Job Details

CFO, Lighthouse Youth & Family Services

Location:   Cincinnati, OH

Salary:   based on experience



  • The Mission of Lighthouse Youth & Family Services is to empower young people and families to succeed through a continuum of care that promotes healing and growth.
  • The Vision is to be the leader in creating a community where every young person has the opportunity to thrive.


Lighthouse offers an integrated system of care for ages 0-24 including mental health services, youth housing, emergency shelter, community juvenile justice services, residential treatment, early intervention, foster care, and adoption. A national leader in developing services for youth and families, Lighthouse opened the first group home for girls in Ohio and has operated the first and only sanctuary for youth ages 10-17 in the Cincinnati area since 1974. Lighthouse is also a pioneer in the effort to end youth homelessness.  There are over 300 full and part-time employees serving nearly 5,000 clients each year.



The CFO partners with and reports to the President/CEO and is a member of the senior leadership team. He/she provides strategic financial leadership for the organization, including the development of a long-range financial plan. The CFO supervises the Controller and provides information and guidance to senior leadership and the Board Finance Committee. 



  • Finance and Accounting Operations
    • Maintain accounting systems, procedures, and policies for the organization
    • Supervise and manage a Controller and total team of five
    • Ensure the completion of all financial audits and the fulfillment of external reporting requirements to maintain compliance
    • Oversee all financial software and systems to ensure compatibility and combined reporting
    • Analyzes, interprets, and communicates financial operating results to provide information and guidance to senior leadership
    • Oversee cash, investment, and asset management, and manage those external relationships as needed
    • Responsible to ensure adequate system of internal controls and segregation of duties
    • Assist with new and renewal grants to ensure effective process and timeliness of submissions
    • Coordinate audits of affiliate corporations required by funders or independent auditors
    • Responsible for overseeing the administration of the agency retirement plans
    • Participate in all discussions related to Risk Management, including annual renewal and assessment of the agency's property and liability insurance


  • Budgeting and Strategic Planning
    • Oversee the forecasting and budgeting process, establishing targets, and working with program management teams to achieve objectives
    • Direct cash management and utilize cash flows projections to assess cash needs
    • Develop a long-range financial plan that aligns with the overall strategic plan with input from the senior management team and Finance Committee of the Board


  • Board and Senior Leadership Communication
    • Advise senior staff and the Board of Trustees on financial matters
    • Provide financial reports, as required, to senior staff and Board of Trustees, assessing the organization’s financial health
    • Assist CEO in Board governance



  • A demonstrated commitment to the mission of Lighthouse Youth & Family Services
  • A track record of contributing to the strategic direction of an organization, including the development of a long-term financial plan
  • Experience working in a complex organization, with multiple funding streams, legal entities, and compliance requirements
  • Knowledge of County, State and Federal reimbursement systems is highly desired
  • A demonstrated commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment
  • Experience supporting and collaborating with a non-profit Board a plus
  • Advanced ability to communicate to a wide range of stakeholders, including presentation and facilitation skills, and to translate financial information into understandable terms
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, or other-related field required; Master’s degree and active CPA preferred
  • Minimum 7 years of financial stewardship, accounting, and supervisory experience, preferably in a healthcare or non-profit setting; early career public accounting experience a plus



  • Self-starter who takes initiative
  • Strategic with an eye toward the future
  • Confident and decisive
  • Optimistic, focused on solutions
  • Collaborative, an effective team player
  • Direct and respectful communicator
  • Likes to have fun and celebrate successes
  • Calm under pressure
  • Shows empathy for clients and staff



  • See your efforts have a direct impact on the lives of clients every day
  • Work collaboratively with a passionate group of staff members, Board members and volunteers
  • Grow professionally as you help the organization thrive in a dynamic, challenging environment


Barry Elkus, Partner