The mission of Second Harvest Heartland (SHH) is quite simply to: End Hunger Together. The organization was created on October 1, 2001, when Second Harvest Greater Minneapolis and Second Harvest St. Paul joined forces to bring together more than 44 years of combined history and experience to the fight against hunger. Second Harvest Heartland works to end hunger through community partnerships. As one of the nation’s largest, most efficient and most innovative hunger relief organizations, the organization leverages its unique position in the emergency food chain to make an impact.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is at the heart of the work performed at Second Harvest Heartland, with equal emphasis on who we are, who we serve, and how we serve our community.
Second Harvest Heartland is a member of Feeding America—the nationwide network of more than 200 food banks serving every state in the United States. This partnership helps to significantly amplify the organization’s impact and reach by providing access to millions of pounds of surplus food and grocery donations.
Second Harvest Heartland procures food from manufacturers, farmers, hotels, restaurants, food drives and more. The organization distributes enough food for more than 100 million meals annually, ensuring food safety throughout the entire process. Food shelves, shelters, meal programs and after-school programs distribute food in the community, so that children, parents and seniors have access to food.
Critical to the success of the organization’s mission is focusing on strong results, innovation and thought leadership to accomplish the following:
Create a sustainable support system that provides access to food.
Find new, more efficient and more effective, ways to do more with the food resources in our community.
Tap into new sources of donated food; including fresh, nutritious produce from an ever-expanding network of growers, food manufacturers and processors.
Work to give more people greater access to food as well as improve support.
Additionally, the team at SHH believes in a set of core values that inform the behaviors and practices they focus on every day as they work with fellow employees and partners. These provide the ‘compass’ that guides them so that they can make their mission a reality.
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) provides both operational and strategic support to the organization. The CFO supervises the finance, accounting and information technology functions of the organization and is the chief financial spokesperson for SHH. As a key member of the Executive Team, the CFO supports the Executive Team on all strategic and tactical matters as they relate to financing, budget management, modelling and cost impact analysis, financial evaluation of short-term tactics and long terms strategies and forecasting. The CFO ensures the organization maintains compliance with all State and Federal laws and Feeding America guidelines. The CFO has responsibility for the Finance and Technology teams with two direct reports and 11 indirect reports.
Reports to: Allison O’Toole, CEO
Direct Reports: Controller Director of Information Technology
Other key relationships: Chief Operations Officer Chief People Officer Chief External Relations Officer Chief Development Officer
Position Location: Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Finance and IT Leadership
Provide leadership in the development of methodology to evaluate short and long term strategic financial objectives.
Direct and oversee all aspects of the Finance, Accounting and Information Technology functions in the organization, provide timely (monthly, quarterly, annual) and accurate analysis of budgets, financial trends, and forecasts.
Oversee the management and coordination of all fiscal reporting including: revenue/expense reports, balance sheets, reports to funding agencies, etc.
Evaluate and advise on the impact of long-range planning, introduction of new programming, evaluation of potential revenue streams and regulatory actions.
Develop new tools and systems, forward-looking predictive financial models to provide critical financial and operation informational to the Executive Team and to evaluate strategic alternatives and considerations.
Serve as a strategic partner to Development, supporting clear revenue metrics, forecasting, reconciliation, etc.
Work with the COO to ensure programmatic success through cost analysis, support, and compliance with all contractual and program requirements including inventory management.
Establish and maintain strong relationships with the Executive Team with support and advice on the financial implications of business alternatives and decisions.
Oversee the annual budgeting and forecasting process.
Provide recommendations to strategically enhance the financial performance of new and existing programs, various strategic alternatives and organization opportunities.
Provide timely and accurate analysis of the organization’s fiscal condition and trends in order to assist the CEO and the Board in performing their fiduciary responsibilities.
Proactively establish appropriate fiscal policies, controls and separation of duties to ensure sound financial practices, protection of assets and efficiency in all administrative areas.
Develop a reliable cash flow projection process and reporting mechanism that includes minimum cash threshold to meet operating needs.
Develop plan for capital expenditures to meet the future needs of the organization.
Oversee the annual financial audit, mandatory state and federal program audits, preparation and submission of the IRS 990 report and US Census reporting.
Oversee investment advisors to the organization.
Ensure 403(b) Thrift Plan is fully compliant with state and federal regulations.
Be involved with contract negotiations and review.
Lead an Enterprise Risk Management process including Disaster Recovery for business processes, support and coordinate risk assessment and mitigation activities including data and financial security and insurance program management.
Monitor changes in the business and non-profit environment and interpret the impact of changes.
Support legal and contract management systems for the organization.
Engage the Board and the Finance Committee around issues, trends, evaluation of business alternatives, long range financial and capital planning, etc.
Support the team with the collection and presentation of organization-wide performance metrics and dashboard.
Effectively build a leadership team from across the organization. Create a collaborative and energizing team dynamic, leveraging the unique strengths of team members.
Fully engage as a member of the Executive Team to guide the organization’s culture and overall environment.
Work with all departments to shape the systems and processes that create and maintain organizational efficiencies, strong communications, informed decision-making and fiscal and mission accountability.
Manage, motivate and develop staff. Conduct performance appraisals, coach staff in the development and execution of plans. Manage, mentor and develop direct reports including prioritizing work, training and coaching, providing leadership insight to problem solving, performance evaluation and regularly tracking progress on plans.
Create a positive work environment where two-way, open communications and strong sense of trust is established.
Demonstrate commitment in institutionalizing racial equity in financial stewardship, investment, and information technology.
Demonstrate a clear understanding of internal and external customers. Be an outstanding role model for customer service.
Possess and demonstrate the confidence and humility to leverage others’ expertise in tackling SHH’s big goals, from highly connected board members to highly skilled volunteers to SHH’s most sophisticated suppliers and more.
Board Interface & External Relations
Attend board meetings and support the Finance Committee.
Develop strong and trusting relationships with board members and board committee members.
Provide board summaries of operating performance as directed by CEO.
Act as an effective ambassador for SHH in external communications including representing the Food Bank in community meetings.
Participate in the Feeding America Food Bank Network and other affiliations concerning national, regional and local issues.
Planning & Evaluation Leadership
Assist the CEO and Executive Team in long range planning.
Support and review the efficacy of SHH’s programs, including the cost-effectiveness to best monitor the most efficient ways to pursue SHH’s mission.
Act as a thought leader in SHH’s national network and local community regarding data-driven answers about what really works in hunger relief.
Oversee annual organization, department and individual staff goal planning and periodic evaluation processes. Advise staff and CEO on goal achievement.
Ensure compliance with SHH’s organizational policies.
Ensure compliance with Federal, State, County, OSHA laws and Feeding America standards.
Establish and maintain department budgets.
Serve as member of the Executive Leadership Team and participate in Food Bank planning.
Demonstrate self-reflection on how their own identities, experiences, and biases will impact team culture, employee well-being, and the implementation of the organization’s strategic plan.
Supporting and collaborating on organization-wide equity and diversity efforts.
Demonstrate behavior consistent with SHH’s mission, vision, and values daily.
Understand safety policies and actively promote safe practices in the workplace.
Ability to build strong, constructive relationships with a diverse range of individual and organizational partners, where common goals can be discovered, jointly shared and owned for maximum impact.
Strong commitment to equity; ability to work with individuals from different abilities, ethnicities, genders, races, religions, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds?
Demonstrate the ability to support the work of others. A high level of understanding and respect for the urgency and needs of others. Ability to see how actions impact others. Willingness to put the needs of internal and external customers first.
Support innovation with an openness to new ideas, learning from others and flexibility to support change as needed.
Demonstrate the ability to identify issues or areas of improvement and the willingness to address them.
Maintain confidentiality of personal information of employees, volunteers, clients, donors and others.
Demonstrated enthusiasm and positive attitude.
Ideal Candidate Profile
The ideal candidate will be a bright, analytical, strategic finance professional with a successful track record of leading finance within a complex, multi-faceted for profit and/or nonprofit organization. They will have experience leading leaders, working with a board and/or senior executives, and managing a variety of funding sources.
The ideal candidate must embrace the mission of the Second Harvest Heartland, be energized by change and thrive in a fast-paced environment. They must model open communication, champion inclusion and equity by effectively engaging people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, foster a collaborative team environment and place equity at the core of decision making and culture.
Skills, Experiences and Qualifications
10+ years of experience as a senior level financial leader partnering with an Executive Team.
A broad finance background to include proficiency in FP&A, financial reporting, accounting, audit and risk.
Nonprofit financial management experience with budget of at least $30 million (preferred).
Experience leading information technology and/or implementing an ERP or system upgrade (preferred).
Prior experience managing outside relationships including banking, accounting firms and other providers.
Proven strategic planning skills together with the ability to clearly communicate goals and objectives and hold self and others accountable.
Track record of institutionalizing racial equity in their organization and with partners and other stakeholders.
A combination of education and experience generally attained through a bachelor’s degree in a related field(s) of finance, business administration, accounting or related field.
CPA or other graduate degree in a related field (preferred).
Champions Innovation Constructively challenges the prevailing wisdom or accepted ways of doing things. Pushes the organization to identify new approaches and uncover unconventional ideas that drive value using data and insights. Supports well-reasoned risks and new ideas.
Fosters Collaboration Creates an environment that supports collaboration by facilitating communication and coordination across all parts of the organization. Builds an intentional and cohesive culture that aligns functional agendas and unites the team.
Cultural Competence Models inclusion and champions equity by effectively engaging people of diverse cultures and backgrounds. Invests in building organizational capacity for inclusion and equity by maintaining an environment that is bias free.
Builds Talent Develops and maintains high-performing teams and coaches other leaders to develop their own leadership capabilities. Ensures all leaders and team members challenge and support each other while respecting others’ unique roles and contributions.
Sound Decision-Making Possesses strong intellectual curiosity and the ability to analytically, conceptually and critically evaluate information to determine relative strengths and weaknesses of ideas and proposals. Comfortable managing ambiguity and balancing action with the appropriate level of risk.
Disciplined Execution Coordinates the establishment of plans to achieve objectives, adapting and adjusting near term plans to proactively anticipate what is next. Ensures adequate capabilities are present and effectively allocates and deploys resources, time and people.
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