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Director of Finance & Administration (CFO)


Reporting to the nationally recognized Executive Director, the Director of Finance (CFO) is an integral member of the senior management team. The chosen candidate will be responsible for taking on a leadership role in financial decision-making that affects BayLegal and will provide strategic financial input to senior management. While keenly overseeing the overall accounting process, the ideal candidate is skilled at the strategic financial level, and also able to mentor the accounting team on the more tactical deliverables of audits, budgeting, and GAAP and will play a key role in developing and implementing financial procedures to improve and maintain the financial health of our firm. BayLegal has approximately 150 employees and an operating budget of over $21 million. BayLegal’s finance department is staffed by five experienced accountants in addition to the Director.

Location: This position is based in our Central Support Office in Oakland.  See COVID19 Remote work.




  • A minimum of bachelor’s degree in Accounting, MBA preferred, CPA required.
  • A minimum of 10 years of broad financial experience in a non-profit organization with multiple funding sources.  At least 5 years of supervisory experience.  Experience within a legal services organization a plus.
  • Successfully passing a background check.
  • Demonstrated leadership and team management.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with ability to be detail oriented.
  • Strong personal work ethic and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team
  • Curious and self-directed with an ability to anticipate what needs to be done
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects while maintaining a firm grasp of individual project details
  • A commitment to fostering inclusivity and equity, as well as humility when working with clients and colleagues at the intersection of multiple identities, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, immigration status, religion, physical and mental disability, and/or limited English proficiency.

COVID-19 remote work:  Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all BayLegal employees are currently working remotely from home.  While BayLegal has implemented detailed health and safety protocols to minimize risk of exposure and have an evolving plan for reopening our local offices, we anticipate remaining primarily remote at least throughout the rest of 2020.  All employees are expected to be able to primarily work remotely from home until BayLegal determines it is safe to reopen offices. All employees are issued BayLegal computers, provided with appropriate supplies and BayLegal covers reasonable work-related expenses.  BayLegal has implemented and continues to explore additional technologies to make working remotely as efficient and connected as possible. All employees receive flat-rate monthly amounts to cover the use of personal IT equipment, including internet, and home office use.

To Apply: 

BayLegal thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please email the following to our Human Resources Department (1) cover letter including response to question below (no page limit), (2) resume, (3) references, and (4) writing sample. Please reference Director of Finance & Administration in the subject of your email.

As part of your cover letter, please address the following:

BayLegal's clients are low‐ and very low‐income members of our communities. They include people of color, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, seniors, people with lived experiences of homelessness, veterans, people with disabilities, and people from other underrepresented groups. BayLegal is committed to enhancing the provision of our services to all clients, increasing positive client outcomes, and creating an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. BayLegal promotes and supports policies that enable us to work effectively in cross‐cultural situations with our clients, coworkers, and the community.

How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to: (1) serve our diverse client base effectively, (2) work effectively with colleagues from different backgrounds than your own, (3) acknowledge the systemic barriers that our clients face, and (4) contribute to our efforts to fight for racial justice? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, provide examples, and apply various aspects of your life and personal experiences.



Submission Deadline: 
October 30, 2020
Organization Information: 
Bay Area Legal Aid
1735 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612
United States
Phone: 510-250-5225