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Chief Financial Officer (Aspire)

Company : Aspire
Location : Hillside, IL

Chief Financial Officer

Hillside, IL

Aspire’s mission is to make boundless inclusivity possible for people with disabilities. Aspire programs lay the foundation for a successful future for all. Tailored and always updated to meet the needs of today, they serve as a resource for people with disabilities and those committed to furthering diversity, equity and inclusion in their businesses and communities.

Aspire programs focus on life and career skills for adults with developmental disabilities. They are offered throughout Chicagoland, surrounding suburbs, Southeast Wisconsin and virtually. Each one is designed with partnership in mind. Its recent merger with Northpointe has effectively doubled the size of the organization, currently serving nearly 200 individuals over an expanded geography.

Aspire is in an extremely strong financial position with net assets of nearly $17M and limited restricted assets. The organization has implemented a new General Ledger system, has strong and multiple reserves, including an operating reserve, facility reserve, and a board reserve. It has developed protocols on universal design, beauty and durability for its buildings.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) provides executive-level leadership and strategic direction to the financial, accounting and treasury functions of the organization and is a critical member of the executive team.

Aspire is seeking an experienced finance professional with a track record of success in a complex, dynamic environment. They will be passionate about the mission of Aspire to positively transform the lives of those with developmental disabilities. This person will have a minimum of 10 years of professional experience in finance and at least three years in management at a complex, distributed organization.  The successful candidate will embody the following attributes and skills necessary for the role:

• The CFO will demonstrate a high level of initiative, sense of urgency, accountability and results-oriented organizational and leadership abilities with a capacity to work independently and as part of a team. 

• The CFO will be familiar with financial and accounting rules and compliance, preferably in nonprofits.

• The successful candidate will have the ability to analyze complex issues and simplify it in lay terms for other members of the Aspire team.

• A true servant leader, the CFO must have excellent interpersonal skills, excellent listening skills, and be an open yet tactful and persuasive communicator, both verbally and in writing. 

• Realistic and optimistic, the successful candidate will establish positive relationships and exhibit confidence when working with the Board of Directors, staff, outside consultants, and other key stakeholders. 

• Analytical with strong strategic planning skills as well as comfortable with day-to-day management, the CFO should be an inclusive leader who is collaborative, transparent, and self-aware. They will be good at setting priorities and will possess the ability to manage multiple tasks, flex and function simultaneously in a fast-paced environment. 

• The successful candidate will attract, lead, and develop highly proficient teams.

• The person in this position will bring a mindset of continuous improvement and be a model of integrity and fairness with high ethical standards. 

• Ingenuity, compassion, dedication, humility, and energy are key valuable attributes. 

As a member of Aspire’s Vision Team, the CFO is expected to project the following leadership competencies:

• Achieves Results: Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.

• Builds Effective Teams:  Building strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals.

• Cultivates Innovation: Creating new & better ways for the organization to be successful.

• Makes Quality Decisions: Making good & timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.

• Tackles the Tough Issues: Stepping up to address difficult issues, saying what needs to be said.

• Developed Business judgment to analyze the viability of for profit business ventures and assess operational components of the business.

The salary range for this position annually is between $130,000 and $150,000 and will be commensurable with experience. Aspire offers a comprehensive set of benefits including health, life, disability, and pet insurance; 403(b) retirement plan and generous paid time off.

To apply, please submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at (Click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page). For more information about Aspire, visit

It is the policy of Aspire to maintain employment practices and personnel actions that conform to both the

letter and the spirit of all laws and regulations pertaining to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in employment.

Aspire is an equal employment opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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