Join the South Carolina Aquarium family located along the pristine Charleston harbor! Non-profit experience desired, but not required.
Reports directly to the CEO. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) the CFO is responsible for the Aquarium's accounting, finance, treasury, purchasing and budgeting functions, including establishing and maintaining accounting principles, practices, procedures, and controls; preparing financial reports, analysis, budgets, and forecasts; controlling and monitoring cash handling. Directs Information Technology. Embraces and influences our diversity and inclusion programs.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Maintaining fiscal records including directing all aspects of accounting operations and directing all transactions related to the general ledger (Sage Intacct).
Managing the external audit process and producing the audited consolidated financial statements.
Managing the application software for the general ledger, financial reporting, budget, purchasing, POS, and payroll systems.
Establishing accounting policies and procedures to ensure that all financial transactions are recorded correctly in accordance with US GAAP.
Managing all financing vehicles including bank debt, bonds, leases, etc.
Analyzing financial results and budgets and issuing reports to Aquarium management including but not limited to operations, forecasting, what if analysis, cash forecasting (including gift pledge recognition), and ROI analysis.
Developing and management of cash control procedures, audits, and reporting.
Developing summary and detailed routine analysis of all revenue producing areas. Providing substantive financial analyses of various Aquarium operations in an effort to understand the financial ramifications of various activities highlighting positive and negative factors.
Working closely with the SLT member responsible for fundraising ensuring accurate reconciliation between donation management and accounting software.
Interfacing with the SLT to provide them information they need to manage their budgets.
Managing the annual operating and capital expenditure budgeting process.
Preparing business license renewals.
Recommending fiscal strategy to meet the goals of the Aquarium and advising Aquarium executive leadership and the Board Treasurer on the appropriate course of action.
Identifying and implementing new revenue growth opportunities.
Developing and implementing financial controls.
Collaborating with the Director Team Development and Culture on payroll and benefits policies and procedures.
Directing information technology development, operations, and maintenance.
Selecting, developing, evaluating, and maintaining a highly qualified, and diverse professional staff; delegating specific responsibilities. Providing an environment that motivates, encourages teamwork, personal initiative and accountability. Disciplining staff according to policies.
Establishing, monitoring, and reporting on purchasing function.
Preparing business plans and forecasts.
Developing relationships with banking and business community, locally and regionally.
Managing concession contracts and monitoring performance.
Participating in the development and oversight of major contracts including benefit and non-benefit insurance contracts, concessions outsourcing contracts, and building services contracts.
Acting as Staff liaison to Board Finance and Audit Committee.
Adhering to the South Carolina Aquarium Policies.
Performing other duties as required.
Other Duties & Responsibilities
Supports the mission by participating in Aquarium sponsored programs and events on a regular basis and supporting all approved institutional annual goals.
Supervision of Others
Information Technology Manager
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities Required
Strong Computer skills including Microsoft Office, general ledger, purchasing, budgeting, and point of sales systems.
Ability to actively engage in conversations and build consensus in a team oriented environment.
Ability to communicate complex financial information in an easily understandable format.
Goal oriented, proactive work ethic with proven ability to establish priorities and meet deadlines.
Excellent verbal, written, and presentation communication skills.
Able to deal with changing priorities and remain sensitive to mission-related issues.
Personal commitment to conservation and environmental issues an advantage.
Education/ Experience Requirements
BS in Accounting or Finance (Masters and CPA preferred).
10 years of financial management experience in including financing (bank debt, bonds, leases, etc.)
In depth knowledge of US GAAP.
Five years management experience.
Ability to function independently while maintaining clear communication with direct reports, senior management, and at all levels within the Aquarium.
Non-profit experience a plus.
Five years of experience in organizational management and strategic planning.
Possess at least 5 years of experience and a high degree or knowledge and proficiency with automated accounting, budgeting, and purchasing systems.
Experience with Sage (Intacct) beneficial.
About South Carolina Aquarium
Our mission is to inspire conservation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals, by excelling in education and research and by providing an exceptional visitor experience. The South Carolina Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We rely on the support of our paying guests, members, foundations and the generosity of our donors.