Organization: The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey

Location: Trenton, NJ

Express Interest

About Children’s Home Society of New Jersey:

The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey (CHSONJ), a statewide not-for-profit child and family serving agency was founded in 1894 with the mission to find loving families for children, to protect children from harm, and to help parents find better ways to be parents so they can keep their children. These three facets of the CHSONJ mission remain core to this day.

What began as a foster care agency in 1894 has grown into an innovative agency with the vision that all children have secure, caring families, good health, and function well cognitively, emotionally and behaviorally. Today programs include: behavioral health/ mental health, permanency planning, community/ neighborhood based services, school based services, and early childhood and parent education services. Programs address the developmental continuum from pre-natal to adult. Please see the program timeline for the Children’s Home Society of New Jersey here.

With 300 staff and over 900 volunteers, CHSONJ serves over 59,000 at-risk infants, children, you and families yearly. For more information, please visit

The Opportunity:

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) position is a role critical to supporting CHSONJ’s ongoing growth and development. Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Executive team, the CFO will be responsible for overseeing all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities for the organization, ensuring timely and accurate financial reporting and budget processes, conducting strategic analysis of business performance and forecasting, and providing oversight of the finance and facilities.

The CFO provides direct leadership and oversight for CHSONJ’s finance functions, including oversight of CHSONJ’s accounting operations; compliance with relevant government regulations, including a significant Head Start program, and ensuring that business operations systems run smoothly and efficiently. S/he will also take an active role in partnering with the Chief Executive Officer and Vice President to ensure that revenue and expense forecasting and staff allocation are managed effectively.

The role is crucial in enabling the organization to achieve its mission, grow its activities, and operate efficiently, and is a core part of the organization’s Executive team.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate and direct the preparation of the budget and financial forecasts, institute and maintain other planning and control procedures including cost accounting system and analyze and report variances
  • Coordinate and direct procurement, or investment activities of all or part of an organization within agency’s policies and accounting practices
  • Develop internal control policies, guidelines, and procedures for activities such as budget administration, cash and credit management, and accounting
  • Prepare or direct preparation of financial statements consistent with GAPP, business activity reports, financial position forecasts, annual budgets, and/or reports required by regulatory agencies including year end financial statements with supporting information
  • Advise management on short-term and long-term financial objectives, policies, and actions
  • Analyze the financial details of past, present, and expected operations to identify development opportunities and areas where improvement is needed
  • Delegate authority for the receipt, disbursement, banking, protection, and custody of funds, securities, and financial instruments; prepare/negotiate approved borrowing arrangements and interface with banks
  • Evaluate needs for procurement of funds and investment of surpluses, and make appropriate recommendations
  • Lead staff training and development in budgeting and financial management areas
  • Maintain current knowledge of organizational policies and procedures, federal and state policies and directives, and current accounting standards
  • Coordinate and direct facilities and insurances and pension reviews
  • Inform Directors of their program’s monthly fiscal status
  • Supervise and oversee eight facilities and a facilities coordinator
  • Assess and upgrade finance organization as needed to meet the changing need of the business

Candidate Profile:

  • A seasoned leader with at least ten to fifteen years of broad finance experience, ideally with at least five years in a social services environment with a Head Start component
  • Deep knowledge of general accounting procedures and experience with budgeting, forecasting and cash flow management; experience in audits and state and federal contracts
  • The ability to serve as a strategic thought partner and engage in creative, entrepreneurial thinking as well as the execution skills required to operationalize new initiatives
  • Experience translating financial information and data into insights and strategic recommendations that are aligned with organizational vision and mission
  • Exceptional communications and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with a highly engaged, diverse, and committed team
  • Excellent people-management skills and a proven ability to mentor, motivate, and support a diverse team through inclusive leadership practices and collaborative problem solving
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to turn data into insights and anticipate questions and problems; relentless results-orientation
  • Unwavering commitment to the agency mission


The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here.

The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit