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Chief Financial Officer
Job Code:19-01013
Reports to:CEO
Position Status:Regular Full Time
Home Site:Seneca
Location:1118 5th Ave Seattle, WA 98101

Note: This job description was last revised on 5/22/2019.

The CFO oversees administrative services: Accounting/Payroll, investments, management information systems, Facilities and Asset Management. Member of the YWCA Executive Team. Directly supervise four staff, with a total of approximately thirty-five staff. Responsible for the timely, accurate operation of the YWCA’s accounting and financial reporting system. Leads the agency’s yearly planning and budget process. Oversees the agency’s annual consolidated audit, which includes multiple related legal entities. Maintains the agency’s property and liability insurance coverage for assets and operations.

Oversees reporting for low income housing tax credit entities. Staff’s the following Board Committees: Finance, Audit, and Investment. Confers with and advises Chief Executive Officer on major issues related to the organization. Provides professional staff support for mergers/acquisitions and property development as needed.

YWCA has an operating budget of $36M, over 300 FTE’s, and operates programs in 30 locations, of which 20 are YWCA owned facilities, throughout King & Snohomish Counties. Agency funding comes from three main sources of revenue: 50% government contracts (from over 100 contracts), 25% programs fees, and 25% from philanthropy and investment income.

This position has a social justice component that requires critical thinking through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Knowing the core principals of antiracism and grounding those principles in everyday work are required job skills and core values. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply.


Financial Management

  • Manages the YWCA’s financial resources within budgets and policies established by the Board according to current laws and regulations
  • Maintains accountability systems, including regular reporting to the Board of Directors
  • Leads agency’s annual budgeting process
  • Works with Senior Managers and other agency staff on program budget issues and other long-term financial and strategic planning
  • Assists Controller in oversight of annual audits
  • Oversees management and monitors performance of investment accounts
  • Oversees reporting for agency partnership and LLC interests


  • Oversees administrative services: Accounting (including Payroll), Contract Management, Computer Systems, investments, risk management, and Facilities
  • Directly supervises four staff: Controller, IT Director, Facilities Director, and Asset Manager
  • Ensures compliance with obligations related to government contracts
  • Assists Chief Human Resource Officer in oversight of agency risk management program, including property and liability coverage for YWCA assets and operations
  • Provides staff support for mergers/acquisitions, property development, and other special projects
  • Assists IT Director in oversight of agency-wide client data collection, including demographics and outcomes measurement
  • Staff’s the following Board Committees: Finance, Audit, Investment, and special projects as assigned
  • Confers with and advises Chief Executive Officer on major issues related to the organization

 Other Responsibilities

  • Permanent Program Cabinet member –The YWCA’ Program Cabinet develops alignment opportunities across program division. The program cabinet is charged with strengthening program systems and service delivery integration throughout the organization. Valuing client-centered and client-driven solutions to achieve the highest quality of service delivery, members seek opportunities to increase accountability to clients
  • Able to travel between YWCA locations on a regular basis
  • Pursues opportunities for continuing professional development consistent with job responsibilities
  • Actively engages in agency-wide Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI), and strives for racially equitable outcomes; takes responsibility for creating and maintaining a safe and welcoming community by making room for people of color, trans and gender-non-conforming folks, and other populations who routinely encounter systemic oppressions
  • Adheres to all Volunteer Services protocol relative to volunteer usage, recognition and monitoring
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications & Core Competencies:
  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance or related field
  • At least eight years of related experience, including five year’s supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Experience working with communities of color and people from different cultures than your own
  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racist principles
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, particularly the ability to communicate financial concepts and information to agency management and board volunteers
  • Strong analytical ability, including the ability to quickly and effectively analyze, compare, and interpret data
  • Excellent attention to detail, strong project management skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated expertise with computerized accounting systems (Sage ERP 300 preferred) and Microsoft Office, particularly Excel & Outlook
  • Commitment to ensuring financial integrity, and ability to handle highly confidential information with discretion
  • Advanced degree and/or accounting credentials (e.g., CPA, CGMA, or MBA) preferred
  • Minimum five years accounting experience within a nonprofit organization desired
  • Experience with risk management, facilities management and IT management desired
  • Knowledge of OMB, federal, state, and local laws, standards and requirements related to non-profit accounting preferred
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license, reliable transportation, and insurance required
  • Core Competencies: Communication, Leading and Developing Others, Professionalism, Achieving Measurable Results, Analytical Thinking, Ethics and Integrity, Fostering Diversity, Social Justice Advocacy

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. In performing this position, the employee:

  • Continuously exchanges information through listening and talking with clients, agency staff, employers, representatives of community organizations and other individuals in the community
  • Frequently stands, walks, sits and climbs in performing duties in the workspace and in the community
  • Frequently reaches and grasps in using telephones, computers, fax machines and other office equipment and supplies
  • Occasionally lifts and carries up to 15 lbs. of equipment and storage boxes; occasionally up to 50lbs
  • Occasionally kneels, bends, pushes and pulls in obtaining files from drawers
  • Occasionally climbs stairs in YWCA locations

*Continuously = Over 80% of the time * Frequently = 20-80% * Occasionally = Under 20%

Hours, Rate & Benefits:
• Hourly rate DOE
• Regular, Full-Time, 40 hours per week
• Pay grade: 40
• FLSA Status: Exempt
• Excellent benefits package including medical insurance, retirement plan, plus generous vacation, holiday and sick leave plans
• At the time of hire, employees may choose to voluntarily enroll in the Fidelity 403b Plan. Typically after two years of employment, employees are eligible to participate in the YWCA Retirement Fund.