Chief Financial Officer

Job Type

Full Time




District of Columbia
United States


The District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) is an innovator in providing access to safe housing and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families as they rebuild their lives on their own terms. We seek to strengthen and expand the local and national safety net for survivors by providing high quality, voluntary services that are responsive to their individual needs and by engaging lawmakers, community members, service providers, and survivors in the movement to make safe housing more accessible in the short-term and less necessary in the long-term.

DASH was founded in 2006 and has grown to become the largest safe housing program for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence in DC – now serving than 1,000 survivors annually. DASH’s current budget is just shy of $4million and anticipated to grow to $5million by 2020. Please visit to learn more.


Reports to: Executive Director (ED)

Essential Duties & Responsibilities: The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is a key member of DASH’s executive leadership team and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the finance and accounting functions of DASH and its affiliate program, the National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH). The CFO will work closely with the ED, partnering with the executive leadership team and the board of directors to develop and implement strategies across the organization. The CFO will oversee all compliance and financial management for government (federal and state) contracts and private grants.

He/she is responsible for oversight of all finance, accounting and reporting activities, along with establishing, monitoring and enforcing accounting policies and procedures. He/she is responsible for preparation and distribution of all internal financial statements to management, maintenance of the organization’s general ledger, review of reconciliations, managing year-end audit process and ensuring that all transactions and documentation complies with US GAAP. He/she must be able to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in an autonomous and deadline-oriented workplace while managing a part-time accountant. Specific duties include but are not limited to:


  • Oversee cash flow planning and ensure availability of funds as needed.
  • Partner with the ED to oversee financing strategies and activities, as well as banking relationships.
  • Develop and utilize forward-looking, predictive models and activity-based financial analyses to provide insight into the organization’s operations and business plans.
  • Accountable for and capable of assembling a set of financial statements and high-level performances indicators that can be used in discussions with the DASH board of directors and external stakeholders
  • In partnership with ED and Board Finance Committee, build and provide structure for future cash, investment, and asset management.
  • Act as financial liaison to DASH LLC to monitor and review monthly financials.

Planning, Policy, and Investor Relations

  • Oversee the development of DASH’s annual operating and program budget, working with program directors and executive leadership team to build, manage and monitor the effective execution of the annual budget and individual grant budgets.
  • Develop financial business plans and forecasts.
  • Participate in the organization’s policy development as a member of the executive leadership team.
  • Engage the Board Finance Committee to develop short-, medium-, and long-term financial plans and projections.
  • Represent the organization to financial partners, including financial institutions, investors, foundation executives, auditors, public officials, etc.
  • Remain up-to-date on nonprofit audit, GAAP and OMB guidelines and system enhancements to ensure on-going development of DASH’s finance and accounting operations.
  • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial functions.

Accounting and Grant Management/Administration

  • Principal oversight and management of all accounting functions – including evaluating, approving, reviewing and posting journal entries.
  • Principal oversight and management of an outsourced part-time accounting firm, to ensure proper maintenance of all accounting systems and functions.
  • Accountable for reviewing and developing all accounting policies, ensuring the maintenance and documentation of appropriate internal controls and financial procedures.
  • Ensure timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial and management reporting for federal and state funders, foundations, and DASH’s board of directors; oversee the preparation and communication of monthly and annual financial statements.
  • Lead annual audits and 990 preparations with the accountant and audit firm to finalize year-end financial statements including any required schedules, such as the Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards.
  • Lead the execution and preparation of any necessary or required financial items including the annual filing of 1099 forms.
  • Understand and be fully prepared to act in a backup capacity for all accounting functions, from basic bookkeeping/controller functions to advanced forecasting or accounting functions to provide continuity during any staff absences. 
  • Perform ongoing analysis of DASH’s financial/accounting systems use and implementation to meet the organization’s growing needs.


Qualifications: The CFO will be a seasoned and mature leader with at least 12-15 years of broad finance experience, ideally beginning in audit, followed by experience gathering and evaluating financial information and making actionable recommendations to senior leadership. He/she will ideally have experience managing finance (accounting, budgeting, control, and reporting) for a complex nonprofit with multiple funding sources including government (federal and state) contracts and an affiliate structure with diverse program areas delivered locally and nationally.

With a heavy focus on day-to-day operations and strategic financial oversight and direction the CFO must have significant experience with implementation of financial procedures to ensure compliance with federal laws or best practices, cost containment strategies, and the development and implementation of sound fiscal controls and accountability mechanisms. Knowledge and understanding of OMB requirements for nonprofits is also critical.


The CFO will have the following experience and attributes:

  • A minimum of a BS; a CPA and/or MBA preferred.
  • At least five years experience as CFO or equivalent, preferably in a nonprofit organization with a budget of at least $5 million.
  • Experience in a senior financial-management role, partnering with executive staff, resulting in the development and implementation of creative financial management strategies.
  • Significant experience facilitating successful A-133 audits. Deep knowledge and understanding of the OMB Uniform Guidance.
  • Significant experience in or knowledge of nonprofit accounting, including sophisticated fund and grant accounting, compliance, and reporting.
  • Experience working with information technology staff to manage finance and accounting software packages.
  • Proven and compassionate leader, team-builder and consummate facilitator – with excellent analytical, abstract reasoning and organizations skills. Capable of communicating effectively with a diverse group of co-workers to forge strong relationships, successfully deploy the implementation of appropriate financial policies and procedures and establish shared accountability in maintaining an organization's financial health.
  • Commitment to building a strong survivor-centered culture that reflects our core values of empowerment, integrity, accountability, sovereignty, compassion, and partnerships.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Email cover letter, resume and salary requirements to (please put title of position on subject line). No phone calls or fax please.