Diocese of Rhode Island

at Chief Financial Officer
Location Providence
Date Posted September 14, 2021
Category Rhode Island (Dena Cleaver-Bartholomew)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Urban
Compensation $100,000+ negotiable based on experience
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing None
Equity Allowance No
Budget $4,473,000
Anglo-Catholic no
Broad Church no
Charismatic no
Contemporary no
Emergent no
Morning Prayer no
Non-Traditional no
Prayer Book no
Renewal no
Rite I no
Rite II no



Position Overview: The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for overseeing a broad array of business and financial operations of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island.

Possessing excellent judgment, interpersonal communication, presentation and critical thinking skills, the CFO ranks as an Executive Staff team member. As such, the CFO plays a key role in strategic planning and exhibits an entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit in problem solving and opportunity management. The CFO reports directly to the Bishop of the Diocese.

Key duties and responsibilities include:

 Diocesan Accounting and Finance

  • Lead the Diocesan financial team consisting of a full-time finance director and part-time bookkeeper and work closely with the Diocesan Treasurer (a separate, governance-related position) in fulfilling Diocesan accounting, financial management, analysis, budgeting, forecasting, reporting, audit, and banking responsibilities.
  • Serve and consult with Diocesan Investment Committee trustees responsible for oversight of the Diocesan Investment Trust.
  • Serve as liaison to Diocesan churches as a resource to support financial analysis, including hosting occasional church treasurer workshops, and help resolve financial and accounting issues.

Building and Property Administration

  • Envision and collaboratively develop solutions for building and property use and administration.
  • Lead responsibility for Diocesan buildings and property maintenance, repairs, and improvements, including a maintenance team of five.
  • Supervise the leasing of Diocesan property as well as the sale of property designated for liquidation.
  • Maintain appropriate and cost-effective insurance coverage for all Diocesan properties.

Executive Staff

  • Provide ongoing, strategic counsel and guidance to the Bishop for emerging entrepreneurial opportunities as well as crisis management.
  • Participate in a variety of ongoing Executive Staff meetings and Diocesan management meetings and committees.
  • Prepare and deliver the Diocesan budget and forecast presentation at the annual Diocesan Convention.
  • Collaborate in managing various human resources issues on a Diocesan level, including compliance with State and Federal HR regulations, as well as in helping to resolve HR issues on a parish level.
  • Assume additional responsibilities as deemed appropriate.


While the Diocese maintains a lean budget and staff, it is quite complex in terms of systems and structure.


Experience, Skills and Qualifications:

  • At least 10 years of experience (reflecting advancing responsibilities) in business and financial management, including budget preparations, forecast preparation, audit process, and financial reporting.
  • Demonstrated skills in team building, project management, and communication
  • Collaborative, even-tempered, team player with the ability to lead and motivate others. Exhibits an open mind in a highly dynamic, evolving environment and complex business model.
  • Bachelor’s degree required (and Master’s preferred) with coursework in business, accounting, or finance.

Experience in faith-based, non-profit organizations advantageous but not required.

Contact Information

The Diocese of Rhode Island is working with a recruiter from Carney, Sandoe and Associates to find the right candidate for our next CFO.  The contact person is John Clark john.clark@carneysandoe.com