Director of Finance

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Vice President + General Manager


Three Finance team members


October 2017


The Director of Finance provides strategic financial expertise and analysis to decisions which impact the mission, goals, and direction of the organization, and the efficient and cost-effective accounting and financial services to the entire organization. This role is a key part of the Senior Leadership team and reports directly to the Vice President/General Manager. The Director of Finance will have primary responsibility for planning, directing, coordinating, and supervising the fiscal operations under the direction of the Vice President/General Manager. This person will serve as a consultant to all departments.



    • Provide strategic recommendations to the Vice President/General Manager, Senior Leadership Team (SLT), and Board of Directors based on sound financial analysis and projections, cost identification and allocation, and revenue/expense analysis
    • Analyze and interpret complex financial concepts; provide clear and concise summaries and recommendations; and influence decision makers with facts supporting recommendations
    • Assess and implement process improvement opportunities to enhance the efficiency of the financial planning cycle; Review current financial reporting documents and update to improve business decision-making across the organization
    • Provide analytical support and recommendations related to capital investments and project-level financial opportunities
    • Develop, in conjunction with Senior Leadership Team (SLT), the annual budget and submit to Board of Directors for approval
    • Prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports, including long-range forecasting model and detailed cash flow projections; present reports that summarize and forecast company business activity and financial position to key stakeholders (including SLT, department managers, and the Board of Directors)
    • Formulate and recommend financial and accounting policies aligned with the museum's mission; provide clear interpretation and application of policies, conduct continual reviews of all finance and accounting policies, and stay abreast of current practices
    • Establish policies and systems supporting financial control and effectiveness
    • Formulate (and manage) financial planning models; provide analysis and recommendations related to strategic business and finance-related issues; work with other members of SLT to implement revenue enhancement and cost reduction strategies
    • Facilitate preparation of annual report, accompanying financial statements, and Form 990
    • Develop plan and timeline for annual financial audit; implement, and stay compliant with, internal accounting control systems and infrastructure; work with Audit Committee; facilitate year-end external audit; and conform with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and not-for-profit accounting
    • Ensure compliance with all tax obligations, incorporation laws, nonprofit status laws including 501(c) (3) regulations, and internal control procedures
    • Assess and provide recommendations to management regarding insurance coverage for protection against property losses and potential liabilities
    • Develop Finance department’s annual operational plan and manage to key performance metrics
    • Set goals for Finance department members and manage and lead team to full potential
    • Participate in community building activities (e.g. internal events, external professional groups) on the institution’s behalf


      • Ten or more years of related experience, with five or more years in a senior leadership role
      • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, Finance or a related field is required; an advanced degree is preferred
      • Excellent knowledge of finance, financial planning, accounting practices and principles, risk management, and tax planning; experience with nonprofit entities preferred
      • Excellent technical skills; ability to design and maintain complex financial planning models, which create quality financial recommendations
      • Strong financial and business analysis skills; ability to stabilize and maximize financial assets
      • Excellent planning and organizational skills; ability to manage a continuous workflow in a high volume, multi-tasking environment
      • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from Board members, peers, staff members, and the general public
      • High proficiency with Excel; proficiency in Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Outlook; Great Plains accounting software experience a plus
      • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment with a dynamic range of people
      • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and manage a professional staff


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to sit, stand and walk. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is frequently required to lift up to 30 pounds, and occasionally up to 50 pounds.

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