Chief Financial Officer

About San Diego LGBT Community Center (The Center)

Established as a community non-profit in 1972, the mission of The Center is to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, nonbinary, immigrant, and HIV communities for the betterment of our entire San Diego region. Our vision is to create a Center and Center culture where every person feels and knows that they are welcomed, valued, and supported. As the beacon for our regional LGBTQ community, we actively recommit to being a more vibrant, bold, innovative, safe, and modern center each day than the day before. The Center provides advocacy and critical health and social support services to support our community members through all stages of life, focusing on our deeply held values of equity, social justice, and client-centered, trauma-informed care.

The San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, Inc., (d.b.a., The Center) is one of the largest and most vibrant LGBTQ community centers in the nation with eight sites across San Diego County. Functioning as the San Diego LGBTQ community’s anchor organization, The Center is led by a 12-member Board of Directors, employs 124 paid staff, and utilizes more than 1,200 community volunteers to achieve its twin goals of promoting LGBTQ health/wellness and human rights. The Center is mission driven to provide targeted programs and services to the full diversity of San Diego’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, nonbinary, immigrant, and HIV communities to the betterment of our entire San Diego region. The Center provides more than 80,000 direct service visits annually and through its events, activities, and advocacy, touches the lives of thousands more.

The Center is a leader in working toward solving San Diego’s housing crisis, especially as it affects our LGBTQ community. In the last few years, The Center has expanded our housing programs and resources from one program – the Sunburst Youth Housing Project, a 23-unit building specifically for youth experiencing homelessness – to a continuum of services. These programs include North Park Senior Apartments, in partnership with Community Housing Works; Karibu, a permanent supportive housing program for individuals, couples, and families; LGBTQ Safe S.T.A.Y., an overnight emergency housing program for transitional age youth; a Host Home program; a Family Reunification program; Rental Assistance and Homelessness Prevention & Diversion services; and Project Compassion, an action-based program that provides direct supportive resources for those experiencing homelessness.

Through advocacy, civic engagement, and coalition building, The Center works to promote LGBTQ health and wellness, fight anti-Black racism, and advance human rights by amplifying the voices of families and community members who remain most marginalized—low-income residents, communities of color, immigrants, and refugees. A core value of The Center is that the health and wellness of our community cannot thrive without strong advocacy and community power.

San Diego LGBT Community Center is a tax-exempt, 501(c)3 public charity with approximately $33 million in assets and an annual revenue of $13.5 million.

The Opportunity

Through a strategic expansion in contracts driven funding, The San Diego LGBT Community Center has experienced exponential growth in the last five years. As such, we are looking for a dynamic, strategic, and solution-focused leader as The Center’s next Chief Financial Officer (CFO). This leader will have the exciting opportunity to build upon the organization’s success in meeting the current needs and responding to the emerging needs of San Diego’s LGBTQ+ community.

Reporting to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer with a dotted line to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Financial Officer directly manages the accounting, financial planning and analysis, tax, treasury, and business development functions of the Center. Providing critical analysis and strategy development, the CFO is a trusted advisor to the Deputy CEO, CEO, and Board of Directors and a key member of the Senior Team guiding the financial and revenue development direction of the organization.

The Chief Financial Officer will be highly skilled in change management and will bring a track record of managing finances in high growth and complex organizations with an eye on risk management and compliance. The CFO will be instrumental in driving a culture of customer service, relationship building, trust, and collaboration, as well as transparency around the financials. The CFO will manage a team of 3 direct reports (Controller, Sr. Director of People & Culture with oversight of IT and Volunteer program, and the Senior Contract Administrator) and a total team of 16. This leader will bring a high degree of emotional intelligence and ability to engage and work collaboratively and effectively with senior leaders, staff, Board, funders, program leaders, and external partners.

The CFO will join a dynamic and high growth environment working with 40 contracts and funders of differing needs and requirements. The Chief Financial Officer will actively serve on the leadership team and will be a trusted leader, collaborator, manager, and advisor within the San Diego LGBT Center. This is an exciting opportunity for the right financial leader with a genuine interest in the community and the impact that The Center has given its tenure and growth as the fifth largest LGBT center in the country.



  • Foster strategic partnerships with the Senior Team and Board of Directors to implement a financial vision, maintain fiscal health, and ensure efficient operations across the Center; 
  • Work closely with the Senior Team and attorney to reduce risk to the organization; 
  • Collaborate as a member of the Senior Team providing strategic financial and analytical input into critical Center decisions; 
  • Present timely, clear, and accessible reports and ad hoc analyses to the Board of Directors, Finance and Investment Committees, and the Senior Executive Team; 
  • Contribute to the adoption and implementation of new initiatives that maintain the Center’s fiscal health; 
  • Manage all banking relationships for treasury functions, investments, and debt instruments; 
  • Hire, train, develop, and engage members of the finance team. Provide coaching and mentoring to colleagues across the organization to increase organizational financial literacy. 
  • In collaboration with the COO, develop large ($500,000+) grant budgets alignment with the goals of the annual budget and Strategic Plan.
  • Implement, maintain, and monitor financial and administrative controls necessary to safeguard all assets and to ensure the integrity of financial reporting. 
  • Serve as the primary contact with the Center’s outside auditors (that includes an agency audit and single audit) and tax advisors (BDO-they are an outside accounting firm that is doing a one-off assessment); 
  • Attend meetings and present reports and updates to the Audit Committee, Finance Committee, and Investment Committees of the Board; 
  • Coordinate the preparation and filing of required government reports, including IRS Form 990; 
  • Oversee the management of all government contracts to ensure administrative and program compliance and maximize revenue;
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of updated accounting/financial policies and procedures;
  • Prepare annual operating budgets and forecasts in partnership with the Senior Team, Leadership Team, and Managers and Directors Team;
  • Provide leadership to change management initiatives that seek to optimize operations and contain or reduce expenses in accordance with Senior Team strategies and risk tolerance assessments;
  • With the COO, analyze program operating results to identify
    potential issues and opportunities.
The Chief Financial Officer will drive a culture of fiscal responsibility and lead change through collaboration and consensus building. A self-directed leader, they will bring strong interpersonal and communication skills as well as deep financial technical competence and direct knowledge of best practices and experience in managing the HR, IT and Volunteer functions of an organization and/or partnering closely in advancing strategic initiatives related to these functions. The CFO will be deeply committed to equity and to creating a culture of inclusion. The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years’ financial leadership experience in a large and complex organization; accounting expertise, including ideally nonprofit accounting; demonstrated grant administration and government contracts experience. A Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business management, or finance is required. A CPA or MBA is ideal. Bilingual English/Spanish is a plus. While no one candidate will possess every quality outlined for this position, a successful candidate will bring many of the following professional competencies and personal attributes:
The CFO will have a passion for the mission of San Diego LGBT Center and a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This leader will have an appreciation for and/or experience working within the LGBTQ+ community and be familiar with issues impacting and relevant to LGBTQ+ people. The CFO will recognize the essential components of the organization’s programs and why they are imperative to achieving its mission. The CFO will have a clear understanding of how their role contributes to the vision and mission of The San Diego LGBT Center and will be an individual of unquestionable ethics and integrity.
The CFO will be a strategic partner to the CEO, Deputy CEO, Senior Staff and Board of Directors in developing and implementing a financial vision ensuring the organization’s financial health and future sustainability. This leader will be proactive in anticipating problems, identifying trends, and developing innovative solutions in an ever changing and high growth environment. This executive will balance the ability to be strategic and hands-on as needed, with strong delegation skills and a commitment to building, nurturing, and retaining a committed team of professionals that is focused on customer service, accountability, transparency, and efficiency. The CFO will be able to navigate through ambiguity and will be adaptable as priorities emerge and change, balancing multiple tasks and projects efficiently and effectively.
The Chief Financial Officer must possess significant financial and technical expertise as a financial  professional and business leader, understanding the big picture and able to dive into the details  as needed. This leader will bring experience managing or partnering closely with administrative  functions including People and Culture, IT and Contracts Administration. This executive must be knowledgeable and facility in the application of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)  and financial management, including fund accounting, cash management, financial planning  and analysis, debt-servicing, risk management, lease accounting and capital projects. The CFO  will understand uniform guidance requirements as it relates to single audits and have a strong background in contracts, grants, accounting, and compliance requirements. This leader will ensure the budgeting process is collaborative, transparent and streamlined,  providing timely and accurate financial reports to the CEO and Board. The CFO will proactively partner with the CEO and Senior Team on revenue development/grant opportunities to guide strategic decisions. This executive will understand and provide key financial advice and counsel around tactical decision-making, along with administering day-to-day financial functions at a high level. This leader will have knowledge of industry standard tools and metrics. 
The Chief Financial Officer will bring a measurable track record in operational excellence, with strong proficiency with systems and technology to streamline workflows, simplify policies and  procedures and eliminate redundancies. This leader will be resourceful, able to set priorities aligned to the mission, problem solve, and guide appropriate investment in human capital and systems for optimal performance and alignment to present and future organizational needs. An effective change manager, this individual will have an inclusive approach with the ability to gain consensus working with a diverse group of stakeholders. The leader will cultivate an inclusive and 
equitable culture of engagement and belonging, while gaining consensus working with a diverse group of constituents. 
The CFO will be a leader who sees the humanity in the day-to-day work of The Center and inspire others to work together to achieve a common purpose. A team player and partner, this leader will have the emotional intelligence to build effective relationships across the organization, contributing to a culture of trust, respect, and collaboration. The CFO will work across all levels of the organization and will be an accessible hands-on partner to help enable solutions while decreasing barriers, and address pressing issues and explore potential opportunities. This effective communicator will translate the financials into language that is accessible, understandable, and clear, creating clarity and buy-in around strategic financial priorities throughout the organization. 
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The salary range for this role is $160,000 – $175,000 with a generous benefits package. Benefits: The CENTER offers a robust benefits package, inclusive of Competitive Pay Scales, 401(k) Retirement Plan (with company match), Flex Time Opportunities, Full Medical, Dental, Vision, and Chiropractic Health Coverage, Out-of-Pocket Optional Coverage for Spouses, Domestic Partners, and Dependent Children, Full-time and Part-Time Schedules, Generous Vacation and Holiday Benefits, Professional Training & Development Experiences, Opportunities for Promotion & Advancement. 
As of 04/01/2023, the Center has relaxed its COVID-19 vaccination requirement for employment. New employees are encouraged but not required to be vaccinated. The Center reserves the right to amend this requirement based on health concerns and/or governmental recommendations to protect the well-being of our community. If this requirement changes, employees will have 30 days to comply.

Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Express interest in this role by filling out our Talent Profile or email All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process. 
The San Diego LGBT Community Center is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

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