Attached, please find job postings we have gleaned for our clients from various recruiters. Clients, if you have an interest in any of these jobs, please contact us and we will assist you in applying.

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Location:

In this role, you will be responsible for day-to-day operations at the vendor’s partner healthcare facilities located along the Gulf Coast region of Alabama to Jacksonville, FL.

Qualified candidates need a minimum of 2 years of management experience in a healthcare environment, excellent communication skills, solid leadership skills and the ability to build client relationships.

Candidates must be able to travel up to 60%.

This is a great professional opportunity that comes with an excellent salary, benefits, bonus eligibility and car allowance

This is a senior executive role that will be responsible for data analysis, reporting practices, and modeling to drive the company’s sales and marketing strategies. This person will identify trends, develop recommendations and implement strategies to enhance the company’s knowledge of the customer. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Effectively communicate sales and marketing goals across the organization and to third party agencies to ensure the efficient completion of work and that the needs of all parties are addressed.
  • Lead descriptive and predictive analysis projects from idea generation through implementation.
  • Identify and direct the creation of models, process, and technology resources that will deliver incremental value through support of marketing initiatives.
  • Identify, evaluate and prioritize delivery of data objects required for analysis.
  • Provide insightful, actionable analysis and recommendations for improving marketing programs.
  • Create a disciplined and transparent environment that exists to build trust, educate internal partners and develop marketing intelligence.
  • Establish strong working relationships with internal partners, identifying and supporting their long-term needs related to the use of analysis, modeling, segmentation, and data.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree (Preferred)

To be considered for this job, candidates may be required to have the following skills and experience:

  • Understands industry trends and the business at the level needed to proactively identify areas of business opportunities and analytical needs.
  • Fully competent in regression, segmentation, clustering, and other advanced statistical analysis techniques.
  • Strong, practical knowledge of database and direct marketing, a range of statistical and data mining tools and techniques, market research, predictive modeling and customer segmentation.
  • Proven manager of large strategic projects and cross-functional teams with a consistent track record in creating sound business strategies, exceeding performance goals, and delivering substantial business value.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an organization that has a maturing and evolving data strategy.
  • Excellent communication, writing and presentation skills.
  • Experience in managing across complex businesses.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree is preferred.
  • 10 years of experience in customer analytics with a major consumer-facing brand in the life insurance or financial services line of business; insurance experience is a plus.
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically, but willingness to “roll up your sleeves” and manage the details of project execution.
  • High energy and the ability to manage multiple initiatives simultaneously. Works well under pressure and tight deadlines.
  • Strong relationship development and negotiating skills; able to earn respect and trust among internal and external business partners and team members.

A Birmingham company is looking for an experienced Accounting Manager to help manage the corporate accounting department.  This position will report directly to the CFO and will provide exposure to a wide variety of accounting and financial areas.  The company specializes in manufacturing across the US. via its 8 locations.  It is privately held and rapidly growing.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop accurate financial information
  • Analyze and report information to management
  • Prepare accurate forecasts, projections, budgets and corporate reports
  • Ensure that corporate financial policies and procedures are followed
  • Assist in the management of information systems
  • Provide financial assistance to all branch managers as needed
  • Interact with auditors, bankers and outside counsel
  • Oversee tax and audit processes
  • Manage the fixed asset system
  • Manage 5 direct reports

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance
  • 3-5 years’ experience
  • Hands on financial reporting experience
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • CPA and public accounting experience is a plus

Perks:

  • Relaxed corporate environment
  • Great benefits
  • Room for advancement

Seeking proven Energy Management Professional to work full-time on-site as a Resource Efficiency Manager (REM) with engineering firm established specializing in energy efficiency of existing facilities.

Duties
This position performs a wide spectrum of energy engineering functions working on various energy management projects, and in support of our nationwide REM program.

The primary focus areas will be:

  • Energy / water / resource efficiency project feasibility analysis
  • Measurement & verification of savings
  • Alternative financing project facilitation
  • Supply-side cost reduction
  • Energy awareness promotion
  • O&M efficiency enhancement
  • New technology utilization, especially involving renewable energy sources
  • The REM shall work towards accomplishing these goals by:
  • Supporting facility repair and construction activities
  • Providing design review comments
  • Project management support
  • Identification of energy savings projects
  • Construction coordination and oversight
  • Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) projects
  • Utility Energy Services Contract (UESC) projects
  • Energy Conservation Investment Program (ECIP) projects

Qualifications
An active Certified Energy Manager (CEM) or shall provide evidence of CEM certification within one year of being hired as a REM.

The REM must possess one of the following:

  • 4-year engineering degree (preferably in mechanical or electrical engineering) from an accredited institution and/or Professional Engineering License with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in energy management.
  • An Environmental Science, Business or related degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of 8 years’ experience in energy management
  • A two-year technical degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of 10 years’ experience in energy management
  • A non-degreed with a minimum of 12 years’ experience in energy management.

U.S citizenship is required as well as obtaining a secret clearance.

Knowledge/Skills and Abilities

  • The ability to evaluate the accuracy of utility billings
  • The ability to determine if the installation is currently on the most beneficial rate structure/tariff
  • Effectively communicate thoughts, both in writing and verbally
  • Work independently and proactive in achieving complex technical objectives.
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with Microsoft programs such as Word, Excel, Access, Microsoft Project, PowerPoint, and energy analysis programs, such as Trane Trace, HAP, E-Quest, etc.
  • Develop and implement an energy awareness program for Federal installations or private sector facilities

A Birmingham company is looking for a COO/CTO. Someone to run the company’s services and software groups as one delivery unit. We need someone who has experience running the services/project delivery group at a software company (with a P&L focus).

Growing fast and having fun.

Specialize in solutions for Power Utilities and Telecommunications and we have a great reputation in that space.

This is a place to retire-

Big salary and great Benefits

Job Type: Full-time

USAO Northern District of Alabama

Huntsville Branch Office
Attorney
Suite 304, 400 Meridian Street
Huntsville, AL 35801
United States
16-NDAL-09

About the Office:

The United States Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Alabama serves the District by representing the interests of the United States in litigation and community affairs related to law enforcement.  The Office prosecutes violations of federal criminal law.  It also defends the United States in civil law suits and seeks to recover from instances of fraud committed against the United States and take other affirmative civil enforcement action.  The Office works with federal, state, and local law enforcement to protect and serve the district. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama covers 31 of the state’s 67 counties, and has a branch office located in Huntsville, Alabama.  Our mission is threefold: (1) to prosecute violations of federal criminal law, (2) to prosecute on behalf of or defend the United States in civil actions, and (3) to collect otherwise administratively uncollectible financial judgments on behalf of the United States. Assistant United States Attorneys in this district are charged with demonstrating exceptional competence, unquestionable integrity, and a commitment to serve the citizens of this district as they accomplish the office’s mission.   This position will be located in the Huntsville Branch Office.  Huntsville/Madison County offers a highly educated workforce, the second-largest research park in the nation, top ranked schools and beautiful mountain lakes and vistas

Other information about the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama may be found at: http://www.justice.gov/usao-ndal

This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at:   http://www.usdoj.gov/oarm/attvacancies.html.

Job Description:

The Northern District of Alabama is currently seeking one attorney for an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) opening in our Branch Office in Huntsville, Alabama.  The person selected for this position will be responsible for working with various investigative agencies in the rigorous prosecution of cybercrimes, including theft of personal data, fraud, child pornography, cyberstalking, harassment, extortion, blackmail, and planning or carrying out terrorist activities.

Qualifications:

Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least three (3) years post-J.D. experience.  Applicants are required to be a member of the Alabama Bar or willing to become a member within the first 24 months of employment.  The person selected for this position must be fully and exclusively invested in the Northern District of Alabama.

Preferred qualifications: Applicants will have a solid academic background, strong legal research and writing skills, experience with complex case investigations with a business, securities, or white collar litigation background, and five to seven years’ legal experience since law school.  Familiarity with federal computer crime laws and procedures is preferred. Team-building experience and interpersonal skills are essential.

Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication.  This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing.  In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

Salary:

Assistant United States Attorneys’ pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $51,811 to $135,519 plus locality pay where authorized.

Travel:

Occasional travel, both within and outside the District, may be required.

Application Process:

All resumes, cover letters and writing samples should be mailed to:

Human Resources

United States Attorney=s Office

1801 Fourth Avenue North

Birmingham, Alabama   35203

No telephone calls please.

Resumes must be postmarked by the closing date of this announcement, September 13, 2016.  Resumes and cover letters should include the vacancy announcement number shown at the top of this announcement (16-NDAL-09).

Application Deadline:

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Relocation Expenses:

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Number of Positions:

One (1)

Updated August 30, 2016

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:   The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing “Federal Career Opportunities” in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com [external link].  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  See list of DPOCs.

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys’ Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department’s mission and would be subject to strict security requirements.  Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans’ preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans’ preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the “point” system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

 

Oversees all areas of the Supply Chain including manufacturing, purchasing, engineering, distribution, safety, environmental and quality. Oversees activities of these functions to obtain optimum efficiency and economy of operations in order to maximize profits. Develops and manages the staff, policies, and initiatives relative to these functions. Works with the COO to develop Supply Chain strategies in support of corporate objectives. Works closely with Corporate management to implement and achieve supply chain and corporate objectives.

FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB:

  1. Develop, implement and oversee strategic business plans for all functional areas of responsibility.
  2. Develop plans and implement a new warehouse/distribution center facility.
  3. Implement “best practices” to ensure maximum efficiency & productivity throughout the facilities.
  4. Mentor and manage direct staff and oversee talent development initiatives.
  5. Evaluate and approve spending initiatives in all areas of responsibility in support of goals and objectives.
  6. Oversee development and management of budgets for all areas of responsibility.
  7. Maintain good working relationships with management of all functional areas to promote and support corporate objectives.
  8. Work with all areas to define, develop and maintain performance measures/standards.
  9. Oversee and be responsible for all process improvements, equipment maintenance and capital expenditure projects
  10. Work with Montgomery and Corporate management to maintain accurate cost of goods information.
  11. Ensure compliance with all personnel related, safety & environmental regulations

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

Education/Knowledge: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Engineering, Quality or related field.

Experience: Fifteen or more years of manufacturing experience, with at least five years in a top management capacity.

Skills: Strategic vision, leadership, coaching and communication skills. Team building, process improvement and change management skills are also important. Lean manufacturing and six sigma skills are a plus.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Government Health Plan Operations will accountable for Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, and Exchange Billing, Enrollment, Reconciliation and EDI for BPO clients.  This individual will interface directly with all departments at multiple levels within Delivery and directly with our clients.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Lead operational efforts between Shared Services, Call Center, Command Center, IT Implementation and the client
  • Ensure all policies, procedures and workflow are documented by government line of business and client
  • Manage inventories by line of business and client and ensure timeliness metrics are met
  • Implement and adhere to all applicable rules, regulations and reporting requirements
  • Work closely with the Product Development organization to CTO ensure all necessary client data is properly managed through the EDI process
  • Work closely with the Finance department to ensure an accurate budget and forecast
  • Lead government billing operations
  • Must work cross functionally with compliance and legal
  • Must be able to develop comprehensive CAPs/RCAs

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree 7 to 10 years of experience in running government operations
  • 5+ years ofadministrative/management experience in health plan operations, must have Medicare Advantage and Medicaid health plan experience
  • Experienced in enrollment, eligibility and reconciliation processes and electronic data interchange (EDI) requirements, and reporting
  • Self-starter, proactive, who works quickly and accurately and will prioritize and meet deadlines effectively
  • Strong interpersonal, decision-making, financial and technical skills; must be able to introduce new ideas, processes, and tools to improve company performance
  • Strong leadership, analytical, project planning and coordination skills
  • High energy; demonstrates an ability to function in a creative, entrepreneurial environment and think outside the box
  • Superior verbal, written and telephone communication skills
  • Superior organization and multi-tasking skills; detail-oriented

National nonprofit is seeking a Chief Operating Officer to lead its National Headquarters located in Montgomery, Alabama. The COO develops the overall business strategy to implement the general direction received from the Board of Governors and the Chief Executive Officer to meet the needs of varied customers, volunteer members, the communities we serve, and our employees always while operating within the legal requirements. Builds a senior executive team and leads by example to develop and maintain a positive company culture. Allocates capital judiciously against competing corporate priorities. The Chief Operating Officer administratively reports to the Board of Governors, but is under the operational direction of the Chief Executive Officer.

Functions: Collaborates with the executive management team to develop and implement plans for the operational infrastructure of systems, processes and personnel to achieve organization’s objectives.

Carefully considers the competing major expenditures and appropriately manages organization’s capital. Develops and coordinates on annual budgets that fund projects which best support the corporate strategy.

Leads, motivates and mentors the management team to foster a success-oriented, accountable environment within the company.

Communicates in an effective manner with all levels of the organization to ensure every employee knows and shares organization’s vision and strategy.

Conveys organization’s values through actions and words.

The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for the supervision, and effectiveness of the National Headquarters staff.

Applies EEO concepts and requirements to meet Corporate-level obligations and maintains appropriate work environment to ensure fair and impartial treatment of employees. Supports the corporate “Open Door” policy to receive and resolve employee concerns.

Represents organization to our customers and community leaders.

Acts as Executive Secretary to the Board of Governors and represents the Board of Governors at National Headquarters.

Acts as advisor to the organization Senior Advisory Group and the organization Command Council.

Attendance is an Essential Job Function in this position. Incumbent must attend work regularly, manage frequent interruptions, and work irregular hours as necessary to meet work deadlines.

Qualifications:

More than 10 years’ experience in various management/leadership roles in a variety of business disciplines. Comprehensive understanding of business finance principles in both profit and nonprofit environments coupled with proven financial analysis and forecasting experience. Grants Administrator certification required. Previous experience managing Cooperative Agreements strongly desired.

Masters’ degree in a business/military related discipline from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education is required.

Demonstrated leadership experience achieving quantifiable results by motivating others while serving in an operational or program management role at an organization employing at least 100 team members.

Exceptional communication (written/verbal/interpersonal) and time management skills.

Position requires that a personnel security investigation be adjudicated for security eligibility. Applicant must possess or have the ability to possess a Secret security clearance.

Private Pilot’s license issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, or equivalent military pilot rating, with at least 1,000 hours of total flight time is required. A commercial pilot’s certificate with instrument, single engine land rating is preferred. Extensive knowledge of the challenges impacting operations in the General Aviation environment is a plus.

Previous experience in managing each of organization’s operational missions is strongly desired.

Senior-level military experience is a plus.

Position regularly requires long hours and frequent weekend work.

Position requires extensive travel including frequent overnight and occasional international travel.

Salary: $130,000
Position is eligible for annual bonus based on performance. The organization is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the belief that each individual is entitled to equal employment opportunity.

A local company is searching for a Director of Financial Planning and Analysis to fill an immediate full time need in Birmingham, AL.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Work with accounting resources and analytics to provide efficient, timely, and accurate accounting services and financial reporting
  • Oversee annual budgeting and planning, and quarterly forecasting process
  • Oversee cost and general accountants, credit, financial analysis, plant expenses and cash management

We are currently speaking with candidates who have:

  • Manufacturing experience required
  • 5+ years reporting and analysis experience required
  • Strong Excel skills
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance

Role and Responsibilities
The ideal candidate would be part of the leadership team and offered tremendous visibility and growth under the general direction of the CEO. The COO will direct and coordinate the operations of the credit union by managing branch operations for 6 locations, call center, consumer lending department, indirect lending department, resolutions department, marketing department and facilities maintenance. Ensure quality member service is delivered through all channels. Works closely with the Compliance Officer to ensure the organization is in compliance with regulations pertaining to operational and deposit related activities. This person will play an integral role participate in development and implementation of strategic plan, coordinate new product development and guide marketing campaigns.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversees and monitor branch operations, consumer lending department, indirect department, resolutions department, marketing department and facilities through branch and department management to ensure they meet organization goals and objectives. Monitor product delivery and takes action to resolve problems
  • Oversees and monitors Member Services delivery in branches, call center, consumer and indirect lending departments, and resolution department. Direct Business Development as relates to each respective department/branch.
  • Woks with department management to develops and implement, upon board approval, products and services, marketing campaigns, facilities enhancements, policies and procedures.
  • Participates in establishment of annual operational budget and monitors performance of budget.
  • Coordinates with the Compliance Department to ensure the Credit Union is in compliance with regulations affecting each department under COO Supervision
  • Coordinate and assist to develop and implement training programs for each position that is a direct or indirect report.

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s Degree and Five to Ten years’ experience of similar or related experience. The candidate will be able develop plans to meet goals, promote the sales culture and business development of the credit union. The candidate must have experience in consumer and business lending.

The responsibilities of this position require that the Chief Operations Officer have exceptional foresight and objectivity.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $98,169.99 /year

Required Education: Bachelor’s degree

Required Experience:

  • Chief Operation Officer: 5 years
  • Lending: 5 years

This role will provide fraud modeling and analytical supports for consumer banking. The Lead Fraud Risk Analyst will be responsible for using a wide variety of statistical modeling, algorithms and techniques, e.g., pattern recognition, data clustering, predictive modeling, Text mining etc. to design fraud prevention solutions

 

Manages the relationship with business partners and external vendors for model design, development, implementation, validation and model governance requirements

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of existing models in use and recommend optimization within fraud prevention rules
  • Build predictive models with advanced machine learning algorithms such as Neural Networks, Decision Trees, Clustering, Text mining, etc.
  • Creating and maintaining model documentation as appropriate
  • Manage model risk management process on existing model inventory, including model overseeing validation, response to questions and assisting in development of action plans to address model deficiencies

REQUIRED

  • M.S. in Statistics, Computer Science, Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or other quantitative fields.
  • Experience managing and manipulating large relational data sources
  • 2+ years of modeling experience in financial industry
  • Proven data-mining and machine learning experience is required. Familiarity with different machine learning algorithms (Linear and Logistic Regression, Clustering Techniques, Neural Network, Decision Trees, etc.).
  • Advanced knowledge in at least one of the following software: SQL, SAS, R, Python
  • Two years of relevant fraud management experience with exposure to different verticals (payment card fraud, check fraud, ach/wire, loans, etc.)
  • Familiarity with wide array of fraud vendors, tools, applications and solutions (FICO, VISA, TSYS Falcon, Lynx, VRM, CardGuard, Determinator, EWS, Detica, etc.)
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with all levels of internal and external contacts.
  • Proven ability to work autonomously with minimal oversight to move projects forward

PREFERRED 

  • Ph.D. in a quantitative field
  • 5+ Years’ Experience in Financial Services
  • 2+ years consumer banking fraud experience
  • 1+ year managerial experience
  • Spanish/English bilingual

Global Leader in the Development and Manufacture of Automotive Interior Components**Is Seeking CFO / Commercial Director for its Plant in Alabama

The Company:  Our client is an independent, privately owned company, headquartered in Germany.  The fast growing company employs about 4500 people at 13 production plants on 3 continents. Sales will exceed 400 million Euros.

The Position:  A dynamic and seasoned CFO is needed to lead the company’s plans for growth at its plant with 600 employees. Reporting to the General Manager and with dotted line to HQs in Germany, you are in charge of the commercial departments at the production site and will be assisted by a team of 15 people. You will be responsible for Finance, Controlling / Managerial Accounting, Treasury, HR, IT and Reporting, according to corporate guidelines.

Key Responsibilities

  • Strategic and operational planning
  • Annual operations budget
  • Financial analysis, reporting and control
  • Financial statement analysis
  • P&L forecast
  • Project management
  • Corporate process improvement projects
  • Cash management
  • Capital expenditures
  • Cash flow forecasting
  • Business process re-engineering
  • Policy and procedure documentation
  • Leadership in developing and implementing policies and procedures for EDP and computer systems operations

The Qualifications and Requirements

  • a degree in finance, accounting or business administration
  • at least 10 years of finance experience in roles of increasing responsibility
  • at least 5 years’ experience with manufacturing automotive supply
  • familiarity with US GAAP, German GAAP and IFRS
  • experience in implementing SAP would be helpful as would ability to comply with all TS16949 policies and procedures
  • strong analytical, conceptual, planning and strategic abilities
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • experience in streamlining processes and procedures
  • ability to identify, recruit, motivate, coach and develop your team
  • ability to present your reports and recommendations in a transparent, concise and timely manner
  • German language capability would be a plus

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) works closely with the board of directors, chief executive officer, and senior management team to develop and implement council financial strategies. The CFO provides overall financial leadership and direction to the council and is also responsible for providing effective stewardship, control, and oversight of the corporation’s finances. This individual functions as a member of the management team and collaborates on a variety of council matters.

The CFO leads the accounting function and financial statement preparation in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, industry practices, and tax-exempt regulations. The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for the effective utilization and conservation of the organization’s resources.

The CFO manages the staff and activities of finance, to ensure that financial operations function efficiently and effectively. The CFO supports the department managers in the development of the organization’s budget and administers and monitors operating plans and budgets. She/He contributes to overall policy development of the council.

The CFO manages the accounts and all financial records, and prepares and issues the financial statements and reports. The CFO is responsible for providing financial forecasting for council activities and initiatives. She/he is responsible for analyzing and generating financial reports and interpreting them to the Board of Directors, Finance Committee and funding sources.

The CFO administers all aspects of the human resource function, including payroll, employee benefits, reporting and compliance.

The CFO manages the council insurance policies and bonds to ensure continuous and adequate coverage for protection of the council’s assets.

The CFO is responsible for all areas of the council related to finance, audits, HR, insurance, and risk management functions.

Major Accountabilities:

  • Advises the CEO and board of directors on all matters pertaining to finance policy to help ensure that financial strategies, decisions, and functions effectively facilitate achievement of council goals.
  • Oversees all financial reporting activities, providing the CEO and board of directors with accurate, up-to-date information on the financial activities of the council.
  • In conjunction with the department managers and the CEO, prepares the general operating budget for presentation to the board of directors and monitors performance of the approved budget. Routinely prepares status reports and informs managers of budget status to protect assets and contribute to prudent management decision-making. Additionally, the CFO maintains similar responsibility with respect to special funds arising from gifts, grants, and bequests and appropriation allocations.
  • Has familiarity with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) and ensures the day-to-day administration and control of the accounting and treasury functions to safeguard the council’s assets and to ensure financial transactions are processed accurately, timely, and are recorded in keeping with accepted accounting standards and principles.
  • Contributes to overall council effectiveness by providing critical staff support to task forces established by the board of directors and by participating, as directed, as a primary team member of the finance committee and management team of the council.
  • Works closely with the CEO to maximize operations and values for all council owned and leased properties to ensure that acquisition and disposition of fixed assets, construction of, improvements and maintenance to properties are managed in the most cost-effective manner.
  • Oversees financial and operation audits, identifying opportunities for improved efficiencies and supervises or implements improvements to internal control and/or operating procedures.
  • Manages the effective development and retention of qualified and motivated finance department staff members and ensures that they are organized and deployed appropriately to achieve successful operating results.
  • Analyzes data and assists CEO in development of annual goals and objectives for financial operations, including product sales and council shop activities.
  • Manages human resource duties, including facilitating hiring process, new employee orientation, payroll processing, maintaining employee benefits, facilitating worker’s compensation insurance audit, maintaining personnel filing system, and assuring compliance with federal, state and local laws and reporting.
  • Develops and maintains grant recordkeeping system and create billing for reimbursable grants.
  • Facilitates renewal and maintains records for all council insurance policies and bonds for the protection of council assets.
  • Provides regular financial forecasting and financial projections.
  • Assists with implementation of all council goals and other duties, as assigned.

Collaborates with:

  • CEO
  • Director of Membership, Volunteer Services, and Programs
  • Director of Product Sales
  • Advancement Director

Position Requirements:

  • BA/BS degree in Accounting or related field of work and at least 5 years of experience in corporate financial management; CPA license preferred
  • Become a registered member of the Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Knowledge of fund accounting
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to analyze situations accurately and to adopt an effective course of action
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective interdepartmental relationships
  • Ability and desire to work with persons of diverse backgrounds to include age, race, creed, socio-economic, cultural or disabilities
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to be bonded
  • Must possess valid driver’s license, insurance, and available vehicle for work at all times
  • Able to travel throughout the jurisdiction and willingness to work evenings and weekends
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and other software relevant to position
  • Ability to handle several tasks concurrently with minimal supervision
  • Must be a team player with a positive attitude and professional appearance

Employee Role in Volunteer and Girl Efforts: 
Each employee’s actions and behaviors is a role model. All interactions with constituents, including colleagues, should reflect the mission and values of the Girl Scouts of the USA, and Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama.

Employee Role in Development Efforts: 
Each employee is expected to take an active role in development by being alert to opportunities to identify potential donors and providing contact information to the Director of Advancement. On occasion, employees may be asked to participate in site visits and/or follow up calls with the contacts.

Employee Role in Pluralism Efforts: 
Each employee is responsible for promoting and contributing toward GSSA’s goal of institutionalizing pluralism by initiating and participating in activities and functions that enhance organizational diversity.

Employee Role in Affirmative Action Efforts: 
Each employee is responsible for contributing toward GSSA’s affirmative action plan by ensuring and promoting nondiscrimination in every aspect of Girl Scouting.

Physical Requirements:

  • Walking, standing, bending, stooping, reaching and moderate lifting (less than 30 pounds)
  • Occasional exposure to seasonal weather conditions.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Type: Full-time

Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s

Required Experience:

  • Corporate Financial Management: 5 years

Required License or Certification:

  • CPA

The Regional Supply Chain Director will ensure efficient and dimensioned operations in local supply chain activities including: end to end network optimization, physical logistics, planning/scheduling, materials management, and flow, in order to meet expected customer service while meeting or exceeding inventory and logistics cost targets. Provides leadership by promoting team concepts, coaching, counseling, retaining, mentoring, training, talent management, and individual development. Drives a culture of accountability and results through strategy deployment and effective performance management. Develop and manage the direction and daily activities of the region’s materials and services with the focus on people, organization, process, and information technology. This includes the S&OP process to support the manufacturing/processing cycle and ensuring timely flow of product. Responsible for embracing and driving lean enterprise systems throughout the region’s supply chain. Position will manage the complete material control process including materials management and flow, production/inventory control, and transportation logistics. Will interact with all levels of regional management including Operations, Sales, Engineering, Quality, Marketing, and Finance. Responsible to network best practices with other Regional Supply Chain Directors.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Responsible for daily service levels and root cause analysis for service misses.  Responsible for total logistics cost and network optimization, including raw material delivery.  Responsible for full shop floor integration between materials, scheduling, and logistics.  Responsible for facilitation of the Regional S&OP Process and linkage with corporate process. Provide S&OP direction to all plants in his or her region after optimization with other regions when necessary.  Contribute to the successful execution of al and external customer service through rigorous execution of logistics, planning, and/or procurement.  Size all al and outsourced means appropriately; contribute to budget design and (seek opportunities to outperform budget) manage within budget.  Collaborate with Engineering, Strategic Sourcing, Sales, Marketing, and New Product Development teams and communicate required specifications to execute new product line launches.  Review supplier lead times and monitor safety stock programs to meet specified inventory targets for proper inventory management.  Accountable for managing the region’s overall strategic production planning practices taking into consideration short term/long term production requirements and integrating materials availability.  Responsible for managing the regions’ operational inventory to ensure adequate stocking levels for immediate production items and forecasting for future requirements. Will establish and implement standard/automated delivery procedures for just in time supplier stocking items.  Manage the region’s transportation logistics to ensure distribution of products direct to customers, or through distribution centers/warehouses are completed with optimum service at the most efficient cost.  The leadership of material life cycle management and obsolescence.  Establishes plans to meet corporate goals around material obsolescence.  Foster a safety culture and the implementation of safety policies and training in compliance with the company safety program and OSHA regulations to eliminate work related injuries

The ideal candidate possesses the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred in engineering or supply chain
  • Minimum 10 years relevant Supply Chain Management experience in manufacturing, logistics, or planning/scheduling
  • Experience managing S&OP
  • Experience lean continuous improvement techniques
  • Designations and verification of CPM, CPIM, or CPSM preferred
  • Capability (ideally demonstrated) to manage operational team
  • Demonstrated capability to deal with various Supply Chain topics and high workload
  • Participated effectively in complex supply chain projects, able to work cross-functionally, contributed to improving processes and performance, good oral and written communication
  • Customer and quality focused
  • Readily adapts to change and motivates team to take responsibility for adapting to and executing change
  • Strong analytical and technical ability to problem solve
  • Planned and organized decision making makes empowered decision within their area with the best interest of the company in mind
  • Advises, assists, mentors, and provides feedback to others to encourage and inspire the development of work-related competencies and long-term career growth
  • Up to 50% travel

Company

Leading provider of highly-targeted, customized direct marketing solutions for rural and suburban markets. The Company offers digital products, services and solutions that are complementary to its shared mail and other print products. The company currently reaches 22+ million households each month with its products and services over 500 markets, primarily in the Southeast and Midwest.

Role Description

This highly-visible role will report to the COO/CFO. S/he will serve as the company’s information technology expert and work in close partnership with the Executive Team to lead and manage all strategic and execution aspects of the company’s business information technology needs.  S/he will be responsible for the application development, QA, database administration, network operations, data security and support desk functions and will lead and manage the information technology group of approximately 22 people.  The incumbent will work with the management team to drive technology solutions where appropriate to enhance operational and sales effectiveness and efficiency. Additionally, s/he will leverage the extensive operational data residing in the company’s internally developed ERP system to drive business insights and operational performance across the organization.

Key Responsibilities and Deliverables

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the information technology function to ensure the highest possible level of support to the business.
  • Assess the ‘as is’ state of the information technology systems across the full array of software, hardware, web presence and communication networks.
  • Based on the company’s strategic direction and user community needs, frame a strategic direction for the IT function in support of the organization.
  • Develop a comprehensive plan for optimizing the blend of internally-provided and outsourced IT services. Where appropriate, solicit and evaluate proposals from outsource and contract resources, evaluate the economics and service level commitment issues and recommend changes to the COO/CFO.
  • Build a solution and change oriented culture through positive leadership and a collaborative style.
  • Partner with the COO/CFO to leverage and extend the BI platform to further develop and enhance financial and operational information to better manage the business.

Growing non-profit, rural hospital company is seeking an experienced healthcare executive. This facility has recently added a family practice clinic as well as a radiation oncology center. Continued growth of services is a key responsibility for this position.

Principal Job Duties & Accountabilities:

  • Develop, manage and execute – hospital mission, strategy and vision; and hospital governance.
  • Oversee and deliver hospital financial and operational performance.
  • Build and manage hospital culture and team effectiveness.
  • Board administration & support. Community, industry and public relations.
  • Plan and execute growth activities; e.g. practice growth.

Direct Reports.

  • Director of Nursing; CFO; Quality/Risk/Performance Improvement; Human Resources; etc.

Qualifications: needed experience, knowledge, skills and education.

  • 10 – 15 years’ industry experience. Prefer min of 5 years’ experience in senior executive hospital role.
  • Bachelor degree in business or hospital administration. Desire MBA with emphasis in hospital administration.
  • Contracts and negotiation experience.

Benefits: We offer a complete benefit package, covering health & welfare, retirement, and relocation support.

INTRODUCTION:  Seeking qualified applicants for the position of Human Resources Specialist. The person selected for this position will perform a wide variety of human resources activities, including planning and developing personnel policies and procedures.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES • Formulate, implement, and administer the full range of human resources policies, procedures, and standards for multiple units with varying needs and priorities. Review, research, analyze, develop, and recommend human resources policies for the units supported. • Ensure adherence to the Guide to Policy and Human Resources Manual regarding human resources practices and separation of duties. Develop, monitor, and update internal controls policies and procedures for multiple units. • Research, review, and analyze data and information on employment practices, staffing, and other statistical data. Develop and analyze a variety of reports based on historical and current data and hiring trends and make recommendations to court unit executives. • Assist with developing and reviewing recurring staffing plans for multiple units with varying needs and priorities. Perform analyses using various personnel scenarios for each unit and conduct modeling based on those scenarios. Make recommendations to each unit’s management regarding staffing and budgetary impact. Provide advice on organizational structures and classification standards and guide management on staffing and other human resources related proposed changes. Conduct job analyses and make appropriate recommendations to court unit executives. • Coordinate with managers and unit executives for each unit on the assessment and evaluation of staff performance throughout the year and maintain a tracking system for employee evaluations and step increases. Assist unit executives in the development of performance management plans, compensation strategies. Administer performance management systems, including assisting in the development of performance standards and rating criteria. • Advise unit executives, managers, staff, and employees on human resources matters, procedures, and practices. Provide advice on employee relations, disciplinary actions, performance management, staffing and cost projections, benefits, and related issues. Participate in management meetings for each unit as necessary. • Advise unit executives, judges, and managers, on leave administration and tracking matters to ensure adherence to leave policies and procedures. • Prepare and conduct training in HR related areas such as benefits, performance management, etc. Manage, coordinate, and conduct developmental training for employees. • Develop and maintain fair employment policies and practices. Coordinate procedures of the Employee Dispute Resolution (EDR) Plan and serve as EDR Coordinator for each court unit, as directed. Maintain and compile accurate data on these programs and prepare year-end reports. Assist with grievance and adverse action procedures. • Perform duties related to benefits administration, recruitment, classification, staffing budget, payroll, workers’ compensation, personnel action processing, records maintenance, etc., for multiple units and chambers with varying needs and priorities. • Maintain local personnel files, including payroll, leave records, and other accountability documents for audit purposes. • Administer and utilize automated systems for human resources activities including leave tracking, personnel projections, HRMIS, electronic records management, performance management, etc. • Develop and maintain all recruitment related records, including position announcements, interview information and applicant demographic statistics, and recruitment files. • Coordinate and conduct new-hire orientation for new employees, to include a review of payroll information, personnel policies and procedures, and benefit options. • Serve as the official timekeeper for the respective units. This includes monitoring and processing employees’ time and attendance related records and ensuring that transactions and records adhere to appropriate rules and regulations. Monitor and assess functionality of a locally developed leave system. • Manage background check and fingerprinting program by verifying applicant employment, checking references, taking employee fingerprints, completing and filing necessary forms, tracking and reporting results, and developing and maintaining record keeping systems.

QUALIFICATIONS: The incumbent must possess at least three (3) years of general experience and the following specialized experience.  Progressively responsible experience that provides evidence that the applicant has a good understanding of the methods and administrative machinery for accomplishing the work of an organization; the ability to analyze problems and assess the practical implications of alternate solutions; the ability to communicate with others, orally and in writing; and the capacity to employ the knowledge, skills and abilities in the resolution of problems; and progressively responsible experience in at least one but preferably two or more functional areas of human resources management and administration (classification, staffing, training, employee relations, etc.) that provides knowledge of the rules, regulations, terminology, etc. of the area of human resources administration.

REQUIRED CLEARANCES: Successful applicants will be required to submit to a background clearance which includes fingerprinting.

INCENTIVES/BENEFITS: Benefits include 13 – 26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 10 paid holidays per year, immediate matching Thrift Savings Plan, pre-tax programs (health, and dependent care), and insurance plans (i.e., health, life, disability, and long-term care).

We are currently seeking a Major Gift Officer to work in our Birmingham, AL office.

This position will work 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, and some weekends and evenings will be required during times of business need. Travel will also be involved up to 50% of the time in the state of AL.

The Major Gift Officer Identifies, engages, cultivates, solicits, and stewards current and prospective donors in expanding their financial support of our work. Responsible for meeting an annual revenue target by working with an assigned portfolio of donors and prospects to advance the mission of the organization and assist donors in creating meaning in their lives through giving.

You will be expected to meet annual revenue targets by identifying, engaging, cultivating, and ultimately soliciting major gifts from regional donors, thereby advancing the organizational mission and creating meaningful impact in the lives of both donors and beneficiaries of that mission.

Ideal candidates will have at minimum: Bachelor’s degree, and a minimum 2 years of major gifts leadership experience. Corporate and/or Business-to-Business sales leadership experience may be substituted for fundraising experience. Significant expertise with the area’s funding community highly desirable. Progressive experience in successful development programs and knowledge of “best practices” in development.

Some Responsibilities:

Develops and executes ongoing strategy for qualifying suspects and moving them to prospect status using tools such as small cultivation events, research and community networking, with a goal of 30% of the portfolio having been identified by the MGO. Works collaboratively with other departments and partners with development staff at the National Office to create customized solicitation strategies matching the objectives of the organization and interests of the donor/prospect.

Fundraising Targets and Portfolio Management: Manages a portfolio of donors and prospects. Responsible for minimum annual fundraising goal ($350,000 for the current fiscal year) as specified in performance standards, including both renewable gifts and new incremental revenue. Personally solicits assigned donor portfolio, including preparation of personalized materials when needed. Revenue target may increase due to major domestic disasters.

Prospect Development: Works with community Board members and other leadership volunteers to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward appropriate donors. Identifies potential planned giving prospects among assigned donors and partners with Region’s assigned Gift Planning Officer to solicit those prospects. Implements programs/activities to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors at the $2,500 level or higher, with an emphasis on maximizing revenue. Updates donor records in region and/or district database and Salesforce.com following donor contacts.

This position will be foundation focused – The MGO will research, apply, and complete the applications for all foundations in the state of AL.

Generating high revenue return on foundations

Relationship building

Fund Raising and meeting target goals

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • MBA and/or Certified Public Accounting (CPA) license.
  • Supervisory or lead experience at a progressively responsible level.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or closely related field of study.
  • Minimum of 3 years related accounting or financial experience.

OTHER KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • A thorough knowledge and understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Sarbanes-Oxley 404, and compliance requirements of other financial statutes.
  • The ability to professionally interact and communicate with the region, area and division leadership team as well as staff and customers to accomplish goals in an effective manner.
  • Must be able to demonstrate initiative to thoughtfully research and follow up on non-standard situations to ensure compliance with company policies and procedures.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to complete projects and assignments with minimal direction.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work in high-volume, fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently within a team environment.
  • Experience with Lawson accounting software.
  • Advanced skill level with Excel.

MUST-HAVES

Handled multiple Accounting Activities (Billing, AR, Credit lines, etc.

  • Multi-Dimensional and have the ability to support multiple depts.
  • Able to interpret policy and procedures and improve upon them.

The Human Resources Generalist provides administrative and project support to the Corporate Human Resources team. The incumbent is a key member of the HR team and will handle a variety of assignments and administrative functions of the HR department and will be involved in the development of HR department initiatives that support the company’s overall performance.

Essential Functions: 

  • Assist with foreign candidates and external immigration counsel in preparing appropriate immigration cases and documents.
  • Assist in immigration process with foreign candidates with regard to immigration activity, including postings and required file maintenance.
  • Keep abreast of government, regulatory and/or other pertinent standards, requirements or information regarding employment of individuals on work visas and employment authorizations.
  • Assist in the preparation of presentations, reports, and memos utilizing full knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Assists with the recruitment process including posting jobs to appropriate job boards.

Travel: 
Minimal travel on as needed basis to sites across the United States.

Required Education and Experience: 

  1. Bachelor’s Degree required preferably in Human Resources or related field.
  2. Minimum 3 years’ progressive experience in human resources discipline, preferably in a manufacturing organization.
  3. PHR or SPHR preferred

The Human Resources Generalist provides administrative and project support to the Corporate Human Resources team. The incumbent is a key member of the HR team and will handle a variety of assignments and administrative functions of the HR department and will be involved in the development of HR department initiatives that support the company’s overall performance.

Essential Functions: 

  • Assist with foreign candidates and external immigration counsel in preparing appropriate immigration cases and documents.
  • Assist in immigration process with foreign candidates with regard to immigration activity, including postings and required file maintenance.
  • Keep abreast of government, regulatory and/or other pertinent standards, requirements or information regarding employment of individuals on work visas and employment authorizations.
  • Conduct new hire orientation
  • Develop annual HR audit schedules
  • Assist with EEO-1 and VETS 4212 data collection and input into Federal government website
  • Assist in liaison capacity to 3rd party vendors associated with candidates post offer requirements
  • Assist with administration of FMLA, and return to work procedures
  • Assist human resources team members with projects and regular workloads, when needed, to ensure tasks are completed in the required time frame.
  • Assist in the preparation of presentations, reports, and memos utilizing full knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Assists with the recruitment process including posting jobs to appropriate job boards, providing input on the creation and maintenance of job descriptions, preparing effective interview questions, coordinating pre-employment activities (i.e. reference checks, background checks, post offer physicals, etc.), participating in interviews, and candidate selection process.
  • Create/edit job requisitions and post to ATS and other recruiting sites
  • Maintain HR SharePoint sites by updating and/or removing expired data
  • Maintain employee active files and ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to I-9 maintenance
  • Responsible for ensuring new hire paperwork required to place employees on payroll and create HR file is completed and processed.
  • Process I-9’s via E-Verify and enter information in Alabama New Hire database
  • Process background checks and drug screens/physicals for new hires
  • Capture minutes/notes in meetings and post to HR SharePoint site
  • Update and maintain Corporate organizational charts
  • Provide written and verbal employment verifications
  • Establish call-in numbers for Cisco WebEx and administers HR Bi-weekly and Community calls
  • Schedule conference rooms for HR meetings
  • Ensure new hire on-boarding materials are current
  • Maintain new hire documentation storage unit
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

    ravel: 

    Minimal travel on as needed basis to sites across the United States.

    Job Requirements 

    Required Education and Experience: 

    1. Bachelor’s Degree required preferably in Human Resources or related field.

    2. Minimum 3 years’ progressive experience in human resources discipline, preferably in a manufacturing organization.

    3. PHR or SPHR preferred

    3. Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.

    5. Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships.

    6. Proficient in use of Microsoft products, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

    7. Attention to detail

    8. Commitment to confidentiality

    9. Ability to maintain and organize records and documentation

    10. Good verbal and written communication skills

    11. Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to communicate with all levels of the organization.

    Personal Characteristics: 

    High energy level, and flexible

    Strong administrative skills

    Resourceful and organized

    Highly “customer centric” personality while maintaining confidentiality and professionalism

    McWane is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all employment practices. McWane will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran or service member status, marital status, citizenship status or any other category protected by federal, state or local law. 

    McWane is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all employment practices. McWane will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran or service member status, marital status, citizenship status (In IL – sex, including same sex, ancestry, order of protection status, physical or mental disability, military status, pregnancy, unfavorable discharge status, genetic information), (In IA – gender identity), (In CA – gender identity or expression, and genetic information) or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.