Chief Financial Officer

About Chicago Children’s Museum: Chicago Children’s Museum is committed to improving children’s lives by creating a community where play and learning connect. Chicago Children’s Museum staff is a dedicated group of curious individuals who embrace the playful spirit of childhood. Every employee is empowered to reach their potential and be recognized for the impact they have on our organization, visitors, and the community we serve. We embrace creativity and collaboration, we never stop learning, and we remember to stop and play along the way. Principle job duties and responsibilities: Financial Management · Supervise the accounting team to emphasize the achievement of budgetary goals, maintain sound internal control and cash management procedures, and ensure the successful completion of the audit and government grant reporting. · As a member of the management team, provide fiscal and financial advice and leadership. Provide strategic framework for resource allocation and achievement. · Leads cash flow forecasting and modeling of current and future years’ performance. · Ensure unmodified audit report through establishment and maintenance of appropriate control procedures. · Supervise the filing of all institutional government reporting including Forms 990, 990T, 5500-CIR, 941, 1099’s, A-133 and others as reflected in museum activity. · Lead and oversee the annual planning and budgeting process with appropriate input from Senior Management Team. Conduct a thorough review of the annual budget with the Board to review key assumptions and targeted outcomes; gain board approval. · Oversee the development and delivery of timely, accurate and thorough financial reports to Senior Management Team, donors (as required), Navy Pier, lenders, and the Board of Directors to provide a complete understanding of the financial condition of the museum on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis versus budget and prior year. Serve as the primary staff liaison to the Finance Committee and lead, With Finance Committee Chair, all financial reporting to Board of Directors. · Coordinate management of outside relationships including but not limited to: banking, loan agreements, treasury management, investment management, external auditors, outside counsel, and insurance broker. · Manage debt and maintain debt compliance with all lending partners. · Provide leadership role in the financial management and structure of any major comprehensive campaign, including capital, endowment, and operational components. · Oversee all financial aspects of any capital projects. Oversee administration of government grants related to capital projects. · Review all major contracts and facilitate legal review by outside counsel for significant issues. Review all significant contracts to include existing museum and future capital projects. · Negotiate terms for annual equipment lease and service contracts, insurance coverage, and annual external audit. · Provide oversight for all investments and investment policies. Manage the museum’s investment portfolio in compliance with investment policies established and approved by the Finance Committee. · Oversee security and risk management strategies including commercial insurance coverage and the related operational policy decisions to protect the existing organization and board. Manage all insurance related issues and queries. Museum Management · Work closely with the President, Board of Directors, and the Senior Management Team to plan, monitor, and execute annual goals, objectives, and budget to achieve the museum’s mission and programs. · Represent museum with funders, associations, partners and collaborators and outside contractors and consultants. · Support the museum’s work in diversity, equity, access and inclusion and actively ensures that DEAI principles are upheld in all work with fellow staff, visitors, community and other external partners. · Demonstrate an enthusiasm for learning and mastering new skills on an ongoing basis; willingness to be informed/certified/trained through institution-offered courses and to work within Diversity, Equity, Access, Inclusion (DEAI) frameworks and actively engage in learning about these frameworks. Information Services · Supervise the Information Technology and Telecom and relevant consultants and contractors to ensure a sound and secure technological work environment that can sustain a growing staff and facilitate positive guest experiences through the provision of state-of-the-art technology, productivity tools, and appropriate training. Position Qualifications: Education: The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree in business or management with a specialty in Finance. CPA strongly preferred. Job Experience: Minimum ten years of experience in financial management, including six years of direct supervision of technical and/or professional staff to include hiring, evaluation, training and development. Special knowledge and skills: · Proven experience managing budgets of commensurate size and complexity and related financing and cash management techniques. · Must be an analytical as well as forward-thinking finance professional with significant experience using forecasting budgeting models. · Successful record of accomplishment as a CFO or senior financial leader/advisor in a well-managed company/organization. · Proven ability to work well with senior executives, leveraging strong intellectual, conceptual and analytical skills. · Financial Software experience required, at an expert level a plus. · Strong communications skills in written, oral, and presentation contexts; ability to clearly, confidently and convincingly present analyses and recommendations around major financial decisions. · Ability to command credibility and to influence outcomes at the highest levels; strong communication and influencing skills. · Good interpersonal skills with a proven ability to manage a diverse staff. · Ability to work collegially with people of varying degrees of financial skills and knowledge. · Experience with not-for-profits strongly preferred. · Possess an equity mindset and cultural humility. Hours: This is a Monday through Friday position with occasional evening and weekend hours. Job Location: This is a hybrid position. Benefits: This position is eligible for medical, dental, vision, Life, LTD, and STD insurances, 401k after six months of service, as well as PTO and Sick time. Chicago Children’s Museum aims to recruit and advance qualified BIPOC/ALAANA, women, LGBTQ, persons with disabilities, and veterans—we welcome and encourage all applicants. Our goal is for our team and culture to reflect the Chicagoland community.

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