Chief Financial Officer

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Lambda Legal
New York, NY

Lambda Legal

Published 11 days ago


Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

Lambda Legal is a nonprofit organization and does not charge its clients for legal representation or advocacy, or receives any government funding. Lambda Legal depends on contributions from supporters around the country.

The organization is headquartered in New York, and has five regional offices (Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and Washington, D.C.) throughout the country. 

What Lambda Legal Does

Impact Litigation

Lambda Legal selects cases that will have the greatest impact in protecting and advancing the rights of LGBTQ people and those living with HIV.


With the goal to help people exercise the rights they have and to build public support for equality, Lambda Legal informs and influences public opinion through public education campaigns, dynamic digital content and consistent and targeted earned media.  

Public Policy

Lambda Legal advocates for public policy at the local, state and federal levels to improve the lives of LGBTQ people, people affected by HIV, and their families and allies.

Read more about Lambda Legal’s work on its blog.


The Chief Financial Officer will play a critical role in the overall strategic management of the Lambda Legal, setting the financial strategy for its roughly $20 million operating budget while also designing and delivering effective financial systems. As Lambda Legal embarks upon its next phase of growth and development, the CFO will serve as a true strategic partner to organizational leaders, providing strong and accurate financial guidance to guide decisions, and will lead long-term financial forecasting, budgeting and strategy-setting. This is an ideal opportunity for a proven, financial leader to apply their experience to advance the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation.

As a key member of the leadership team, the CFO will report to the Chief Operating Officer and will manage a team of three. The CFO will also be accountable to the board’s finance and audit committee.

Organizational Leadership

  • Serve as a thought partner and member of Lambda Legal leadership, setting organizational strategy, mentoring staff, and providing oversight
  • As a member of the organization’s leadership team, promote Lambda Legal’s values and culture, building policies and procedures that advance equity and inclusion
  • Effectively communicate and present critical financial matters to the CEO and COO, the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors and the full Board of Trustees as well as to key external stakeholders (e.g., funders, lenders, authorizers)
  • Manage and develop a team, including a controller, senior analyst, and staff accountant, ensuring that all staff is coached, developed, and well positioned to achieve their goals

Strategic Financial Analysis and Planning

  • Set financial strategy and lead long-term financial forecasting and budgeting for Lambda Legal’s ~$20M operating budget
  • Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the COO; review and administer all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes and keep leadership team abreast of the organization’s financial status
  • Plan and coordinate budgeting and cost containment activities; determining all the participants and clearly defining their input and role
  • Recognize and anticipate opportunities and challenges as they relate to financial systems and operations; generate ideas, strategies, and solutions to drive impact
  • Address short- and long-term organizational financial challenges, evaluating and advising on the financial impact of long-range plans and the introduction of new programs and strategies
  • Align annual budgets and long-term financial plans to with key strategic goals
  • Coordinates with the Board Treasurer as manager and custodian of investments and other assets of the organization
  • Design and implement a cash management system, evaluating the need for obtaining credit or investing surpluses

Team Development and Management

  • Recruit, supervise, and retain a diverse team of financial professionals, serving as an organization-wide model for strong people management and professional development
  • Promote a team-oriented culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; encourage ongoing education and professional development
  • Create a culture of service excellence; supporting the finance team to work in partnership with staff across the organization to understand budgeting and reporting, as needed
  • Supervise accounting team to ensure the integrity and reliability of all accounting functions, including receipts, disbursements, purchasing, payroll, general ledger, bank reconciliation, cash flow management, and audit preparation

Systems and Process Design

  • Oversee and optimize use of enterprise-wide financial software that enables improved organization-wide planning, efficiency and decision making
  • Review financial systems and processes and recommend enhancements that will enable team leaders to more easily understand the benefits and costs of potential strategic and operational decisions
  • Develop systems to guarantee accuracy and compliance of accounting and reporting, as well as leading the financial affairs of Uncommon in accordance with the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and City, State and Federal government regulations
  • Ensure effective internal controls and compliance with GAAP and applicable federal, state and local regulatory laws and rules for financial and tax reporting and optimization.

Financial Management and Oversight

  • Oversee all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities for the organization, in conjunction with the Board of Trustees and the Finance and Audit Committees of the Board
  • Manage teams responsible for all operational finance activities, including accounting, forecasting, treasury, grants management, real estate management, securing, structuring and managing borrowing activities, lender relationships, and financial-related strategic planning and legal work
  • Oversee the annual audit process; liaise with external auditors and the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors
  • Directs the finance group’s delivery of timely, accurate and GAAP-compliant financial and management reporting.
  • Play a leadership role in overseeing audit, development and implementation of policy and procedures and maintenance of internal controls function
  • Oversee business relationships with banks and other financial institutions



The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • At least 5 years’ experience of increasing responsibility, working as CFO, Director of Finance or senior financial position in a complex organization or equivalent, preferably in an organization that has multiple departments and similar financial make-up
  • Experience in a senior financial-management role, partnering with executive staff, resulting in the development and implementation of creative financial management strategies.
  • Significant experience in or knowledge of nonprofit accounting, including sophisticated fund and grant accounting, compliance, and reporting.
  • Experience working with information technology staff of consultants to manage finance and accounting software packages.
  • Strong attention to detail– must be driven and have a desire to research and resolve variances.
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Excellent written, organization, time management, and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work on multiple priorities simultaneously, adapt to a changing environment, and manage deadlines
  • Strong collaboration skills, with a track record of working effectively with colleagues at all levels of the organization 
  • Experience managing unionized staff is a plus.

LOCATION:  While the preferred location for the role is NYC, Lambda Legal is open to candidates based in any of their five regional locations; all candidates must reside within three hours from office.


Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience

Lambda Legal is committed to further building and maintaining a staff that reflects the full range of LGBT, HIV-affected and allied communities, and is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, transgender and gender-diverse people, women, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, people living with disabilities, and individuals living with HIV are encouraged to apply.

On-Ramps is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe social change happens when people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and identities come together with common purpose. We’re partnering with the team at Lambda Legal to build a diverse talent pool that includes numerous lines of identity, and we encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.


Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone…

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