Chief Financial Officer

  • Job Tracking ID: 512705-790064
  • Job Location: Buffalo NY, NY
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: September 27, 2021
  • Starting Date: ASAP

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Job Description:


The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) serves as a member of the executive leadership team charged with managing and controlling all financial-related activities to improve and maintain the financial health of the council, and day-to-day responsibilities of developing and administering the Council’s strategic plan. The CFO supports the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in ensuring that resource allocation and utilization reflects and facilitates the achievement of the Council strategic plan. This position oversees the Finance, Product Program, Retail and Customer Care departments to ensure these operate efficiently and effectively while supporting the mission of Girl Scouts and complying with appropriate federal and state guidelines. The CFO supports the work of the Board of Directors by serving as the Council lead responsible for preparing and presenting reports and analysis to support effective governance and decision-making of the Finance and Audit Committees.


  • Executive Support: Supports the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in leading the development of the Council’s budget and operating plan; and ensures that resource allocation and utilization reflects and facilitates the achievement of the council‘s strategic plan.
    • Provides counsel to the CEO in the formulation of overall fiscal policies and plans regarding both short and long-term financial matters.
    • Manages the risk of the organization in collaboration with the CAO, CEO and other Chief Officers.
    • Provides timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial reports, and financial trends to assist the CEO and executive team in decision making and goal execution.
  • Board Engagement: serves as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors, Finance and Audit committees and is responsible for preparing and presenting reports and analysis to support effective governance and decision-making of the Council.
  • Departmental Leadership: Provides leadership and oversight of the Finance, Product Program, Retail and Customer Care Departments (after 1st year) functions in alignment with the Movement to provide the premier girl leadership experience.
    • Manages Finance and the day-to-day operations to ensure accurate and timely processing of financial transactions and financial reporting, and alignment with accounting standards and government laws and regulations.
    • Oversees Product Program and ensures collaboration across departments to provide a positive experience for girls and volunteers participating in the program.
    • Oversees Retail revenues through sales of Girl Scout Council and GSUSA branded products.
    • Ensures collaboration of Risk Management with the Board, Audit committee and external auditors. Responsible for the identification and management of business risks and insurance requirements.
    • Oversees the Customer Care department to provide an exceptional level of customer care for both internal and external customers, creating a customer-centric environment.
    • Supports and assists the respective teams to achieve the Council s fund development and membership goals.
    • Manages the effective development and retention of high-performing staff and ensures that they are organized and deployed appropriately to achieve successful operating results.
  • Relationship Manager: Cultivates and manages the Councils banking, investment management and vendor relationships
  • Day-to-Day Responsibilities:
    • Manages all financial transactions, financial records, and financial policies and procedures to protect the sustainability of the Council and adherence to accepted accounting standards and principles.
    • Administers and monitors performance of operating plans and budgets, by measuring and analyzing results, initiating corrective actions, and minimizing the impact of variances.
    • Prepares and issues financial statements and reports for the Board, CEO and Executive and Leadership teams.
    • Ensures that all council financial operations are carried out in compliance with GAAP, local, state, federal, and not-for-profit regulations, guidelines, and laws.
  • Audit oversight. Oversees financial audits, prepares regulatory filings, i.e. IRS Form 990s and 5500.
  • Process improvement. Identifies opportunities for improved efficiencies, and supervises the implementation of improvements to internal controls and operating procedures.
  • Role Model:
    • Promotes and demonstrates cultural competence by role modeling behaviors of trust, respect and inclusivity to effectively communicate and work with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds in an environment in which all people with unique perspectives and experiences can succeed.
    • Active participation in the development of environments that foster diversity, equity, inclusion, and access through words, actions, and attitude.
    • Performs other duties as necessary or assigned.

Other duties may be assigned as needed. GSWNY maintains the right to add, change or alter the functions of this position at any time.

Experience and Skills:


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strength in strategic planning, problem solving and project management with an attention to detail.
  • Ability to leverage critical thinking skills, especially around data, to make impactful business decisions
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends.
  • Travel throughout council jurisdiction up to 20% of the time.
  • Capability to provide own transportation and maintain valid operator license.


  • Bachelors (Accounting, Finance or Business Administration) or higher with 10 years of directly related work experience, and at least 5 years of leadership experience. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster cross-functional collaboration, inclusion, and integration for Council success.
  • Proven record of managing others through strategic execution and goal achievement including at the C- Level.
  • Experience in fund accounting or nonprofit accounting preferred.
  • Experience managing operating budgets of at least $ 7 million.
  • CPA or MBA preferred.
  • Executive team and Board experience preferred.


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

While performing

the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; sit and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.


  • Financial Acumen
  • Business First Mindset
  • Leadership and Stewardship
  • Critical Thinker
  • Digital, Virtual and Technical Proficiency
  • Relational Intelligence
  • Learning and Innovation
  • Communicator
  • Customer Centric
  • Social Justice and Inclusion (DEI)


  • Occasional travel as needed to other offices and properties throughout the nine counties our Council serves.


All Employees of Girl Scouts must maintain an active, annual membership in Girl Scouts of Western New York. This membership must be renewed annually, and all newly hired employees are expected to enroll with GSWNY within the first 30 days of their employment.



Job Benefits:


Girl Scouts of Western New York offers competitive group health benefits, 401(k) and various ancillary plan offerings, as well as generous paid-time off and paid family leave to all full-time employees, and anyone working 30 or more hours per week. 

GSWNY is also very grateful to have many partnerships offering special deals and incentives at local businesses to GSWNY employees throughout Western New York.


Interested parties should not reply directly to this posting.  For consideration, please submit your resume to Todd Callen with Financial People Staffing at  


Girl Scouts of Western New York celebrates diversity in all forms and is committed to creating an inclusive, collaborative and supportive environment for all.  All employment decisions are based qualifications, merit, performance and the needs of the organization.  As an equal opportunity employer, GSWNY does not discriminate on the basis of any qualified applicant’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status or any other groups or persons protected by federal, state or local law.

If this role is not quite what you are looking for, but you are still interested in being part of the Girl Scouts of Western New York community, why not become a volunteer?  We are always looking for adult volunteers to help us bring our program to girls in our communities, where we strive to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place!  For more information on becoming a GSWNY volunteer , please visit our website at: or email Customer Care at   We look forward to hearing from you!