Chief Financial Officer

  • Job posted by American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States



The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is the first animal welfare organization established in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. The organization’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. The ASPCA provides local and national leadership in three key areas: protecting and rescuing animals from crisis, assisting animals in communities and advancing legal protection for animals.

The ASPCA was founded by Henry Bergh in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans, and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a full-service animal hospital, spay/neuter clinic, rehabilitation center for canine victims of cruelty, kitten nursery and adoption facility. In addition, the ASPCA announced a groundbreaking anti-cruelty partnership with the New York Police Department in 2013, which has resulted in a record-breaking number of arrests and animals’ lives saved.

The ASPCA also operates programs and services that extend nationwide, including a Field Investigation and Response team that rescues animal victims of natural and man-made disasters, a fully-subsidized spay/neuter clinic in Los Angeles, a Behavioral Rehabilitation Center for fearful, under-socialized dogs, and a 24-hour, 365-day Animal Poison Control Center that provides pet owners and veterinarians with live, on-call assistance related to toxic products and substances. In 2015, the ASPCA acquired Humane Alliance, the nation’s leading training and education organization focusing on high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter.

The ASPCA is a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization supported by more than 2 million animal advocates across the country.

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The ASPCA is seeking a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to build the organization’s strategic financial plan and lead a team to execute towards it. Reporting to the CEO, the CFO will play a critical role on the ASPCA’s executive leadership team to help set the organization’s overall strategy in support of its mission to ensure animals live good lives.

As the leader of the finance function, the CFO will manage a team of 30 to oversee forecasting, reporting, accounting, treasury, budgeting, purchasing, and procurement. This individual will expand the financial planning and analysis function to ensure enterprise and departmental financial performance is aligned with meeting mission objectives. The CFO will advise and partner with teams across the organization to further develop budgeting and financial planning abilities by providing financial expertise, establishing strong systems, refining processes, and developing culture of financial literacy to ensure accountability and ownership organization-wide.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Organizational Leadership & Strategy

  • Set the ASPCA’s enterprise financial strategy and lead long-term financial forecasting and budgeting that supports the organization’s short- and medium- term plans and long-term vision
  • In partnership with the CEO and members of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), lead and implement the annual budgeting and planning process, including periodic forecasts
  • Engage fully on the ELT, demonstrating ownership for all organization-wide decisions; provide the CEO and the ELT with direct feedback and guidance when needed
  • Represent and report financial information clearly to the President & CEO, Executive Leadership Team, and the Board’s Audit and Finance committees
  • Shape the financial operations and strategy for the full array of distinct capital projects, programs, and initiatives (i.e., Shelter & Vet Services and Policy, Response & Engagement), ensuring that individual needs are addressed while maintaining a high level of financial literacy and consistency across the organization
  • Identify opportunities and lead the process to establish the finance department as collaborative and customer-centric; shape an organization-wide culture of financial accountability, empowering leaders to take ownership of their team’s budgeting and financial needs

Team Leadership & Stakeholder Engagement

  • Inspire, motivate, and lead a finance team of 30 in the execution of all financial functions
  • Manage, mentor, and coach four direct reports (Controller, VP Finance, Senior Director Centralized Services, and Administrative Manager Finance), ensuring individual growth and success
  • Encourage and support the finance team to build strong relationships across the organization and establish the finance function as a value-added partner to program, operational, and fundraising/development teams
  • Partner with team leaders across the organization to understand and support varied cross-functional needs

Finance, Accounting, and Procurement

  • Oversee financial and operational reporting, accounting operations, payroll, travel and expense processing, treasury, and procurement
  • Partner with investment advisor in working with the Finance Committee to optimize the value and performance of a $200M reserve portfolio
  • Lead the finance team and the broader organization to strategically leverage the ASPCA’s Workday ERP system; implement best practices to facilitate timely, accurate, controlled, and actionable financial reporting
  • Ensure timely and accurate preparation and analysis of budgets, financial trends, and forecasts
  • Recognize and anticipate opportunities and challenges as they relate to financial processes; ensure meticulous maintenance and continuous improvement of systems and processes
  • Ensure all financial audits and related filings are completed on-time and in good standing


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • At least 15+ years of professional experience, with 5+ years leading the finance function for a large, complex organization; experience in a non-profit organization strongly preferred
  • Extensive experience overseeing financial operations, including budget development, and financial forecasting, and complex accounting
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with and engage high-level board members and senior team leaders
  • Demonstrated ability to translate big picture strategy into workable finance processes and systems for day-to-day operations
  • Track record of building and leading effective, high performing teams
  • Possess the style, stature and interpersonal skills to effectively partner with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Commitment to the ASPCA’s mission, vision, and core values:
  • Have Commitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals
  • Demonstrate Ownership and feels responsible for outcomes
  • Believe in Team – that we are stronger together
  • Seek to Elevate others and reimagine what is possible
  • Focus on Impact, specifically making change for animals
  • Bachelor’s degree required; CPA and/or MBA in finance/accounting strongly preferred



Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree