Director of Finance

Finance · Emeryville, California
Department Finance
Employment Type Full-Time Exempt
Minimum Experience Executive
Compensation $84,000 annually


California Youth Connection (CYC), founded in 1988, is a non-profit youth-led organization that cultivates youth leadership to transform the foster care system through legislative, practice, and policy change. We implement our youth-led model through base-building and providing a strong foundation and support for diverse approaches to leadership. We believe outstanding people are the key to our success. As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit individuals without discrimination of race, national origin, religion, gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, marital status, veteran status, or age.


The Director of Finance performs a variety of complex administrative functions related to accounting processes, including planning, developing, and organizing all accounting operations (financial reporting, record keeping, disbursement processing, purchasing, payroll, and related functions); overseeing the maintenance of the general ledger; coordinating annual audits and other year-end activities; assuring adherence to accounting standards and to generally accepted accounting principles; assisting in the oversight of debt; and developing, designing and implementing policies, procedures and internal controls. This position is also responsible for collaborating and communicating with employees, vendors, and members/supporters to ensure accuracy of financial transactions.


ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to


Financial Management:

  • Prepare, analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; collate financial reporting materials for all donor segments, and oversee all financial, project/program, and grants accounting.
  • Coordinate and lead the annual audit process, liaise with external auditors, and the finance committee of the board of directors; assess and implement any changes needed.
  • Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the ED and the leadership team; administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership team abreast of the organization’s financial status.
  • Assist CYC’s leadership team in the annual budgeting and planning process, administer, and review all financial plans and compare to actual results with a view to identify, explain, and correct variances as appropriate.
  • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting.
  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Maintain internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue costs, and program budgets, and actual expenditures.
  • Oversee all financial project/program and grants accounting: ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant and program budgets throughout the grant/fund period: collate financial reporting materials for government, corporate, and foundation grants:
  • Implement a robust contracts management and financial management/reporting system; ensure that the contract billing and collection schedule is adhered to and that financial data and cash flow are steady and support operational requirements.
  • Update and implement all necessary financial management policies and accounting practices; improve the finance department’s overall policy and procedure manual.
  • Effectively communicate and present critical financial matters to the Board of Directors.


Accounting and Administration:

  • Oversee the accounting department to ensure proper maintenance of all accounting systems and functions; supervise CYC’s finance staff (if any in the future)
  • Ensure maintenance of appropriate internal controls and financial procedures
  • Ensure timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial and management reporting for federal, state, county funders, foundations, and CYC’s Board of Directors.
  • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial functions, including annual audit and filing of tax returns.




Knowledge of:

  • Applicable state, federal and local codes, laws, rules and regulations, and legislative issues.
  • Policies and processes as related to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and accounting standards.
  • Grant management and auditing requirements.
  • Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting and implementation.
  • Management of staff and activities, either directly or through subordinate supervision.
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of effective customer service and collaborative problem-solving.
  • Methods and techniques of research, statistical analysis, and report presentation.
  • Budget development processes and procedures.
  • Project management techniques, including contract management.
  • Principles, theories, and practices of accounting, auditing, budgeting, and financial management.
  • Understanding of risk management processes and procedures.


Skills in:

  • Planning, organizing, assigning, directing, reviewing, and evaluating the work of staff; and providing training.
  • Using tact, discretion, initiative, and independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Developing and implementing policies and procedures.
  • Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence, and other written materials.
  • Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up on assignments with a minimum of direction.



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in a related field; or 
  • At least eight years of progressive experience working in non-profit finance
  • Proficiency with QuickBooks Online, MS Office Suite, Gmail, Google-Docs and Calendar, database programs, and other online information management
  • Experience and working with teams that have diverse skill levels
  • Excellent multi-tasking and organizational skills with outstanding attention to detail and follow-through
  • Creative approach to the work with a lens for considering multiple perspectives and needs when implementing systems



  • Strong commitment to the organization’s mission and values, including a love for working with young people
  • Talent and interest in creating and managing systems
  • Ability to develop trusting relationships with diverse individuals from many different backgrounds
  • Flexible, adaptable, and dependable working individually and in teams
  • Curiosity and love of continuous learning
  • Exercise good judgment and maintain confidentiality



The salary for this position is $84,000. Because we know that the practice of salary negotiation can contribute to pay inequities, this salary is non-negotiable. We will share more about our approach to compensation with final candidates.



Health, vision, and dental insurance
Simple IRA Retirement (up 3% match)

Vacation Time
Sick time
Life/Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)


Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job’s essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to travel by plane, train, bus, and rental cars; drive and transport young people; remain in the stationary position for long periods while operating a computer to create documents, conducting Internet research, sending and receiving email and participating in meetings; communicate on a telephone and in-person; read and write’ apply logic and focus attention in the presence of distractions.

California Youth Connection is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the belief that each individual is entitled to equal employment opportunity.


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  • Location
    Emeryville, California
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time Exempt
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $84,000 annually