Founded in September of 1993, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is an independent public agency created by The City and County of Los Angeles as a Joint-Powers Authority. Its mission is to address homelessness in Los Angeles County. LAHSA is committed to ending homelessness by providing leadership, advocacy, and management of program funding. LAHSA strives to educate the public and the media on key issues related to homelessness.
LAHSA is governed by a 10-member policy-making Commission. The Mayor of the City of Los Angeles appoints five of the Commissioners with approval of the City Council and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors appoints five, one appointment from each Supervisorial District
LAHSA provides funding and guidance for a vast network of local, non-profit agencies serving homeless people. LAHSA is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, The County of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, with a staff of approximately 360+ and an annual budget of approximately $243,000,000, the Authority distributes approximately $225 million annually to about 100 provider agencies with nearly 300 contracts. These programs are located throughout the City and County, and address a wide-range of issues related to homelessness, including: mental illness, substance abuse, job training, domestic violence, food, housing, case management, referrals, health concerns, clothing, benefits advocacy, and transportation. LAHSA operates its own Emergency Response program to address the urgent and immediate needs of the homeless. The Measure H quarter-cent sales tax that voters approved in 2017 to address the growing problem of homelessness is projected to raise $355 million annually for 10 years.
LAHSA funded programs and agencies support the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development?s (HUD) national ?Continuum of Care? model to assist homeless individuals and families in their transition to independence. To assure that the Continuum of Care system continues to address the changing needs and priorities of Los Angeles County, LAHSA works closely with service providers, advocates, coalitions, communities, businesses, governmental organizations, elected leaders, and research groups.
Under the direction of the Executive Director, the CFO serves as LAHSA?s Treasurer and Auditor? Controller, and is responsible for overseeing all fiscal activities and maintaining the overall integrity of fiscal data. With a staff of approximately 60, the CFO supervises the Director of Finance, and, through the Director, the Manager, Budget and Manager, Finance Administration. The CFO directs all the internal fiscal operations of a complex governmental and multiple grants accounting system. The CFO also provides monthly financialreports to the LAHSA Commission.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Budget & Variance Reporting
The successful candidate must have the following experience:
The ideal candidate will thrive in an environment where coordination and collaboration are critical to success, while exhibiting strong leadership skills and the willingness to take action as needed to achieve results. The candidate will have the ability to read, interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies and/or procedures; communicate information and ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; evaluate information against a set of standards; and observe and evaluate the outcomes of a problem solution to identify lessons learned or redirect efforts. The ideal CFO will:
The CFO is employed ?at will? by the LAHSA Commission. This is not a City or County civil service appointment. The selected candidate will be compensated at a level dependent upon qualifications and experience and will receive a comprehensive benefit package.
Los Angeles County's homeless population has soared 23% over the past year despite increasing success in placing people in housing. The sharp rise, to nearly 58,000, suggests that the pathway into homelessness continues to outpace intensifying efforts that ? through rent subsidies, new construction, outreach and support services ? got more than 14,000 people permanently off the streets last year. The startling jump in homelessness has affected every significant demographic group, including youth, families, veterans and the chronically homeless. Homeless officials and political leaders point to steadily rising housing costs and stagnant incomes as the underlying cause.
After months of planning, Measure H funding recommendations were approved by the Board of Supervisors, which unanimously approved a spending package to deploy $1 billion into local communities over the next three years. LAHSA will be the conduit and steward for much of these resources. This is an opportunity to be on the forefront of addressing one of most pressing human services need in our country today. The successful candidate will have the satisfaction of building the financialinfrastructure to address this need and participating in an effort of critical humanitarian importance.