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The DOO will serve on the Executive Director’s leadership team and work closely with the Board of Directors.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Provide leadership oversight and administrative direction to Finance, Payroll, Information Technology, and Facilities Maintenance departments.

2. Develop and execute Center for Independent Futures’ financial management strategy and have direct responsibility for accounting, finance, forecasting, strategic planning, contract negotiations, banking relationships, partnerships compliance and private and institutional financing.

3. Oversee the Information Technology function by providing oversight, direction and coordination related to organization-wide technology planning and utilization, to include integration of information systems, voice and data networks and telecommunications. Align and prioritize IT goals and projects with organizational objectives and strategies. Ensure a secure and quality IT infrastructure for the effective delivery of IT services across the organization without interruptions.

4. Oversee the administrative property management functions, to include, but not limited to, asset management, predictive maintenance systems, inventory management, preventive maintenance, capital improvement projects, procurement, regulatory compliance, and quality assurance.

5. Oversee the accounting function which includes accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, general ledger preparation, financial statement preparations and other accounting activities.

6. Direct procedures and systems necessary to maintain proper records and to ensure adequate accounting internal controls and services that maximize operational efficiency and general business operations.

7. Prepare financial information and recommendations utilizing forward-looking predictive models and activity-based financial analysis as requested by Center for Independent Futures’ Executive Director.

8. Develops standards to measure and evaluate Center for Independent Futures’ financial and operational performance and report results to senior management and Board of Directors.

9. Direct the development and preparation of short-term and long-range plans/budgets based on Center for Independent Futures’ directional statements and recommendations. Provide financial forecasts for operating and capital planning and budgeting

10. Develop, recommend, implement and evaluate operational policies and procedures for all areas of responsibility. Ensure all policies and procedures are in compliance with applicable local, federal and state regulations and laws governing business operations.

11. Oversees the establishment, maintenance and monitoring of internal controls, as well as policies and procedures for all operations of responsibility. Read, interpret, review, and comply with all federal and state legislation pertaining to operations in areas of responsibility.

12. Remain current on changes within the legal, regulatory, economic and technology environments, which may affect the financial and administrative operations of the organization.

13. Serve as organization-wide leader on real property (e.g., lease management and facilities management); technology services; risk management; security management; energy management; and property management. Review and approve all contracts and contractual amendments within areas of responsibility.

14. Direct the development and installation of operational standards, procedures and controls to promote communication and adequate information flow for all financial and administrative areas of responsibility.

15. Serve as a member of the executive leadership team. Partner with the Executive Director and Board of Directors in executing the development of long-range strategic plans for all areas of responsibility and an overall corporate strategic plan.

16 Work with key departmental staff to develop and implement quality measurement/evaluation of services in all areas of responsibility. Set employee performance expectations and evaluate performance results for areas of responsibility in a regular systematic manner.

17. Develop and maintain a sound plan for all areas of financial and administrative areas of responsibility. Recommend changes in corporate organization as may be necessary to promote development and growth.

18. Attend Finance and Human Resources Committees and Board of Directors meetings, preparing and presenting reports as required.



• A Bachelor’s Degree in Finance or a related field; an advanced degree, such as a Master of Business Administration or Master’s in Finance or Accounting or CPA, is strongly preferred.


• At minimum of 5 years of financial and operational management experience, including fund and grant accounting; compliance and reporting; contract negotiating across multiple programs with a budget of at least $2 million.

• A minimum of five years in a leadership capacity, successfully managing and developing a strong team.

• Non-profit experience.

• A demonstrated track record of successful business operations management and project management.

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, as well as experience working with accounting and payroll software and information management.

• QuickBooks and Salesforce acumen.

• Experience with CQL or CARF accredited facilities would be viewed positively.


• Demonstrate leadership, team management, and interpersonal and communication skills.

• Provide a strong executive presence and ability to interact with Board members.

• Communicates clearly and concisely.

• Develop and implement new strategies and procedures.

• Demonstrate strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to

Center for Independent Futures is an Evanston, Illinois, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities live full and more independent lives. We create sustainable solutions through community living options, personal networks, and lifelong planning and education, tailored to support individuals and families as well as schools and agencies. Today, we support hundreds of individuals throughout the Chicago area and consult with organizations around the country.

Our community includes our passionate and talented staff, our dedicated boards, a network of professional resources and partners, engaged families and individuals, and generous supporters. Thanks to the commitment of these groups, Center for Independent Futures continues to grow and pursue our vision for the future where individuals with disabilities have access to all opportunities of a full life.

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