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Chief Financial Officer - YOU Bachelor's Degree Job

9 months ago Accounting / Financial Services Jobs Evanston   182 views
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The Role

Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.) seeks a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to join a dynamic youth development organization. The CFO will oversee the finance & accounting function, financial compliance, office and facilities, and risk management, and will also play a lead role in strategic planning with the CEO. The CFO will report directly to the CEO as a key thought partner, collaborate with other members of the Executive Team, lead the Administration Team of six staff (three direct reports), and work closely with the Board of Directors supporting the Finance Committee.

Y.O.U. is committed to creating a diverse team environment and a leadership team that reflects the community we serve. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Finance & Accounting - 50%

  • Set and execute a financial vision that best supports the strategic plan of the organization
  • Oversee a $12M balance sheet including all cash, endowment investments, and fixed assets
  • Manage financial institution relationships
  • Oversee financial planning process and $4.5-$5M operating budget to ensure availability and sustainability of resources, and to maximize impact
  • Develop and utilize forward-looking models and activity-based financial analyses to provide insight into the organization’s operations and business plans
  • Lead a talented and dedicated finance team, which includes an Accounting Manager, Grants Accountant, and an Accounting Clerk
  • Collaborate closely with Y.O.U.’s Advancement Department to monitor fundraising progress
  • Establish and Follow financial policies and procedures and maintain appropriate internal controls
  • Provide timely, accurate, and useful financial and management reporting for federal and state funders, foundations, and Y.O.U.’s board of directors; prepare and communicate monthly and annual financial statements
  • Remain current on nonprofit GAAP accounting, reporting and control best practices, and state and federal law regarding nonprofit financial operations
  • Coordinate audits, including A-133 audit, and prepare and file tax returns
  • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial functions
  • Engage the Finance Committee to develop short, medium, and long-term financial plans and projections

Leadership, Strategy, & Risk Management - 30%

  • Serve as a strategic thought partner to the Chief Executive Officer, supporting strategic planning, organizational dashboards and reporting, data & evaluation efforts, and external relations
  • Collaborate closely with Chief Talent Officer and Chief Advancement Officer, as well as the Program Directors, on cross functional issues such as culture management, effective program design, and managing organizational change
  • Serve as a key leader and build internal relationships with staff, in order to develop an understanding of programming that enables strategic resource allocation for efficient impact and growth of financial resources to meet programmatic needs
  • Represent Y.O.U. to internal and external stakeholders including the Y.O.U. board, financial institutions, community partners, donors, grantmakers, auditors, and public officials
  • Create and manage a comprehensive risk program, identifying and mitigating risks across the organizational including insurance coverage, process changes, and policies
  • Other projects and duties as assigned to assist the CEO and broader organizational initiatives

Facilities - 20%

  • Supervise the Operations Manager to build a supportive infrastructure team
  • Manage long-term facility planning: monitor the health of the facility, the capital requirements for maintenance and the sufficiency of the facility reserve fund
  • Drive facility maintenance program including organization of vendors, protocols, and costs
  • Oversee facility policies and procedures, ensuring the safety and security of our people, information, and assets

Qualifications The CFO will be a seasoned, strategic, and innovative leader with at least eight years of finance experience, including the compiling and evaluating of financial information and making recommended actions to senior leadership. The candidate must have experience managing the financial operations for a nonprofit with multiple funding sources that include the government, and will ideally have experience in facilities management.

Required Qualifications

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree
  • Performance in a financial-management role that partnered with executive staff to develop and implement successful financial management strategies
  • Nonprofit accounting, including fund and grant accounting, compliance, and reporting
  • Understanding of the Office of Management and Budget Circular A133 audit
  • Experience and interest in strategic planning, including process design and measurement
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to explain technical finance and accounting topics to non-technical audiences such as staff and the board
  • A self-reflective and positive disposition with a focus on continuous growth and improvement for self and others
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities, proposing new ways of creating efficiencies, and guiding investment in people and systems
  • Proven effectiveness supervising and developing professionals
  • An ability to work well with others in a highly collaborative environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Registered/licensed CPA or MBA strongly preferred
  • Working understanding of government grants strongly preferred

The Organization Founded in 1971, Y.O.U. is an Evanston-based non-profit that partners with families, schools, and the community to provide academic, social, and emotional support to close the opportunity gap and prepare all youth for post-secondary and life success. Each year, Y.O.U. provides over 1,600 youth across 11 school sites with free, holistic, out-of-school support, including afterschool and summer learning programs, mental health counseling, and experiential learning through partnerships.


hThe Offer: Y.O.U. is a dynamic and energetic place to work, with a rich history as a community organization coupled with an entrepreneurial approach to solving problems. Out-of-school time programming spans grades 3 – 12, and a holistic model of program delivery includes collaboration with families, schools, and partners.

Staff members of Y.O.U. benefit from:

  • Professional learning budget for every staff, plus all-staff continuous learning training
  • Medical, Dental, & Vision Coverage
  • Pre-tax benefits including flexible spending and transit
  • 401K plan including company contribution
  • 12+ paid holidays per year, including a week-long Winter Break
  • 15 days of paid vacation and 12 days of paid sick leave annually
  • Competitive salary practices
  • Team-oriented culture supported by staff work groups to inform our values, shape our practices, and build community through social gatherings
  • Caring and flexible work environment committed to work-life balance
  • Strong commitment to building and maintaining an inclusive environment, including race and LGBTQ+ equity work

How to Apply


Please make sure to include an updated resume and cover letter. Applications will continue to be received until the position is filled. No emails or phone calls, please.

Company Description
Youth and Opportunity United (Y.O.U.)
1911 Church Street, Evanston, IL 60201