Chief Financial Officer (NYC Office)

CAI is seeking a highly motivated, skilled, and hands-on finance professional for the full-time/exempt, senior management position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The CFO is responsible for the oversight and management of all financial functions of the organization, domestically and internationally. This position requires a leader and independent thinker, with a broad vision of the organization, who can work within established policies and objectives of a large, non-profit organization. She/he will report to CAI’s Senior Vice President/Director of Finance and the President/Founder, and will also collaborate with other senior managers and directors to further the agency’s mission. The CFO provides direction, strategic advice and counsel to the Board of Directors, President and others to: ensure overall support of the financial objectives, develop financial goals and strategies for the agency; ensure financial compliance with all regulatory authorities related to diverse funding streams; and develop internal auditing procedures to ensure compliance with all grant requirements. The CFO not only “models” the requirements of the CFO position and role but is also a strategic partner for CAI’s future growth and development. This is a NYC-based position.


  • Plan, develop, organize, implement, direct and evaluate the organization’s fiscal functions and performance.
  • Participate in the development of the organization’s strategic plans and programs as a strategic partner.
  • Evaluate and advise on the impact of long-range planning, introduction of new programs/strategies, and regulatory actions.
  • Develop credibility for the Finance Department by providing timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial reports and financial trends in order to assist the Board of directors, President and other senior executives in performing their responsibilities.
  • Enhance and/or develop, implement and enforce fiscal policies and procedures of the organization by way of systems that will improve the overall financial operation, effectiveness and efficiency of the agency.
  • Provide technical guidance, financial advice and knowledge to others within the Finance Department.
  • Continual management, assessment and improvement of the annual and on-going organizational budgeting process, including the education of CAI’s program directors and managers on financial issues impacting their budgets and projects.
  • Work collaboratively with CAI’s senior managers, directors, development staff, etc. to develop various budgets (line-item, performance-based, etc.) for new funding opportunities and revise as necessary.
  • As the leader of the organization’s finance team, interact with external auditors to conduct annual agency audit and other audits as required, and provide guidance and leadership to the executive and finance dept. staff.
  • Provide strategic financial input and leadership on decision-making issues affecting the organization; i.e., evaluation of potential alliances and partners, as well as pension funds and investments.
  • Optimize the handling of bank and deposit relationships and initiate appropriate strategies to enhance cash position.
  • Develop a reliable cash flow projection process and reporting mechanism which includes minimum cash threshold to meet operating needs.
  • Develop legally acceptable finance-related template documents for internal and external use with agency funders and partners.
  • Review and assess all agency contracts, leases, etc. prior to execution.
  • Leadership and evaluation of the CAI finance division structure and team for continual improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the group, as well as providing individuals with professional and personal growth, with emphasis on opportunities (where possible) of individuals.
  • Ensure well-organized and timely delivery of key financial reports, vouchers, and other financial analyses.
  • Other/additional duties and responsibilities as necessary/required to meet the mission of the organization.


  • Graduate degree in accounting, business and/or CPA preferred, or…
  • BA level with significant accounting courses and five to eight years of progressive senior management accounting experience with not-for-profit accounting
  • Current and knowledgeable with all established finance and accounting principles, regulations, laws, etc.
  • Proficient knowledge of not-for-profit accounting software (i.e., sage Intacct, MIP, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of non-profit management and substantial experience in working with grants financial management systems
  • Proficient knowledge of computer software programs, particularly MS Excel and MS Word
  • Strong leadership, organizational management and supervisory experience and skills.
  • Fluency in Spanish helpful and preferred, but not required
  • Strong written, verbal, communications and instructional skills
  • Proven ability to work effectively with a diverse Board of Directors, Staff, representatives of government and external agencies, and agency vendors.


CAI offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits and working conditions. In order to apply for this job, please click here.