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An Invitation to Serve on the Finance & Operations Committee

July 12th, 2021

Founded by Fr. Richard Rohr, the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) exists to introduce Christian contemplative wisdom and practices that support transformation and inspire loving action. Volunteers on CAC board committees play an instrumental role in helping guide the development of policies and procedures that help our team carry out the mission of CAC in a sustainable and impactful way.

The Opportunity

CAC faces a difficult challenge and amazing opportunity. We possess a stable financial foundation and strong internal controls. At the same time, we are working to institutionalize our founder’s vision, values, and impact in order to ensure we can carry them forward in service to future generations of spiritual seekers.

As part of this transition, we are seeking candidates to become volunteer members of CAC’s Finance and Operations Committee. Most committee volunteers are not on the full Board of Directors but oversee the organization’s financial model and key internal controls on its behalf. Uniquely, the Committee is also overseeing implementation of CAC’s newly adopted Financial Philosophy, created with Fr. Richard’s support in 2020 to foster congruence in all aspects of our financial model with the values and spirituality we teach.

Ideal candidates bring a diversity of backgrounds and leadership experience in relation to values-based financial and operations management. We are looking particularly for candidates with executive-level experience in finance, investment management (especially socially responsible and impact investing), operations management, information technology, gift economy-based revenue models, and fundraising. Candidates should have a sharp mind, contemplative spirit, servant’s heart, and passion for helping realize CAC’s vision and mission.

What We’re Looking For

  • You are an experienced leader in one or more areas related to financial controls and performance.
  • You have experience with teachings and programs from CAC and/or peer organizations and are passionate about advancing a more spiritually awake and loving world.
  • You are excited to both learn from and contribute to emerging thinking and practice in relation to values-based financial management.
  • You thrive in collaborative environments and have a keen ability to discern helpful boundaries in relation to staff and other volunteer Committee members.
  • You are available to meet for quarterly Committee meetings as well as occasional special projects and consultations with other Committee members and staff.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee annual staff-led budgeting process and long-range financial forecasting, making recommendations to CAC’s Board.
  • Review quarterly financial performance to ensure compliance with operating and capital budgets.
  • Review development and performance of CAC’s values-based fundraising and revenue model.
  • Oversee management of CAC’s strategic reserves, allocating capital toward defined goals and needs.
  • Review investment performance and manage approved investments on behalf of the full Board.
  • Review the performance and security of key Information Technology systems.
  • Engage an independent auditor and review the annual audit and management letter with the auditor.
  • Review the annual 990 and recommend approval to the board.
  • Review and update current financial policies annually; develop new financial policies as needed to maintain appropriate and effective internal controls.

Application Instructions

To apply please inform us of your availability and submit your information to CAC by filling out this form.

Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis and based on specific desired skills and other needs. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

We are so grateful for your interest and generosity in offering to serve CAC’s mission in this voluntary capacity.

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