Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer

The Legal Aid Society

New York, NY   |   September 8, 2020

About The Legal Aid Society

The Legal Aid Society, the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit law firm serving New York City, exists for one simple yet powerful reason: to ensure that no one is denied the right to equal justice because of poverty. For over 140 years, The Legal Aid Society has protected, defended, and advocated for those who have struggled in silence for far too long – working on the front lines and behind the scenes to offer their clients the exceptional legal services they deserve. Through their Civil, Criminal Defense, and Juvenile Rights Practices, The Legal Aid Society offers an unmatched depth and breadth of legal expertise to vulnerable New Yorkers in over 300,000 legal matters each and every year. Every day, in every borough.

The leadership of The Legal Aid Society is committed to a work culture of zealous advocacy, respect, diversity and inclusion, client-oriented defense, access to justice, and excellent representation. The Legal Aid Society is dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of their clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. The Legal Aid Society’s ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all staff.

For more information on The Legal Aid Society, please visit their website.

The Opportunity

This is an opportunity for an experienced financial leader to build upon The Legal Aid Society’s current strengths to further develop a strong, collaborative, and strategic finance division. Working in close partnership with the senior leadership and administrative teams, the CFO will provide leadership to a finance team whose mission is to leverage and maximize financial resources for current and anticipated programs and to help ensure a robust, sustainable future for The Legal Aid Society.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Promote and ensure a culture of financial transparency, consistent communication, and meaningful collaboration with colleagues;
  • Oversee all accounting and finance activities for the organization, and ensure accounting procedures are in compliance;
  • Monitor contracts to ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local government requirements as well as public and private grantor and donor requirements;
  • Create and oversee a strong control environment for the organization, including planning, updating, and managing internal controls and fraud prevention systems, key policies and procedures, and train staff on the importance of such controls;
  • Provide analysis and recommendations to inform program decisions, new initiatives, and the allocation of resources;
  • Lead annual budgeting process, regularly review income and expenditures against budget, and work with senior leadership team to manage budgets and financial results;
  • Conduct regular financial analysis, prepare reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends;
  • Oversee day-to-day accounting practices, and ensure that month-end close is efficient, timely, and accurate;
  • Serve as primary contact for auditors, and oversee the annual audit process, including preparation of supporting documentation, draft audited financial statements and tax returns.
Candidate Profile

The Chief Financial Officer will be strategic and results-driven, with strong leadership skills and a proven track record of success managing large teams and complex contract reporting requirements. This leader will have a robust background in finance, accounting, internal controls, financial planning and analysis, forecasting and reporting, cash management, and audit and compliance. This individual will also have strong relationship-building capabilities, and a solutions-oriented approach to challenges.

Ideal candidates will have most, if not all, of the following core competencies, personal qualities, and qualifications:

Strategic Leadership & Management

  • Strategic orientation and hands-on approach, having at least 15 years of financial management experience including large, diverse, complex not-for-profit organizations; experience with unions a plus;
  • Deep experience mentoring and supporting a large finance team, fostering a culture of respect, communication, and transparency; Commitment to fostering and building a diverse team;
  • Comfort with technology; ability to update systems and processes using technology, and the ability to manage and train team members on new ways of executing the work.

Collaboration, & Communication

  • Collaborative and flexible style, a strong commitment to internal customer service, and the highest commitment to professionalism and integrity;
  • An effective communicator at all levels in the organization, with impeccable oral and written communication skills;
  • Able and willing to translate financial information and best practices to non-financial staff at all levels.

Expertise in Finance and Accounting

  • Excellent finance, analytic and accounting skills, desire to work in a dynamic environment, and significant experience in leading a finance team;
  • Ability to translate business needs into budgets and vice-versa, while putting information into the hands of the leaders to make good, timely business decisions;
  • Creative problem-solver and fixer who can create management tools that will help those on the front lines;
  • Experience with government contracts is a must.

Koya Leadership Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Trisha Sutrisno and Amber Gomes are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please visit this link or email [email protected] or [email protected] All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.


The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer – women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ communities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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