Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS), a not-for-profit, multi-service human care organization, seeks an experienced, operational and visionary financial leader for the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO). A forward thinking and imaginative leader, the CFO will provide creative fiscal and strategic leadership to support the organization’s mission and continued impact. Established in 1892, LFS impacts over 45,000 people annually with services and programs offered across Nebraska as well as through offices located in Council Bluffs, Iowa and Wichita, Kansas.
With its rich history of providing human services for 128 years, Lutheran Family Services employs a staff of 313, with an operating budget in 2020 of $22.8 million. LFS served over 21,750 clients in 2018, and the LFS staff speak 30 languages. With its mission “to express God’s love for all people,” LFS programming encompasses three broad service areas: Children’s Services, including Prevention and Early Intervention, Permanency and Well-Being, and Children’s Behavioral Health; Community Services, whose programs provide high-quality direct support services for refugees, immigrants, asylees and victims of international human trafficking; and Behavioral Health Services that include outpatient mental health services and therapy, substance use treatment, sexual abuse, and specialized counseling for children, adolescents, adults and families. LFS’s corporate office is located in Omaha, Nebraska, a vibrant, attractive city that provides all the amenities of a much larger metropolitan area yet is family oriented and friendly. With a high quality of life and engaging cultural attractions, Omaha boasts an attractively low cost of living that is 19 percent less than the national average and was ranked in Forbes top 10 Most Affordable Places to Live and Work in 2019.
Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer, the CFO provides financial, technical, and operational expertise, and supervises a staff of around 10. The CFO will lead the development and implementation of financial systems and policies, and oversee all transaction processing systems and databases, including general ledger, accounts payable, billing, donor database and payroll. As the financial leader of the organization, the CFO ensures that financial reports and analysis are timely, accurate, and responsive to the need of managers. The CFO will also partner closely with Executive Team to plan for LFS’s sustainable and impactful future, while making recommendations to strategic thinking and future direction.
The CFO will address a set of key opportunities and challenges to help ensure the organization’s continuing success and future growth, including creating state of the art business operations, systems, policies and procedures to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness; developing the finance team; serving as a strategic partner to the CEO, the COO, and other members of the senior leadership team; engaging with the finance committee, audit committee, and other external boards and constituents; bringing vision, direction, and a long-term strategic thinking to the finance area of LFS; and managing diverse revenue streams with efficiency and accuracy, ensuring a robust cash flow while maintaining government regulations.
The successful Chief Financial Officer candidate will be an experienced senior financial leader with at least 10 years’ successful, progressive experience in accounting or business leadership, with expertise in finance and budgeting. The CFO will ideally bring knowledge and experience with nonprofit financial accounting and its intricacies and complexities, including familiarity with diversified streams of funding, government reporting, and accounting. The successful candidate will possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, and a transparent, straight forward and inclusive decision-making and management style, a can-do attitude and hands-on work ethic, and demonstrated strategic leadership experience. The CFO will also possess a strong commitment to LFS’s mission and values as a human service organization. The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in accounting or business and a C.P.A. A master’s degree is preferred.
Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska has retained the services of Isaacson, Miller—a national executive search firm—to assist in conducting this important search and to help identify outstanding candidates. All confidential inquiries, nominations/referrals, and resumes with cover letters should be sent electronically and in confidence to:
Lutheran Family Services (LFS) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, LFS complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.