The Guidance Center,

Chief Financial Officer

1 month ago
Employment type
Los Angeles


Based in Long Beach, The Guidance Center provides comprehensive mental health treatment to the community’s most disadvantaged children and their families struggling with mental illness and abuse, leading them toward a positive and productive future. The organization continues to grow and expand, now employing over 200 employees and serving more than 3,000 children and families annually across Long Beach, Compton, San Pedro and Catalina Island. With core values (Balance, Opportunity, Integrity, Stability, Creativity, Humility and Inclusivity) that drive the organization’s program excellence, The Guidance Center strives towards its vision of a community where all children have the help that they need to be healthy and happy.


Reporting to the CEO, the Chief Financial Officer will lead all day-to-day finance operations and supervise the finance staff members including functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and grants administration. The CFO also manages the financial and contractual aspects of Los Angeles’ County Department of Mental Health (DMH) service delivery contract and negotiation package, including any amendments. The Chief Financial Officer will ensure that TGC has the systems and procedures in place to support effective program implementation and audits, working closely with program leaders to educate them regarding finance and accounting procedures and how the finance function can support program operations. This position also oversees the IT department.

As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the position works closely with the CEO, Senior Leadership, and the Board of Directors to develop effective business financial strategies and facilitate these efforts across the organization.


Finance and Accounting

  • Manage all financial planning activities including oversight of accounting policies and practices, review and presentation of financial reports and facilitation of budgeting processes.
  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory
  • Maintain internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, and program budgets and actual
  • Coordinate all audit activity, supporting the annual independent audit process and all other third-party audits
  • Serve as Plan Administrator for agency 403b plan and ensures the accurate day to day management of the plan ensuring that funds are properly collected and distributed to all qualified participants.
  • Assist TGC’s leadership in the annual budgeting and planning process; administer and review all financial plans and compare to actual results with a view to identify, explain, and correct variances as
  • Manage and track the performance of invested assets in keeping with policies and investment
  • Consistently analyze financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership abreast of TGC’s financial status.
  • Forecast and manage the agency’s cash flow, and provide for the financing of cash With the direction of the Finance Committee, invest surplus cash.
  • Propose and secure financing of the purchase of fixed assets in accordance with the instructions of the Board of
  • Develop and maintain effective banking and lender relationships and an expertise in the specialized requirements of the various funding sources within the DMH contract and in the complex reimbursement processes of the State and
  • Develop and maintain a manual of agency financial policies and procedures, and assure that the agency operates in compliance with these
  • Assure timely filing of all agency tax, payroll, insurance and pension plan returns and reports, timely and accurate filing of the annual DMH cost report and the monthly DMH
  • Manage and monitor post-year-end receivables, adjustments, denials and recoupment on all contracts and grants.

Grants & Contracts

  • Oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting; ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with DMH Contract, grant and program budgets throughout the contract/grant period; collate financial reporting materials for DMH, corporate, and foundation
  • Oversee financial management of all grants, billing services, and the allocation of funding to assure that the Agency operates in conformance with its organizational, grant and contract
  • Work closely with the Chief Clinical Officer to ensure service delivery billing and related information is provided to funding sources in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Propose contract amendments as necessary and monitor the progress of the amendment process to insure timely delivery and accuracy of contracts and grants.

Leadership & Strategy

  • Provide the Chief Executive Officer, Board of Directors and Executive team with all financial data necessary to make effective business decisions, and participate in creation, implementation and evaluation of organizational strategic
  • Advise directors and managers on financial, legal and operational issues that may pose compliance risks to the agency and work with the Executive team to provide budget information and other input to any governmental/funder requests for proposals, qualifications, and annual and amendment contract negotiation packages.
  • Monitor risk management activities, including leases, contracts and business insurance.
  • Be knowledgeable of or possess the ability to learn and adhere to the prevailing governmental laws and regulations regarding employee/patient’s rights to confidentiality and limits thereof including compliance with HIPAA, federal and state
  • Participate in the review and selection of any computerized systems which will track or impact agency finances or
  • Participate in Agency Board of Directors meetings and prepare reports for Board as directed by the Chief Executive Officer and in relevant committees and workgroups of ACHSA and DMH at the discretion of the Chief Executive Officer.

Staff Management

  • Leverage strengths of the current finance team members, help to clarify roles and responsibilities and develop and implement training programs in order to maximize and reach optimal individual and organizational
  • Provide leadership in strengthening internal communications with staff at all levels throughout the organization; create and promote a positive and supportive work environment.
  • Supervise IT Director and oversee IT department.


  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Business Administration or related field.
  • Minimum of 6 years’ experience in financial management role with progressive complexity and degrees of responsibility, preferable in private, nonprofit organizations managing all financial operations
  • Experience overseeing organizational staff is required.
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills and the ability to communicate comfortably and effectively with wide range of individuals in government agencies, the public, community agencies, Board members, and agency staff at all levels is a must.
  • Strong strategic, conceptual, and critical-thinking abilities.
  • Experience serving on executive team, preferred.
  • Computer proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Must have vehicle and maintain a valid CA driver’s license and automobile insurance, or other reliable transportation to travel to cities in Long Beach, San Pedro, Compton, or other areas in which the Center has business. Travel may also include travel by charter boat to the Island of Catalina in Avalon.


The Guidance Center provides medical, dental, vision, basic life insurance, long term disability and EAP premiums; provides 14 paid annual holidays and Vacation and Sick Time, and a 403(b) plan with an employer match of up to 4%. Voluntary Life Insurance, Accident and Critical Care Insurance and Pet Insurance is available at employee cost as well as Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for medical, dependent care and transit. The Guidance Center is currently operating hybrid (remote and in-person).


All employees must be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 in accordance with applicable law. The Guidance Center will evaluate requests for exemption in accordance with applicable law.

The Guidance Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks a diverse candidate pool. All applicants will be considered for employment including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirement of applicable federal, state, and local laws. All applicants will also be considered without attention to race or ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

Envision Consulting was retained by The Guidance Center to conduct the search for their incoming Chief Financial Officer.

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