Chief Financial Officer

SFC is seeking a Chief Financial Officer to provide oversight of financial administration, budgeting, business and financial planning and financial reporting.


Founded in 1993, with roots dating back to 1975 as Austin Community Gardens, Sustainable Food Center (SFC) is involved in every step of our local, Central Texas, food system. Our mission is to transform the food system to nourish our health, land and livelihood.

Why work at SFC?

At SFC, we are passionate about our work and share a commitment to expanding access to locally grown food raised with integrity and care, for all members of our community. Join us if you are driven to build and create lasting change that supports people and the planet.

We’re on a journey

SFC is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity on our staff and in our community. We strive to create a workplace that reflects the communities we serve and where everyone feels comfortable bringing their full, authentic selves to work. To that end, we have organized multiple all-staff trainings, created internal working groups that celebrate our diverse community, and integrated equity principles into every aspect of our work.

We uphold the following Core Values:

Integrity: We take pride in what we do and hold ourselves accountable to one another and the communities we serve by being transparent, following through on commitments, and communicating outcomes to all stakeholders.

Courage: We lead the way in transforming our food system by taking risks and implementing innovative approaches to achieve our vision. We embody a growth mindset and view setbacks as opportunities to learn and deepen our collaboration with others.

Equity: We are working every day to ensure the right of all people to access, grow, and consume nutritious and culturally relevant food. We acknowledge that our food system has been built on systems of oppression and prioritize serving marginalized communities and promoting inclusion through our work.

Community: We center the voices, priorities, and wellbeing of the communities we serve in our work. We elevate community member input by providing open channels for feedback and collaboration.

Job Description:

This is a full-time position at 40 hours per week.

Location: Texas Triangle--Austin, Dallas-Ft. Worth, San Antonio, and Houston

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is the primary financial strategist for Sustainable Food Center (SFC) and reportsto the Executive Director. The CFO provides consultation on short- and long-range financial forecasting for the CEO and Board of Directors and ensures that SFC’s system of internal controls safeguards its assets. The CFO develops and manages key relationships with the CEO, the SFC Finance Committee, staff, donors, and grantors in order to ensure that the financial objectives of each revenue stream are realized. The CFO will provide oversight of financial administration, budgeting, business and financial planning and financial reporting. As a member of Management Leadership Team, the CFO will participate as a driver of the organization’s overall strategy.

Job Duties:

Strategic Leadership

· Participate in the ongoing strategic planning process as a member of the Management Leadership Team.

· Oversee financial and budgetary planning and cost management in alignment with SFC’s strategic plan.

· Provide strategic recommendations to the Executive Director based on analysis of financial strengths, weaknesses, projections, cost identification and allocation, revenue/expense analysis and cash flow.

· Develop and utilize forward-looking, predictive models and activity-based financial analyses to provide insight into the organization’s operations and business plans.

· Provide strategic recommendations to the Executive Director based on financial analysis, projections, cost identification and allocation, revenue/expense analysis and cash flow.

· Create and manage future investment, endowment, and asset management strategies.

Financial Management

· Oversee and coordinate all facets of fiscal management which includes the following:

o Financial reporting, audits, tax preparation, cash flow management, forecasting and analysis, general accounting activities and internal controls, treasury management, banking, and account reconciliations.

· Interface with auditors, government agencies, attorneys, vendors, and SFC staff and Board as necessary.

· Develop and utilize forward-looking, predictive models and activity-based financial analyses to provide insight into the organization’s grant proposals, operations, and business plans.

· Coordinate and lead the annual financial planning and budget process and work with budget owners to control costs and manage variances throughout the year.

· Coordinate with the Executive Director to report financial activities and needs to the Board of Directors.

· Serve as the primary staff interface with financial institutions.

· Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; improve financial policy and procedures.

Development and Stewardship Goals

· Oversee the financial reporting for grants.

· Monitor for compliance with all grant-funded programs to include federal, state, local, and foundation funded programs. Ensure all necessary reporting is completed as required.

· Provide donors and prospects with information regarding SFC investment performance, financial position, and business operations as necessary.

· Support fundraising and programmatic needs by providing revenue forecasts and budget implications analysis for new initiatives and events.

· Attend events and social engagements and lead professional meetings and conferences (many of which occur in the evenings and on weekends).

· Possess knowledge of charitable trusts and estate planning techniques from a financial/fiduciary perspective.

Operations Management

· Prepare timely and accurate financial statements and maintain an effective system of internal financial controls.

· Prepare the annual organizational operating budget and monitors departmental budgets. Generate monthly budget reports and departmental expense reports.

· Oversee vendor management practices including the review of quotes, contracts, and insurance. Consider diversity and inclusion efforts in vendor management.

· Assess the information technology strategy to ensure best in class IT systems are in place for security, safety, and accessibility of the organization’s data.

· Ability to perform risk management and mitigation reviews through assessments of key internal controls, insurance programs, personnel policies and procedures, and information technology systems.

Talent and Team Development

· Empower and develop teams with diverse skills sets to competitively strive for improved operational solutions and sustainable growth.

· Cultivate a culture of positivity, handle challenges and conflicts with self-control and balance.

· Diligently monitor organizational goals and hold each team member accountable for reasonable growth and change.

· Strengthen recruitment initiatives, ensuring that individual/team skill and character requirements are clearly identified and evaluated prior to hiring.

· Cultivate buy-in, commitment, and teamwork through alignment, accountability, and rewarding team accomplishments.

· Demonstrate an ability to manage conflict, build consensus, and facilitate problem-solving and collaboration among various internal parties.

Skills and Qualifications

· Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, Management or Finance. MA/MBA preferred. CPA a plus.

· A minimum of 10 years of overall professional experience; 5+ years of senior leadership.

· Demonstrated experience in financial management and accounting, ideally in the non-profit sector. Experience should include legal, audit, compliance, and budget. And preferably contracts and supporting fund development and program operations.

· Must have working knowledge of grant budgeting, tracking, and reporting. Experience with NICRA funding, preferred.

· Ability to translate financial concepts to – and to effectively collaborate with – programmatic and fundraising colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds.

· Ability to understand and manage contracts and to identify key operations indices as well as an in-depth understanding of financial concepts.

· Technologically savvy, having worked with IT vendors and/or staff to develop and implement new processes and systems that increase efficiency and effectiveness in a fast-moving environment.

· Flexible self-starter with the ability to multi-task while also being highly detail-oriented.

· Excellent people skills, with experiencing collaborating in a multi-disciplinary, diverse, and dynamic team.

· Demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities, proposing new ways of creating efficiencies, and guiding investment in people and systems.

· Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of Sustainable Food Center.

Salary and Benefits

Sustainable Food Center offers an excellent work environment, competitive salaries, full coverage health insurance, 403b matching after first year of employment, generous time off, hybrid work environment and a flexible schedule. Starting salary will be influenced by applicant’s qualifications and budget considerations.

To Apply:

Please email your cover letter and resume to Kelly Weissmann at