Chief Financial Officer – Leaders Dogs for the Blind

Job Category: Executive
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Michigan

Chief Financial Officer – Leaders Dogs for the Blind

Department:   Finance

Reports to:     Chief Executive Officer

FLSA Status:    Exempt

Salary Range: $170,000 – $204,000

Grade:             20

Remote Eligibility: Yes* Candidates for this role must live in Michigan and have the ability to report to the Leader Dog campus 2 -3 days per week


The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) serves as an integral part of the senior management team and is responsible for the financial integrity of the organization.  The CFO provides leadership and management of the organization’s finances, investments, and the strategic plan with aligned financial goals. This position is responsible for leadership and development of the finance and information technology teams.


  • Recruits, mentors, develops, and successfully manages a team to achieve the finance and IT departments’ strategic objectives and the present and future needs of the organization. 
  • Leads the budgeting process, working closely with the executive team to develop annual aligned goals and plans, as well as long-term plans and projections.
  • Oversees accounting functions, including supervision of the Controller; maintains all necessary internal control safeguards; ensures preparation of financial statements and financial analyses, and coordinates and leads the annual audit process.
  • Oversees cash, investment, and asset management planning, policies, and activities; directs financing strategies and activities; manages banking relationships.
  • Serves as Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer of the Board of Trustees, assisting the Secretary and Treasurer in the fulfillment of their responsibilities per the corporate bylaws.
  • Serves as team liaison with the Audit and Finance Committees of the Board of Trustees and their leadership.
  • On behalf of the Leader Dogs for the Blind Foundation, oversees accounting and administrative functions, and manages relationships with the Investment Consultant, Investment Managers, and Investment Custodian; serves as team liaison with the Foundation Board of Directors.
  • Oversees all aspects of information technology management and control and ensures data integrity and security; works with the IT team to identify and implement system enhancements and use of innovative technology that will improve efficiencies and support future organizational needs.
  • Provides effective leadership, advice, and counsel to the executive team on matters relating to legal compliance and ethical business practices.
  • Coordinates contractual agreements for the organization; manages relationships with legal counsel and ensures legal compliance with all applicable laws and regulations; oversees maintenance of corporate records.
  • Assesses and manages organizational risk by preparing risk analysis documents, monitoring financial reserves and liquidity, and employing risk mitigation strategies including managing the organization’s corporate insurance program.
  • Oversees the Leader Dogs for the Blind Employees’ Retirement Plan investments and ensures fiduciary responsibilities are met.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in business, management or related field required, advanced degree and/or CPA certification preferred. Seven to ten years of related experience required.  Experience with a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization strongly preferred.  


  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and structure analysis for complex business issues; ability to comprehend and create financial analysis.
  • Proven track record of exceeding goals and a bottom-line orientation; evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; abilities in problem-solving, project management and creative resourcefulness.
  • High level of business acumen, including successful P&L management and the ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of a budget.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team by utilizing empathetic leadership skills.
  • Possess awareness, understanding, and commitment to IDEA initiatives.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline driven, changing environment, manage multiple demands, work well under pressure, and work independently.
  • Highly organized multi-tasker who sets individual and team priorities and effectively monitors progress towards achievement.
  • Possess sound business judgment, exercise professional conduct, understand and follow business ethics and standards, and maintain a high level of confidentiality in all duties.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills along with strong interpersonal and organizational abilities.
  • Ability to function effectively as a member of a team, and a willingness to participate in activities and assignments that will benefit other members of the team or will contribute to the accomplishment of team objectives.
  • Proficient in use of computer spreadsheet applications, accounting software, applications, word processing and email.
  • Comfortable with and willing to work around large dogs.
  • Willing to perform general public relations duties on behalf of Leader Dog (perform tours, attend Leader Dog events, answer general questions, be a professional and courteous representative of Leader Dog, etc.).


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate and exchange accurate information using various methods including in-person, telephone, and various digital formats.    

*Remote eligibility to be determined based on business needs.

Leader Dogs for the Blind reserves the right to change, amend, add, delete, and otherwise assign any and all duties, responsibilities and position title as it deems necessary to meet the needs of its business.

Leader Dogs for the Blind is an at-will employer.  This means that the employment relationship may be ended at any time without notice by the employer or employee for any reason.  Neither this document, nor any manual issued by Leader Dogs for the Blind, is a contract of employment.

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