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Director of Finance


Modesto, CA, USA

At JFS, we are professionals, volunteers, partners, and friends who all believe in one thing—we can change things and we’re going to do it as a family. As the first charitable organization in Los Angeles, founded over 160 years ago, Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles embraces and strengthens people of every race, religion, creed, and economic status.  JFS is a multi-service Agency whose goals are to feed and shelter families in need, provide the elderly with life-saving care, empower victims of abuse, treat mental illness, and offer focus, direction, and counseling to countless at-risk children and their families.

JFS staff share in our mission and work towards our goals with the highest level of responsibility, professionalism, and integrity. JFS demonstrates our commitment to our staff by offering a comprehensive benefits package and a nurturing environment.

Be part of our commitment and join our family. For more information on our philosophy and services, please tour our website.

Reporting to and working closely with the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the Director of Finance will be responsible for oversight of all finance, accounting, and reporting activities.  The Director of Finance will be involved in supporting presentations to the board finance and audit committee and will work closely with the senior leadership team.  Additionally, the Director of Finance will work closely with the CFO on supporting the development and growth of JFS’ homecare agency, JFS Care.

The Director of Finance will lead all day-to-day finance operations of a budget of over $30 million and assist in supervising a team of over 15 staff members including functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, finance, payroll, and grants administration.  The Director of Finance will ensure that JFS has the systems and procedures in place to support effective program implementation and conduct flawless audits.  Along with the CFO, the Director of Finance will work closely with the President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Executive Vice President (EVP), Senior Vice President of Programs and Services (SVPPS), and program leaders and their staffs, not only to educate them regarding finance and accounting procedures but also to explore how the finance function can support program operations.

The Director of Finance will work closely with the CFO to oversee JFS’ facilities, which include several owned properties, as well as the construction of the organization’s new headquarters in Los Angeles, which is currently underway. 

In addition, s/he will partner with the CFO, senior leadership, and the human resources (HR), information technology (IT), and facilities staff to enhance and better integrate finance, HR, IT, and facilities functions.


  • 7 years of finance and accounting experience, with extensive experience gathering, evaluating, presenting and reporting financial information to executive teams and external stakeholders
  • Experience in a complex nonprofit that has multiple programs is a plus but is not required
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, a proactive, hands-on strategic thinker and team-player
  • Minimum of a BA in a related field (finance, accounting, business); MBA and/or CPA preferred but not required
  • 5 years of increasingly responsible management experience, a portion of which includes oversight and development of staff.
  • Commitment to recruiting, mentoring, training, and retaining a diverse team; the foresight and ability to delegate accordingly
  • Keen analytical and problem-solving skills which allow for strategic data interpretation vs. simple reporting
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, board or other outside partners
  • Excellent organizational skills with a focus on attention to detail
  • An independent strategic thinker with good judgment, sensitivity and common sense
  • Technology savvy with advanced knowledge and/or the ability to rapidly learn accounting and reporting software
  • Ability and desire to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including finance and non-finance managers

Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

Finance and Accounting Leadership

  • Consistently analyze financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership and program sr. directors and management abreast of JFS’ financial status
  • Direct the creation of financial performance reports for programs, with key performance indicators to ensure high operational efficiency and effective service delivery
  • Assist JFS’ leadership in the annual budgeting and planning process; administer and review all financial plans and compare to actual results with a view to identify, explain, and correct variances as appropriate
  • In conjunction with the President & CEO, CFO, EVP, and the SVPPS, support the work of the Board through providing regular, timely and accurate information and reports
  • Continuously collaborate with program directors to assess the financial efficacy of program operations and maintain finance and administrative systems to support program operations.
  • Ensure integration of administrative and service delivery data to achieve optimal fiscal and service delivery performance, for the benefit of JFS’ clients
  • Manage and track the performance of invested assets in keeping with policies and investment guidelines
  • Manage organizational cash flow forecasting by working in partnership with the Finance staff, Resource Development leadership, the Senior Vice President of Programs and Services and program directors
  • Ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant and program budgets throughout the grant/fund period; develop financial reporting materials for government, corporate, and foundation grants.
  • Work with the Controller to oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements
  • Work with the Controller to maintain internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures
  • Work with the Controller, Manager of Contracts and Claims, and program directors to coordinate all audit activity
  • Serve as the Agency’s liaison with key personnel at funding sources and monitoring agencies, developing effective relationships
  • Provide direction and timely financial guidance and reports, where applicable, to the Director of JFS Care, developing and implementing strategies for optimal growth and development of JFS Care’s business lines

Team Leadership

  • Foster a culture that promotes teamwork and professional growth while establishing clear performance standards
  • Leverage strengths of the other finance team members, help to clarify roles and responsibilities and develop and implement training programs in order to maximize and reach optimal individual and organizational goals
  • Provide leadership in strengthening internal communications with finance staff at all levels throughout the organization; create and promote a positive and supportive work environment.
  • Other related duties as assigned


Jewish Family Service is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.


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