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Job Title: Chief Financial Officer

Date Last Updated: 3/29/2013
Job ID #: 10708

Role/Job Category: Finance/Controller/Chief Financial Officer
Organization Name: Jewish Federation of San Diego County
Location: San Diego, California
Status: Full-Time


Chief Financial Officer
United Jewish Federation of San Diego County


The Jewish Federation of San Diego County has served the community for more than 75 years.  San Diego County is home to more than 100,000 Jews, in about 50,000 households. There has been a Jewish community in San Diego since at least 1850 and the oldest synagogue dates its beginnings to 1861.  We are a thriving, vibrant, multi-faceted Jewish community of more than 100 Jewish communal organizations. More information about Jewish San Diego is available on our website,

The Position

The Chief Financial Officer oversees the financial and administrative operations of Federation including an annual operating budget exceeding $3.5MM plus annual grantmaking of approximately $2.4mm.  Areas of responsibility include finance, investment, internal and external audit, accounting, payroll, insurance, information technology, facilities and personnel administration.

The CFO takes a leadership role in financial-condition analysis, budget management, and financial reporting. The position requires a strong knowledge of non-profit budgeting and finance, as well as an ability to manage projects, communicate effectively, and advance initiatives in a strategic manner.

The CFO reports to the President & Chief Executive Officer. Sh/e provides staff support and is the primary liaison with the Treasurer, Finance Committee, Audit Committee, Investment Committees and UJF Holdings Corp. which owns the Joseph and Lenka Finci Jewish Federation Building. The CFO is a member of the Management Team.


Manage all Federation funds, financial processes and assets to maximize the effective use of the Federation resources in the overall operations and to ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations and requirements.

  • Plan, execute and evaluate the Federation’s fiscal functions and performance, including annual audit, tax returns, periodic management and financial reports and year-end financial statements.
  • Manage the operations of Accounting, Budget and Information Technology, including instituting proper financial controls, planning for continual improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the department.
  • Develop, implement and enforce policies, procedures and systems to improve the overall operation and effectiveness of our financial management.
  • Assure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Provide timely and accurate reports and analysis of budgets, monthly financials and financial trends, assisting Management and Board to monitor and respond to current operations and external financial environment.
  • Manage banking, investment management, auditor, outside payroll service, and insurance relationships of the federation.
  • Recruit, select, train, supervise and evaluate staff in Accounting and IT to promote growth of a skilled and motivated staff in the Finance and Administration area.
  • Oversees operation of the Federation Building.
  • Oversees administrative and policy support for Federation’s Human Resource Functions.
  • Serve as an effective member of the management team, bringing expertise in assigned areas to bear on the overall management of the organization.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the C.E.O.


  • Bachelors degree required, MBA strongly preferred
  • CPA or CMA is a plus
  • High-level knowledge of and experience managing budgeting, accounting, and non profit, public benefit charitable financial organizations
  • Ability to analyze audited financial statements is required
  • High-level computer skills, including intermediate to advanced use of spreadsheet and database software
  • Writing ability and communication skills
  • Advanced strategic and critical thinking
  • Ability to partner with volunteer leadership, committees, community agencies and other federation stakeholders
  • At least five years’ experience in senior financial roles, with three or more years in the philanthropic or non-profit area.
  • Understanding of the business of Jewish communal organizations is a plus
  • Must demonstrate leadership and strategic planning skills with high ethical standards and appropriate professional image
  • In-depth understanding of SFAS 116 and 117
  • Familiarity with the Nonprofit Integrity Act of 2004, Pension Protection Act of 2006, Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practices (Panel on the Nonprofit Sector) and the AICPA Guide for Non-for-Profit Organizations
  • While not a requirement, preference will be given to candidates with strong knowledge of Non-Profit organizations and familiarity with the Jewish community, especially in San Diego

Desired Education Degree/Level: Masters

Career Level: 5-10 yrs. experience

How To Apply
Contact For Job: JFNA MCLE - CM
Contact Title: Consultant
Preferred Contact Method: E-mail
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