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Chief Financial Officer

Location: New York, NY

FLSA: Exempt/Overtime Ineligible 

Benefits: Eligible

Hours Per Week: Full-time

Met Council is Americaís largest Jewish charity dedicated to serving the needy. Met Councilís ten different departments are staffed by experts who help over 305,000 clients each year and continuously advocate on behalf of all needy New Yorkers. Our holistic programs include a portfolio of 100% affordable residential buildings at 20 locations, an award-winning family violence program, comprehensive Holocaust survivor assistance services, geriatric case management including elder abuse prevention programming, benefits enrollment assistance, crisis intervention and the largest free kosher food distribution program in the world. We provide all of these services through our network of kosher and halal food pantries, affordable housing sites, and Jewish Community Centers in neighborhoods across New York City.

Position Summary:

The Chief Financial Officer (the CFO) is responsible for directing the fiscal and accounting functions of all Met Councilís operations including its affordable housing portfolio, its multi-million pound emergency food banking and distribution program, its social services programs, and all back-office operations. The CFO is responsible for all broad finance related functions including accounting, procurement, AR, AP, cash management, investments, insurance, budgeting, contractual and statutory reporting. The CFO will work closely with leadership to forecast organizational financials and improve efficiency throughout the organization. The CFO will actively oversee budgets and contracts and related data analysis for all Met Council departments and will inform and advise the Board of Directors regarding Met Councilís business operations.  

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Plan, implement, direct and evaluate the organizationís fiscal function and performance, and monitor appropriate financial control processes and procedures.
  • Participate in the development of the organizationís plans and programs as a strategic partner; evaluate and advise on long range planning, introduction of new strategies and regulatory action, oversight of capital projects.
  • Manage the budgeting process and determine income and expense limitations for restricted and unrestricted activities for each department; provide regular updates department heads.
  • Develop timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial reports and trends in order to assist the CEO and other key executives to plan the organizationís future growth.
  • In conjunction with the Audit Committee of the Board, manage the relationship with external auditors. 
  • Optimize the handling of bank relationships.
  • Develop cash flow projection process and reporting mechanisms to accounts for delays in city funding.
  • Advise on financial issues for any contract that is entered into by the organization.
  • Supervise the fiscal departments of Met Council and Met Council Housing affiliates.


  • Self starting, innovative thinker with general business acumen and the ability to process and analyze complex financial data to prepare recommendation for management and the Board
  • Significant management experience
  • Solid knowledge of internal control systems
  • Strong understanding of fiscal technology tools and solutions
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Highest level of ethics and integrity, particularly regarding maintenance of financial records

Skill and Education:

  • Degree in finance, management or a related field, CPA preferred
  • Minimum of ten years experience in executive level financial management in a complex organization
  • Deep understanding of specialized non-profit industry accounting practices and procedure
  • Thorough understanding of financial treatment of state and city contracts in a 501 (c) (3) organization