Chief Financial Officer

Company: California Environmental Associates
Job Type: Part-time
Job Location: San Francisco, CA

About the Organization

For thirty years, California Environmental Associates (CEA) has provided nonprofits, foundations, businesses, and government institutions with a range of environmental management, regulatory compliance, and strategy solutions. CEA provides consulting services in three main practice areas: Philanthropic Services, Recruiting and Organizational Design Services, and Regulatory and Compliance Strategy across a wide array of environmental issues, including climate change, energy policy, marine conservation, sustainable agriculture, forest management, goods movement, air quality, and land-use planning. In addition to a diverse range of consulting services, CEA also offers its clients assistance with recruiting and program development.

For a more in-depth description of our services and philosophy, please visit our website:

Chief Financial Officer

CEA is seeking a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to lead the team that guides the firm’s financial, operational, and human resource activities in a dynamic and collaborative environment. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented yet strategic, quick thinking, highly analytical, and experienced in all aspects of financial management. The successful candidate will be instrumental in making recommendations to maintain/improve firm profitability, optimize the firm’s capacity, and continuously improve processes and procedures within the administrative team. The CFO will supervise the work of the Finance Associate and the Operations Manager, and will report to CEA’s Principals.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The CFO will perform the following and other duties as assigned:

Oversee Monthly Accounting Close and Reporting

  • Manage monthly invoicing to clients.
  • Prepare and present monthly financial reports.
  • Update and maintain written financial accounting policies, procedures, and templates.
  • Advise, review and oversee client contracts and NDA's.
  • Prepare grant and other funder financial reports .
  • Manage local, state and federal tax filings.

Develop and Manage Budgets and Financial Planning

  • Generate and maintain company budget.
  • Undertake financial analysis including profitability analysis.
  • Manage employee trimester and year-end bonuses and principal distributions.
  • Manage banking relationships and cash flow, including line of credit.

Oversee Insurance and Risk Management Programs

  • Manage business liability insurance, workers compensation insurance, D&O and employment practices.
  • Oversee and manage IT and facilities/administrative functions.
  • Review and approve capital expenditures.
  • Evaluate and recommend IT projects.
  • Oversee management of day-to-day IT environment.
  • Review and approve major vendor contracts.
  • Liaise with outside service providers and landlord for major issues.

Oversee Human Resources Functions

  • Manage compensation structure, employee hire and termination procedures, benefit design and, employee relations.
  • Maintain company handbook and human resource policies.
Experience requirements

The successful applicant will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • 10+ years of experience as financial function leader also overseeing operations functions
  • College degree in a related field (accounting, economics, business, etc); MBA preferred
  • Decisive decision-maker
  • Must be hands-on with attention to detail
  • Experience with a client services firm and/or small privately-held business
  • Knowledge of the foundation and not-for-profit sector highly desired
  • Experience with QuickBooks or similar software program
  • Experience with Timeslips or similar time-keeping software highly desired
  • Excellent knowledge of Excel and experience with spreadsheet modeling
  • Experience in presenting financial reports to management
  • A collaborative nature and the ability to lead a team
  • Commitment to and enthusiasm for CEA’s mission

Compensation and Location

The expected start date for this position is May 2016 and will be located in San Francisco, CA. CEA offers competitive pay that is commensurate with experience. This is a part-time position and is not eligible for benefits. Ideally, the CFO will work on average 24 hours per week and will be in the office four days per week.

How to apply?

To be considered for this position, interested candidates must follow the link below to submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements. This position will remain open until filled.

CEA is an equal opportunity employer.

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