Chief Financial Officer


Our Story

Since our founding in 1970, we have grown from one of the nation’s first shelters for runaway and homeless youth to a nationally recognized agency providing emergency services, safe places to live, and long-term solutions for ending homelessness, breaking the cycle of child abuse and neglect, preventing delinquency, and promoting mental health and addiction recovery. Our mission is to empower youth to reach their highest potential, improving their lives through meeting basic needs such as shelter and nutrition, creating positive social connections, assisting with life skills, and promoting overall health and well-being.

San Diego Youth Services (SDYS) serves youth from infancy to age 25, including those struggling with mental health concerns and substance abuse. We provide a comprehensive continuum of trauma-informed care that includes a range of housing solutions as well as crisis response, prevention, early intervention, treatment, mentoring, and case management. The strength of our organization stems from a strong culture of program excellence, based on the integration of community-oriented grassroots approaches, the implementation of the latest clinical services and training, comprehensive partnerships with other nonprofit organizations, funders, and elected officials, and fiscal strength and stewardship.

Our integrated and collaborative intake center is based on a “no wrong door” philosophy, ensuring that all youth who contact us receive services, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, religion, or sexual orientation. With an annual operating budget of $24M and nearly 250 team members, SDYS serves more than 17,000 youth at more than 100 locations every year.

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Leadership & Culture

SDYS is led by a dynamic leadership team supported by a compassionate and engaged Board of Directors. As a member of the executive team, the CFO will report to CEO, Walter Philips who joined SDYS in 2000. Walter is passionate about his work and puts all of himself into supporting youth, including raising a foster child in addition to his two biological children. Walter’s passion and wide array of experience in serving youth in San Diego County have been paramount to the success of SDYS. Under Walter’s leadership, the organization has successfully diversified its revenue, which now includes a healthy real estate portfolio, and expanded innovative programming across the region. Walter has served on numerous local and statewide committees and boards and has received several honors, including Most Admired CEO for Large Nonprofits by the San Diego Business Journal and County of San Diego’s Behavioral Health Person of the Year.

Benefits & Features

  • Salary: $230,000 – $260,000
  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Medical Spending and Dependent Day Care FSA
  • Employer Paid Basic Life Insurance and AD&D
  • Voluntary Life and AD&D
  • Employer Paid Long Term Disability and Employee Paid Short Term Disability
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with matching contribution
  • Employer Funded 457(b) Plan
  • Car and phone allowances
  • PTO (combination vacation and sick)
    • 0-11 months – 6 hours accrued per paid, cap of 256 hours
    • 12-35 months- 7.33 hours accrued per pay, cap of 312 hours
    • 36+ month- 9 hours accrued per pay, cap of 376 hours
  • 5 paid holidays + 2 personal holidays


This is a hybrid role with an office located at 3255 Wing Street, San Diego, CA 92110. 

Position Summary

The CFO will lead an exceptionally talented team, managing 3direct reports and a team of 7staff altogether. This is a high-profile and extremely collaborative position, within both SDYS and our sector, partnering with senior leadership and executives at other leading organizations to drive collective impact. Reporting to the CEO, the CFO also works closely with the Board of Directors, including the Audit, Finance, and Investment Committees. They will manage a $24M annual budget, with overall strategic and operational responsibility for our finance, operations, facilities management, and information technology departments. This includes financial responsibility of facility management, including real estate, assets, equipment, and leases.

Priority areas in the first 12 months include:

  • Provide strong financial and strategic support to the CEO.
  • Analyze the current organizational structure and systems and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Collaborate with the CEO to develop a comprehensive business plan to expand revenue streams.
  • Partner with the CHRO on a compensation analysis and strategy to support equity and retention.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • In conjunction with the Chief Executive Officer, and the  Chief Program Officer, conduct long and short-term organizational and fiscal planning.
  • Prepare budgets for contracts, grants and proposals.
  • Ensure compliance with all fiscal contractual obligations, including participation in the rate-setting process for FFA & AFDC.
  • Proactively manage financial records, providing monthly and quarterly financial management reports, including financial analysis and cash flow projections.
  • Recommend investment policies, procedures, and investments of reserves to the CEO.
  • Present monthly financial reports to the Board of Directors.
  • Serve as a resource person for the Board, treasurer, and other committees as needed or assigned by the Chief Executive Officer.
  • Lead the implementation and maintenance of a fiscal accounting system for tracking rents/leases, project costs, and purchases of affordable housing and transitional living apartments and cottages, to include any future expansion of these projects.

Background Profile

  • Strategic and hands-on approach to finance, accounting, and operations; adept at analysis, business planning, forecasting, and committed to SDYS’ mission.
  • Successful management experience in overall business operations, including direct fiscal/operations, facilities management, and information technology departments.
  • Comprehensive planning, system design, and budgeting abilities.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral; comfortable communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, the board, and outside stakeholders/partners.
  • Ability to multi-task while maintaining vigilant attention to detail.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

The successful candidate will need to submit verification of vaccination or have a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated.

Commitment to cultivating and preserving a culture of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB)

As an organization working to meet the basic needs of youth, create positive connections, help youth develop life skills, and promote overall health and well-being, SDYS believes its practices and actions must reflect the highest level of commitment to access, equity, and social justice.

The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent that our members invest in their work represents not only part of the SDYS’ culture, but the SDYS’ reputation and achievements as well.  SDYS remains open to feedback from all communities it touches and knows that input from those with direct experience of issues will make the SDYS more effective in achieving its goals.

SDYS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. In compliance with the Immigration and Nationality Act as amended, all new employees must verify their eligibility to work in the United States.

For more information or to apply, please contact:

Tia Anzellotti, Director, Blair Search Partners
1855 First Ave., Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92101