Position Description

Position Description

Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families

(Camarillo, CA)

Title: Chief Financial Officer


Recently celebrating its 25th Anniversary, Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families (Casa Pacifica) was conceived as a state of the art residential trauma care and treatment center designed to provide comprehensive assessment, treatment, medical, and educational services in the context of 24-hour care to meet the needs of Ventura County’s most vulnerable children. Headquartered on a pastoral 25-acre campus just five miles from the Pacific Ocean midway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Casa Pacifica’s main Camarillo campus provides the perfect setting for children and adolescents to heal and find new hope for a better future. In 2000, Casa Pacifica extended its services off-campus and into the Ventura County community through intensive behavioral services and in 2003, extended the same Therapeutic Behavioral Service programs to Santa Barbara County.

Over the last 20 years, Casa Pacifica’s programs and services have continued to grow to respond to the increasing needs of the community, including services to transitional and emancipating foster youth. Offices in Santa Maria, Santa Barbara and Camarillo house community-based staff who deliver services in homes, schools, and the community. The nonpublic school on campus educates day students as well as children in the residential treatment program. In response to changing public policy initiatives, Casa Pacifica launched its Camino a Casa program providing brief residential or outpatient treatment for youth through contracts with commercial insurance companies. Casa Pacifica’s Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) provides more intensive residential services to youth with complex trauma and significant behavioral and emotional challenges. In addition, Casa Pacifica’s Training Institute provides highly regarded professional training to psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and nurses throughout the region and the nation, focusing on strengthening care-givers’ ability to meet the needs of the children and youth in their care. 

Whether on campus or in the community, Casa Pacifica meets children and families at the most challenging times and places of their lives and helps them overcome some of life’s most difficult circumstances – abuse and neglect, complex emotional and behavioral issues, and family crisis. Services are designed to teach skills, restore hope, and help youth and their families find joy in daily living. A 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, Casa Pacifica has a budget of $31 million and 330 employees statewide, spread across two counties and four locations. Today, Casa Pacifica provides services each year to over 2,000 “high needs and high risk” children and their families in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties and throughout the Central Coast and California. 

Programs and Services include:

  • Residential Treatment Services
  • Camino a Casa Program (residential, PHP, IOP, II-BHS)
  • Health Clinic and Clinical Services
  • Nonpublic School
  • Therapeutic Behavioral Services
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
  • Intensive Treatment Foster Care and Foster Parent Training
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Wraparound Services
  • School Based Mental Health Services
  • Mobile Crisis Response
  • Transitional & Emancipated Foster Youth Services
  • Vocational Education Program
  • Practicum, Internship and Fellowship Programs (APA approved)

For additional information on Casa Pacifica and its programs, please visit www.casapacifica.org


Under the guidance of the newly-appointed Chief Executive Officer, Shawna Morris, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for management and oversight of the financial, information technology, facilities, central purchasing, contracting, vendor relations and food services of the organization. A member of the Executive Team, the CFO will partner with the CEO and serve as a key advisor to the organization’s leadership and Board of Directors on major financial business issues and decisions. 

The Chief Financial Officer carries out the mission of Casa Pacifica as it pertains to financial plans and policies, daily organizational financial activities, internal controls and financial risk management, and building and maintaining relationships with lenders. The CFO will staff the Finance, Audit and Investment Committees of the Board and manage a team of 25 through the following direct reports: Controller, Finance Manager, Contracts Manager, Facilities Manager, IT Manager, and Procurement Specialist.


Financial Management

  • Provide executive direction over treasury and cash management and maintain relationships with banks and lending institutions
  • Oversee financial planning including coordinating the annual budget
  • Design and implement financial reports to meet the changing needs of the organization
  • Provide financial information and analysis to all levels of management and the Board of Directors
  • Serve as staff representative on Finance, Audit, and Investment Board Committees
  • Measure corporate asset performance and suggest changes
  • Maintain relationship with independent accountants
  • Supervise the company accounting department through its Controller
  • Guide accounting policies and practices 

Risk Management

  • Establish and oversee a strong system of internal controls
  • Analyze financial and business risks and where appropriate or required acquire insurance products to help mitigate those risks


  • Work closely with the CEO and build productive relationships with the Casa Pacifica executive team
  • Builds and maintains relationships with payers and community partners
  • Actively seek revenue enhancement and cost reduction opportunities
  • Communicate financial vision, and build measurable financial strategic plan
  • Work with the financial, auditing, contracting, legal, and information technology departments of external customers/partners
  • Provide strategic, tactical, and business expertise and leadership on financial and information technology matters for the organization
  • Assure effective internal communication processes through IT capability to include real-time data gathering and reporting on key corporate activities
  • Serve as chief point of contact for all financial and information technology business decisions

Financial Process Improvement

  • Establish, develop, refine, measure, and enforce financial processes and policies including regular fiscal reporting, Federal, State, and County reporting, auditing, budgeting, forecasting, costing, investing, contracting, analysis, expense processing, asset management, insurance, and contracts
  • Support program directors/managers with timely and accurate financial performance information
  • Function as key decision maker for financial models and financial advisor for operational models

Resource Maintenance/Enhancement

  • Assures proper maintenance and timely replacement of all capital assets including building and grounds, leased office space, furniture & equipment, and vehicles
  • Provide mentoring and career development for assigned team members
  • Build and evaluate financial and IT teams capable of meeting departmental goals
  • Analyze new opportunities and projects for financial feasibility and risk; make recommendations and provide feedback


The Chief Financial Officer should be a strategic thinker with strong conceptual and analytical skills, and the ability to analyze problems, measure performance, evaluate results, and identify alternative solutions to arrive at mission appropriate solutions. The CFO creates trust and confidence that financial information is reliable, accurate, timely and transparent and can clearly articulate the meaning and import of the data. With the experience to provide leadership at an institutional level, the successful candidate should be a problem-solver with the ability to be responsive to short-term concerns while developing long-range strategies. The CFO should also be goal oriented, well-disciplined and a hands-on administrator who can create systems and procedures and be able to implement them effectively. 

The successful candidate will have outstanding interpersonal skills and be an effective and persuasive communicator, both verbally and in writing. Strong presentation skills and the ability to communicate detailed information and data across all functions and levels of the organization is expected. It is critical that the CFO operate with a collaborative work model; therefore, the successful candidate must be diplomatic yet decisive, exhibiting solid listening skills and considering input from various constituencies before making decisions. The CFO will be responsible for leading and directing a staff, fostering teamwork and effectively collaborating with other stakeholders. The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic and persuasive leader who inspires trust and is able to quickly command respect and support, both internally and externally. The CFO will be a good listener who is accessible and who possesses the ability to adapt and respond effectively to change, while continuing to lead and mentor staff. The person in this position should have high ethical standards and should be a model of integrity and fairness, operating in a transparent fashion. A sincere dedication to Casa Pacifica’s mission and core values of Respect, Integrity, Compassion, and Courage is essential.


The Chief Financial Officer will be a seasoned leader with progressively responsible financial management, with five or more years in a senior level functional role. A demonstrated ability to build, retain, lead, and support a cohesive, high performing team is important. Prior experience/exposure in dealing with governmental agencies and in contract management and administration is highly desirable. Experience working with volunteer Board members would be ideal. Although the individual could come from a variety of fields, the CFO will ideally have experience in a complex organization with diverse program areas and multiple funding sources, disparate contracting arrangements with a wide variety of purchases of services including government. Nonprofit experience is important, whether it be working in an organization or serving in a volunteer capacity on a board. A background in human service, healthcare, managed cared, or mental health would be a plus. 


A Bachelor’s degree is required; an MBA and/or CPA is preferred.


Annual compensation will be competitive and relocation assistance, if needed, is negotiable. A comprehensive benefits package will be provided.

Casa Pacifica provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, ancestry, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, age, gender, gender identity, gender expressions, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability or perceived disability, genetic in39formation (as defined under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act) or medical condition, including genetic characteristics, status as a victim or survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, uniform service member status, military status, or veteran status.


To apply for this position, visit www.morrisberger.com/searches.php

Morris & Berger
500 North Brand Boulevard, Suite 2150
Glendale, CA 91203-1923

1 (818) 507-1234