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Chief Financial Officer

COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS

New York, NY, USA

Background

The Coalition for the Homeless is the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women, and children. Since its inception in 1981, the Coalition has worked through litigation, public education, and direct service to ensure that clients are provided with affordable housing, sufficient food, and the chance to work for a living wage. The Coalition’s programs and advocacy give voice and hope to the most marginal populations and seek practical, humane, and cost-effective long-term solutions to end mass homelessness in New York City.

The Coalition’s direct service programs bring lifesaving support to more than 3,500 homeless men, women and children each day by providing emergency food and clothing, eviction prevention, crisis services, individual advocacy, permanent housing, job training, and special programs for homeless youth. The mobile soup kitchen delivers hot nutritious meals to 1,000 people living on the streets every single night without fail, and the Crisis Services programs help more than 10,000 people each year with a wide array of problems ranging from lost identification to impending eviction to a need for mental health services. The Coalition is the place where those who have been turned away everywhere else can come and receive compassionate and professional help.

The Coalition’s advocacy programs make them a constant frontline presence that amplifies the voices of homeless people themselves in fighting for real solutions to homelessness in City Hall and Albany. The organization has played a historic role in establishing and defending the rights of homeless men, women and children through impact litigation, research and analysis, and public education. The Coalition is also the designated independent monitor of the municipal shelter system and maintains a constant presence in shelters to assess conditions and advocate on behalf of residents. The dual focus on advocacy and direct service gives the Coalition its legitimacy as the most trusted source of information for policymakers, academics, the press, the general public, and homeless people themselves.

The Coalition has a budget of $12M and a full-time staff of 65. For more information, visit their website at www.coalitionforthehomeless.org.

Position

The Coalition for the Homeless is seeking an experienced, hardworking Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Reporting to the Executive Director and working in collaboration with the senior team, the CFO will direct and oversee all finance and accounting functions including financial forecasting, budget preparation, financial reporting, and cash management.

The CFO will establish and monitor the annual operating budget, appraise the organization’s financial position and issue reports, and oversee audit, tax, accounting, purchasing, real estate, and insurance activities for the Coalition. The CFO ensures the organization’s compliance with all relevant government agencies, banking institutions, and other external entities and oversees the management of all government contracts. The CFO designs and implements a cash management system, evaluates the need for obtaining credit or investing surpluses, and manages the Coalition’s investments and assets. S/he will manage a four person Finance team as well as the Manager of Human Resources.

The CFO must be a detail-oriented strategic leader who can manage the financial needs of the organization, be responsive to the leadership and the Board, and work closely with the auditors. S/he will have expertise in financial management and reporting, accounting, cash management, city/government contracts, and compliance. The CFO will have strong interpersonal skills, be a strong communicator both internally and externally, employ a hands-on, open door management style, and have the ability to address and solve problems as they arise. The successful candidate must be flexible, a team player, capable of collaborating with program and fundraising teams, and strongly committed to the mission of the Coalition.

Responsibilities

  • Provide oversight and leadership to all financial functions for the Coalition for the Homeless, including budgeting, cash management, contract management, audits, financial reporting, payroll, and compliance.
  • In consultation with the Executive Director and Board, plan, direct and implement fiscal policies and internal control procedures. Regularly assess these policies and practices in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Direct and coordinate the establishment and monitoring of the Coalition’s operating and capital budgets and continuously examine and refine budgeting and other financial processes.
  • Oversee all activities of the Finance Department and provide management support, leadership, and supervision to Finance staff as well as the Manager of Human Resources.
  • Ensure organizational and contract compliance with all relevant governmental agencies, banking institutions, corporate partners and other external entities.
  • Prepare timely and accurate financial management reports, including monthly, quarterly and annual finance and variance reports for all departments, weekly cash reports, and budget forecasting reports.
  • Serve as the principal contact with the Coalition’s banks and other financial institutions.
  • Together with the Executive Director, Board Treasurer and the Board Finance/Audit Committee, arrange for and assist in the development of annual and other outside audits of the agency’s finances and financial processes and the issuance of required reports to governmental and regulatory authorities.
  • Oversee preparation of City, State and Federal lobbying reports.
  • Coordinate with the Development Department on streamlining of internal processes for receiving, categorizing, booking and tracking revenue from all sources.
  • Work with Director of Operations and Technology to develop and monitor budget for all operating and capital expenses related to organization’s properties, offices, equipment, technology and other allocated expenses.
  • Oversee all compliance for the organization, including internal compliance with the organization’s by-laws and policies and corporate income tax compliance.
  • Investigate and resolve any alleged violations of ethical and legal standards, including those related to employment discrimination or corporate accounting practices.
  • Together with the Executive Director and Board Finance and Audit Committee, manage the Coalition’s investments and other assets.
  • Provide strategic financial planning, guidance, and advice to senior management and the Board on financially significant issues including capital investments, leases, and pension funds.

Qualifications

  • Passion for the Coalition’s mission and commitment to serving the homeless.
  • Experience managing finance in an executive or managerial capacity within a nonprofit.
  • Knowledge of and experience with Federal, State and/or City contracts.
  • Sufficient competence and professional stature to advise Program Directors and the Board Finance and Audit Committee on financial matters pertaining to cash-flow, budget and contract issues.
  • Experience with FundEZ or similar nonprofit accounting software and high proficiency with Excel.
  • Detail-oriented, analytical, ethical, responsible and self-motivated.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and collegially with all people connected to the Coalition.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field required; Masters in Accounting and CPA certification preferred.

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