Position Announcements


Organization Overview

Connecting Everyone with Second Chances (CESC) is a nonprofit based in Tallahassee, Florida which creates solutions that offer help and hope and provide a path to self-sufficiency to those in poverty.  CESC operates a number of programs which serve an 8-county footprint.  These include the Kearney Center a 24-hour comprehensive emergency services to individuals experiencing or on-the-verge of experiencing homelessness, as well as two low-barrier housing developments, Westgate and the village of tiny homes, the Dwellings.

The organization has undergone rapid growth with all projects less than 5-years old.  In the past two years, growth has included opening two new apartment buildings at Westgate (108 units) and the build out of most of the homes at the Dwellings.  Due to Covid19, there is anticipation of continued redesign of services, and an expectation due to the likely economic impact of increasing food and shelter services.  To keep pace with the anticipated aggressive growth, expanding access to federal funds and resulting need for detailed financial controls, CESC seeks a talented finance professional as its new Chief Financial Officer.

Private dollars have historically funded CESC. Moving forward, we seek to enlist more support from individuals, foundations, and government entities and by partnering with similar community-based organizations. The transition from one-source to multi-source funding will require planning, networking and execution skills.

The Opportunity

The organization seeks a strategic Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) with a track record of organizing a growing organization to meet future expansion. The CFO is responsible for aligning financial reserves with setting the mission and vision of the organization and for and identifying concrete ways to engage in increasing financial reserves and cost-savings, such that CESC develops into a stable, sustainable organization with longevity.

Reporting Relationships

The CFO works closely with the Executive Advisor and reports to the Finance Committee of the CESC Board of Directors. The CFO will direct his/her own internal staff and will also work in partnership with the COO to ensure that all program directors clearly understand finance protocols.

The Ideal Candidate

The CFO will work proactively to build a positive CESC culture, serve on the senior management team, and allocate capital appropriately.

Core Responsibilities

The CFO will:

  • Serve as internal consultant to the Executive Advisor, COO, Board, and other key stakeholders on all financial matters, making recommendations and suggesting pro-active strategies to keep CESC on track
  • Manage all budgets, forecasts and internal financial plans and processes
  • Manage the accounting, general ledger and operations functions, ensuring that systems are in place to guarantee timeliness and accuracy
  • Drive best financial practices within CESC by publicizing standard operating procedures, keeping the senior leadership team, Board and staff up-to-date on CESC’s financial status and by generally serving as a point of reference for all growth plans and projects within CESC
  • Explore and suggest how CESC can invest its reserves and resources
  • Review short and long-term goals in light of existing and projected financial resources available
  • Create data-based long- and short-term goals, budgets and forecasts
  • Participate in all internal planning regarding CESC’s proposed program expansion, to ensure alignment of program, outreach and training plans with financial projections
  • Establish annual priorities and benchmarks and conduct regular reporting, measuring projections against actual performance
  • Generate monthly, quarterly and annual reports as needed to monitor, evaluate and optimize cash-flow and liquidity
  • Build relationships with banks, donors, vendors, outside consultants and others as needed to keep close to CESC’s major expenditures and sources of revenue
  • Utilize technology and recommend new accounting software to optimize all reporting and analytical functions
  • Ensure that CESC meets critical regulatory and legal compliance benchmarks
  • Provide financial records required for the external audit
  • Review and update cash receipt, cash disbursement, purchase order and credit card procedures to maintain adequate controls for avoidance of internal theft
  • Keep up with new trends in the financial industry by attending conferences, participating in professional development and sharing this information with the senior leadership team; and Build a top-tier internal finance team.

Key Credentials and Personal Qualities

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and/or Finance
  • CPA Certificate required
  • At least 8 years’ senior financial leadership experience
  • More than 10 years’ accounting/finance experience
  • Experience at integrating IT/Systems to improve accounting productivity and accuracy
  • Experience at working with external auditors, compliance and regulatory oversight
  • Commitment to results; ‘can-do” mindset; outstanding problem-solving ability
  • Strong motivational and staff leadership abilities
  • Excellent analytical, communication and presentation skills
  • Sense of humor, integrity, personal sense of accountability
  • Knowledge of Excel, Quickbooks, and advanced financial software

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Case Manager

Interested in working in a fast-paced environment with a dynamic team? Join the Kearney Center team! The Kearney Center offers comprehensive emergency services for individuals in housing crisis. We are looking for a Case Manager to provide compassionate, client centered services with a focus on helping clients move to more stable housing options.

If you have a passion for working with people experiencing homelessness and a commitment to helping them find housing, we are looking for you!


  • Provide compassionate, client-centered case management services with a focus on assisting with identifying and accessing more stable housing options.
  • Perform crisis intervention, as appropriate.
  • Complete referrals for housing, government benefits, healthcare, mental health services, substance abuse services, clothing, employment, educational opportunities, and disability support, as appropriate.
  • Offer clients additional social work services including counseling, advocacy and service coordination with a focus on securing more stable housing options.
  • Utilize a collaborative networking process with team members and community partners to provide service linkages and support systems to effectively serve clients.
  • Ensure timely and thorough documentation of all case management services, including in-person meetings and collateral contacts.
  • Honor and maintain strict confidentiality in all areas: written, spoken and observed communication
  • Demonstrate knowledge of community resources for which people experiencing homelessness qualify, and connect clients with these community services.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the needs of people experiencing homelessness.
  • Possess knowledge of programs and policies that impact people experiencing homelessness.
  • Participate in weekly supervision and team meetings.
  • Assist in training and supervision of interns.Other assigned activities that build the capacities of guests and staff to fulfill the mission of The Kearney Center.
  • Some evening hours may be required.


  • Bachelor Degree in Social Work or related human services field, experience with case management and working in  homelessness strongly preferred
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Good working knowledge of local resources
  • Compassionate and open-minded
  • Commitment to practicing the values of dignity and respect with clients, coworkers and community partners
  • Ability to remain focused and calm in dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Cooperative and flexible with people and systems
  • Basic familiarity with computers: Windows, MS Office, email, and database use

Please email Bret Oglesby with your resume and cover letter if you are interested in this position.

Interested in working in a fast-paced environment with a dynamic team?

Interested in working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment? Join The Kearney Center team! The Kearney Center provides temporary emergency shelter and housing focused services to people experiencing homelessness, in a safe environment that promotes dignity and respect.
If you have a passion for working with people experiencing homelessness and a commitment to serving them in an emergency shelter environment, this is an opportunity for you!

Position Title: Part Time Direct Care Specialist

  • Provide compassionate, client-centered customer service  Attend to the needs of people experiencing homelessness in a shelter environment where an average of 375 people access services and sleep overnight, with special attention to clients’ safety and well-being.
  • Contribute to care and cleanliness of the facility
  • Assist clients in understanding the processes and following the guidelines of the facility
  • Utilize trauma-informed care and de-escalation principles with clients in a busy, high-volume shelter environment
  • Document incidents and updates for smooth flow of information between shifts
  • Perform routine facility walk-abouts to be aware of activities throughout the building, ensuring client safety and comfort


  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Compassionate and open-minded
  • Ability to remain focused and calm in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Ability to manage and embrace change, risk and uncertainty
  • Willingness to embrace and actively support the unique and evolving culture and values of The Kearney Center
  • Commitment to practicing the values of dignity and respect with clients, coworkers and community partners
  • Cooperative and flexible with people and systems
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team


Part-time Direct Care Specialist – We are a 24 hour a day facility and there are a number of shifts available for a total of up to 25 hours per week. Please indicate your hours of availability in your cover letter.


Send resume with cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position and your availability for shifts to: Bret Oglesby at bret.oglesby@cesctlh.org, placing position title in the subject. Emails without resume, cover letter and position title in subject field will not be considered.

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© 2015 The Kearney Center
2650 Municipal Way Tallahassee, FL. 32304
Phone:(850) 792-9000
Fax: (850) 536-6053

The Kearney Center is focused on eradicating homelessness throughout Tallahassee and the Big Bend region.

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Looking to get more involved in our mission? Reach out to us at support@cesctlh.org to learn more.