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Chief Financial Officer

Employment Type: Full-Time
The Center for Disability Rights (CDR) is a disability led, not-for-profit Corporation. We provide services to people with disabilities and seniors within the framework of an Independent Living Model which promotes independence of people with all types of disabilities, enabling choice in living setting, full access to the community, and control of their life.

CDR works for national, state, and local systemic change to advance the rights of people with disabilities by supporting direct action, coalition building, community organizing, policy analysis, litigation, training for advocates, and community education. CDR advocates for the full integration, independence, and civil rights of people with disabilities.

CDR is based in Rochester, NY. The organization operates a subsidiary licensed home care services agency and provides administrative services to a second nonprofit. The organizations have six locations around New York State, primarily in the Genesee/Finger Lakes region. They employ approximately 250 staff, and over 1,400 attendants work through CDR as a fiscal intermediary providing Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Services to approximately 100 individuals with disabilities. CDR serves over 10,000 people throughout the state and has a budget of more than $40 million.

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for all financial matters of CDR and its affiliate organizations. The CFO reports to and work closely with the President/CEO. In addition, the CFO partners with the executive leadership and the board of directors to develop and implement strategies across the organization. The CFO assists the board in monitoring financial operations while complying with all applicable regulations, partners with the management team to align company financials with strategic direction, and implements processes to support the business needs of the organization. The CFO must be able to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in an autonomous and deadline-oriented workplace while managing the finance, clerical and human resource operations.
  • Oversee cash flow planning and ensure availability of funds as needed.
  • Oversee cash, investment, and asset management.
  • Oversee financing strategies and activities, as well as banking relationships.
  • Develop and utilize forward-looking, predictive models and activity-based financial analyses to provide insight into the organization's operations and business plans.

Planning, Policy, and Investor Relations
  • Coordinate the development and monitoring of operating and capital budgets for multiple organizations.
  • Develop financial business plans and forecasts.
  • Participate in corporate policy development as a member of the senior management team.
  • Engage the finance committee of the board of directors to develop short-, medium-, and long-term financial plans and projections.
  • Represent the company to financial partners, including funders, financial institutions, auditors, and public officials.
  • Remain up to date on nonprofit audit best practices and state and federal law regarding nonprofit operations.

Accounting and Administration
  • Oversee the finance department to ensure proper operation of all accounting systems and function; supervise CDR's finance, clerical and human resource function providing direct supervision to three Assistant Directors.
  • Ensure maintenance of appropriate internal controls and financial procedures.
  • Ensure timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial and management reporting for federal and state funders, foundations, and board of directors; oversee the preparation and communication of monthly and annual financial statements.
  • Ensure timely, accurate and complete billing and payment for CDR services.
  • Coordinate audits and proper filing of tax returns.
  • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial functions.
The CFO will be a seasoned and mature leader with at least 12-15 years of broad finance experience, ideally beginning in audit, followed by experience gathering and evaluating financial information and making actionable recommendations to senior leadership. She or he will ideally have experience managing finance (accounting, budgeting, control, and reporting) for a complex nonprofit with multiple funding sources including government (federal and state) contracts and an affiliate structure with diverse program areas delivered nationally.

The CFO will have the following experience and attributes:
  • A minimum of a BS; a CPA and/or Master's Degree in Accounting, Finance or Management preferred.
  • At least five (5) years of experience, preferably in a nonprofit organization with a budget of at least $10 million.
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of the Office of Management and Budget Circular A133 audit.
  • Experience and comfort working with information technology staff to manage finance and accounting software, including custom-coded, proprietary IT systems.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, team management, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent analytical and abstract reasoning skills, plus excellent organizational skills.

Preferred Knowledge/Experience
  • Familiarity with Medicaid billing and managed care billing
  • NYS Consolidated Financial Report (CFR)
  • NYS DOH Personal Care Program Cost Report (PCPCR)
Language Required: None
Minimum Education: Bachelors Degree
Minimum Experience: 5-10 years
Contact Name: Human Resources
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (585) 546-7510
The Center for Disability Rights strives to be a participant controlled, cross disability organization that is reflective of the community it serves. CDR values diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, cultural or ethnic group membership, disability status, educational level, family status, gender, income, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply. CDR will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
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