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Senior VP of Financial Administration

Philadelphia, PA, USA Req #377
Thursday, May 21, 2020
                                                         PROJECT HOME 
 
SENIOR VICE  PRESIDENT FOR FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION 
 
https://www.projecthome.org/  
 
 
The Organization: 
 
Project HOME, established in 1989, is a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides housing, opportunities for employment, medical care and education to homeless and lowincome persons living in the Philadelphia area. The mission of the Project HOME community is to empower adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society. The work of Project HOME is rooted in a belief in "the dignity of each person" and "the transformational power of building relationships and community". Project HOME is a vision-centered organization that believes "none of us are home until all of us are home". 
 
Project HOME achieves its mission through a continuum of services comprised of street outreach, a range of supportive housing, and comprehensive services. It addresses the root causes of homelessness through neighborhood-based affordable housing, economic development, and environmental enhancement programs, as well as through providing access to employment opportunities; adult and youth education; and healthcare. Project HOME is committed to social and political advocacy. An integral part of its work is education about the realities of homelessness and poverty and vigorous advocacy on behalf of and with homeless and low-income persons for more just and humane public policies. The organization is committed to nurturing a spirit of community among persons from all walks of life, all of whom have a role to play in making this a more just and compassionate society. 
 
Project HOME's work has been recognized as a model for ending homelessness by news organizations across the country including The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Denver Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. The U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development has stated that the work of the founder Sister Mary Scullion in Philadelphia exemplifies supportive housing as a good investment more "than anywhere else in the country".  Co-founders Sister Mary Scullion and Joan Dawson McConnon received The University of Notre Dame's Laetare Medal in 2011. Sister Mary Scullion was named one of Time magazine's World's 100 Most Influential People in 2009. Project HOME has also won numerous accolades for its work including Charity Navigator's four-star rating for seven consecutive years, a ranking that demonstrates the organizations strong financial health and its commitment to accountability and transparency, and the National Alliance to End Homelessness Nonprofit Sector Achievement Award.  
                                                                                                                                                                 1501 Broadway Suite 2605 New York, NY 10036 ▪ tel 212 265 2100 fax 212 685 3010 ▪ www.bridgepartnersllc.com 
 
Bridge Partners LLC is a Certified Minority Supplier and a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) 
 
 
The role of the Senior Vice President of Finance & Administration offers the right candidate an exciting and challenging opportunity to be a key member of the executive team of a complex and dynamic Philadelphia based nonprofit organization. Project Home is a growing organization. In the last seven years the operating budget has grown from $20M to $40M with $200M in assets, 470 employees in 22 locations. As of June 2019, Project HOME had developed 832 units of affordable housing for persons who have experienced homelessness, 104 were units under construction, and 152 units were in the pipeline. The goal is to be at 1,088 units in the next two years.  
 
 
The Role: 
 
Location :  Philadelphia, PA
 
 
Reports to :  Co-Founder/Associate Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer  
 
Direct Reports:  Supervises staff within the Accounting Services, Budgeting and Financial Analysis, Cash Management, Internal Audit, Enterprise Risk Management, Human Resources, and Information Technology departments. Current total number of staff reporting into the role is 31 through 6 direct reports.   
 
Position Summary: 
 
This is a unique opportunity for a proven executive to partner with Project HOME’s CoFounder/Associate Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer and the executive and senior management teams to provide financial and administrative leadership to support the complex and multi-faceted mission of Project HOME. This is a newly created position being added as a part of succession planning for the Chief Financial Officer role. The Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration (SVPFA) is responsible for oversight of Accounting Services, Budget and Financial Analysis, Cash Management, Internal Audit, Enterprise Risk Management, Human Resources, and Information Technology. It is a multidimensional role with many components and a broad impact across the organization.   The SVPFA will be expected to have a comprehensive understanding of the key issues affecting all services and support departments shaping appropriate strategies, structures, and staffing to ensure they are effectively addressed.  Given the collaborative and coordinated nature of the organization, as well as the broad scope of the SVPFA’s areas of responsibility, the SVPFA will need to become broadly informed about, and sensitive to, the diverse needs and concerns of the members of the Project HOME community.   
 
The SVPFA also works with various internal and external stakeholders to improve the effectiveness of Project HOME and its related entities’ financial and business operations. The SVPFA provides leadership in Project HOME’s efforts to become more innovative, transparent, and cost effective in its administrative practices.                                                                                                                                                                               
1501 Broadway Suite 2605 New York, NY 10036 ▪ tel 212 265 2100 fax 212 685 3010 ▪ www.bridgepartnersllc.com 
 
Bridge Partners LLC is a Certified Minority Supplier and a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) 
 
 
Key Responsibilities: 
 
▪ Ensure an effective financial, technological and administrative infrastructure plan is in place to support the delivery of exceptional services to support the success of Project HOME’s mission. ▪ In concert with the Associate Executive Director and the executive leadership team, ensure that appropriate resources are available throughout Project HOME and the related entities to support achievement of Project HOME’s strategic objectives.  ▪ Serve as the driver for the development and enhancement of the finance and administrative functions; assess the current capabilities within the organization and identify what resources must be strengthened; oversee the recruitment, engagement and retention of talent sufficient to meet the organization’s current and future needs. ▪ Oversee budgeting, planning and financial analysis to ensure long-term financial sustainability.   ▪ Direct the risk management infrastructure as well as the procurement of insurance coverages.  ▪ Contribute as a leader in developing and executing the organization’s financial strategy including cash management, treasury and long-term capital needs. ▪ Establish appropriate metrics to measure and motivate financial performance; implement and drive change. ▪ Ensure that financial processing and controls are consistent with Project HOME’s mission and values and are operating with sound financial practices to meet all reporting requirements and financial regulations/ obligations. ▪ Provide key constituents with timely, clear, and simple communications regarding Project HOME and its related entities financial performance and improvement initiatives.  ▪ Bring relevant trends to the attention of the executive leadership team, recommending strategies to address or adapt to them. ▪ Serve as a role model in supporting Project HOME’s core values; abide by and communicate the organization’s guidelines, by-laws, policies, and procedures.   ▪ Be a true champion of diversity and inclusion, seeking to continue Project HOME’s commitment in that regard. 
 
 
Candidate Profile: 
 
Professional Experience: ▪ Minimum of 10 years of progressive leadership experience in accounting and finance.  ▪ Prior financial management experience in a complex, sophisticated human services or healthcare setting is strongly preferred; knowledge of GAAP and accounting rules governing nonprofit organizations is highly desired. ▪ Ability to serve as a strategic finance partner to the executive team. ▪ Experience overseeing and improving the monthly, quarterly, and annual closing processes; managing the day to day operations of the general ledger, balance sheet, A/P, A/R, fixed assets, cash management and payroll. ▪ Strong understanding of financial projections, database utilization, cost controls, and the integration of budget and planning. ▪ Strong knowledge of financial reporting, audit, internal controls and data analytics.                                                                                                                                                                          
1501 Broadway Suite 2605 New York, NY 10036 ▪ tel 212 265 2100 fax 212 685 3010 ▪ www.bridgepartnersllc.com 
 
Bridge Partners LLC is a Certified Minority Supplier and a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) 
 
▪ Experience leading Human Resource, Risk Management, and IT functions.  ▪ Experience working with an engaged and sophisticated Board of Trustees in financial matters; serve as the liaison to the organization’s Finance, Audit and Investment committees.  ▪ Experience with integrated databases, proficient in use of Microsoft Office Applications, especially Microsoft Excel, and a readiness to assist the organization in getting the greatest possible benefit from its financial software throughout the organization; financial systems include Yardi, Ceridian, Blackbaud Financial Edge, and Adaptive. ▪ Ability to work effectively with external constituents including public officials, financial institutions, and vendors. 
 
Personal Attributes:  ▪ Motivated and driven by the mission, vision, and values of Project HOME. ▪ Excellent leadership and management skills, including the capacity to attract, develop, inspire, and retain staff.  ▪ Ability to communicate credibly and to work effectively in a complex multi-faceted human services environment with many constituencies whose needs must be understood and addressed. ▪ Strong skills in collaboration and partnership, and comfort working in a collegial environment in which information is shared and decisions are made in a collaborative fashion. ▪ Must b able to balance financial knowledge with a sense of integrity, creativity and vision, a questioning and entrepreneurial spirit. ▪ Exceptional organizational and time management skills; able to thrive in an environment of rapid change and growth. ▪ Proactive, hands-on strategic thinker, with a high level of personal initiative and willingness to get into the details and roll up one’s sleeves. ▪ Maintains effective relationships by gaining trust and respect.  ▪ Caring and compassionate; able to work effectively with diverse groups of people from all walks of life. 
 
Education: 
 
▪ A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or related field required. MBA strongly preferred. ▪ A CPA and public accounting experience strongly preferred.  
 
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If you or someone in your network is interested in exploring this opportunity, Please submit a cover letter and resume to: 
 
 
Toya Lawson  0R  Janet Albert  Partner, Bridge Partners  Partner, Bridge Partners
Emails: toya.lawson@bridgepartnersllc.com  janet.albert@bridgepartnersllc.com 
 
Project HOME is an Equal Opportunity Employer.                                                                                                                                                                              
 
 

 

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  • Philadelphia, PA, USA