Position Summary:

The CFO of the Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern SD acts as the chief financial officer and is responsible for all financial, administrative and related operational aspects of the organization. This includes management of the investment portfolio, the expense budget, grant and gift distributions and the developing and overseeing all financial policies and procedures to ensure the smooth operation of the Catholic Community Foundation. Also included are the financial operations of Catholic Community Foundation offices (currently in six locations in eastern SD) and the successful implementation of the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal for the Diocese of Sioux Falls. As Vice President of the Catholic Community Foundation, share in the responsibility for the overall advancement of its mission: to raise, manage and distribute God’s gifts to donor-directed ministries.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Help people grow in their understanding of living a Christian stewardship way of life – seeing all as a gift from God and responding in gratitude by generously sharing one’s gifts with others.
  • Manage all financial aspects of Catholic Community Foundation, including cash management, the investment portfolio, expense budget, accounting, audit, financial reports (financial statements, dashboards, accounts, etc.)
  • Provide timely and effective financial information for the Catholic Community Foundation Board of Directors and its Finance, Audit and Investment Committees.
  • Handle all financial and operational aspects of Catholic Family Sharing Appeal, grant review and distributions
  • Member of the Catholic Community Foundation leadership team.
  • Work in partnership with the bishop, the priests of the local parishes and the leaders of the various Catholic ministries in the Diocese of Sioux Falls.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Primary:
    • Willingness and ability to effectively make known the Catholic Church’s teachings through the varied ministry activities expected of this position.
    • Willingness and ability to act as an outstanding personal witness to the Catholic faith and religion by living both one’s professional and personal life in accordance with the doctrines and moral teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, as embodied in the various documents of the Roman Catholic Church, including, without limitation, the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church.
    • Strong operational skills while participating in strategic planning
    • Work closely with administrative and other staff to develop and implement effective procedures and policies.
    • Develop and manage timelines for various projects as needed, including the annual Catholic Family Sharing Appeal.
    • Strong team player, working in partnership with fellow management team staff.
    • Work closely with the Diocese of Sioux Falls Finance office and staff.
    • Responsible for the effective operation of the Finance, Investment and Audit Committees of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Community Foundation.
    • Oversee the administrative support of the Catholic Community Foundation’s Board of Directors meetings.
    • Work in partnership with the Gift Planning team to coordinate and strategize financial information to support the cultivation of individual donors.
    • Secure professional input when appropriate, i.e. auditors, accounts, attorneys, financial planners, gift planners, etc.
    • Communicate with and coordinate activity with the pastors of the Diocese of Sioux Falls
  • Experience:
    • Management of a complex financial operation
    • Non-profit foundation financial management
    • Investing, accounting, operations
  • Other Elements:
    • Preferred working knowledge of a charitable foundation.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • An understanding and working knowledge of accounting, financial software and all desktop applications included in the Microsoft Office Suite and various web applications.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment to think strategically, multitask, and conform to shifting priorities, demands, and time lines.
  • Proven communication skills, and ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals while maintaining strict confidentiality.
  • Provide a welcoming, service, pastoral approach to all constituents, understanding that this work is a ministry.
  • Build positive relationships with constituents (inc. priests, parish staffs, prospects, donors, sponsors, vendors, participants, etc.) that build consensus, inspire and motivate.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Provide accurate and complete information
  • Keep good records by completing hard copy and electronic information/letters/memos related to donors, prospects, and corresponding ministries/topics
  • A good understanding of eastern South Dakota
  • Participate in and support special projects/priorities of the bishop as assigned

Job Conditions/Physical Demands:

The following are representative of the physical capabilities that must be met by an employee and the working conditions that an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to push, pull, lift and carry items up to 30 pounds.
  • Ability to sit, stand, bend, stoop, climb stairs, talk, hear, grasp, reach and perform repetitive motions of the fingers, hands and wrists.
  • Ability to work in an office setting as wells as various venues according to event or activity.
  • Vision abilities required include close vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Extensive travel required – includes evenings and some weekends – typically eight times per month out of the office.
  • Effective use of computer and other technology