POSITION SUMMARY: The Director of Finance reports to the Chief Financial Officer and provides valuable insights to Academy senior leadership and the Board of Directors so they can make well informed decisions and achieve the Academy's mission. The Director of Finance is responsible for creation of the annual operating plan and capital budget as well as forecasting and long range financial planning. The Director of Finance is also responsible for monitoring fiscal progress and ensuring adherence to the financial plan.
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ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Lead and develop a team of three high performing Finance managers.
Manage the annual budget process and monthly financial review process with Academy leadership including all facets of revenue and departmental spend plans to ensure adherence to long-term financial goals; highlighting attendance, revenue, and expenditure variances to department managers, division heads and the CFO.
Analyze, review, and provide monthly/quarterly financial statement packages to the CFO for presentation to the Board of Directors.
Present monthly financial statements to Academy senior leadership, providing valuable insights on attendance, revenue, and expense variances to budget and emerging trends.
Provide detailed monthly analyses of all revenue producing areas and substantive financial analyses of Academy operations in an effort to understand the financial ramifications of various activities, such as membership, group sales and education programs, highlighting positive and negative factors and trends.
Research and monitor investment options for the Academy's endowment and bond investment pool, and act as a key staff liaison to the Investment committee of the Board of Directors.
Maintain compliance procedures of Academy issued bonds and manage intermittent remarketing events of the debt.
Perform cost-benefit analyses providing managers and senior management with information and insights needed to make key business decisions.
Maintain the Adaptive Planning budgeting & reporting system that is the key tool for budgeting and variance analysis used by all divisions of the Academy.
Collaborate regularly with the Academy's Controller, Academy Chiefs, and Senior Leadership Team on all financial planning matters.
Interface with Academy's Government Relations staff, City of San Francisco Mayor's budget office and Board of Supervisor's budget analyst to provide the information necessary for the City budget process.
Assist CFO in development and implementation of any procedures around fiscal policies generated by the Board, as well as any regulations and procedures required by external funding sources.
Participate in the administration, monitoring and evaluation of contracts with the Academy's internal legal team.
Follow all Academy safety regulations
Other duties as assigned
QUALIFICATIONS: To be successful in this role, an individual must be able to perform every listed essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities expected of the individual in this role. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: The ideal candidate will possess a combination of the following education or equivalent experience:
Bachelor's degree required
B.A. or Master's degree preferred
Minimum of ten years' experience in financial management
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:
Demonstrated expertise in the management of financial planning processes using best practices.
Strong understanding of business modeling techniques including sensitivity analyses.
Proven ability to lead and develop a team of high performing staff.
Strong executive presence with the ability to develop and foster strong working relationships with senior leaders, and to positively influence leaders at all levels of the organization.
Demonstrated ability to present complex financial information to different audiences from staff to Board members with varying degrees of financial literacy in a way each audience can understand.
Strong aptitude for problem solving and identifying creative solutions to issues where competing points of view exist in a culture of consensus.
Ability to successfully manage and implement plans that may not be popular.
Successful project management experience, particularly with cross functional teams that span the organization.
Demonstrated ability to be transparent in providing information with a fact-based orientation, especially while delivering difficult news.
Demonstrated knowledge of GAAP accounting.
Experience with managing an endowment.
Experience with managing municipal bonds.
High degree of computer literacy (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
Ability to efficiently organize and manage several complex tasks under deadlines simultaneously.
Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of information.
Strong customer service orientation.
Strong attention to detail.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and interpret documents such as financial statements, financial analyses, contracts and other legal documents, and procedure manuals. Ability to write reports and correspondence to senior leadership and the Board of Directors. Ability to speak effectively before groups or individuals at all levels.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT: The physical demands and work environment 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 frequently required to stand, sit, walk, and reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Must be able to perform repetitive motions 90% of the time. Must be able to lift 25 lbs.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please submit your cover letter and resume online at http://calacademy.snaphire.com Note that the recruitment timeline for positions vary and depend on many factors, so it is impossible to accurately predict when a position will close. We appreciate your patience during this process. No phone calls please.
The California Academy of Sciences will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (SF Police Code, Article 49).
The California Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to ensure that all employees and applicants receive equal consideration and treatment, regardless of race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), religion, marital or domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical, mental or medical disability, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.
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