Job Type

Full Time




1060 Howard Street
San Francisco
United States


About Swords to Plowshares

Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance to veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. We promote and protect the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state, and national entities. Believing that war causes wounds and suffering that last beyond the battlefield, our mission is to heal the wounds of war and to restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to end homelessness and poverty among those we serve. To learn more about Swords to Plowshares, please visit our website at

Roles and Responsibilities


·        Plan, develop, organize, implement, direct and evaluate the organization's fiscal function and performance

·        Participate in the development of the corporation's plans and programs as a strategic partner

·        Evaluate and advise on the impact of long range planning, introduction of new programs/strategies and regulatory action

·        Develop credibility for the finance group by providing timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial reports and financial trends in order to assist the CEO/President, the Board and other senior executives in performing their responsibilities

·        Enhance and/or develop, implement and enforce policies and procedures of the organization by way of systems that will improve the overall operation and effectiveness of the corporation

·        Establish credibility throughout the organization and with the Board as an effective developer of solutions to business challenges

·        Provide technical financial advice and knowledge to others within the financial discipline

·        Continual improvement of the budgeting process through education of department managers on financial issues impacting department budgets

·        Provide strategic financial input and leadership on decision making issues affecting the organization; i.e., evaluation of potential alliances acquisitions and/or mergers and pension funds and investments

·        Prepare and maintain regular financial planning reports; Monthly profit and loss vs budget reports by Unit and by funding source; periodic reports on cash flow and unrestricted cash.

·        Develop a reliable cash flow projection process and reporting mechanism that includes minimum cash threshold to meet operating needs

·        Be an advisor from the financial perspective on any contracts into which the corporation may enter

·        Evaluate the finance division structure and team plan for continual improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the group as well as provide individuals with professional and personal growth with emphasis on opportunities (where possible) of individuals

Risk Management / Legal Affairs

·        Manage the agency's risk management program, employment, landlord, and corporate affairs in conjunction with Pro Bono counsel

Supervisor responsibility

·        This position supervises the accounting department (6.0 FTE’s)


·        Senior Financial Management experience in the non-profit sector required. Thorough understanding of Federal and Local government contracts and GAAP. The ability to manage a team of people with courtesy, and with the goal of staff development. Strong commitment to meeting deadlines; ability to work well under pressure; manage multiple and competing deadlines

·        Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or similar field. Advanced degree preferred but experience may be a substitute

·        Five (5) years of experience in the areas of nonprofit accounting, finance, contracts management and staff supervision. Nonprofit Senior Financial Management experience preferred

·        Excellent analytical abilities and full understanding of fund accounting systems

·        Excellent verbal and written communication skills

·        Proficient with QuickBooks, payroll software, HR software, and Microsoft Office

·        Occasional weekend, evening, or early morning meetings may be required as needed

·        Must be able to perform all duties and tasks within what would be considered as reasonable accommodation

·        Must be able to communicate effectively with a variety of personalities and be comfortable working with an at-risk client population, including embracing the agency’s Cultural Humility Initiative 



·        Financial Management

·        Business Acumen

·        Communication Proficiency

·        Ethical Conduct

·        Leadership

·        Performance Management

·        Personal Effectiveness/Credibility

·        Problem Solving/Analysis

·        Strategic Thinking

·        Technical Capacity


Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Swords to Plowshares offers a generous benefits package including the following benefits:

•                    Excellent medical and dental packages

•                    403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution

•                    17 vacation days in the first year

•                    12 holidays every year

•                    Wellness program

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

(No calls please)

Please submit a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in Swords to Plowshares, where/how you found out about this career opportunity, and your salary requirement. Email the cover letter along with your resume to

Please include the exact title for this position in the subject line of your email:

Chief Financial Officer

Swords to Plowshares is an inclusive employer and we are proud of the rich diversity among our staff. Please join us!