Atlanta, Georgia

Chief Financial Officer

Do you believe that innovation drives results and passion overcomes obstacles? Then join a fast-paced, mission-driven organization with a decidedly entrepreneurial spirit.

Points of Light (POL) inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take actions that change the world. We envision a world in which everyone has discovered their power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant, participatory societies. For more information, please go to: 

Position Summary Reporting to the CEO and serving as an integral member of the senior management team, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for the development and implementation of POL’s financial management strategy in a way that builds credibility, trust and transparency with internal and external stakeholders. S/He ensures that the enterprise is sustained through strong internal systems, diversified funding, and a strategic and compelling position in the external world. S/He has direct responsibility for enterprise wide strategy, performance, and risk management.  S/He assumes responsibility for all business functions associated with the smooth operation of a national organization operating in multiple locations.  The CFO will supervise and actively participate in the carrying out of all financial functions with direct responsibility for the following functions: accounting, budget, and payroll. As a senior leader, s/he must be able to thrive in a complex nonprofit with diverse funding sources including state, federal, corporate, and individual as well as an affiliate structure with diverse programs.  This is an outstanding opportunity for a finance executive with experience in financial management and leadership in a large-scale operation, ideally gained in both nonprofit and corporate settings. Successful candidates will have a proven track record of creative problem-solving and change management. 

Reporting Structure: This position is part of POL’s Atlanta headquarters and reports to and works closely with the CEO of POL. The CFO has five staff members in finance.



  • Manage cash flow planning, investment and asset management
  • Manage cash, investment, and asset management
  • Manage finance strategies and activities, as well as banking relationships
  • Develop models for forecasting, business planning, pricing and reporting
  • Review monthly financial position, prepares reports and makes strategic recommendations that ensure financial stability
  • Remain up to date on nonprofit audit and best practices and state and federal law regarding nonprofit operations
  • As a business partner to the CEO and management team, assess organizational performance against both the annual budget and POL’s long-term strategy
  • Develop tools and systems to provide critical financial and operational information to the CEO and make actionable recommendations on both strategy and operations

Planning, Policy, and Investor Relations:

  • Develop budgets and forecasts that align with POL’s annual and strategic plans
  • Coordinate the development and monitoring of budgets with Presidents and Chiefs of Business Units
  • Engage the audit committee of the board of directors to develop financial plans and projections
  • Represent the organization to financial partners (financial institutions, investors, foundation executives, auditors, public officials, etc.)
  • Remain up to date on nonprofit audit best practices and state and federal law regarding nonprofit operations

Accounting and Administration:

  • Ensure maintenance of appropriate internal controls and financial procedures
  • Ensure timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial and management reporting for federal funders, foundations, and POL Board of Directors
  • Review and analyze budgets in order to monitor progress and present financial metrics both internally and externally
  • Coordinate audits and proper filing of tax returns
  • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial functions
  • Ensure that the enterprise is sustained through strong internal systems, diversified funding, and a strategic and compelling position in the external world


  • Assume responsibility for the overall success of the finance department in meeting or exceeding annual goals
  • Provide supervision and support to direct reports that result in their professional growth and supports growth of POL
  • Create and manage a high performing team while meeting or exceeding goals
  • Share responsibility for strategic integration of operational activities within and between reporting departments and other areas of the organization
  • Serve as member of the senior management team and participate in enterprise wide problem solving and decision making
  • Provide insight, vision and leadership that enable the organization to lead and respond to opportunities within the Sector
  • Actively participate in identifying and generating revenue for the enterprise

Qualifications, Skills and Education:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Finance, CPA preferred
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in a senior financial management role ideally with both external audit and in-house financial management experience gained in nonprofit and corporate entrepreneurial settings
  • Will have corporate/nonprofit accounting and reporting experience including compliance with federal and state grant and audit requirements
  • A hands-on, roll up your sleeves collaborative leader
  • Strong experience in nonprofit accounting and managing complex financial systems
  • A strong value for data-driven decision making and demonstrated success in generating and executing thoughtful practical solutions
  • Demonstrated ability to operate in a flexible, entrepreneurial and opportunistic environment
  • Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically
  • Demonstrated success with large-scale initiatives, change management and culture shifts
  • Demonstrated experience directing and implementing new systems, processes and technology to enhance internal operations and organizational effectiveness
  • A track record of building, managing and mentoring high-performing teams
  • Evidence of a bold and creative leadership style —capable of leading, inspiring and engaging people
  • A commitment to continuous improvement
  • Experience guiding an exceptionally broad and diverse workforce- doing so with a light touch, open mind, sensitivity towards mission and a decisive management style
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of POL


Are you ready for the next significant step in your career?  If so, send your resume with cover letter to:   please include “CFO” in the subject line.

Salary is commensurate with experience, with an excellent benefits package.