Chief Financial Officer

RUTH ELLIS CENTER INC Highland Park, MI 90,000-100,000


The CFO is responsible for directing the fiscal functions of the agency in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other regulatory and advisory organizations and in accordance with financial management techniques and practices appropriate within the non-profit industry. The CFO also provides oversight to the organization’s quality assurance functions. The CFO must be adept in a fast-paced, hands-on environment, and be dedicated to building rapport and positive team working relationships with a broad and diverse community of staff, persons served and other stakeholders.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Plan, develop, organize, implement, direct and evaluate the organization's fiscal function and performance.
  1. Participate in the development of plans and programs as a strategic partner.
  1. Evaluate and advise on the impact of long range planning, introduction of new programs/strategies and regulatory action.
  1. Develop credibility for the finance group by providing timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial reports and financial trends in order to assist the Executive Director, the Board, and other senior executives in performing their responsibilities.
  1. Enhance and/or develop, implement and enforce policies and procedures of the organization by way of systems that will improve the overall operation and effectiveness.
  1. Establish credibility throughout the organization and with the Board as an effective developer of solutions to business challenges.
  1. Provide technical financial advice and knowledge to others within the organization.
  1. Create continual improvement of the budgeting process through education of department directors on financial issues impacting department budgets.
  1. Provide strategic financial input and leadership on decision making issues affecting the organization.
  1. Optimize the handling of bank and deposit relationships and initiate appropriate strategies to enhance cash position.
  1. Develop a reliable cash flow projection process and reporting mechanism that includes minimum cash threshold to meet operating needs.
  1. Be an advisor from the financial perspective on any contracts into which the agency may enter including with contractors, vendors, and community partners.
  1. Ensure completion of Grant and Contract tracking and management.
  1. Provide assistance with grant writing and reporting as need.
  1. Evaluate the finance division structure and team plan for continual improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the group as well as provide individuals with professional and personal growth with emphasis on opportunities of individuals.
  1. Provide oversight to the organization’s Quality Assurance functions

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: This position has two (2) direct reports, and zero (0) indirect report. The positions that report to this person are: Accounting Specialist (1), Quality Assurance Manager (1).


This job operates in a variety of professional and community environments including but not limited to office environments, community and partner agencies, and youth spaces. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phone, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines. The noise level in the work environment and job sites may be loud.


This is a full time, permanent position.  The position has a flexible schedule based on the duties and requirements of the position. The schedule is generally as follows: Monday - Friday 9:00AM-5:00PM. 


This position requires local travel to complete errands and duties as assigned. In-state and national travel may be required up to 5% of the time. The employee must have a valid driver license approved for airline travel.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in Business, Management, Accounting or Finance
  2. At least ten (10) years’ experience including management of the finance and administration of a high-growth $1-$5 million organization (preference given to non-profit experience).
  3. Experience in identifying existing process improvement and in quality assurance.
  4. Knowledge of the Human Resources function.       
  5. Experience with Microsoft Office, and Google Suite Software.


  1. Masters of Business Administration, Finance & Accounting or Non-profit Administration
  2. LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning) cultural and diversity competency.
  3. Familiarity with the Ruth Ellis Center’s principals of work (trauma informed care, harm reduction, restorative justice, and positive youth development).
  4. CPA License


None required for this position.


  1. Must be able to pass a criminal background check as outlined by agency policy.
  2. Have no record on the Central Registry for child abuse or neglect in the employee’s state of residency or employment.
  3. Be able to produce a non-reactive tuberculosis test from within the previous twelve (12) months.


The Ruth Ellis Center is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. The agency does not discriminate based race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, national origin, citizenship, veteran status, age, disability as protected by federal, state, and local laws, genetic information, or any other characteristic that is protected by law.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities, may change at any time with or without notice. 

RUTH ELLIS CENTER INC is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled
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