Chief Financial Officer

September 29th, 2021
Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer

  • Full Time
  • Senior Level
Job Category: Executive
Location: Brooklyn
Job Sectors: Other

Chief Financial Officer
Coalition for the Homeless
New York, NY



About Coalition for the Homeless


The Coalition for the Homeless is the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless individuals and families. We believe that affordable housing, sufficient food, and the chance to work for a living wage are fundamental rights in a civilized society. Since our inception in 1981, the Coalition has worked through litigation, public education, and direct services to ensure that these goals are realized. 




The Coalition’s effectiveness derives from our unique role as both an advocacy and direct service organization. Our programs, shelter monitoring, and grassroots organizing enable us to give voice and hope to people experiencing homelessness and housing instability. Our approach is informed by the very real daily struggles of our neighbors without homes and seeks practical, humane, and cost-effective long-term solutions proven to work – because every New Yorker deserves a home. 




Every day, our 11 frontline programs help more than 3,500 adults and children survive immediate crises and put them on the path to long-term stability. Our renowned advocacy team tirelessly fights for investments in proven, cost-effective housing-based solutions to end mass homelessness. An invaluable city and statewide resource, we have earned the reputation as the most credible source of information on homelessness, its causes, and solutions. 




For more information about our work, please visit

The Opportunity


We are seeking a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to provide leadership for our finance function and team. The CFO will work closely with our Executive Director to drive strategic financial decisions for the organization, including overseeing development and monitoring of our $16M budget; financial analysis, planning, and reporting; the audit process; asset management; and compliance with City, State and Federal regulations. In addition, they will manage a committed team of staff to ensure a high level of service and that effective processes, policies, and systems are in place.  




Among their core responsibilities, the CFO will: 


·     Act as a thought partner to the Executive Director to ensure the long-term stability and growth of the Coalition; engage with the Board and/or Finance and Audit Committee as needed


·     Participate on the senior leadership team and provide financial analysis and planning to support leaders in making organization- or department-level decisions


·     Manage the finance team, providing professional development, performance evaluation, and ongoing support to ensure these team members’ success in their roles


·     Guide an effective annual budgeting process and manage ongoing budget monitoring, reporting, analysis, and forecasting


·     Lead the Coalition’s audit process, managing preparation and project management for the process, serving as the primary contact for the external audit team, and reviewing audited financial statements


·     Ensure financial compliance with GAAP, OMB, IRS, and other grantor requirements and oversee reporting on lobbying activities 


·     Provide project management for Coalition-owned buildings and act as a primary liaison to external stakeholders (City officials, attorneys) related to financing for the facilities 


·     Represent the Coalition to external stakeholders such as authorizers, donors, and boards


·     Maintain appropriate internal controls


·     Enhance the finance department’s use of technology to create efficiencies 


·     Oversee and negotiate the Coalition’s relationships with the commercial and health insurance providers and bankers

Candidate Profile


As the incoming CFO, you will demonstrate many, though perhaps not all, of the following professional and personal experiences, skills, and characteristics: 




·     You offer at least 10 years of experience in financial management roles, including prior success in nonprofit finance positions involving the management of multi-million-dollar budgets. 


·     You are experienced in managing government funding streams and the associated compliance and reporting requirements, as well as managing or supporting an organization’s audit process. 


·     You have broad expertise in financial strategy, audits, compliance, budgeting, and management of finance staff. 


·     You demonstrate strong project management skills and the ability to prioritize and delegate within a fast-paced environment. As the leader of a small team, you are comfortable managing both strategic and tactical execution. 


·     You are a skilled staff manager, able to provide appropriate support and coaching to a diverse staff. 


·     You are solutions-oriented and able to identify and implement processes, systems, and efficiencies that support the continuous improvement of a finance team or function. 


·     You demonstrate excellent professional judgment and strong communication skills. You are able to build effective and trusting relationships internally with staff in and outside of the finance function, as well as with key external partners or vendors such as auditors, bankers, and other service providers. 


·     You hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience. A master’s degree in business administration or another relevant field is considered an additional benefit. 


·     You are mission-driven and understand the critical role the finance department plays in supporting the programs and advocacy work of a social justice and social services organization.

Compensation, Benefits, and Location Information


The salary range for this role is expected to start at $185,000, with flexibility based on experience and fit to the role. Our benefits package includes platinum healthcare coverage and 403b with employer match, with benefits effective on day one of employment. Our generous time-off policy begins with 15 vacation days, 4 personal days, 10 sick days, and 2 floating holidays. 




We are operating during the pandemic in a hybrid mode, with partial or full remote-work flexibility for certain staff whose roles can be performed off-site. Once conditions permit a safe return to on-site work, the CFO will be based in our headquarters in Manhattan’s Financial District. 



Coalition for the Homeless has engaged Koya Partners to help in this hire. Cassie Scarano and Kirstin Griffiths are leading this search. To express your interest, please submit your resume and cover letter hereAll inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.






Coalition for the Homeless is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants, as well as individuals who have experienced homelessness and other underrepresented applicants. 

About Koya Partners


Koya Partners, a part of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world. For more information about Koya Partners, visit


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