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Chief Financial Officer - Archdiocese of Seattle

The Archdiocese of Seattle has an opening for a full-time Chief Financial Officer. This position is open due to the retirement of the current CFO.


The Archbishop, visible principle of unity in his archdiocese, is called to build up the particular Church unceasingly in the communion of all its members, and to ensure that their diverse gifts and ministries, in union with the universal Church, serve to build up all the faithful and to spread the Gospel. (Apostolorum Successores 8). He must take care that all the affairs which belong to the administration of the whole archdiocese are duly coordinated and are ordered to attain more suitably the good of the portion of the people of God entrusted to him.” (Apostolorum Successores 177). Each position employed in the Chancery helps to extend the ministry of the Archbishop in particular ways as outlined in the position description.


Administers the financial affairs of the Archdiocese of Seattle, under the Archbishop’s authority and according to Archdiocesan policies.

Note: This position fulfills the position required by the Code of Canon Law, Canon 494. This is an appointed position by the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle and subject to Archdiocesan Policy pertaining to appointed positions as well as the provisions of universal law. The Archbishop reserves the right to make necessary modifications to this position description in light of local needs.


1. Directs the administration and coordination of the financial and administrative functions of the Archdiocese of Seattle. Supervises those directors/managers responsible for managing/directing the specific office(s) within the Administration and Finance Department. Duties include:

a. Directs and supervises the Controller for the Chancery in providing and directing policies, procedures and systems necessary to maintain proper internal controls and accounting records.

b. Works with the Controller and the Executive Director of the Chancery to ensure that the Annual Operating and Capital Budget of the Chancery is developed and administered in accord with the recommended and approved guidelines set by the Archdiocesan Finance Council.

c. Provides strategic management of the accounting and finance teams.

d. Collaborates with the Chancery executive management to bring the perspective of internal control to systems projects. Oversees financial systems implementation and upgrades. Recommends improvements and changes to systems.

e. Manages and oversees annual audit processes and the relationships with the Archdiocese’s independent accountants.

f. Hires and retains outstanding accounting and finance staff.

g. Ensures compliance with relevant state, local and federal regulations.

h. Oversees the preparation of the Archdiocesan Annual Report.

i. In consultation with the Finance Council and Investment Sub Committee, directs the investments of the Archdiocese.

j. Establishes and maintains relationships with commercial banks and regulators.

2. Serves as staff to the Archdiocesan Finance Council by assisting the chair of the Finance Council with the preparation of annual work plans and meeting agendas. Prepares and communicates the Archdiocese’s operating and financial performance, goals and strategies including budget to actual comparisons. Oversees the preparation of financial analyses, forecasts and recommendations on financial strategies for consideration by the finance Council. Makes recommendations for optimization of investments and financial capital; researches and analyzes financing alternatives and provides recommendations. Staffs the Investment Sub Committee of the Archdiocese finance Council; assists the Committee in retaining and evaluating investment managers and consultants and in evaluating overall investment performance and investment allocations.

3. Assures that the Archdiocesan Central Offices and all the parishes and organizations which are part of the Corporation of the Catholic Archbishop of Seattle comply with civil and canon law in areas pertaining to temporal affairs. Oversees the development of policy, delivery of training and provision of services from the central offices to assure management of these temporal affairs, within the provisions of canon and civil law. Assures the provision of resources to assist Archdiocesan parishes and schools in administration of their financial and temporal affairs. Oversees the implementation of parish financial reviews. Supervises the Director of Parish Financial Services.

4. Assures that the Parish and Archdiocesan Revolving Funds are properly managed.

5. Assures that all property sales, purchases and new construction and major renovation of facilities that are part of the Corporation of the Catholic Archbishop of Seattle follow the requirements of universal canon law, local Archdiocesan policy and local civil regulatory requirements. Supervises the Director of Property and Construction.

6. Oversees the Associated Catholic Cemeteries to ensure that the cemeteries are well managed, financially viable, and fulfilling their pastoral mission. Supervises the Director of Cemeteries.

7. Collaborates with administrative leadership at the Chancery and local parishes and schools to develop and implement an overall risk management plan and philosophy in accord with the mission of the Church. In collaboration with the Chancellor and other staff, manages the property, liability, and workers’ compensation insurance programs for the Archdiocese.

8. Provides advice and counsel on a wide variety of issues to the Archbishop. Serves as a member of the Curia Leadership Group and the Executive Committee.

9. As required by the Archbishop, serves as an officer or board member of related organizations.


1. Primary:

a. Willingness and ability to support the mission of the Church by extending the ministry of the Archbishop.

b. Ability and desire to use God-given gifts and talents in service of the local Church in support of the collaboration between lay and ordained ministers.

c. Active member of a parish/faith community in good standing with the Church.

d. Knowledge of and passion for the mission of the Catholic Church with particular commitment to the role of administration and finance in that mission.

e. Demonstrated excellence in communications skills, both verbal and written, as well as interpersonal skills.

f. Demonstrated skills in coaching, mentoring and assisting employees in their development.

2. Education:

a. Advanced degree, with a CPA certification and/or Masters in Business Administration.

3. Experience:

a. At least 10 years experience working as a chief financial and/or executive officer of a large complex organization with a record of progressive and relevant financial accomplishments.

b. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in staffing consultative structures

c. Experienced in successfully communicating complex financial and other quantitative information in ways that can be understood by a wide variety of audiences.

d. Experience and involvement at the local Catholic parish level and/or Archdiocesan level, preferred.

4. Skills:

a. Working knowledge of standard office automation and productivity tools, including spreadsheet, word processing and presentation applications.

b. Demonstrated skill in supervising multiple management level employees.

5. Other Elements:

a. Knowledge and understanding of the business and financial affairs of the Archdiocese.

b. Demonstrated successful leadership experience to enable people to work together and assist diverse and sometimes polarized groups reach consensus on a variety of issues.

c. Ability to develop the trust of the various constituencies served.

d. Understanding of and appreciation for this position as a ministry, not just a job.

Competitive salary and excellent benefits. To apply for this job, please visit our website at www.seattlearchdiocese.org/jobs. We require all applicants to submit our standard application and a cover letter. Resumes alone will not be accepted.

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