Connecting Everyone with Second Chances (CESC) is a nonprofit based in Tallahassee, Florida which creates solutions that offer help and hope and provide a path to self-sufficiency to those in poverty. CESC operates a number of programs which serve an 8-county footprint. These include the Kearney Center a 24-hour comprehensive emergency services to individuals experiencing or on-the-verge of experiencing homelessness, as well as two low-barrier housing developments, Westgate and the village of tiny homes, the Dwellings.
The organization has undergone rapid growth with all projects less than 5-years old. In the past two years, growth has included opening two new apartment buildings at Westgate (108 units) and the build out of most of the homes at the Dwellings. Due to Covid19, there is anticipation of continued redesign of services, and an expectation due to the likely economic impact of increasing food and shelter services. To keep pace with the anticipated aggressive growth, expanding access to federal funds and resulting need for detailed financial controls, CESC seeks a talented finance professional as its new Chief Financial Officer.
Private dollars have historically funded CESC. Moving forward, we seek to enlist more support from individuals, foundations, and government entities and by partnering with similar community-based organizations. The transition from one-source to multi-source funding will require planning, networking and execution skills.
The organization seeks a strategic Chief Financial Officer ("CFO") with a track record of organizing a growing organization to meet future expansion. The CFO is responsible for aligning financial reserves with setting the mission and vision of the organization and for and identifying concrete ways to engage in increasing financial reserves and cost-savings, such that CESC develops into a stable, sustainable organization with longevity.
The CFO works closely with the Executive Advisor and reports to the Finance Committee of the CESC Board of Directors. The CFO will direct his/her own internal staff and will also work in partnership with the COO to ensure that all program directors clearly understand finance protocols.
The Ideal Candidate
The CFO will work proactively to build a positive CESC culture, serve on the senior management team, and allocate capital appropriately.
The CFO will:
Serve as internal consultant to the Executive Advisor, COO, Board, and other key stakeholders on all financial matters, making recommendations and suggesting pro-active strategies to keep CESC on track;
Manage all budgets, forecasts and internal financial plans and processes;
Manage the accounting, general ledger and operations functions, ensuring that systems are in place to guarantee timeliness and accuracy;
Drive best financial practices within CESC by publicizing standard operating procedures, keeping the senior leadership team, Board and staff up-to-date on CESC's financial status and by generally serving as a point of reference for all growth plans and projects within CESC;
Explore and suggest how CESC can invest its reserves and resources;
Review short and long-term goals in light of existing and projected financial resources available;
Create data-based long- and short-term goals, budgets and forecasts;
Participate in all internal planning regarding CESC's proposed program expansion, to ensure alignment of program, outreach and training plans with financial projections;
Establish annual priorities and benchmarks and conduct regular reporting, measuring projections against actual performance;
Generate monthly, quarterly and annual reports as needed to monitor, evaluate and optimize cash-flow and liquidity;
Build relationships with banks, donors, vendors, outside consultants and others as needed to keep close to CESC's major expenditures and sources of revenue;
Utilize technology and recommend new accounting software to optimize all reporting and analytical functions;
Ensure that CESC meets critical regulatory and legal compliance benchmarks;
Provide financial records required for the external audit
Review and update cash receipt, cash disbursement, purchase order and credit card procedures to maintain adequate controls for avoidance of internal theft
Keep up with new trends in the financial industry by attending conferences, participating in professional development and sharing this information with the senior leadership team; and
Build a top-tier internal finance team.
Key Credentials and Personal Qualities
Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and/or Finance
CPA Certificate required
At least 8 years' senior financial leadership experience
More than 10 years' accounting/finance experience
Experience at integrating IT/Systems to improve accounting productivity and accuracy
Experience at working with external auditors, compliance and regulatory oversight
Commitment to results; 'can-do" mindset; outstanding problem-solving ability
Strong motivational and staff leadership abilities
Excellent analytical, communication and presentation skills
Sense of humor, integrity, personal sense of accountability
Knowledge of Excel, Quickbooks, and advanced financial software
About The Kearney Center (CESC)
Transforming lives by connecting everyone with second chances
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, our goal is to offer help and hope by creating solutions that provide a path to self-sufficiency to those in poverty. We execute this mission through a variety of projects – each with their own intention and purpose.