Deputy Chief Financial and Administration Officer

Deputy Chief Financial and Administration Officer
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Executive Office
 Los Angeles, California
Job Description

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) seeks a motivated and strategic professional who wants to use their talents and skills to make a difference. Our 500+ FTE staff are adaptive problem solvers and passionate about enriching people’s lives. LAHSA is leading the fight to end homelessness in LA County. Here, your work will have a real impact on the community. The Deputy Chief Finance and Administration Officer (DCFAO) is a high-level executive who will provide the leadership and direction to ensure that Finance & Administration delivers optimal, equitable, and cost-effective results.

LAHSA is a Joint Powers Authority as authorized by the City and County of Los Angeles and serves as the HUD collaborative applicant for the Los Angeles Continuum of Care. The Los Angeles Regional Homeless Response System serves as many as 100,000 individuals experiencing homelessness annually, is comprised of 8 regional service areas, 300+ service provider agencies, and 88 governmental jurisdictions. LAHSA has grown dramatically over the last three years. It now serves as the lead entity of the region’s homeless rehousing system, driving system-wide strategy, execution, and active system performance management in addition to the administration of over $800 million in program funding.

LAHSA is seeking a strategic leader with knowledge and expertise in finance and administration as well as the homeless services landscape who will support the Chief Finance & Administration Officer (CFAO) and organization at large in providing leadership and oversight to LAHSA’s core operational functions which include contracting, procurement, asset management, and audit activities. The DCFAO is a high-level executive who will provide leadership and direction to ensure Finance & Administration delivers optimal, equitable, and cost-effective results.

About the Position:

  • Member of the Expanded Executive Team and Reports directly to the CFAO. This position has delegated authority to fulfill all responsibilities of developing, deploying, and overseeing the administrative and operational infrastructure.
  • Responsible for leading and synthesizing all contracting and procurement activities.
  • Oversees LAHSA’s vast asset and facilities portfolio.
  • Drives the development of LAHSA Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and serves as the lead on the Executive Team for all Risk Management activities.
  • Oversees internal and external strategy deployment, contract and vendor relations, and works closely with CFAO and Chief Program Officer (CPO) to ensure efficient and transparent grants management and contracting processes.
  • Serves as a self-driven and results-oriented strategic leader for more than 35 staff across the Finance and Administration Function.
  • Proactive in leading change and championing continuous process improvement, efficiency, and effectiveness.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the preparation and submission of LAHSA’s annual budget to the Commission for approval.
  • Monitor the development, negotiation and advocacy for LAHSA’s budget with Commission and current and potential funders.
  • Monitor budget-to-actual expenditures globally and on a per-grant basis.
  • Proactively inform senior management and the Commission monthly on budget progress and any need for revisions.
  • Build and foster collaborative partnerships and relationships with members (elected officials) and staff of the City and County of Los Angeles, State Legislature, Congress, state, and federal agencies in support of LAHSA priorities.
  • Manage requests for data, information, and other requests from elected official offices, government agencies and other stakeholders.
  • With input and in collaboration with the CFAO and other Departments, draft and prepare reports to be submitted to the City and County of Los Angeles on LAHSA’s management and implementation of homeless strategies.
  • Build and maintain relationships with public and private partners to help broaden LAHSA’s engagement of the community and other stakeholders focused on addressing homelessness.
  • Develop and manage strategic external relations with Provider Agency Leaders and Regional Coordinators.
  • This position assists in the development and execution of programs to support an inclusive and equitable culture to help attain organizational goals, including LAHSA’s core values of accountability, compassion, collaboration, equity, and integrity.
  • Direct, oversee, and/or coordinate significant intra- and inter-agency strategic initiatives and refine processes where needed
  • Work collaboratively with other LAHSA departments to maintain information regarding contract and grant metrics and criteria necessary to accurately measure and report on the performance and effects achieved by LAHSA and its sub-recipients on various program components and funding sources given and across multiple types of variables.
  • Oversee and coordinate relationships with legal counsel and policies to support the facilitate of advice that minimizes liability and fosters compliance.
  • Oversee development and approval of budgets from the departments under CFAO
  • Oversee the program development, Request for Proposals (RFP), Request for Statement of Qualifications (RFSQ), and Award processes.
  • Oversee the contracting and active grant management processes of LAHSA for over 20 major Funders, 100 sub-recipient provider agencies, and 700 contracts.
  • Assist with the funding, allocation, reallocation, transfer, amendment, and modification processes for both Funders providing programmatic funding to LAHSA (such as Housing & Urban Development Department- HUD and Los Angeles Housing Community Investment Department- HCID) as well as sub-recipient agencies receiving funding through LAHSA contracts for the direct provision of services and housing.
  • Maintain knowledge of current developments regarding contracting processes and best practices in the nonprofit, private, and public sectors to ensure that LAHSA resources, practices, and staff capacity are in alignment with industry standards.

Key Qualifications:

  • As a prerequisite, the successful candidate must believe in the mission and core values of LAHSA and be driven by the mission. The candidate should demonstrate a passion for breaking new ground to lead social change.
  • Beyond that, we are seeking a candidate that has proven experience in managing within a complex organization and a demonstrated ability to both lead and build the capabilities of a driven, bright, and diverse team.
  • The ideal candidate will have demonstrated executive leadership skills and abilities, especially regarding managerial courage, dealing with ambiguity, strategic agility, and innovation management. The ideal candidate also will have prior experience in homeless system management within a large public sector or non-profit organization, including program design and implementation. Desired personal characteristics include strong communication skills, and the ability to work with diverse stakeholder groups and authorizing environments. If you pride yourself on leading by influence and are adept at translating between the conceptual and practical, this opportunity could be for you.

As noted, this is an organization driven by the values of its people, so experience in managing a “values-driven” organization is highly desirable.

Training and Experience:

  • Proven professional experience to include management experience.


  • This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated professional to assume a pivotal role in the evolution of a fast-growing, highly respected organization. We are seeking an individual of outstanding quality with a respected track record. LAHSA is prepared to offer an attractive compensation package, including a competitive base salary, and a comprehensive benefits package including health/dental/vision, 401A pension and 457 deferred compensation plans, vacation/sick leave and a variety of other employee benefits.