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 Job Title   Posting Date   Organization

Chief Financial Officer (Exempt)

  3/30/2018   San Diego Opera Association
 Job Description        

Reporting to the General Director and working closely with the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) has day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financially related activities of the San Diego Opera along with all administrative functions. Direct responsibilities include accounting, finance, forecasting and expense planning, human resources, information technology, property management, financing of capital improvements, new business analysis and endowment management. The CFO will serve as the principal financial officer of the organization, reporting regularly to the Board of Directors and serving as the management liaison to the Finance, Audit and Investment Committees. As a member of the Executive Team, the CFO will partner with other SDO leaders in administrative support, budgeting, financial monitoring and analysis. The CFO will be integrally involved in strategic and operational discussions and decisions. Direct Reports: Administrative Director & Controller Indirect Reports: AP Accountant, Accountant & Front Office Manager Responsibilities include: • Manage the financial operations of the company, including the General Ledger, cash, investments, receivables, payables and payroll, and ensure proper internal controls are built into those processes • Oversees human resources, technology and other administrative operations of the company • Oversee monthly and annual closes of the financial statements • Complete the annual financial audit in a timely manner • Coordinate the Federal and State information returns (990, etc.) • Analyze financial data and presents financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicates monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; monitors progress and changes and keeps executive leadership abreast of SDO’s financial status; • Meet regularly with other Executive Team members (General Director, Production, Marketing & Development) to accomplish the following: o Ensure all departments have adequate administrative support o Monitor budget impact of organization’s activities • Manage the annual budgeting and planning process; update projections as necessary; administer and review all financial plans and compare to actual results with a view to identify, explain, and correct variances as appropriate. • Manage the endowment funds, in collaboration with outside vendor • Manage and tracks the performance of invested assets in keeping with policies and investment guideline • Maintain key banking and insurance relationships (credit card processing), and monitors debt covenants and collateral • Prepare and present financial reports for the Board of Directors and Finance, Investment and Audit committees (other committees as requested) • Prepare and update cash flow forecasts, and complete cash flow transfers as needed (e.g. transfers between operating accounts) • Develop daily, weekly and monthly reporting systems to support marketing and development operations • Support Development Team in overseeing the following: o financial, project/program and grant accounting; o align expenditures with grant and program budgets throughout grant/fund periods; o provide financial reporting materials for government, corporate, and foundation grants as requested; • Complete key financial and operational analyses as needed • Prepare financial and operational policy memos (e.g. on expense reimbursement) and design new processes and forms to support needs of San Diego Opera accounting processes • Other responsibilities as requested



• MBA or CPA strongly preferred • True team-player who can work collaboratively with functional leadership (i.e. Marketing, Development, Production) • Excellent communication skills; able to be diplomatic in delicate situations • Very analytical; able to draw insightful conclusions from data • Highly focused and organized; capable of managing multiple tasks simultaneously • Able to present complex financial concepts clearly to non-experts • Knowledge of classical music and opera a plus • A track record in grants management as it relates to compliance and reporting of government, corporate and foundation grants is essential • Microsoft Office Suite is essential including an advanced user of Excel • Working knowledge of Tessitura is preferred. • Required qualification: Minimum of 10 years progressive experience in Finance and /or Accounting


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