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Habitat for Humanity Chief Financial Officer

Posted: 10/31/2021

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THE OPPORTUNITY:

  • Are you passionate about the financial stewardship and strategic leadership of a mission focused organization that brings people together to build homes, community, and hope?
  • Do you want to make a real difference for individuals and our neighborhoods by making home ownership more accessible and affordable?
  • Are you energized by working with a dedicated, empowered, and collaborative leadership team? 

 CLIENT SUMMARY:

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati is a non-profit Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate substandard housing locally and globally by building and renovating decent, affordable homes to sell to low-income first-time homebuyers.

Since 1986, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati has built, renovated, or repaired more than 650 homes throughout a 9-county, 3-state region (Hamilton, Butler, Clermont, and Warren in Ohio; Boone, Campbell, and Kenton in Kentucky; and Dearborn and Ohio in Indiana). We have also supported the building of 1000+ homes globally in Armenia, Cambodia, El Salvador, and Kenya.

Habitat is dedicated both locally and globally to construct, rehabilitate and preserve homes; advocate for fair and just housing policies; and provide training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.

JOB SUMMARY:  

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati is looking for a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) who is a proactive, team-oriented leader who can help the organization grow and thrive.  This is a hands-on leadership role that requires someone who can support high-level complex accounting and finance responsibilities as well as dive into the details. Reporting to the CEO and as an integral part of the Executive Leadership Team, the CFO will manage a small team and oversee accounting, finance, budgeting, forecasting, risk management, mortgage origination, mortgage servicing, information technology, and compliance. This role provides support for all functions including construction, property sales, mortgages, government grants, and retail thrift operations.

 KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide strong leadership to the CEO and senior leadership team to ensure that financial strategies, decisions, and functions effectively facilitate achievement of the strategic plan and annual goals while maintaining the organization’s financial health.
  • Establish and oversee all financial reporting activities, providing the CEO, leadership team and Board with accurate and up-to-date information on the financial activities of the organization
  • Direct cash management strategies and maintain banking and investment manager relationships.
  • In conjunction with the CEO lead the forecasting and budgeting process, establishing targets, and working with program management teams to achieve objectives
  • Ensure the completion of all financial audits and the fulfillment of external reporting requirements to maintain compliance.
  • Support and develop a culture that values diversity and inclusion throughout the organization
  • Support the development team and assist with new and renewal grants to ensure effective process and timeliness of submissions
  • Lead all discussions related to risk management, including annual renewal and assessment of the agency’s property and liability insurance
  • Demonstrate proven ability to develop models and conduct analyses to identify critical trends, support strategic decision making and create forward visibility.
  • Oversee the leased office, warehouse, and retail facilities to meet operational needs.
  • Manage the effective training, development, and retention of a small accounting, finance, and mortgage origination team.

IDEAL CANDIDATES’ QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • A demonstrated commitment to the mission of Habitat for Humanity
  • A track record of contributing to the strategic direction and growth of an organization
  • Experience supporting the financial needs of a complex organization (construction, retail, nonprofit, and mortgage lending)
  • A demonstrated commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment
  • Experience supporting and collaborating with a non-profit Board
  • Ability to communicate to a wide range of stakeholders and to translate financial information into understandable terms
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, or other-related field required, Master’s degree and active CPA a plus
  • Minimum 7 years of financial stewardship, accounting, and supervisory experience
  • Comfortable wearing many hats given the resource constraints of a smaller organization

EVIDENT PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES: 

  • Strategic, but willing to be hands-on
  • Confident and decisive
  • Has a heart for the mission
  • Optimistic, focused on what’s possible
  • Collaborative, an effective team player
  • Direct and respectful communicator
  • Flexible, comfortable with change
  • Calm under pressure
  • Creative problem solver

THE PAYOFF:

  • See your efforts have a direct impact on communities and the lives of residents every day
  • Work collaboratively with a passionate group of staff members, Board members and volunteers
  • Help the organization grow and increase its impact in the region

 

Contact:

Michele Plessinger, Partner

mplessinger@gilmanpartners.com

513.842.5321

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