Chief Financial Officer

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Families First is Georgia’s leading non-profit family service agency. We assist over 40,000 children, women and families each year, and we have been serving metro Atlanta for 120 years. Our mission is to ensure the success of children in jeopardy by empowering families.


Everything our agency does is about strengthening families—all kinds of families with all kinds of needs. We foster strong communities by delivering empowering and sustainable solutions to children and families—solutions that improve child well-being and family self-sufficiency. Families First accomplishes this by focusing on three impact areas:


  • Child & Youth Permanency – to ensure long-term stability and support, we provide adoption, foster care and residential group homes for children whose lives have been disrupted.
  • Family Sustainability & Empowerment – we work collaboratively with other organizations to provide self-sufficiency through housing and supportive services for chronically homeless families.
  • Healthy Families & Relationships – we offer training and affordable counseling solutions to equip parents and families with critical skills to build healthy and strong relationships.

Job Description

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will report directly to the CEO and serve as a member of the senior management team leading the agency’s efforts to be a service and policy leader in the child welfare arena.  The CFO is responsible for directing the fiscal functions of the agency in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board and other regulatory and advisory organizations and in accordance with financial management techniques and practices appropriate within the non-profit arena and for similar size organizations.  Families First is absolutely committed to quality customer service, proper stewardship of funding, implementing best practices, leading innovation in the delivery of services, strategic partnerships and results based leadership.  Families First's total assets were valued at $13.7 million including $9.9 million worth of investments ASIC June 30, 2013. Total revenue for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013 was $10 million and expenses of $10 million.


The CFO will oversee the Accounting, IT, and Building/Property Maintenance departments and their respective initiatives. Direct reports consist of the Accounting Manager, IT Manager, and part-time Maintenance Manager. The CFO will lead this talented team in achieving department and agency goals as well as contract deliverables.  The CFO will also be responsible for partnering with senior management to establish standards and best practices that support the agency’s strategic plan, as well as managing the overall financial reporting of the agency.  This includes developing budgets and timely, accurate monthly financial statements that compare actual to budget for the current month and the year-to-date; analyze and react to negative variances and develop recommendations for improvements.  Other key responsibilities include:


  • Work closely with CEO and Department Heads to ensure a comprehensive understanding of all financial results reported and how to leverage information reported to better drive financial results.
  • Work closely with Finance Committee, Audit Committee, Board of Directors, Endowment Committee, Building and Property Committee, External Auditors and Retirement Plan Vendor, and C Suite team in regard to finance, property and pension/401(k) responsibilities.
  • Forecast capital, facilities and staff requirements; identify monetary resources and develop action plans.
  • Establish finance operational strategies by evaluating trends and program cost benefits.
  • Identify and implement opportunities for cost reduction and system enhancements.
  • Maintain all banking and risk management relationships and ensure compliance to covenants and conditions.
  • Manage the Treasury function.
  • Oversee Building and Property function for all owned and leased locations.
  • Monitor compliance with various grant record keeping and billing requirements in alignment with A-133 guidelines.
  • Provide mentoring and growth counseling to direct reports and ensure staff is properly trained and cross trained.
  • Oversee pension/401(k) plan including interface with external vendor and annual audit.


Families First is seeking a candidate with at least 10 years of progressive financial experience, preferably with a not-for-profit company with A-133 audit experience.  Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance; MBA or CPA strongly preferred.  The candidate must have a minimum of 5 years experience in a management or leadership role as well as prior experience in Fund Accounting.  We also seek a candidate who understands and conducts business consistent with the agency’s mission and guiding principles. Successful candidates will have experience managing finance (accounting, budgeting, control and reporting) for a nonprofit with multiple funding sources including government (federal and state) contracts. Applicants must be proficient in Word, Excel, Financial Edge, and Raiser’s Edge software.


Families First is an equal opportunity employer, and a diverse set of compelling candidates is being sought for formal consideration. Among the assets being sought are the following:

Critical Competencies and Skill Sets


  • Demonstrated program vision, leadership and personal accomplishments.
  • Ability to deliver effective plans and results against short- and long-term goals.
  • A results oriented leader with a record of success in having developed and implemented department strategies that supported an organization moving to the next level.
  • A strong grasp of the “business side” of nonprofits.  Success with change management and culture shifts. 



  • A servant and results based leader with demonstrated experience leading a culture of success built on collective performance and personal accountability.
  • Low tolerance for silos and a high affinity for collaboration and “team”.
  • A well-organized, process oriented leader who brings sound financial understanding of social service program management and operations with a passion for measuring and improving outcomes.


Personal values and characteristics


  • An inspiring, consensus-building leader with a bias to action.
  • Skills in leading, inspiring and engaging people to produce high-quality results.
  • An outstanding, enthusiastic relationship builder with high emotional intelligence.
  • An approach that is collegial, collaborative and accessible, yet self-confident and effective.
  • A deep-seated passion for the mission, vision and impact of the agency.


As a part of the senior management team, the CFO will be expected to represent the Agency to financial partners, including financial institutions, investors, foundation executives, and auditors, and remain up to date on nonprofit audit best practices and state and federal law regarding nonprofit operations.


Qualified applicants may apply on-line at:


Additional Information

Families First provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, citizenship status, disability or any other legally protected status. We prohibit discrimination in decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, training, termination, promotions, or any other condition of employment or career development. 

If you are an individual with a disability and require accommodation to complete any part of the application process, are limited in ability, or unable to access or use the online application process and need an alternative method for applying, you may contact our Helpline at 404-853-2876 or email for assistance.


Families First is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to Affirmative Action and Workforce Diversity. 

Families First participates in E-Verify.