June 10, 2021
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will be an experienced, adaptive, broad-gauge leader with passion for the mission of public health. Reporting to the President and CEO, Dr. Judy Monroe, the CFO will be a valued strategist and thought partner for the CEO, Board, Executive Team and staff. The current Finance staff of 10 is structured in three teams: Financial Planning and Analysis, Accounting and Payroll. An internal audit function is being added.
The CFO will lead the financial talent, systems and operations of the Foundation, which has rapidly grown into a large, complex, transformational nonprofit. The CFO will have experience managing diverse revenue streams, including federal funding, as well as strategic investments and operational efficiency. The CFO will have cross-sectoral experience, ideally spanning the nonprofit, governmental, academic and/or corporate sectors. The CFO will be an exceptional communicator and manager, committed to relationship building, talent development and collaboration. The CFO will thrive in a fastpaced, team-oriented environment that values mutual respect, innovation, responsiveness and accountability.
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) reports to President and CEO and is a member of the Executive Team. The CFO manages approximately 10 fulltime staff, with direct reports including the Assistant Controller, Senior Financial Analyst and Payroll Manager. A manager of Audit will be joining the team in the coming months.
The CFO serves as liaison to the Finance, Investment and Audit committees of the Board of Directors, and represents the CDC Foundation as appropriate with donors and other external audiences.
The Chief Financial Officer will:
- Be a leader of vision, strategy and operations. The CFO will be an experienced financial professional and builder of people and capacity in the context of growth, complexity and change. The CFO will enhance the CDC Foundation’s finance talent, processes, systems, structures and approaches. The CFO will be a trusted thought partner for the CEO, Board and team, with deep expertise and a combination of strategic, technical and operational abilities. The CFO will advance the mission and contribute in significant ways to the Foundation’s capacity to embrace and manage growth, transformation and innovation.
- Build relationships and trust. The CFO will be an engaging, trusted leader committed to collaboration, equity and inclusion. The CFO will be evenkeeled and solution-oriented, a good listener and communicator who builds bridges and instills confidence. The CFO will be an astute communicator, able to relate well to diverse audiences with different needs and levels of financial acumen. The CFO will partner well with the Board and staff, and will foster positive finance team relationships across the organization. Externally, the CFO will enhance relationships with donors and partners and advance the Foundation’s reputation as a thought leader, good steward and partner of choice.
- Lead transformation and innovation. The CFO will engage holistically with the CDC Foundation’s financial, accounting, technology and compliance capabilities and evolve them as needed for efficiency, accuracy and accountability. The CFO will develop processes and structures that integrate and accelerate functions, and that sync and adapt with the broader organization. The CFO will evolve operations, approaches and technology to meet emerging needs. The CFO will elevate organizational capabilities in areas that include forecasting, analysis and reporting.
- Build Finance “bench strength.” The CFO will champion and grow the CDC Foundation’s Finance department, enhancing cross-training and professional development. As a leader who is both strategic and hands-on, the CFO will build knowledge, depth and longevity among members of the finance team. The CFO will be an inspiring manager of an empowered, high-performing team that thrives in a collaborative culture oriented to mission, growth and innovation.
- Help build the CDC Foundation of the future. The CFO will be a source of forward-looking ideas, energy and culture. As a member of the Executive Team, the CFO will play an important role in helping the Foundation define the leading edge of philanthropy, operational excellence and mission accomplishment. The CFO will enhance organizational financial strength, protocols and sustainability.
The ideal candidate is a compelling leader with extensive, relevant experience and passion for the CDC Foundation’s mission. Personal characteristics being sought include:
- An authentic leadership style that inspires and welcomes people and ideas.
- Listening, communications and relationship-building skills.
- An even-keeled, calming, engaging persona.
- An approach that is collaborative, adaptive, solution- and results-oriented.
- A proactive, high-energy and positive personality.
- A sense of humor.
- Ability to operate at both strategic and hands-on levels.
- Integrity, fairness and proven commitment to equity and inclusion.
- A balance of self-confidence and humility.
- Flexibility, innovation and an entrepreneurial streak.
- Curiosity and orientation to learning and professional growth.
- Ability to build consensus, and courage to take tough decisions.
- Ability to thrive in the midst of complexity, ambiguity and change.
For potential consideration or to suggest a prospect, please email CDCFoundationCFO@BoardWalkConsulting.com
or call Kathy Bremer or Patti Kish at 404-BoardWalk (404-262-7392).
To see the full Leadership Profile, visit http://bit.ly/CDCfdnCFO.
About the Organization
The CDC Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with an interesting history and exciting future. Founded in 1995, the CDC Foundation is the sole entity created by Congress to mobilize philanthropic and private-sector resources to support the CDC’s critical health protection work.
In its 26-year history, the CDC Foundation has facilitated thousands of partnerships, programs and projects and raised more than $1.2 billion in investment to advance the lifesaving work of CDC and public health.
The CDC Foundation currently supports 240 projects and 200+ COVID-related programs across the country and internationally. In response to urgent needs across state public health agencies, in the past year the Foundation stood up and implemented a surge staff program that put over 1000 health workers on the ground.
The current CDCF strategic plan outlines five priorities:
- Strengthening CDC and the public health infrastructure
- Improving health security
- Modernizing data for public health
- Advancing health equity
- Enhancing and extending public health communications
Kathy Bremer & Patti Kish