Chief Financial Officer

South Bay Community Services Blair Search Partners


SBCS has been committed to supporting the well-being and prosperity of San Diego children, youth, and families for over 50 years. SBCS’ services and support – based on the strengths of local communities – assist those throughout the region to reach their fullest potential. With a budget of nearly $61 million, the support of over 1,200 community volunteers, and a staff of 500 dedicated professionals working in schools, police departments, family resource centers, and affordable housing locations, SBCS is truly transforming the community. Through comprehensive and coordinated initiatives focused on the areas of child well-being, youth development, family wellness, and community engagement, SBCS responds to the needs of the community with a strengths-based approach, serving more than 50,000 clients each year. For more information, please visit:


The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will join a dedicated, experienced, and exceptionally talented team working collaboratively to serve the community.  In 2021, SBCS was honored to receive the inaugural “Inspire & Enable Award” from the San Diego Foundation for its incredible achievement in enabling community solutions to improve the quality of life in the San Diego region. A well-respected leader in the community, President & CEO, Kathryn Lembo attributed the recognition to the hard work and commitment of SBCS’ staff. Since joining SBCS in 1982, Kathryn has transformed the organization from a tiny drop-in center for drug-abusing teens, into one of the largest social service and community development agencies serving San Diego County. The organization has achieved tremendous organic growth, based on a highly supportive family-like culture focused on the personal and professional growth of each team member.


  • Salary – $250,000 – $275,000 DOE/Neg.
  • Medical, dental, vision, AD&D, and life insurance.
  • 403(b) retirement plan, SBCS will match 100% of the employee contribution up to 10%, vested at 100% on the 6thyear of employment.
  • 18 paid days off, 10 days of accrued paid sick days per year, and 13 paid holidays.
  • Flexible spending accounts and dependent care.


This is a hybrid role based out of SBCS’ main office at 430 F Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910.


This is an exciting time to join SBCS as the organization embarks on its most ambitious fundraising and branding campaign ever. In addition to investing in programs, the campaign includes ground-up construction of a new administration and services center, located in the heart of Downtown Chula Vista. Reporting to the President & CEO, the CFO will manage a $61 million annual operating budget, with overall strategic and operational responsibility for SBCS’ Finance and Accounting department, including payroll. They will lead an exceptionally talented team, managing one direct report and a team of 15 staff. Serving as a key thought partner to the CEO, the CFO will work across every area of the organization, partnering with the Board, leadership, and staff on organizational planning, development, and assessment activities. This high-profile and extremely collaborative position will also represent the organization externally, partnering with executives at other leading organizations on coordinated initiatives that align with SBCS’ mission. This is a tremendous opportunity for a strategic financial leader with a track record of supporting a growing organization to meet future expansion.

Priority areas in the first 12 months include:

  • Build a deep understanding of the community, cultivating relationships with stakeholders.
  • Become ingrained in the organization, building relationships with the team, and becoming familiar with SBCS’ history, programs, partners, and contracts.
  • Analyze SBCS’ current organizational structure, with a focus on the finance and accounting systems; recommend opportunities for streamlining and modernization.


  • Serve as an internal consultant to the CEO, Board, VP of Program Operations, VP of Business Operations, and other key stakeholders on all financial matters, making recommendations and suggesting proactive strategies to keep SBCS on track.
  • Prepare, monitor, and update the annual operating budget.
  • Coordinate and compile all necessary documents for the annual agency audit.
  • Prepare and monitor contract budgets, forecasts, and internal financial plans and processes.
  • Support accounting, general ledger, and operations functions, ensuring that systems are in place to guarantee timeliness and accuracy.
  • Drive best financial practices within SBCS through standard operating procedures, and keep the senior leadership team, Board, and staff up to date on SBCS’ financial status.
  • Serve as a point of reference for all growth plans and projects within SBCS.
  • Generate weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual reports as needed to monitor, evaluate, and optimize cash flow and liquidity.
  • Build relationships with stakeholders and service providers including banks, funders, vendors, and outside consultants.
  • Utilize technology to optimize all reporting and analytical functions.
  • Ensure SBCS meets critical regulatory and legal compliance benchmarks.
  • Supervise, coach, and mentor staff to achieve individual and organizational success.
  • Anticipate organizational needs and proactively propose solutions.


  • Committed to SBCS’ mission of service and support.
  • Strategic and hands-on approach to finance, accounting, and operations; adept at analysis, business planning, budget development, and forecasting.
  • Successful leadership and management experience in finance and business operations and proficiency with accounting software.
  • Demonstrated experience with audit, contract/grants management, legal compliance, and regulatory oversight.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, with the ability to effectively communicate complex financial concepts and technical data to stakeholders from non-finance related backgrounds.
  • Effective public speaker, including presentations to senior management, the Board, and outside stakeholders/partners.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to mentor and motivate staff to achieve goals.


Sarah Thompson, Senior Director, Blair Search Partners
1855 1st Ave., Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101