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Chief Financial Administrative Officer CFAO/CFO


Cleveland, OH, USA

Towards Employment, a mid-sized nonprofit in Cleveland, Ohio, is seeking a seasoned financial and operational leader to serve as Chief Financial & Administrative Officer. A highly qualified, mission-oriented CFAO will be a key player in helping to scale and grow the organization by strengthening our core financial operations and processes and enhancing our capacity to assess and execute on new opportunities to create impact in the community. This individual will lead a cross-functional team of administrative leaders, including Finance, IT and HR. A senior leadership role dedicated to meeting both internal and external standards, the CFAO is a member of the Leadership Team, and works closely with Department Directors, with the Board Treasurer and, along with the CEO, liaises with the Finance and Human Resources committees of the Board of Directors, and the Bloom Bakery Board of Directors.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Strategic Planning & Sustainability

· Oversee the preparation of budgets, forecasts, and performance analysis reports; review financial plans and actual results, and ask critical questions.

· Communicate the financial position of the organization to stakeholders including the Board of Directors. Develop recommendations for financial and other operational decisions.

Finance Administration

The CFAO will oversee:

· All accounts, ledgers and reporting systems to ensure compliance with appropriate GAAP standards, and regulatory requirements.

· All financial, project/program and grants accounting; all financial reporting and communication of the organization’s financial position.

Human Resources & Talent Management

Supporting the Manager, Human Resources oversee the following:

· All recruitment and staffing activities, including onboarding.

· Employee health and welfare benefit programs, including cost analysis, program offerings, alternatives, selection and communication.

· Ongoing development and training needs of the organization.

Risk Management

Guiding the direction of the organization in partnership with the leadership team:

· Develop, implement and maintain processes and procedures to manage compliance and financial, IT and HR risk.

· Maintain and regularly review appropriate insurance coverage for employees and various locations and properties utilized by TE.

Facilities Management

Lead and manage all facilities related activities, including but not limited to:

· Liaise with building management and ensure current facilities meet organizational needs

· Evaluate existing and long-term space needs that align with our strategic and service objectives;

· Lead search for space alternatives if necessary;

· Review and negotiate lease terms as needed.

Information Technology

With the Manager, Information Technology:

· Oversee IT function and ensure that the organization has appropriate hardware and software to meet its needs, both for internal staff and to meet programmatic outcomes;

· Establish service expectations, including issue resolution standards and website metrics;

· Ensure security protocols are in place and establish policies and practices reflective of the sensitivity of our data.

Education and Experience Required

We seek an intelligent, innovative, technical, results-driven, quality and efficiency focused individual who shares our passion for service to fill this role. We require:

· Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration and a minimum five years’ relevant financial and operational management experience, including experience in a complex nonprofit with multiple programs. CPA preferred.

· Track record in grants management as it relates to compliance and reporting of government, corporate and foundation grants is essential. Federal grants management experience strongly preferred.

· Proactive, hands-on strategic thinker with strong analytical skills.

EEO Statement

Towards Employment provides equal employment opportunity to employees and job applicants regardless of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law.


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