Guided by a mission to provide meaningful access to the civil justice system through quality legal assistance regardless of a client’s location, language, or disability, Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) serves the more than 1.2 million people living in poverty throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. And since its founding during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, BayLegal has grown to become the largest regional law firm serving the poor and very poor across seven counties in the Bay Area. Now, at a pivotal time in our country’s history, BayLegal seeks a new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to join a senior leadership team with more than 250 years of combined law experience to work for justice in the bay area.
Following in the footsteps of a highly successful and beloved leader, the incoming CFO will inherit a high-performing team of five and join a passionate and professional senior leadership team. The ideal candidate will bring to this role a deep and demonstrated passion for social justice as well as a track record of managing complex accounting. They will leverage their expertise managing complex government and Legal Services Corporation (LSC) grants to ensure continued funding for this urgent work, and as a strategic organizational leader, the new CFO will be instrumental in furthering a culture founded on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
More information about Bay Area Legal Aid may be found at: BayLegal.org.
BayLegal thrives on diversity and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. BayLegal is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual), and QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, individuals who have been impacted by the criminal justice system, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
This search is being led by Tamar Datan and Chris Cannon of NPAG. Candidates may submit their cover letter, including a response to question below (no page limit), along with their resume via NPAG’s candidate portal.
As part of your cover letter,pleaseaddress the following:
BayLegal’s clients are low- and very low-income members of our communities. They include LGBTQIA+ and QTBIPOC individuals, the working poor, seniors, people who are limited English proficient, veterans, persons with disabilities, survivors of abuse and exploitation, individuals impacted by the criminal justice system, and people who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness, and persons from other underrepresented groups. To ensure BayLegal is best serving these populations, they strive to promote an evolving set of behaviors and attitudes amongst staff, as well as policies that enable them to work effectively in all cross-cultural situations, with clients, with coworkers, and with the community. This is a commitment to enhance the provision of BayLegal’s services to all clients; to raise the level of positive client outcomes; and to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.
How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to serve BayLegal’s client base effectively and to contribute to our commitment to humility, inclusion, and diversity? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.
QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will be deeply committed to BayLegal’s mission and possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
At least ten years' experience in strategic financial management and people leadership for an organization of similar complexity.
Humility in working with colleagues and clients across the spectrum of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, immigrant status, religious identity, physical and mental disabilities, and/or limited English proficiency.
Experience managing a variety of funding sources, including grants and contracts, and gathering accurate financial data for proposals and reports is required; comprehensive and expert knowledge of federal, state, and county grants, as well as LSC funding is desirable.
Experience presenting financial risks to senior leadership and developing, collaborating on, and executing mitigation strategies.
Strong knowledge and skills related to financial accounting and reporting standards such as defined by the Financial Accounting Standards Board or equivalent entities.
Familiarity with fund accounting systems required; experience with Sage MIP preferred. Experience managing the integration of systems with Salesforce is ideal.
Exceptional oral and written communication skills including the demonstrated ability to research, synthesize, and analyze information, compose documents, and present data in a clear and concise manner to appropriate personnel, including senior leadership, program staff, and/or Board of Directors.
A demonstrated appreciation for being part of a diverse and inclusive team while supporting a culture which emphasizes the value in having staff who reflect the families and communities impacted by the organization.
An optimistic outlook and the humor, integrity, and patience necessary to work within a transformative, social justice environment.
Bachelor’s degree in relevant field from an accredited institution and a CPA is required, an advanced degree is preferred.
About Bay Area Legal Aid
The Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group was founded from the simple notion that every organization, regardless of its budget or geographic footprint can better fulfill its mission with a highly-tailored, innovative, and strategic approach to acquiring and retaining its most important resource: talent. Designed to operate with ‘new economy’ savvy, the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group unbundles traditional executive search and leadership transition packages and offers sophisticated services tailored to our clients’ various needs. We are committed to passing along our knowledge throughout our process so that our clients’ internal capacity and independence is enhanced.We work worldwide with mission-driven client organizations in the nonprofit, academic, and public sectors, as well as with the job seekers who serve them. For organizations, we offer executive search and leadership transition services. For candidates, we provide leadership development, job search strategy creation, and resume/cover letter assistance. For both organizations and candidates, we supply professional and organizational development in person through our customized training programs and online with ...our groundbreaking, complimentary “NPAG U” webinar series. Our team members are personally dedicated to our clients’ missions and together offer more than 40 years of executive search experience in addition to the wealth of perspective, expertise, and networks they offer from previous careers in the nonprofit, academic, public, political, and private sectors.