Chief Financial Officer

PICO National Network
July 10, 2019
San Diego, CA
Job Type
Contact Name (not public)
Gloria Morales-Palos
4305 University Ave.,, Suite #530


Chief Financial Officer


Who We Are:
Faith in Action is the largest grassroots faith-based community organizing network in the United States. For 40 years, Faith in Action has brought people of faith together to advance racial and economic justice. Through a network of 45 faith-based organizations and 1,200 religious congregations, Faith in Action provides an opportunity for thousands of volunteer leaders to stand up and be heard on the public and corporate decisions that most directly shape their lives.
Faith in Action organizations have successfully changed public policies at the local, state and federal level that have helped families obtain affordable health coverage for themselves and their children, provide their children with a better education, protection for immigrants, reduction in private prisons, sentencing reform, increased minimum wage, earned sick time provisions, home foreclosure prevention, and secure good jobs. Through an innovative campaign infrastructure that ties together grassroots people-led organizing in more than 200 cities and towns and 20 states with large-scale efforts to change federal policy, Faith in Action is currently leading campaigns to protect healthcare, end mass-incarceration, reduce gun violence, keep immigrant families together, and build an economy where people can work with dignity and take care of those they love.
Position Overview:
In support of its organizational growth and development, Faith in Action is seeking a Chief Financial Officer who will be responsible for the internal business operations, including financial processes, budget development, planning and analysis, risk management, and systems and processes.
Reporting to the Executive Director, he or she will be a hands-on, participative, strategic and operational thought-partner working closely with the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, and the Executive Committee.  Further, the Director will serve as the principal liaison to the Board of Directors to support the growth and strategic and programmatic goals with strong financial and operational systems.
This is an outstanding opportunity for an individual with finance and operational experience and a proven track record of creative problem-solving and change management to join a growing, mission-driven organization with international activities, programs.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide leadership in the continuous evaluation and implementation of short and long-term strategic financial objectives and develop financial strategies and operations for the organization and its international programs and meetings;
  • Oversee the maintenance of and optimize an appropriate system of policies, internal controls, accounting standards, and procedures, ensuring operation within generally accepted accounting standards (GAAP) and in accordance with all federal, state/provincial and local legal, fiscal and other financial reporting requirements for the United States as well as other countries that the organization does business in;
  • In conjunction with the Executive Director, lead the budgeting process including forecasts, variance reporting, cash flow needs, and investment strategy impacts, and identifies areas requiring attention and areas of possible improvement;
  • Oversee cash, cash flow planning, investment and asset management, ensuring availability of funds as needed (including foreign currencies and appropriate cash flow planning for International programs);
  • Work directly with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to effectively develop, present financial reports (including dashboards), analysis and strategies to the leadership and management team;
  • Coordinate and lead the annual year-end financial reporting and management review/audit process; serve as principal liaison with external auditors and the Finance Committee; assess any changes necessary;
  • In close cooperation with the Director of Meetings; recommend, implement and oversee the respective financial and legal set up for the international meetings, including all financial processes, cash flow management, foreign currency management, financial/legal risk management and adherence to applicable local and international laws and regulations;
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with the Board of Director members to identify their needs and seek solutions; provide advice on the financial implications of various activities;
  • Serve as the liaison between the organization's auditor, payroll vendor, bank, legal advisors and other professional partners;
  • Participate on various internal project teams and represent the organization on committees, boards, and working groups as necessary and appropriate;
  • Provide leadership to the finance and accounting team, including managing, coaching, and development of staff;
  • Manage vital relationships with individuals such as auditors, state agencies, and industry-based experts;
  • Performs other duties and  projects as may be designated by the Executive Director.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration, or associated disciplines; MBA/CPA preferred; a minimum of seven (7) years of professional experience in managing finances and business operations with progressively increasing responsibility (including experience with contracts and grants), preferably including specific experience in the nonprofit sector;
  • Legal, audit, compliance, business planning, resource development, and strategic evaluation experience;
  • Hands-on experience in organizational effectiveness and operations management implementing best practices requiring cross-functional work;
  • Proficient with Intacct, Nexonia (and/or other financial management software), MS Excel (advanced proficiency), Word and PowerPoint; thorough understanding of database systems;
  • Negotiation and financial management skills, including budgeting;
  • Experience leading/managing people;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills;
  • Knowledge of association management software systems a plus.
Physical Demands (must be met in order to successfully complete the essential functions of the job):
  • While largely sedentary, this position requires the ability to sit, the ability communicate effectively to large groups of people, sometimes for extended periods of time.
  • Requires the ability to use a computer and office equipment traditionally found in office settings.
  • Requires the ability to travel regionally and periodically nationally, on behalf of Faith in Action.
Faith in Action is committed to diversity in its staff, and offers a competitive salary and generous benefits.
FAITH IN ACTION provides Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, FAITH IN ACTION complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

How To Apply

Application Procedure:
All applicants must apply for this position online via  Please have the following documents ready to upload to your online application:
  1. An electronic file of your resume (preferably in PDF format);
  2. A cover letter (stating why you would be the ideal person for this position);
If you need assistance or experience any technical difficulties with your online application, please contact  Resumes will not be accepted via this email address.
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