Employment Application

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)


The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for preserving, protecting and administering the temporal goods of the Diocese of Savannah under the authority of the Bishop and in accord with the budget approved by the Finance Council. The Chief Financial Officer is the principal advisor to the Bishop in matters of finance in cooperation with the Finance Council under the Code of Canon Law.


The Diocese of Savannah serves more than 80,000 Catholics in 90 counties covering 37,000 miles and is part of the Ecclesiastical Province of Atlanta. The Diocese of Savannah employs over 1,350 people — Priests, Religious and Lay — working in 79 parishes and schools with an annual budget of $10,000,000.


  • Oversee day-to-day financial operations and advise the Bishop and other diocesan leadership on financial matters and administrative matters as they relate to finance.
  • Support the Bishop in setting and implementing strategic priorities for the Diocese, including results of the planning process, Reflect+Renew+Rejoice.
  • Oversee all accounting and financial reporting for the Diocese of Savannah, delegating related tasks to financial office staff.
  • Assure there are policies and procedures in place — fully implemented and monitored — to safeguard all ecclesiastical goods belonging to the Diocese of Savannah.
  • Prepare the annual capital and operational budgets with recommendations for a balanced operational budget.
  • Ensure timely, accurate and periodic financial reporting for the Diocese itself and obtain reports from all other associated entities; provide any other financial information requested by the Bishop.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate the performance of the Department of Finance staff.
  • Work with external auditors in the examination of the various books and records of the Diocese.
  • Serve as Plan Administrator for all Retirement Plans, establish relationships with third party providers and review Plan documents.
  • Collaborate with Human Resources on management of Diocesan-sponsored insurance programs including Self-Insured Benefits, General Liability and Workers Compensation.
  • Direct Property and Casualty Insurance Program and oversee extensive Loss Program.
  • Provide educational assistance and training to Parish Bookkeepers.
  • Monitor and make recommendations to parishes regarding handling and care of parish financial resources.
  • Maintain a high level of contact with constituencies across the Diocese, especially with Pastors and their Finance Councils.
  • Provide contractual consultative services to the Catholic Foundation of South Georgia as mutually agreed upon.
  • Engage and interact with diocesan legal counsel, as necessary, on issues pertaining to diocesan financial and administrative compliance. Also monitor legal expenses to annual budget.
  • Perform additional responsibilities as assigned by the Bishop or his designate.

Job Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Business Management or C.P.A. with 10 years’ experience in a business related field.
  • Ability to multi-task and work effectively under specific deadlines.
  • Affinity for mission-driven organizations with a commitment to serving the Catholic Church.
  • Must be a Catholic in full communion with the Church.
  • Must have strong organizations, oral and written communication and problem solving skills.
Note: VIRTUS training and criminal background check are required for hiring.


To apply, send a resume, salary history, and references to:

Jo Ann Green, Director of Operations & Human Resources
Diocese of Savannah 2170 E. Victory Drive Savannah, GA 31404


Jo Ann Green

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Cathy Dyer

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