Chief Financial Officer

Los Angeles, California, United States
USD 180,000.00 - 200,000.00
16 Sep 2020
17 Sep 2020
Job role
Experience level
Qualified accountant
Job Details


Job Location
Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles, CA

Position Type
Full Time

Education Level
Not Specified

Salary Range
$180,000.00 - $200,000.00 Salary/year

Travel Percentage
Up to 50%

Job Shift

Job Category
Nonprofit - Social Services


Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Why work for us?


Founded in 2004, Brilliant Corners provides innovative housing and housing-related services to those transitioning from or at risk of homelessness or institutionalization. We are approaching 350 staff, operating throughout California with an annual budget approaching $400MM and $300MM in current assets. In addition to developing, owning, and managing multi-family supportive housing and licensed residential care homes, we are best known for designing and scaling innovative scattered-site supportive housing programs including landlord engagement, tenancy supports, rent subsidy administration, and clinical case management through partnerships with developmental services, homeless services, veteran services, criminal justice, and health care sectors. We are passionate about systems change and social justice.

In short, we do good work.

We have offices statewide with a staff of passionate people. While we are growing rapidly, we are also selective: We're seeking inspired, talented people who want to effect profound change and who have fun doing it.


The Chief Financial Officer ("CFO") leads the Finance, Accounting, treasury, and control activities of Brilliant Corners. The CFO reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer ("CEO"), reports out to the Board Treasurer and Finance Committee, and is an integral part of the organization's Leadership and Executive Teams. The CFO develops and implements policies and procedures for the financial administration of the organization.

The CFO manages a team of 28 positions that currently includes two Directors of Finance, two Associate Directors of Finance, two Accounting Managers, and one Financial Systems Manager (who has a strong "dotted line" reporting relationship to the Director of Data and Technology). In addition, all Accounting and Finance staff maintain "dotted line" reporting relationships to the Chief Operating Officer ("COO"). Staff are divided more or less equally across Northern and Southern California.

Position Location: Los Angeles or San Francisco.
Travel: Significant travel required. Estimated 2 trips per month.


  • Provide strategic input and leadership on decision-making affecting the organization and share responsibility for overall policy development and management as a member of the Leadership and Executive Teams. This includes all aspects of the organization, including business operations, personnel, programs, culture and racial equity.
  • Work closely with the CEO and the Board of Directors ("Board") to build and strengthen the financial health and operations of the organization.
  • Provide support to the CEO and the Board to facilitate the development of long-term goals and objectives of Brilliant Corners.
  • Maintain and communicate through words and actions commitment to the mission of Brilliant Corners, as well as commitment to develop and sustain effective working relationships with internal and external constituencies, and commitment to work collegially in a culturally diverse environment.

Finance and Accounting
  • Serve as advisor to the CEO, COO and Board on financial matters.
  • With the Directors of Finance, ensure the finance and accounting needs of Brilliant Corners are clearly articulated so that financial expertise and support structure is provided in a timely manner and serves the needs of the organization efficiently and effectively.
  • Provide general oversight of all accounting responsibilities, including accounts payable and receivable, grants and contributions, budgets, accounting systems, financial and internal controls, and financial and tax reporting.
  • Prepare and manage the organization's annual budget, which includes the related entities.
  • Prepare and present financial and budget reports to the Board on the overall financial condition of Brilliant Corners, and progress of and proposed revisions to the annual budget. Coordinate all activities for the Finance and Audit Committee meetings, including setting the agendas, preplanning meetings with Finance and Audit Committee chairs, external auditors, and drafting reports and memos. Plan and prepare the meeting agendas, reports and materials for the quarterly board meetings.
  • With the other officers (CEO, COO, and CPO), ensure compliance with all laws regarding corporate governance.
  • Optimize use of finance and accounting business tools such as Sage Intacct, Adaptive Insights, Paycom, MineralTree, and AssetEdge, as well as inter-operability with other software systems such as Salesforce, Paycom, Yardi and Apricot Case Management. Plan for future software improvements.
  • Develop risk management policies and procedures in collaboration with other key stakeholders.

External Relations
  • Represent Brilliant Corners to funding partners and financing providers, such as county and local governments, private foundations, and commercial banks. With tact, clear communication, and a customer-service orientation, work very closely with key funders around topics large and small: advances, invoicing and coding and billing issues.
  • Ensure positive and collegial relationship with the external auditors, leading and managing the audit compliance process with internal staff.


Your gears are always turning, trying to figure out how to make things better. You see opportunities for improvement wherever you look and know how to get buy-in from others to make it real. You're a systems thinker who knows how to manage scale without defaulting to counterproductive bureaucracy. You look beyond today's problems and see the big picture. You're all about the end-user experience being awesome.

Sure you're a "numbers person," but you also understand that it's people that make the magic happen. Accountants have feelings too. You're a strong leader of teams and know that it's critical for your people to have a sense of purpose, feel valued and enjoy their work and our culture.

You've got healthy levels of humility and humor and seem to be suffering from ego-deficiency syndrome. You recognize that no one is an expert in everything and you enjoy constantly taking in new information. To call you a "continuous learner" is an understatement. And you're a big believer in the idea that humor and fun make everything better.

Ambiguity? Change? Growth? New challenges? Not only do these not scare you, they are squarely in your wheelhouse. You thrive in an entrepreneurial environment. You're resourceful and at ease with ambiguity and rapid change. You possess a positive, can-do attitude, and are adept at identifying creative solutions that turn challenges into opportunities. You can handle many important responsibilities at once and you're rigorous about prioritization.

You empower others. You know that strong fiscal management and strong financial performance require alignment and follow-through at all levels within the Finance and Accounting department, and across all programs with budgeting and billing responsibilities. Delegating, mentoring, fostering teamwork and financial literacy come naturally to you.


Strategic, big-picture thinker

First and foremost, the ideal candidate must be able to make or advise upon difficult decisions, weighing complexity, trade-offs, and different points of view with skill, humility, and humor. The candidate must demonstrate the highest level of professionalism, stewardship and integrity in executing the CFO role and have demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to make well-reasoned decisions as part of a leadership team and in the best interests of the organization for the present and future. The candidate must have proven track record of creating high-functioning teams, motivating people and holding them accountable.
  • A strategic thinker and a seasoned financial leader capable of both big-picture thinking and directing tactical implementation and also be able to "connect the dots" of disparate areas of BC operations;
  • Adaptable and able to meet the demands of an organization with a complex underlying financial and operational structure in a fast-paced environment and frequent growth.

Technical knowledge and tactical orientation

The candidate must possess the relevant technical knowledge to lead the financial function of a complex organization. The candidate must have the ability to think strategically and proactively and work in a multi-task environment and demonstrate effective interpersonal skills when interacting with staff, Board, and external constituents.
  • Technological literacy with management information systems; ideally, will have experience with at least one successful financial system evaluation, selection, and implementation; and knows how to leverage technology for the benefit of the finance and administrative functions of the organization;
  • Well-developed organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to prioritize work effectively and adjust to multiple demands;
  • Understands performance metrics and professional development; skills and experience balancing staff and funders' needs, or analogous parties;
  • Strong team, project, and change management skills.

Strong leader of people

Last but certainly not least, the candidate must be a good listener and proficient in oral and written communication skills to appeal towards a variety of audiences and proactively communicate with the CEO and board members when appropriate, and have the ability to present complex financial concepts and data to various stakeholders.
  • Highly motivated, with the ability to partner effectively, and build internal teams;
  • Able to persuade, inform, and educate team members toward new ways of operating;
  • Calm and unflappable in times of stress and pressure, and consistently patient with those who are less financially knowledgeable or skilled;


  • Minimum of five years in a senior financial management role working as a member of a leadership team in a nonprofit environment and experience in nonprofit regulations and accounting.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and manage in a team-oriented, collegial, and consensus-based office environment.
  • The emotional intelligence, energy, intellectual range and care in judgment that are necessary to be an effective advisor to the CEO, Executive and Leadership Teams, and the Board on individual decisions and on the overall quality of operations of Brilliant Corners.

Strongly Preferred:
  • A graduate degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or Financial Management is preferred.
  • CPA license with prior audit experience is strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with a board of directors, including presenting at board meetings, and directing the efforts of the Finance and Audit Committees.
  • Experience in contracts and grants management, property management and development, including financing, construction, and regulatory compliance.
  • A great sense of humor!

Brilliant Corners does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.