Position Purpose

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for all financial matters of Head Start of Lane County (HSOLC). The CFO will report to and work closely with the Executive Director. In addition, they will partner with the executive team and the Board of Directors to develop and implement strategies across the organization. The CFO will oversee all compliance and recognition for government (federal and state) contracts and private grants. They must be able to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in an autonomous and deadline-oriented workplace while managing a finance staff.

Essential Job Responsibilities: Performance Indicators


  1. Oversee cash flow planning and ensure availability of funds as needed.
  2. Oversee cash, investment, and asset management.
  3. Oversee financing strategies and activities, as well as banking relationships.
  4. Develop and utilize forward-looking, predictive models and activity-based financial analyses to provide insight into the organization’s operations and business plans.

Planning, Policy and Investors Relations

  1. Coordinate the development and monitoring of budgets.
  2. Develop financial business plans and forecasts.
  3. Participate in corporate policy development as a member of the executive management team.
  4. Engage the finance committee of the Board of Directors to develop short, medium and long term financial plans and projections.
  5. Represent the Agency to financial partners, including financial institutions, investors, foundation executives, auditors, public officials, etc.
  6. Remain up to date on nonprofit audit best practices and state and federal law regarding nonprofit operations.

Accounting and Administration

  1. Oversee the accounting department to ensure proper maintenance of all accounting systems and functions; supervise HSOLC’s finance staff.
  2. Ensure maintenance of appropriate internal controls and financial procedures.
  3. Ensure timeliness, accuracy and usefulness of financial and management reporting for federal and state funders, foundations, and HSOLC’s Board of Directors; oversee the preparation and communication of monthly and annual financial statements.
  4. Coordinate audits and proper filing of tax returns.
  5. Ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial functions.
  6. Administer Agency’s 403(b) plan.

Knowledge/Skills/Experience Required

The CFO will be a seasoned and mature leader with at least 3-5 years of combined finance experience and education, in not-for-profit work, followed by experience gathering and evaluating financial information and making actionable recommendations to senior leadership. They will ideally have experience managing finance (accounting, budgeting, control and reporting) for a complex nonprofit with multiple funding sources including government (federal and state) grants and contracts.

The CFO will have the following experience and attributes:

  1. A minimum of a BS in Business, Accounting or Finance; a CPA and/or MBA/Graduate level Accounting Degree is a plus
  2. At least three years of experience and education as Chief Financial Officer or equivalent, in a nonprofit organization with a budget of at least $5 million.
  3. Experience in a senior-financial-management role, partnering with executive staff, resulting in the development and implementation of creative financial management strategies.
  4. Significant experience in or knowledge of nonprofit accounting, including sophisticated fund and grant accounting, compliance, and reporting.
  5. Deep knowledge and understanding of the OMB Uniform Guidance: Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
  6. Experience working with information technology staff to manage finance and accounting software packages.
  7. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  8. Demonstrated leadership ability, team management, and interpersonal skills.
  9. Excellent analytical and abstract reasoning skills, plus excellent organization skills.

Physical/Mental Abilities and Processes

  • Sustained concentration and attention to detail.
  • Interpreting and applying state and federal guidelines to daily operations.
  • Determining and prioritizing own work load.
  • Significant problem solving and analytical skills.


  • Enrollment in Child Care Division- Central Background Registry required prior to hire.
  • All communications are potentially sensitive and are subject to Head Start’s policy on confidentiality.

Position Information

  • 12 months
  • Supervised by Executive Director.

This job description was last updated on March 6, 2000. March 2015. September 2018. August 2021
Policy Council approved November 2015. September 2018

This job description was last updated on 04/04/2022. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. This job description is subject to change at any time.

Because this position requires in-person work and is student and/or visitor facing, complete vaccination against coronavirus disease 2019 (also known as COVID-19) is required.

Head Start of Lane County is an EEO Employer.
Head Start of Lane County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All employment decisions, including the recruiting, hiring, placement, training availability, promotion, compensation, evaluation, disciplinary actions, and termination of employment (if necessary) are made without regard to the employee’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy or childbirth, personal appearance, family responsibilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation, source of income, place of residence, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, physical or mental disability, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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