Job Description

The CFO reports to the President and CEO, periodically, to the Board of Directors. The CFO will direct the financial operations of the organization as well as oversee staff responsible for producing annual tax and other compliance documents and reports. The CFO serves as an internal consultant to the CEO, Board and other key stakeholders on all financial matters.

Essential Job Functions:

The CFO will:

  • Provide oversight for and manage all budgets, forecasts and internal financial plans and processes;
  • Develop and manage financial practices, accounting procedures, and internal controls to ensure that budgets are maintained and the appropriate documentation exists.
  • Ensures compliance with state, local and federal government regulations and that all other legal compliance requirements are met;
  • Support accounting, general ledger and operations functions, ensuring that systems are in place to guarantee timeliness and accuracy;
  • Drive best financial practices by publicizing standard operating procedures, keeping the senior leadership team, Board and staff up-to-date on financial status and by generally serving as a point of reference for all plans and projects;
  • Explore and suggest ways to invest its reserves and resources to generate passive income;
  • Review short and long-term goals in light of existing and projected financial resources available;
  • Create data-based long and short term goals, budgets and forecasts;
  • Participate in all internal planning regarding proposed program expansion, to ensure alignment of program, outreach and training plans with financial projections;
  • Establish annual priorities and benchmarks and conduct regular reporting, measuring projections against actual performance;
  • Generate weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports as needed to monitor, evaluate and optimize cash-flow and liquidity;
  • Build relationships with banks, donors, vendors, outside consultants and others as needed to monitor major expenditures and sources of revenue;
  • Utilize technology to optimize all reporting and analytical functions;
  • Keep up with new trends in the financial industry by attending conferences, participating in professional development and sharing this information with the senior leadership team; and
  • Build a top-tier internal finance team by actively recruiting, training and developing talented accountants, analysts, consultants, tax planners and other staff, as needed.
  • Foster a success-oriented, accountable environment within the association.
  • Foster positive relationships with the Audit and Finance Committees of the Board of Directors.


  • MBA or Master’s degree in Finance required, CPA a plus.
  • Seven to ten years experience in a senior financial management role including strategic planning, maintaining fiscal controls, and improving overall performance and accountability in a non-profit setting.
  • Experience at integrating IT/Systems to improve accounting productivity and accuracy
  • Experience at working with external auditors, compliance and regulatory oversight
  • Commitment to results; 'can-do" mindset; outstanding problem-solving ability
  • Experience at change leadership and change management
  • Strong motivational and staff leadership abilities
  • Excellent analytical, communication and presentation skills
  • Integrity, personal sense of accountability
  • Experience with expense budget responsibility of at least $150 million preferably in the non-profit sector.
  • Superior organizational development and leadership experience.
  • Proven management skills including designing business controls, measuring performance, and ensuring accountability that support the overall business objectives and goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage staff and obtain results.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Superior organizational and analytical skills, with the ability to assess complex situations and use creativity for problem resolution strategically and functionally.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Ability to plan, develop and coordinate multiple projects.
  • Ability to travel
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of staff and board, nationally and locally.
  • Attentiveness to detail

Position Location: Chicago, IL - Hybrid

Full time based on 37.5 hours per week minimum

Reports To: President and CEO

Who We Are:

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia- by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.

At the Alzheimer’s Association, our employees are at the core of all we do. Our network of more than 1,900 employees across the United States makes a difference each and every day for those impacted by Alzheimer’s and those at risk for the disease.

We warmly invite qualified applicants to consider this opportunity to make a life-changing impact on the millions living with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers and those that may develop the disease in the future. Read on to learn more about the role, then visit our website to explore who we are and why we've been recognized as a Best Place to Work for the last twelve years in a row.

At the Alzheimer's Association®, we believe that diverse perspectives are critical to achieving health equity - meaning that all communities have a fair and just opportunity for early diagnosis and access to risk reduction and quality care. The Association is committed to engaging underrepresented and underserved communities and responding with resources and education to address the disproportionate impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Employees working 24 hours/week or more are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, flex accounts, short and long-term disability, life insurance, long term care insurance, tuition reimbursement, generous Paid Time Off, 12 annual holidays and Paid Family Leave, as well as an annual Cultural & Heritage Day and Volunteer Day of their choosing. They are also eligible for our gold standard 401(k) retirement plan.

Full time employees (37.5 hours/week), will enjoy all of the above plus an annual School Visitation Day and an Elder Care Facility Day of their choosing.


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