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Chief Financial Officer - Archdiocese of St. Louis

The Archdiocese of St. Louis seeks a Chief Financial Officer

Position Summary

The position of Chief Financial Officer exists in accordance with canon law (Can. 494) and assists the Ordinary with compliance to Canon Law, Book V: The Temporal Goods of the Church. Specifically, the CFO serves as financial administrator of the Archdiocese, is appointed for a term of five years, and is responsible, under the authority of the Archbishop, to exercise careful vigilance over the administration of the goods of the Archdiocese in accordance with the plan recommended to the Archbishop by the Finance Council, and to make those payments from Archdiocesan funds which the Archbishop or his delegates have lawfully authorized.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Reports to the Archbishop and serves as a member of the Archbishop's Ministry Team Advisors.
  • Supervises the work of the following Archdiocesan offices and departments: Finance Office, Shared Accounting Services, Internal Audit Department, Office of Information Technology, Office of Central Purchasing, and Office of Building and Real Estate/Facilities.
  • Oversees the development and preparation of financial studies, plans, budgets, forecasts, and analyses to assist Archdiocesan management in making financial decisions that affect the overall mission of the Archdiocese and provides background information related thereto.
  • Directs, supervises, and/or reviews the processes, procedures, and internal accounting control systems implemented in the Archdiocese and its various entities. Oversees and directs the recording and safeguarding of the assets of the Archdiocese and its various entities and gives reasonable assurance that all assets and liabilities are appropriately recorded in the financial records.
  • Oversees and directs the preparation of annual and periodic consolidated financial statements and, in accordance with Canon 494 §4, renders a year-end account of receipts and disbursements to the Finance Council.
  • Oversees preparation, analysis, and reporting of the annual budget.
  • Oversees the implementation and evaluation of financial policies and practices of the Archdiocese.
  • Coordinates the work of the Archdiocesan external auditors and financial consultants.
  • Is a member of the Archdiocesan Finance Council and all its committees, except the Audit Committee, is the Chief Financial Officer and a Trustee of The St. Louis Archdiocesan Fund, and attends the meetings of those entities.
  • Is a member of and attends meetings of other committees, task forces, etc., as necessary to enhance the functioning of the financial affairs of the Archdiocese.
  • Is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities and any other boards as designated by the Archbishop.
  • Represents the Archbishop as a Trustee of the Tilles Fund.
  • Represents the Archdiocese regarding financial matters of Archdiocesan and non-Archdiocesan entities.
  • Performs other tasks as directed by the Archbishop or as requested by the Finance Council.
  • In accordance with Canon 1276 §1, assists the Archbishop with the administration of the temporal goods of other public juridical entities subject to his authority.

Knowledge & Experience Requirements

  • Has a college degree in Accounting, Finance, or a related financial management field and, preferably, is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and/or has an MBA degree.
  • Has excellent business, financial, and management skills, with a minimum of ten years executive level experience in financial management.
  • Is an active member of a nationally recognized professional society.
  • Is proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and financial software systems and is willing to learn other software products used by the Archdiocese.
  • Has a high level of independent thought and initiative.

Skills & Attitudes Required for Success in Job

  • Is a practicing Catholic in good standing with a high level of integrity and honesty and with a strong commitment to the mission of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Maintains complete confidentiality regarding Archdiocesan business affairs and finances.
  • Has excellent writing and oral skills.
  • Works well with lay-led boards and committees.
  • Maintains and is willing to enhance professional and technical knowledge necessary for the position.
  • Is able to build and maintain strong relationships with the Archbishop and other key pastoral/lay leaders.
  • Capable of motivating and leading a diverse staff.

Relationships Requirements

  • Minimum travel required, and usually involves occasional trips to meet with parishes, offices and agencies.
  • Membership in Diocesan Fiscal Management Conference is required, and attendance at annual meetings requires travel outside of the Archdiocese.

Resources for Which Accountable

Assists the Archbishop in administering the temporal goods of the Archdiocese.

Working Conditions

Primarily an office environment, with occasional travel as previously noted.

Application Procedure

  • To apply, please submit the following materials, confidentially and as separate PDF attachments in one email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Cover letter that aligns your experiences and skill set with the current needs of the archdiocese as you understand them.
  • Current resume with all appropriate dates included.
  • List of five references including names, relationship, phone numbers and email addresses. 

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