Chief Financial Officer - Diocese of La Crosse

The Diocese of La Crosse seeks a Chief Financial Officer.



Under the leadership of the Most Reverend William Patrick Callaghan (Bishop Bio) The Diocese of La Crosse, celebrating the 150 years since its founding, serves 19 counties of West Central Wisconsin. Catholics are about 20% of the population of the La Crosse geography and they are served by 105 parishes. The Diocese has 97 Diocesan priests, 29 international priests, 48 senior priests, and 50 permanent deacons. The Diocese also has over 7000 students enrolled in its sixty-seven schools.


The Diocese administers its assets through the Office for Temporalities is comprised of three departments: Finance, Office for Buildings and Grounds, and Human Resources (coming soon). The Finance Office, comprised of the Finance Officer and Staff Accountant, assists parishes and answers questions on their financial, payroll and accounting needs. The Office for Buildings and Grounds assists the parishes and schools with regard to staying in compliance with governmental regulations and the processing of construction and remodeling contracts. Human Resources will be a new department in the Diocesan Curia. It is meant to assist all parishes and schools with questions and concerns with personnel issues, and to create standard processes for all Human Resource related matters.

Primary Functions

  • Work closely with Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia to serve as financial advisor to the Bishop.
  • Analyze and make recommendations pertaining to all major financial decisions and questions facing the diocese and its parishes and other affiliated entities.
  • Work with the diocesan finance council (DFC), committees of the DFC and other related consultative bodies established by the Bishop and Canon Law.
  • Implement and evaluate financial policies and practices of the diocese to ensure that financial goals and objectives are met in accordance with canon law, policies established by the Bishop, and government regulations.
  • Direct preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements for diocesan administrative offices, diocesan management, diocesan finance council, and appropriate external organizations.
  • Oversee the planning and completion of the diocesan annual audit process in accordance with generally accepted accounting practices.
  • Engage and interact with diocesan legal counsel, as necessary, on issues pertaining to diocesan financial and administrative compliance.
  • Participates in administration of diocesan pension plans and employee health plan.
  • Oversee planning and completion of the diocesan budget.
  • Coordinate communications and compliance with the IRS and other regulatory agencies.
  • Participates in the administration of risk management to include property, liability, and casualty insurance coverage.
  • Oversee the administrative and operational functions of the Finance Office while delegating duties and maintaining a formal means of maintaining accountability for all staff.
  • Provide oversight and guidance to Finance Office staff in setting and prioritizing objectives.
  • Ensure that all funds are properly invested and managed; evaluate investment alternatives.
  • Strategically manage banking, debt and debt capacity consistent with changes and trends in market conditions.
  • Maintain a high level of contact with constituencies across the Diocese, especially with pastors and their parish staffs and finance councils.
  • Maintain all information as confidential
  • Other duties as assigned.

The above list reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the primary functions of the job identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all of the work requirements that may be inherent in the job, or assigned by the Bishop.


  • Bachelor's degree in finance and /or accounting, Certified Public Accountant preferred.
  • Ten years of professional experience with multiple responsibilities in leadership positions in accounting or finance.
  • Demonstrates administrative and supervisory skills and an ability to work in a senior management position.
  • Strong history of exceptional interpersonal skills, both with co-workers and clients.
  • The ability to teach co-workers and parish staff in a patient, hospitable manner.
  • Administrative leadership in a not-for-profit organization, preferably the Catholic Church, which would include working with consultative bodies, supervision, accounting, investing, borrowing, and business law.
  • Advance knowledge of budgeting principles and practices (including use of spreadsheet software), accounting principles, investment, and financial reporting methodologies.
  • Is a practicing Catholic in good standing and is an active steward in one's parish.
  • Significant meeting facilitation and/or participation skills are necessary.

BENEFITS: This position offers comprehensive benefits and retirement plan. Details available from Human Resources.


EXPECTED TRAVEL: minimal overnight travel

**Deadline for Application: October 31st, 2018

For consideration please email: Paul Rohrmann, SVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with resume.

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