First Place for Youth

Chief Financial Officer

Oakland or Los Angeles, CA

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Website: First Place for Youth


First Place for Youth (First Place) helps foster youth build the skills they need to make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood. Believing that foster youth, like all youth, need a runway of support to transition from adolescence to adulthood, First Place partners with young people in finding a safe place to live, getting their first job, and continuing their education. Headquartered in Oakland, CA, First Place has expanded rapidly in recent years and now serves young people in six California counties and two additional states, with additional expansion on the horizon. As it navigates a new era of scale and impact, First Place seeks a mission-driven, collaborative leader and strategist with experience leading in the context of growth, programmatic excellence, and sustainability to serve as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Reporting to the CEO, the Chief Financial Officer will drive the financial planning and accountability functions throughout the organization as they plan for further national expansion of an affiliate network. Working closely with the Chief Executive Officer and the senior management team, s/he/they will bring strategic financial acumen to bear in setting the agency’s future direction, shaping policy and funding priorities, monitoring relevant shifts in the regional and national landscape, and developing the systems and practices that will allow First Place to fully capture those opportunities for expansion.

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned and strategic finance professional with experience in nonprofit management, preferably in the context of a multi-site program with diverse funding streams. S/he/they will demonstrate exceptional analytical, consultative, and collaborative leadership skills in both guiding and developing the finance team, creating and implementing systems and processes to ensure compliance, efficiency, and excellence across the department, and as a crucial member of the senior leadership team. S/he/they will have a strong personal commitment to First Place’s mission to serving youth; a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and continuous learning and reflection; and the ability to grow along with the organization as it plans for a new era of expansion and impact.


This search is being conducted with support from Allison Kupfer Poteet, Nureen Das, and Chris Cannon of NPAG. Nominations, inquiries, and/or applications, including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, and your resume should be submitted to:


First Place for Youth is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity.
Candidates of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Our Lead


Allison Kupfer Poteet

Allison leads a national search practice that spans philanthropy at all levels, leading direct service providers, as well as nonprofits advancing solutions through policy, advocacy, evaluation and learning, and innovative approaches to social change.

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