Story #57 Lijo Varghese

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Lijo Varghese, Director of Grants and Contracts, has worked at BronxWorks for six years, and he always has a smile on his face. In addition to a positive attitude, Lijo possesses a strong background in finance and accounting. He earned Master's degrees in Financial Management in his native India and in Australia. Lijo relocated to New York City in 2011.

After working as an accountant at a non-profit in Manhattan, Lijo started at BronxWorks in 2012. His first role at the agency was as an accountant in the Fiscal Department. Lijo managed several contracts for the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHM), ensuring that all financial requirements were met for grant reports and proposals. After three years as an accountant, Lijo then assumed the role of Audit Manager, which came naturally to him. "Because I worked as an accountant, I already knew how the reports and proposals were prepared," he said.


 

Currently, as Director of Grants and Contracts, Lijo oversees five staff members who work on financial reporting for various contracts. He also does analyses of performance-based programs, and he liaises with BronxWorks Chief Financial Officer, Connie Claman and Controller, Gilbert Domfeh. Lijo especially appreciates his current role because he loves working with numbers and enjoys troubleshooting. "I like challenges," he says. "I do my best to apply knowledge to the right place and resolve issues as they come up."

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