Chief Financial Officer



 About the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation

The Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation (the Center), a nonprofit organization established in February 2005, has a mission of protecting heirs’ property (HP), a form of landownership, and promoting the sustainable use of land to provide increased economic benefit to low-wealth families through education, advocacy, legal services, and forestry technical assistance primarily in the counties of Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Marion, Orangeburg, Sumter and Williamsburg in South Carolina.

In addition, the Center has a national and regional leadership role in providing expertise on the issue of HP and ultimately in developing the business model for best practices in the work needed to address the HP issue in all its complexity.


Position Description

The Center is a rapidly growing, results-oriented, small team workplace seeking a smart, energetic, and committed individual to lead the fiscal operations required to sustain and grow the Center. The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will join the Leadership Team and work with this dedicated and inspiring team of professionals. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the CFO has a comprehensive range of responsibilities including, but not limited to general oversight, coordination, and control of policies and processes, compliance relating to finance and accounting, development, human resources, information technology, and non-program related operations for the Center. The CFO also participates in long-term strategic planning efforts and is responsible for implementing new strategies to advance the mission of the organization.

The CFO will work with the Finance Committee, Board of Directors and other staff to ensure the organization has the appropriate financial systems in place to operate the business in an efficient and cost-effective manner. The CFO will work closely with the CEO and Chief Operating Officer (COO) to adhere to all required compliance, regulation, and financial reporting of the Center’s programs and grants.

The CFO will oversee all financial activities of the organization, which has an annual budget of $3 million, including accounting, budgeting, forecasting, cash flow management, financial reporting, preparation of cost reports and regulatory filings, and billings and collections. In addition, (s)he will:  (1) oversee cash flow planning; (2) ensure availability of funds as needed, and (3) ensure systems are in place to guarantee timeliness and accuracy of accounting, general ledger, and operations functions. The Director of Development and Associate Director of Administration will report to the CFO.


Desired Experience, Education, Skills, and Knowledge

  • Undergraduate degree in accounting or a related field. CPA and/or MBA degree highly preferred.
  • Seven plus years’ experience in the management of financial, HR, IT, and administrative functions of a small to mid-sized organization, preferably a nonprofit.
  • At least five years’ experience as CFO or equivalent, preferably in a nonprofit organization with a budget of at least $5 million.
  • Understanding of complex funding, nonprofit accounting, and compliance.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience budgeting for a complex organization with multiple government and foundation funding sources.
  • Knowledge and experience monitoring and reporting on federal, state, local and foundation grants and contracts.
  • Experience working with information technology staff to manage finance and accounting software packages.
  • Significant experience in or knowledge of nonprofit accounting, including sophisticated fund and grant accounting, compliance, and reporting.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with all staff including the Leadership Team, Board of Directors, external partners and donors and vendors.
  • Functional knowledge of: business administration and strategic planning; development/fundraising and IT/telecommunications systems.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, team management, and interpersonal skills. Excellent analytical and abstract reasoning skills, plus excellent organization skills.
  • Must possess a valid SC driver’s license.
  • Capability to deal with individuals from various backgrounds, including clients and personnel.
  • Empathetic to the special values and challenges of HP owners and other historically underserved landowners.



Compensation consists of (1) a base salary that is dependent upon the level of experience and falls within Center Pay Grade 14 ($69,000 – $90,000) and (2) benefits (i.e., paid leave, health and dental insurance, and retirement).


Application Process

Applications will be received until 5 pm on January 29, 2020. It is anticipated that the position will be filled by March 16, 2020. Applicants should send via email (1) a cover letter, which includes why the applicant wishes to apply for the position, along with salary requirements and (2) a resume. This information should be sent to the attention of:

ReZsaun Lewis, Executive Assistant to the CEO (,  Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation, 1535 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Suite D., Charleston, South Carolina 29407


No calls, please, regarding this opportunity; however, feel free to view the Center’s website at for additional information.