Director of Finance
San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project
San Francisco
Salary Range: $110,000 – $125,000

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About San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project

The pretrial stage is a critical juncture in the larger criminal justice process; whether or not someone gets out of custody after arrest is a major determinant of the ultimate outcome of the case, as those who remain in jail are more likely to face a conviction than those who are released. In addition, the presumption of innocence and constitutional protections against excessive bail are two of our most foundational legal principles. Despite these facts, and against the backdrop of mass incarceration nationwide, jail populations in San Francisco and across the country are disproportionately composed of pretrial individuals.

We work to address this critical issue by providing alternatives to pretrial incarceration. By doing so, the San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project does its part to prevent unjust harm and unnecessary incarceration. Rather than languishing behind bars, newly arrested people can be released to our services to receive care, support, case management, and referrals to outside treatment providers. Our services are diverse and wide-ranging in recognition of the many needs that justice-involved people may have. Further, San Francisco has been the seat of new bail reform initiatives in California, which has afforded us the opportunity to continue to grow and build on our 45 years of experience overseeing pretrial services in the City and County.

The Opportunity

We are seeking a leader who applies our organizational values and equity and inclusion principles to create effective processes and structures; develops and implements systems in manners that provide for equity and fair treatment. The primary responsibility of the Director of Finance is to provide education and training to staff and Boards in the areas of understanding financial processes, compliance and upholding their fiduciary responsibilities. Ensures that financial statements are produced in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). The Director of Finance reports to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and works closely with the Finance and Accounting team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist the CEO to provide management support to ensure accountability, standardization of processes & procedures for best practices;
  • Provides back-up support and supervisory back-up for the accounting manager when they are out of the office;
  • Identifies opportunities for improvement/efficiency and implement solutions from start to finish, especially in light of our continued growth;
  • Use and apply technology and IT solutions, seek improvements and evaluate technology and software systems for use in financial management and finance processes across the organization;
  • Lead and carry out project planning and management as it relates to Finance, and in close collaboration as needed with members of the leadership team;
  • Manage the day-to-day financial needs of the organization;
  • In conjunction with the CEO, prepare and administer the annual budget process and track decisions related to budgeting throughout the year;
  • Prepare financial statements for management and the Board, including analysis of major variances; assisting in month end close;
  • With the CEO develop tools/reports/dashboard that will enhance the Boards’ ability to fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities;
  • Review budget to actual reports by department/project monthly and monitor progress, alerting the CEO to any significant variances;
  • Support department directors and project budget holders in understanding their budgets and year to date reports, and respond to their questions;
  • Review bank statements on a monthly basis and alert the CEO to any variances;
  • Manage and monitor the organizational cash flow, reserves and forecasting;
  • Manage banking relationships and account administration and setup;
  • Reviews Form 990 and comparable California tax filings to ensure the accuracy of tax returns;
  • In conjunction with the CEO and Accounting Manager develop and maintain financial policies, procedures and internally ensure organizational compliance;
  • Provide financial and compliance education to the organization and act as a resource for staff/budget holders, to ensure compliance with federal and state laws, regulations, accounting standards, and internal policies;
  • Oversee reporting & compliance and alert the CEO to any compliance issues;
  • Support the CEO in risk management and managing & maintaining the organization’s insurance (non-health related);
  • Lead as the primary staff support for the annual audit; and
  • Perform other duties as directed, developed or assigned.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • Grants & Contract Manager
  • Payroll Manager

Qualification Requirements

Vaccination Requirement: San Francisco Pretrial requires all employees to be working on-site, fully vaccinated, with booster shot, and in continuous CDC compliance against COVID-19. Applicants are required to submit proof of vaccination prior to beginning employment, and ongoing as requested. In accordance with the law, San Francisco Pretrial will accommodate employees who cannot be administered the COVID-19 vaccine for medical or religious reasons, and applicants should contact our HR department if they have questions about this requirement or wish to request an accommodation. Must secure finger image screening and semi-annual TB screening.

Education and/or Experience:  Required: Accounting degree required. Ten (10) years of finance experience managing and administering complex finances. Experience includes effectively managing the finances of an organization with primary accountability for financial reporting, accounting, cash management, and financial planning (budget, strategic plan, operational efficiency,) can be based in nonprofits, for-profits or government. Experience creating effective policies, procedures, processes, systems and structures for best practices. GAAP experience. Nonprofit accounting experience. Government grants administration experience.

Preferred: CPA or Master’s degree in a relevant field such as finance or public. Financial management and investment strategies for non-profit. Knowledge of generally accepted accounting practices, and principles and experience with the build-out and implementation of financial software and financial management practices.

Language Skills: Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to interact diplomatically with diverse individuals and handle challenging situations professionally.

Technical Skills:  Strong computer skills required. Highly proficient in Microsoft Office suite products, SharePoint, ADP, Google applications and Quickbooks.

Reasoning Ability:  Ability to think independently, to exercise independent discretion, and to solve practical problems, and deal with a variety of factual situations where no specific guidelines exist.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, report, or schedule form and to exercise good judgment in applying that information. A strong sense of accountability.

Other Skills & Abilities:  Able to work with little or no supervision under pressure. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to get along with and work cooperatively with others. Strategic and solutions-oriented thinker. Can handle multiple projects at once, meet deadlines, and effectively manage. Thrives in a busy, bustling environment, and has the ability to easily balance being available to staff while staying focused to move other priorities forward. Strong analytical abilities and proven accomplishment in a position requiring independent planning and efficient utilization of resources. Excellent project management skills, the ability to see projects/initiatives through from start to finish.

Background Checks and/or Licensing Requirements: Criminal Background check by the SF Sheriff’s Department. Reference checks.

Equipment/Machinery:  Operate equipment such as, but not limited to, personal computer, calculator, fax machine, copier, phone, security system, and door locks.

Physical Demands

  • Stand and walk or sit alternatively depending on specific needs of the day. Estimates 20% of time is spent on feet and 80% sitting at a desk.
  • Occasionally need to perform the following physical activities: bending/stooping/squatting, climbing stairs, pushing, pulling, twisting, lifting and reaching above shoulders.
  • Occasionally need to perform standing and walking activities.
  • Constant need to perform the following physical activities: writing/typing, grasping/turning, finger dexterity.
  • Lifting/carrying up to 10 lbs. frequently and 25 lbs. occasionally.
  • Vision requirements: constant need to complete forms, read reports, view computer screens. Frequent need to see small details. Frequent need to see things clearly beyond arm’s reach.
  • Hearing requirements: constant need to communicate over telephone and in person.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this role is based on experience and is set at $110,000 to $125,000.  San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project has excellent benefits that include major medical, dental, vision, flexible spending account,  commuter benefits, life and AD&D, travel assistance, employee assistance, 403b with matching contributions, PTO as well as a strong team that is already in place to support this work.

To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to Stacy Nelson & Associates-Leadership Search Partners at [email protected].  Please title the subject heading: San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project.

San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project is an equal opportunity employer.