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Chief Financial Officer/Controller

Methodist Home for Children

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Chief Financial Officer (CFO)/Controller will have primary day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, and controlling all financial activities of Methodist Home for Children, Methodist Services and Methodist Home for Children Foundation. This position will be responsible for managing staff that will oversee all financial systems, budgeting and insurance.As a key member of the Administrative Team, the CFO/Controller will work closely with the CEO and Boards of Directors for all three divisions to report the financial health of the organization. The CFO/Controller will evaluate and implement organizational financial objectives while overseeing complex funding streams that support programming.

Specific Responsibilities

Directs the financial operations of the organization by performing the following duties personally or through fiscal staff:

  • Develops the organization’s operating and capital budgets.
  • Develops fiscal operating policies and procedures.
  • Ensures fiscal staff operate within procedures with structured check and balances.
  • Prepares reports which summarize and forecast the organization’s financial position.
  • Prepares reports required by regulatory agencies.
  • Works with the Executive Team on capital planning and purchases.
  • Maintains a current fixed asset management system.
  • Trains program administrators in fiscal operation and accountability.
  • Arranges audits of the organization’s accounts.
  • Works closely with external auditors to ensure a clean audit.
  • Staffs the Budget Committees of the Board of Directors.
  • Reports and advises on management of investments.
  • Meets regularly with external financial advisor to monitor performance and prepare reports.
  • Prepares or oversees all business, financial and investment reports for submission and approval by the Board of Directors.
  • Ensures systems for preservation of data.
  • Responsible for supervision of the fiscal staff.
  • Meets regularly with staff/department for the purpose of training, reviewing and ensuring the quality of Fiscal Department functions.
  • Works in coordination with Human Resources to manage the organization’s insurance programs.
  • Conducts disaster recovery exercises.


The CFO/Controller must understand and have passion for the goals and mission of Methodist Family Services and the children, women, and families it serves. The ability to implement strategic financial direction while modeling Methodist Home’s culture and values related to the institutional vision will be essential to the success of the candidate. The new CFO/Controller must have a track record of experiences that include evaluating systems and streamlining processes to provide pertinent financial information to internal and external constituents. The CFO/Controller must have the capacity to apply business and technical skills in a human service setting where “people values” are as important as “business values”.


A demonstrated commitment to the mission of Methodist Home for Children and the individuals and families they serve.

  • Minimum of ten years of increasingly responsible financial leadership roles, preferably in service oriented nonprofit organizations.
  • In-depth knowledge of accounting principles and systems with proven experience in analyzing operations and financial reporting.
  • Strong leadership and management skills, both strategic and tactical, and a demonstrated ability to build and mentor an effective team.
  • Capable of building collaborative relationships and effectively navigating across a highly engaged constituent base including the Administrative Team, staff, and Board members.
  • Self-confidence, humility, integrity, warmth, and a flexible personal style combined with a sense of humor that will earn the respect and attention of the organization and community.
  • Superior communication skills to express (orally and in writing) financial reporting in clear concise and understandable terms to non-financial team members and internal and external constituents.
  • Collaborative style with the ability to participate in open and thoughtful dialogue and planning with administrative colleagues, staff, and Board members.
  • Proficiency with accounting software and evaluation of various software programs.
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration or finance required; MBA, CPA or master’s degree is highly preferred.
  • Willing and able to travel locally and regionally.


Serving on average 2,800 children, women and families, annually, Methodist Home for Children is devoted to the well-being of children in all walks of life. By providing access to a safe home and family life, health of mind and body, children, adults and families can achieve their greatest potential. It is with these supports that our most vulnerable citizens can make contributions that have a positive impact in our communities. Methodist Services provides life-enriching services to children, adults and families as they face the challenges of limited resources, increased poverty and homelessness, disability, inequities in education and behavioral health services. Quality services provided include housing, childcare, education programs, permanence in families, mental health services and nutrition programs.


Methodist Home for Children arose from the sensitivity of women in Philadelphia to meet the needs of children orphaned as a result of the Civil War. Mrs. Ellen Simpson, wife of Bishop Matthew Simpson, issued a call to the women of the church to organize a charity to provide for the needy orphans. The property and buildings that comprise the Main Campus were a generous gift from Colonel Joseph Bennett in 1879. The diversity of programs offered by Methodist today reflects the changing needs of individuals, children and families in our community. Methodist Services provides the essentials for living and the social, emotional, psychological and educational supports that allow individuals, children and families to achieve their greatest potential. Although the services have changed, their commitment to strengthening families and producing the next generation of leaders has remained central to Methodist Home for Children’s mission.

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Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination
in hiring and employment, based on race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation,
age, pregnancy, disability, national origin, marital status, economic status or any other basis prohibited by Federal, State or Municipal law.

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