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Immaculate Heart Community (IHC) is a nonprofit multiservice agency that advocates for social and economic justice and is committed to building relations in society to foster human development. IHC operates four distinct programs with a broad range of services. IHC professional staff and volunteers work to advance the common good and to improve the lives of those they serve.
History of the Immaculate Heart Community
The Immaculate Heart Community was founded in Spain in 1848 as a Catholic sisterhood. In 1967, it undertook a renewal program in response to the outcomes of the Second Vatican Council (“Vatican II”). While similar in its experiments to those of other congregations, the proposal met with the disapproval of the Archbishop of Los Angeles. In 1970, the Community decided that an action of conscience had to be made and they separated from the Catholic Church. In the 1970s, the membership made a historic transformation to become an inclusive, ecumenical “community without walls”.
The story of the Immaculate Heart Community today is a celebration of heart, soul, and integrity. Members come from many fields including education, social work, law, parish ministry, the arts, healthcare, and administration of public and nonprofit organizations. As a diverse and vibrant community, they are formed by insights from eco-feminist and social justice spiritualties, and engage in communal decision making. IHC members seek to build bridges of reconciliation and community that require an openness to hear the ways in which the vision of Community can be lived out faithfully. We support one another in our mission to advocate for the marginalized and to work for social and economic justice, for peace, and for the integrity of creation.
IHC operates four distinctive programs in Southern California:
- Casa Esperanza
- Corita Art Center
- La Casa de Maria Retreat Center and its Center for Spiritual Renewal
- Immaculate Heart Residence
IHC is governed by an eleven-member Board of Trustees, who are elected by the members of the Community. The Community also elects a President and Vice President, who attend to the support and wellbeing of the membership and collaborates with partners and funders. The President reports to the Board of Trustees and supports the Executive Director, who also reports to the Board of Trustees.
The organization’s 2017-2018 budget of $6.5M supports the four programs, collaborative missions, outreach, and membership commissions. IHC has over $14 million of net assets, comprised of properties that are owned free of debt and an investment portfolio. Recent devastating damage caused by the Thomas Fire’s debris and mudflow in Montecito will be a long-term recovery process, with all stakeholders focused on a full recovery.
The Leadership Opportunity
With strong financial fundamentals, a proud historic tradition of service, and a profound dedication for the betterment of humanity, the new Director will have an opportunity to work with the Executive Director to help refine the organization’s focus for optimal impact and sustainability.
The Position and Priorities
As a vital member of the senior leadership team, the Director of Finance and Operations will play a critical role in setting IHCs financial direction while also being an active participant in the organization’s overall strategy. The position will work closely with the Executive Director and Board of Trustees to develop a robust financial management plan that drives decision-making around IHC’s short- and long-term objectives. He/she will oversee all financial administration, budgeting, revenue projections, nonprofit compliance and financial risk management of the organization. This position leads the finance team in the coordination of fiscal management, budgeting, and asset management. The position also manages the operations manager and their team.
Experience, Skills and Attributes
The Director will embrace the mission of Immaculate Heart Community. They will demonstrate a passion and commitment for the core values of IHC, and will support a culture of enthusiasm and energetic commitment to the mission of IHC.
The ideal candidate will be visionary with sound technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment and strong operational focus. They will also bring exceptional communication skills, including an ability to translate financial concepts to—and to effectively collaborate with—colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds. S/he will be a dynamic team leader and strategic thinker who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical operations initiatives. A demonstrated ability to be a hands-on participative thought-partner with passion for excellence and innovation and an aptitude for strategic thinking will distinguish this candidate from all others.
Essential qualifications include:
- 10+ years of accounting / financial management experience in the nonprofit sector, with at least 5 years of management experience;
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or related field, ideally with an MBA/CPA or related degree (higher education qualifications may be waived depending on work history);
- A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem-solving skills which support and enable sound decision making;
- Understanding of nonprofit finance and accounting regulations;
- Excellent financial acumen and analytical skills;
- Demonstrated experience with annual budgeting process;
- Experience developing and applying sound indirect cost allocation methodology;
- The ability to work effectively and proactively in a complex organization with diverse programs in multiple sites, and demonstrated skills in management of multiple services.
Additional Job Requirements
- Valid driver’s license, safe driving record, current vehicle insurance, and ability to use personal vehicle for IHC business
- Willingness to travel within IHC’s service area, and beyond for conferences, etc.
- Must be able to pass criminal background check
The Immaculate Heart Community provides equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, partnership status, disability, genetic information, alienage, citizenship, military or veteran status, status as a victim of domestic violence/stalking/sex offenses, and unemployment status.