Director of Finance

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About YouthCare

YouthCare was founded in 1974 as one of the first runaway and homeless youth shelters on the West Coast. The goal was to help homeless youth find safety today and build stability for tomorrow. This passionate vision continues to drive YouthCare every day. Over these four decades, they have defined best practices, developed programs and policies that are a national standard for excellence, and ensured that young people experiencing homelessness have the hope, skills, and self-confidence needed to thrive.

YouthCare works to end youth homelessness and to ensure that young people are valued for who they are and empowered to achieve their potential. YouthCare envisions a community where no young person experiences homelessness, all young people have the opportunity to thrive, and the systems that oppress them are dismantled.

Through a combination of individualized services and a trusting relationship with a caring adult, YouthCare ensures that young people experiencing homelessness achieve long-term stability. This includes housing stability, financial stability, personal support, and wellness. Each young person receives a combination of services tailored to their individual needs and goals.

In 2019, YouthCare served 1,500 young people ranging in age from 12 to 25. This included youth participating in core programs (housing, case management, education, and employment training) as well as those who visited an engagement center for a hot meal and to connect with supportive staff and services.

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The Opportunity

The Director of Finance will have the distinct opportunity to join an organization at the forefront of ending youth homelessness as it undertakes the significant transformational work of a recently launched community capital campaign, the inauguration of a partnership with NHL Seattle Kraken/Climate Pledge Arena and the implementation of program innovations that will improve outcomes for youth. When completed, funds raised will support three key initiatives:

  • Build out The YouthCare Academy to significantly expand education and employment programming;
  • Deliver equitable compensation and professional development for staff to support the exceptional and consistent care they provide to clients; and,
  • Strengthen YouthCare’s infrastructure and organizational capacity to support this transformational work into the future.

As the most senior finance professional at the agency, the Director of Finance is responsible for all finance, budget, audit and compliance matters for an organization with a budget of $17 million, 250 employees, 1,500 clients and 14 facilities. As one of the most cross-functional roles at YouthCare, the Director of Finance has the opportunity and responsibility to build strong relationships with leadership, the board, program teams, development and operations. They serve as a key resource to the Executive Leadership Team and support the Board’s finance and real estate committees by providing positive engagement, annual budget analysis, timely financial statements and reports, and accurate input on financial matters.

Reporting to the COO, the Director of Finance will serve as a member of the Senior Leadership Team and oversee three direct reports.

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Key Priorities and Responsibilities

Financial Planning and Management
  • Partner with the COO to define the organization’s financial strategy, manage financial reporting and projections, and communicate financial requirements and implications of business decisions to executive leadership and the Board of Directors
  • Lead annual budgeting cycle, deliver clean audit, ensure compliance across all departments
  • Administer all financial transactions, including journal entries, bank reconciliations and revenue recognition.
  • Oversee grants accounting: ensure expenditures align with grants, collate financial reporting, evaluate budgets for grant proposals and classify contribution agreements
Team and Systems Management
  • Oversee functional activities of accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll
  • Ensure team members have clarity about their roles and follow nonprofit accounting best practices and requirements for accurate and compliant data
  • Ensure that shared systems and practices are understood, adapted and institutionalized across the organization
  • Develop practices that nurture strong financial systems and robust reporting infrastructure to support Programs and Administration
Financial Communications
  • Communicate and present critical financial matters to CEO, COO and the Board of Directors
  • Translate complex financial information to staff across the agency
  • Coach and educate all staff about the finance function and the need for financial processes and constraints
  • Ensure that shared systems and practices are understood, adapted and institutionalized across the organization.
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Ideal Candidate

YouthCare seeks a Director of Finance who is committed to the organization’s mission and the youth they serve. The ideal candidate possesses tenacity and perseverance driven by a sense of urgency around homeless youth. A functional expert who can see beyond the numbers to why they matter, the ideal candidate is a relationship builder who will proactively interact and share information agency-wide.

The ideal candidate brings a customer service, solutions-oriented approach. They are a collaborative problem solver who is at home in a diverse, dynamic and fiscally complex environment. Ever curious and inquisitive, the ideal candidate will connect with people individually, ask the right questions, and be able to provide the right analysis and data to inform decision-making. The flexibility to consider other points of view and meet people where they are will be critical to success.

A demonstrated track record of rigorous financial management, along with proven accounting, compliance, audit and financial analysis skills is essential. Previous experience holding final responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data, reporting and audits is valued. The ideal candidate is confident in their knowledge and not afraid to collaborate with peers to make decisions that will improve methods and policies for all.

Excellent communications skills are vital. Successful candidates are adept at translating financial information and compliance requirements into terms that are readily understood by colleagues outside the department. The ability to build strong, collaborative working relationships with a diverse group of colleagues is critical to success. The combination of financial acumen and interpersonal skills will build the trust of all staff and board to ensure they have the support they need to thrive.

The Director of Finance must operate with the highest standards and integrity. Attention to detail and accuracy are critical. The position requires keen analytical, organizational and team management skills to handle competing priorities as well as strong fluency in technology and systems.

As a manager, the ideal candidate is inclusive, open and transparent. They have excellent follow-through, listen to the team, engage them in problem solving, and foster their growth. Their expertise allows them to identify ways to help the finance team optimize their work so it can operate at the highest levels.

YouthCare’s mission is centered on social justice and anti-racism and the work to incorporate that orientation throughout the organization’s operations is ongoing. The successful candidate has a history of working with diverse populations and a demonstrated willingness to engage in the agency’s collective efforts to center equity, anti-racism and social justice in their work.

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Candidates should have a minimum of 8 or more years of progressively responsible hands-on accounting and financial management roles. Proven success working with and across teams in a complex, multi-site organization is important. Excellent accounting, budgeting, and team management skills are essential. CPA status would be an asset as would an MBA with a finance or accounting focus.

The Director of Finance must understand nonprofit accounting practices and regulations, including the 990-tax return process and A-133 audits. Experience with Abila Sage MIP Software Fund Accounting and ADP Workforce Now software is strongly preferred. Some knowledge of grants management and compliance is helpful, but not required. Ideally, work experience includes some combination of nonprofit, government, private sector and/or social enterprise.

The Director of Finance role is located in YouthCare’s Seattle office.

The salary range is $99,000 – $149,000 DOE.

To Be Considered

Please submit your resume and cover letter expressing your interest in the position and fit for the role via the Become a Candidate button. Letters may be addressed to Sarah Meyer.

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YouthCare’s EEO Statement

YouthCare is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on merit and business needs and YouthCare is committed to recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds, regardless of actual or perceived sex; race; color; religious creed; national origin; ancestry; age; marital status; pregnancy; nursing parent status; physical, mental or sensory disability; medical condition; genetic information; sexual orientation; gender (including gender identity or expression); military or veteran status; or any other basis protected by federal, state and/or local laws. People of Color and Members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

The search for a Director of Finance is being assisted by a team from GoodCitizen: 

Sarah Meyer
Vice President
Direct: 206.792.4221

Mollie Smith
Search Associate
Direct: 206.462.6190