Position ID: 446

Date posted: 05-27-2022 

 Position: Chief Financial Officer
Ebony Richmond
HR Coordinator

The Harris Center for MH & IDD
9401 Southwest Freeway
Houston TX  77074

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The Harris Center for Mental Health & IDD is looking for a new Chief Financial Officer to join our team!

About the Position

The Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) is accountable for the financial operations of the organization. The position is responsible for executing strategic plans, providing fiscal oversight, and carrying out Agency goals and objectives. The position evaluates performance and makes decisions regarding hiring and discharging staff and has authority to review and approve or deny recommendations and decisions made by directors and/or managers.


The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will:

  • Responsible for management of Finance and Accounting, Budget, Revenue Management, Purchasing, other administrative functions, and is ultimately responsible for the performance of those departments.
  • Provides the CEO with effective advice on company strategies and their implementation, manages the stated functions, and obtains and oversees the work of outside vendors and service providers.
  • Is directly involved in complex business transactions, in negotiating critical contracts, and financial management.
  • Responsible for providing instructional leadership to department heads, participating in the development and implementation of relevant aspects of the organization strategic plan, creating administrative policies and procedures, developing and managing budgets, and engaging
  • Accurately interprets regulations related to fiscal policy.
  • Produces and submits the Agency annual budget within prescribed format and timelines.
  • Acts as the investment officer of the Agency and ensures that the investment policy and strategy approved by the Board of Trustees is observed.
  • Oversees negotiations and relationships of the Agency with managed care organizations.
  • Directs the procurement function and ensures that the Agency is in compliance with federal and state laws.
  • Monitors overall productivity of respective areas of responsibility; improved productivity through consolidation of activities and delegation of functions.
  • Interacts with colleagues at all levels of the organization and in the community in a diplomatic, professional, and tactful manner.
  • Collaborates with appropriate stakeholders and considers impact, including financial, on all stakeholders in the decision-making process.
  • Establishes and oversees an organizational process structure that provides quality support service delivery for internal and external customers.
  • Presents financial reports to board members with a firm command of the relevant facts and circumstances related to the financial reports.
  • Demonstrates ability to be an effective change agent, able to drive and lead change across the organization.
  • Other duties assigned.

What we have to offer:

The HARRIS CENTER offers competitive salary, excellent benefits package, retirement plans with company matching, prior service credit towards generous PTO accrual, outstanding wellness programs and professional development.

Employees can also take advantage of business casual dress code, corporate discounts, and gym memberships. New hire referral bonus, discounts are also available on an optional basis. These include mobile phone service, fitness centers and other wellness amenities.


  • Master’s level degree (MS, MPH, MBA, MHA) is preferred.
  • Minimum seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience with a minimum of two (2) years of leadership experience
  • Five years (5) of experience in behavioral health or general healthcare with special emphasis on administration, supervision, and fiscal allocation
  • Managed care alternative or value based payment experience preferred.
  • Must have significant experience working in a large and complex with proven financial, budgetary and capital planning
  • Experience in financial operations of a governmental entity a plus.
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Knowledge of the regulatory environment and the laws affecting operations are highly desirable.
  • Passionate about the mission of community mental health and IDD while being equally passionate about the business and performance side of the organization.
  • A self-starter with a commitment to "team".
  • Possess strong work ethic.
  • Comfortable working in a complex health care environment with lots of regulatory demands and expectations.
  • Knowledge of the regulatory environment and the laws affecting operations are highly desirable.

About The Harris Center

The HARRIS CENTER is the state-designated Local Mental Health Authority and Local Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) Authority serving Harris County, Texas. As the largest behavioral and developmental disability care center in Texas, The HARRIS CENTER provided care to over 79,000 people in fiscal year 2019 and has an annual budget of over $275 million.

As part of its mission to transform the lives of people with behavioral health and IDD needs in the third largest county in the United States, The HARRIS CENTER provides a full continuum of services at 86 different sites across Harris County. In addition, services are provided in more than 42 different languages as well as sign language in order to better serve what is one of the most diverse and multi-cultural communities in the nation.

By utilizing the unique expertise of its more than 2,300 employees, The HARRIS CENTER is committed to meeting the behavioral health and IDD needs of Harris County residents and giving them hope to live to their fullest potential.

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