Sterling Search Inc. has been exclusively retained to recruit for the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic (The Clinic).

Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic empowers the children and young adults of South and Central L.A. to get on track to success – to reach goals in school, build healthy relationships, and enjoy emotional well-being. Our team of compassionate professionals offers behavioral counseling and support to individuals and families.

Our Mission

“To provide quality mental health services to a community in great need by ensuring easy access and promoting early intervention”

Founded in 1924, The Clinic has always been on the leading edge of mental health and supportive services for children and families. The Clinic helped to pioneer early intervention programs for the 0 to 5 population, intensive services for at–risk children and families, skills-based mental health for young adults 16-25, and an inventive collaboration with primary care providers, bringing mental health professionals on-site in community settings. In addition, the Clinic has earned designation as a trauma-informed Learning Community by the National Council for Behavioral Health, and offers trauma-informed services in all aspects of its programs, including the walk-in Access and Wellness Center, where children and adults can get immediate services.

The Clinic has annual revenues of $21 million and boasts $30 million in assets and $13 million in investments and cash. A year ago the Clinic hired its new President/CEO Charlene Dimas-Peinado, LCSW, EML, a seasoned administrator and licensed clinical worker, who formerly was the CEO of the Whole Child, a Whittier-based mental health and social services organization. Dimas-Peinado is not only a clinician but she has demonstrated success in building efficient systems and best business practices at the same time as pioneering new and innovative programming to better serve changing community needs and funding streams. Under her leadership and the reputation she has built in the greater Los Angeles community as a thought-leader in this space, the Clinic is poised for even more growth in programs and impact.

The current CFO is retiring after many years with the Clinic and is transferring a financial operation that boasts a healthy record of fiscal stability, clean audits, a long-tenured high performing team and a licensed CPA as their Controller.

As a member of a well-tenured and seasoned senior management team, the new CFO will place his/her stamp on the Clinic’s overall organizational vision and its community impact. This is a career-making opportunity to serve in partnership with an accomplished and visionary team of leaders, an enviable Board of Directors and make such a profound difference for the Clinic today and for its future.

The President/CEO is seeking an innovative and accomplished visionary leader to inspire staff, board and volunteers for even greater impact. He/she will be a hands-on financial leader who will, with the President/CEO and Board of Directors, have the experience to strategically position the financial structure of the organization for significant growth in revenue diversification. He/she must possess intellectual horsepower and be naturally persuasive and fair, and value accountability for themselves and others. He/she will lead based upon a sense of core ethics of collaboration, self-improvement and the drive of excellence.


Under the direction of the President/CEO and as a member of the Executive Administration Team, administers and oversees all financial and payroll operations. The CFO will provide oversight and protection of agency resources and be responsible for financials covering all mental health and other programs, services, training institute budget, and planning functions.

The Chief Financial Officer administers all financial programs and activities including fiscal services, revenue services, program audits and reimbursement, contract administration, and capital planning. This position also advises executive management regarding department-wide mental health financial, contracting, and capital planning issues having significant impact upon mental health operations.

The CFO will function well in a balanced culture which combines the richness and relevance of programs with the efficacy of best business practices, fiscal accountability, and institutional impact.


Oversees the administration of all aspects of the agency’s financial operations and programs funding closely related to finances,

Oversees the development and implementation of short and long range fiscal strategic planning initiatives to ensure that current and future fiscal goals/needs are clearly identified and addressed.

Oversees and coordinates the agency wide and staffing budget preparation process with the President/CEO and other department or program directors.

Oversees the development, implementation, and evaluation of objectives, policies/procedures, and operations for all assigned fiscal program areas to ensure maximum revenue reimbursement and utilization and compliance with applicable local, state, and federal regulations, and County and departmental guidelines.

Oversees the planning and implementation of various financial program and policy changes to resolve system-wide financial contracting issues.

Directs the preparation of financial reports as needed for President/CEO, the Board of Directors, executive staff and outside agencies.

Negotiates, oversees and maintains property leases, equipment, construction, maintenance and service agreements.

Represents the President/CEO and Board of Directors as directed and may act on their behalf as required.

Serves on the Finance & Personnel Committee and conduct other activities as assigned by the Board of Directors.

Participates as a member of the executive administrative team in the development and implementation of organization-wide policies and programs that will contribute to the overall success of the agency.

Supervises and evaluates the performance of staff in the Billing and Finance Department, and serves as first level reviewer of all performance evaluations.

Consults with President/CEO and executive administrative team to resolve problems of staff performance and discipline.

Ensures that Billing and Finance staff participate in training activities to increase professional knowledge and skills of staff, especially as it relates to contracts, i.e. DMH, and private insurance companies.

Participates in grant/proposal writing, fundraising, and public relations.

Execute all other reasonable duties as assigned by the President/CEO and Board of Directors.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s Degree in Finance, Business Administration, Accounting or a closely related field and preferably a licensed CPA with at least five years of progressively responsible management experience in a nonprofit organization…

Oversight of budget development and analysis, fiscal forecasting, financial and workload monitoring, cost accounting, contracts, reimbursement and other government contract, and private funding programs, and/or fiscal systems, for a nonprofit organization.

Administrative experience directly related to operating financial programs and services of a public or private mental health maintenance organization.

Demonstrate ability to coordinate the development and implementation of agency-wide fiscal policies.

Ability to negotiate fiscal and revenue-related decisions.

Excellent oral and written communication skills to clearly convey to President/CEO, Executive Administrative Team, Leadership Team and Board of Directors the critical mental health financial issues faced including the training institute and the proposed resolutions.

Demonstrate ability to establish and to maintain effective working relationships/partnerships with President/CEO, Executive Administrative Team, Leadership Team, Board of Directors, public officials, legislators, community groups, and public and private organizations.

Knowledge of the community’s demographic composition, politics, and the community’s unique mental health care needs.

In-depth knowledge of federal, state, and local statutes, ordinances, and regulations regarding provision of mental health care program and services.

Ability to exercise strong leadership skills to direct subordinate staff managing comprehensive spectrum of financial functions.

Ability to exercise independent analysis and judgment and a high degree of adaptability and flexibility to develop innovative approaches to resolve complex mental health care financial issues faced by the agency.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:

Commitment to the mission and work of the agency

A manager who leads by example and exemplifies the values and ethics of the organization

A doer who functions effectively without being autocratic or political; must be a team player who is inclusive, flexible, creative, energetic and fair minded

A decisive and resourceful individual who will accept responsibility and take charge of results, as well as work successfully with limited resources

A self-starter who is confident enough to express opinions, to forge ahead when appropriate and hold back when necessary, with a sensitivity to the feelings and opinions of others

An energetic person who is emotionally mature and dependable; a collegial individual


A competitive compensation package will be offered to attract an outstanding candidate

Any resumes sent or telephone calls made to LA Child Guidance Clinic will be redirected to Sterling Search, Inc.

310-774-0099 or

LA Child Guidance Clinic is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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