all accounting functions, including accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, financial statement preparation, and monthly client invoicing.

Essential Duties

  • Lead the firm’s finance team
  • Participate in management team, addressing issues related to budget, staff, client services, and branding
  • Draft and oversee budget implementation
  • Review financial statements and analyze financial information (e.g., revenues, expenditures, and cash management) to ensure all operations are within budget
  • Produce financial forecasts and prepare custom financial summary reports for management team
  • Serve as primary point of contact for shareholders on finance and accounting matters, project managers and staff on project-level accounting matters, and external auditors
  • Regularly brief shareholders and senior managers on the company’s financial health
  • Process biweekly payroll, assist bookkeeper with monthly project invoicing, and review all adjusting journal entries for accuracy and appropriateness on behalf of shareholders
  • Ensure accurate and timely year-end close
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local legal requirements by studying and enforcing adherence to these requirements, filing reports, and advising management on needed actions
  • Manage vendors that provide financial services to the company (banking, payroll, auditing)
  • Coordinate year-end audit with external auditors
  • Define, document, and implement the firm’s finance policies and procedures to enhance workflow and efficiency while maintaining a high level of accuracy
  • Supervise, mentor, and guide colleagues to help them meet their performance expectations, and share knowledge about areas of expertise and the company’s work

Characteristics of High Performance

  • Collaborates with staff and clients in a fast-paced office with diverse people and projects
  • Demonstrates initiative and creativity to generate ideas for research questions, work approaches, presentation of information, and issue resolution
  • Possesses strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Performs tasks and assignments in a timely and consistent manner with high accuracy and attention to detail
  • Manages workload effectively while engaged in multiple projects concurrently
  • Understands financial policy and regulation
  • Translates complex budget and finance information to individuals with diverse levels of understanding


  • A bachelor’s degree in a field related to accounting or finance; a master’s in accounting or a certified public accountant certificate is preferred
  • A minimum of five years of related accounting experience; ten years of related work experience or expertise in finance is preferred
  • Strong financial experience, including firm-wide budgeting ($5 million or more) and team budgeting ($2 million or more)
  • Experience with strategic initiatives, annual audits, and financial projections
  • Strong competency using accounting software (e.g., Intacct, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Paychex, ADP) and Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel

Work Environment

Work is primarily performed in an indoor, environmentally controlled office setting with extended periods (approximately eight hours or more a day) at a computer, on the telephone, sitting, or standing. The nature of the work has frequent interruptions, contact with the public and clients, performance of repetitive tasks, and requires strong communication skills. While the employee may be required to work beyond normal working hours, Public Sector Consultants (PSC) strives for staff to maintain a healthy work-life balance.


  • Salary commensurate with education and experience
  • Eligibility for annual company bonus
  • Competitive medical, dental, life, and disability insurance plans
  • Company 401(k) contribution
  • Paid sick and vacation leave granted upon start date
  • Eleven paid holidays per year
  • YMCA membership
  • Parking pass for downtown Lansing or Smart Commute incentive

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About PSC

Public Sector Consultants is an objective, nonpartisan research and consulting firm. Our services have been used to advance innovative solutions to all kinds of difficult public policy challenges in Michigan and beyond. Offering a full suite of services in research, implementation, facilitation, and evaluation, PSC has helped hundreds of local, state, and federal government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private businesses. Since our founding in 1979, PSC has built a reputation as the consulting firm of choice for anyone working to better people’s lives.

Why Join Our Team?

PSCers take great pride in the fact that we write well, think clearly, and can speak articulately (albeit sometimes a little too long) about all kinds of topics. We are scholars and athletes, number crunchers and poets, big thinkers and meticulous doers, fierce introverts and charismatic extroverts. While we all share an unwavering commitment to excellence, we also celebrate—and enjoy kidding each other about—our eccentricities. PSC is that rare place where you can be true to yourself and your passions while still working collectively toward an important and common goal—making a difference for our clients and the people we serve.

At PSC, we understand that we benefit from the sum of our individual differences, self-expression, and life experiences. Our clients also benefit from having access to different perspectives and a broad range of problem-solving approaches. We encourage openness and inclusivity, and invite any dedicated and hardworking person who commits to our mission, vision, and values to explore joining our team.

Want to know more? Hear from our staff why PSC is a great place to work here.

It is the policy of Public Sector Consultants to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Employees are selected based on ability or assessed potential to meet the needs of PSC and the specific job requirements as stated in the job description. In addition, PSC will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.