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Western Youth Services - 
Chief Financial Officer

Please note: this search is on hold

Reporting directly to the CEO, the Chief Financial Officer of the organization provides overall strategic financial leadership and directs the deployment of the organization’s critical financial resources. The CFO is a member of the executive management team.

As a key player in the executive leadership of the organization, the Chief Financial Officer designs and implements, in concert with the CEO, and with the review and approval of the Board of Directors, financial policies and systems that strengthen the present and create a stronger, sustainable future for the organization. As the CFO, this position provides vision and leadership for all the organization’s finance functions, including budgeting, purchasing, accounts payable, financial reporting, taxes and tax filings, and financial audits.

The Chief Financial Officer is expected to help advance the mission and clinical reputation of the organization through providing substantive support to achieving the goals of the strategic plan. This position develops and advances a public service orientation and builds strong relationships with internal and external constituents. This person is expected to be an internal business partner, offering sound financial advice to a variety of individuals to ensure the accomplishment of the organization’s mission and vision.



  • Be a person of integrity and honesty who can well represent the mission of Western Youth Services to internal and external constituents.

  • 10-15 years of demonstrated progressive experience in the field of accounting or financial management is required, including experience as CFO, finance officer or relevant role.

  • 5-10 years of progressive experience in nonprofit leadership is desired.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Business or Economics or similar. MBA preferred.

  • Public Accounting experience preferred. An individual with a CPA or CMA strongly desired.

  • Candidate must have a strong working knowledge of GAAP within the nonprofit sector and demonstrated financial reporting technical skills.

  • Understand not-for-profit tax requirements.

  • Thorough knowledge of data analysis and forecasting methods. Experience in investments, treasury, endowments is desired. Have demonstrated leadership capabilities.

  • Be a team builder with high EQ and effective interpersonal communication skills.

  • Proficient in the use of MS Office, Enterprise Resource Management systems, financial management software, and fund accounting software.

  • Experience in healthcare accounting and billing preferred. Should be known for a participative and collaborative spirit. Proven ability to strategize and solve problems, converting visionary ideas into working financial models.

  • Someone who pursues a full understanding of the "why" before making decisions.

  • Ability to develop, nurture and sustain effective and collegial channels of communication with staff and other departments.

This position is full time and in person. Western Youth Services is headquartered in Laguna Hills, CA. 


Western Youth Services Chief Executive Officer is charged with vetting candidates for this position with assistance from Jeff Davis of J. Davis & Associates. JDA will explore a broad network to suggest potential candidates. This thorough search will include consideration of many names and subsequent review of resumes. When appropriate, candidates will be asked to provide a thorough vocational history, respond to a questionnaire, and to have a video interview with Jeff Davis. Those holding the most promise will then be interviewed in person by the Interview Committee. Next, references and backgrounds will be checked, degrees verified, and an extensive candidate profile will be prepared for the committee. When a preferred candidate is identified, the candidate will participate in a final interview as well as meet the Western Youth Services staff and leadership team.

J. Davis & Associates is an executive search consulting firm devoted to serving clients in a variety of nonprofit and educational sectors. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Western Youth Services complies with all applicable laws pertaining to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, age, or physical or mental disability, in all of its employment practices.



Jeff Davis, Chief Dot Connector, Executive Search Consultant 

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