Howard Center
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Location: Chittenden County,
About the Job


About the Organization

Started in 1865 as a program for the widows and orphans of the civil war, today Howard Center is a cornerstone in the community, offering an array of mental health, substance use, and developmental services with 1,600 staff members serving in over 50 different programs in 60+ locations throughout Chittenden County and Vermont.  With a mission focused on helping individuals, families and communities thrive, we offer accessible, compassionate, and lifesaving support and services. Our dedicated team of professionals continually strive to foster a healthy and inclusive community, embodying the core values that define Howard Center’s enduring legacy.

About the Opportunity:  Position Overview

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer.  The CFO directs and oversees all financial activities of the organization and its subsidiaries including daily finance operations, treasury management, development and execution of $135M+ annual budget, risk management, establishing and maintaining policies and procedures to ensure best practices, and setting the overarching strategic financial vision. The CFO controls and protects the assets of the corporation and provides sound financial counsel and guidance to the CEO, the Board of Trustees and its Finance and Audit Committees, and senior leadership.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Oversees daily operations of the finance function and its 20+ staff including accounting, payroll, budget and financial management, revenue cycle and billing.
  • Develops finance organizational strategies by contributing financial information, analysis, and recommendations to strategic thinking and direction and establishing functional objectives in line with organizational objectives.
  • Establishes finance operational strategies by evaluating trends, establishing critical measurements, analyzing data, designing systems, accumulating resources, resolving problems and implementing change.
  • Collaboratively leads continual analysis and evolution of service line portfolio by studying economic trends, revenue opportunities, new initiatives and expansions; analyzing organization operations, identifying opportunities for improvement, cost reduction and system enhancements; and accumulating capital for continual reinvestment in mission.
  • Oversees and monitors all financial risk management activities of the organizational ensuring adequate risk management and mitigation.
  • Coordinates development, negotiation, monitoring and reporting for agency grants, contracts and leases.
  • Directs development and execution of annual all agency, program, and capital budgets.
  • Monitors financial performance ensuring accurate monthly financial status reporting, forecasting, and variance analysis while providing effective financial management tools and strategies, initiating corrective actions, and minimizing the impact of variances.
  • Responsible for the annual audit and state and federal tax and reporting requirements.
  • Represents the organization externally managing banking and vendor relationships, negotiating contracts, collaborating with state and local partners, and interfacing with various community stakeholders.
  • Ensures compliance with industry standards, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), all financial and legal requirements of a State of Vermont Designated Agency, Preferred Provider, and other governing and regulatory bodies.

About the Ideal Candidate

The ideal CFO candidate at Howard Center will be mission-driven with extensive experience and knowledge in the human services finance landscape.  The successful candidate will have a related advanced degree, supplemented by over 8 years of progressively responsible leadership positions within healthcare finance roles including supervisory experience.

Pay and Benefits:

  • We offer a competitive salary commensurate to experience. The salary range starts at $145,714
  • Accrue 36 days of combined time off per year for full-time employees (and increasing with years of service); pro-rated for positions 16 hours or more
  • Comprehensive BCBS Medical with 80% agency-paid premium support for individuals, couples, and families (pro-rated for part time). This Point of Service Plan features no deductible.
  • Two Dental options through Delta Dental
  • Vision Insurance
  • Employer 401(k) contributions
  • Employer Paid Life, AD&D, Short Term and Long Term Disability insurance
  • Medical & Childcare Flexible Spending Account
  • Childcare Stipend
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee referral program with financial payment
  • Discounted online undergraduate/graduate courses through Champlain College truED
  • Award-winning workplace wellness program including physical fitness groups for staff, financial wellness incentives, and ongoing workplace wellness advocacy and education
  • Voluntary benefits from local/international businesses: discounted gym memberships, mobile phone service, ski/snowboard passes, auto/home insurance, and more!
  • Employee referral and sign on bonus is subject to Howard Center policy, for both internal and external applicants.

How to Apply

Inquiries regarding the CFO position should be directed to Heather A Simmons, Manager of Talent Acquisition at Please submit your CV/resume and cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications specific to the role.

Howard Center is an equal-opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, styles, and experiences. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We encourage ALL qualified candidates to apply.

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Cabinet forms a vital part of the Howard Center's organizational structure; existing to improve the diversity, equity and inclusion performance of Howard Center through effective governance.

Howard Center CEO, Bob Bick, has put forth an inspiring vision.

“We are committed to becoming a model culture and community leader around issues of diversity, inclusion, and corporate values and responsibility. We want to ensure a welcoming, inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for our staff, the people we serve, our partners, and community. In doing this, we must face old.

patterns, and in a respectful and positive way break though barriers and stereotypes and have courageous conversations that will allow us to grow, expand, and more fully live our values and mission."

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