Chief Financial Officer @ Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Chief Financial Officer

The Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) serves as part of the senior management team and directly supports the top professional officer on the local, national, and overseas agenda. The CFO is responsible for:

1. Supporting the President with financial data and guidance, vision, and strategic thought. Participates in Senior Management Team. As required, may also:

-Participate in discussions or negotiations with local agencies/synagogues.
-Interact with Jewish Federations of North America or Israeli entities on national/international issues.

2. Interpreting financial performance to lay leadership and professional management.

3. Establishing and maintaining a climate of trust and serving as a trusted advisor to lay leadership, donors and professional management.

4. Overseeing

-management of Federation’s assets including cash, investments, and real property
-financial and tax reporting
-internal and external audit process
-information technology
-employee benefit programs
-Federation and agency risk management
-legal matters
-Federation business operations

5. Supervising the Fiscal Department staff and the Chief Information Officer.

6. Participating in national leadership amongst Financial Officers in the Federation system.

7. Coordinating all legal matters
-Maintains relationships with all firms providing legal counsel to Federation.
-Negotiates contracts, settlements, or other legal issues as needed.

8. Supporting Resource Development
-Ensures efficient, timely financial reporting and support of all financial resource development efforts.
-Ensures that the Fiscal Department staff provides excellent donor services.
-Reviews proposed agreements and other matters for planned giving vehicles and donor advised funds, and generally facilitates gift -acceptance process in coordination with the Endowment staff, Business Manager or Director of Finance.
-Accompanies Development Officers on donor visits, as needed.
-Builds relationships and stewards certain donors based on relationships built over time.
-Participates on Special Gifts team during Campaign.
-Stays current on developments in the field of planned giving.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics
-High level of written and oral communication
-Knowledge of the nonprofit sector
-Strong analytical, problem resolution and negotiation skills
-Ability to interact effectively and professionally with colleagues, professional advisors, donors, and volunteers

Education, Training and/or Experience
-Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or business administration
-Master’s degree or equivalent experience
-Experience with and knowledge of investments
-10+ years of progressively responsible experience
-Experience partnering with an executive team
-Fundraising experience or willingness to participate in fundraising

Physical Demands:
Nature of work requires an ability to operate standard business office equipment. Also requires ability to communicate and exchange information, collect, compile, and prepare work documents, set-up and maintain work files as well as sitting at a computer desk. Travel by automobile may be required occasionally.

Please indicate if this position requires heavy lifting ?Yes ?No (If YES, please explain below)

Working Conditions:
Work performed in a general office environment. The position may require availability for additional hours during peak periods. Requires periodic participation and attendance at organization sponsored events and meetings.

This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties or skills required for the job and is subject to review and change at any time, with or without notice, in accordance with the needs of Jewish Federation of Cleveland. Since no job description can detail all the duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a job, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a job, reasonably required for its performance, or required due to the changing nature of the job shall also be considered part of the jobholder’s responsibility.

About the Federation:
The Jewish Federation of Cleveland is the only organization in Cleveland that focuses on the health and vitality of the entire Jewish community. For more than 115 years, the Federation has created the critical scale necessary to drive meaningful social change and provide relief in times of crisis in ways no one person or organization could do alone. As Jewish Cleveland’s hub for innovative solutions and collaborative services, the Federation is able to change and improve lives in Cleveland, Israel, and around the world.

Application Instructions

Applicants apply directly to Employer.

Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, medical, vision, dental, leave early for Shabbat
  • Preferred Experience: Senior Professional (10+ years)
  • Preferred Degree: Masters
  • Job Posted: 2021-03-24
  • Times this job has been viewed: 744 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Accounting & Finance, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Organization Type: Federation
Job Location
Jewish Federation of Cleveland
25701 Science Park Dr.
Beachwood , Ohio 44122


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