CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
TreePeople’s mission is to inspire, engage, and support people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment, making it safe, healthy, fun and sustainable, as well as share our process as a model for the world. Born in 1973 from the hopes and dreams of a teenager, TreePeople is now one of the largest environmental organizations headquartered in Southern California. We have inspired, engaged, and supported more than 3 million people to take action for our environment by planting and caring for trees in forests, mountains, parks, and our neighborhoods. Our unique, engaging and proven model empowers communities to plant a more resilient future and take personal responsibility for greening their neighborhoods.
Through our on-the-ground research and educational programs, TreePeople shares knowledge with policymakers, students, educators, and communities around the world. After fires burn, TreePeople reforests. When schools are covered in concrete, TreePeople creates green schoolyards. When communities experience food insecurity, TreePeople donates fruit trees. When California is drought-stricken, TreePeople designs solutions to capture rainwater. As the world faces increasing threats from a more hostile climate, TreePeople helps create actionable solutions.
Trees need people. People need trees.
ABOUT THE POSITION
TreePeople is looking for a dynamic, entrepreneurial-minded CFO. This position is ideal for a problem solver with the desire to help underserved communities address pressing challenges caused by climate change and environmental injustice. The CFO will direct all financial aspects of the organization, ensure financial stability, determine financial best practices, and create strategic plans to progress the overall financial health of the organization.
The ideal candidate is a results-driven entrepreneur with impeccable integrity and a strong sense of urgency, boasting a successful track record in mid to large-sized non-profit organizations. They excel in building robust financial systems, leveraging key performance indicators, and connecting organizational processes. With decisive leadership, strategic thinking, and the ability to drive change, the CFO oversees all finance and accounting functions, aligning overall strategy with TreePeople’s values and goals, ultimately inspiring confidence and trust within the team.
Senior Leadership & Organizational Management
- Drive the organization’s financial vision to achieve financial stability, sustainability, and growth.
- Lead and manage the finance team and provide a working environment that ensures professional development for staff.
- Coordinate annual audits to ensure timely completion of audit financial statements and present results to the Board finance committee and Board of Directors.
- Represent the Finance team at Board meetings.
- Collaborate with leadership in strategic analysis and business operations decisions.
Financial Management and Strategy
- Oversee cash flow planning, budgets, financial forecasting, and cash flow for administration of existing programs and proposed new programs.
- Develop and monitor the annual operating budget in coordination with the leadership team.
- Provide financial forecasting for current and future programs.
- Analyze and evaluate the financial impact of new opportunities and partnerships.
- Monitor the cash position of the organization, and review and approve monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports.
- Track funding sources and prepare monthly and quarterly reports.
- Develop long- and short-term financial plans that complement organizational objectives.
Resource Allocation and Compliance
- Compare projections to actual figures and budgeted expenses to actual expenses; make or oversee any necessary adjustments to future projections and budgets and report any variances.
- Coordinate with tax accountant to prepare the IRS 990 and ensure timely filing.
- Ensure efficient accounting policies, procedures, and processes are in place to maintain proper accounting records. Confirm adequate accounting controls are in place and adhered to conduct periodic cyclical audits.
- Work with Finance Committee to oversee all investments.
- Responsible for fixed assets management and depreciation calculations.
- Responsible for the accuracy of the general ledger, integrity of financial data, and ensuring financial operations are in accordance with GAAP, local, federal, and state laws and regulations.
- Must have a minimum of ten (10) years experience in accounting or finance in the nonprofit sector for organizations with revenue $10 million and above with at least five (5) years of senior leadership.
- A bachelor’s degree in a job-related field is required.
- CPA and/or advanced degree is preferred.
- Broad-based knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, processes, and practices, including financial management, audit, budget, compliance, tax return preparation and submission, legal and regulatory.
- Experience in or knowledge of local, state and federal contracts required.
- Experience planning and executing organization budgets.
- Demonstrated ability to plan and operate strategically to strengthen department infrastructure, practices, and processes.
- Remain up to date on legislative changes impacting the financial practices of the organization.
- Excellent organizational skills, including efficient handling of deadlines, ability to respond gracefully to quick-turnaround, and produce high-quality results with attention to detail.
- Exceptional hands-on leadership and management skills.
- Comfortable presenting information in a compelling, informative, and culturally relevant manner to staff and board members.
- Advanced experience with programs including Sage Intacct, QuickBooks, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Suite.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The salary range is $150K - $180K. This is a full time position located in Los Angeles, CA. Benefits for full time employees include health, dental, vision and life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, employee assistance program, flexible spending account, paid time off (vacation, sick and holidays) and more.
TreePeople is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any person because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, political affiliation or citizenship. All qualified applicants, including minorities and women, are encouraged to apply.
Applicants needing accommodation for any part of the application process may contact Envision Consulting at 626.889.7905 to request and arrange for assistance.
Envision Consulting was retained by the TreePeople to conduct the search for their incoming CFO.