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Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Please Touch Museum

Please Touch Museum (the Children’s Museum of Philadelphia) is a non-profit, with an $9 million operating budget, seeks a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) reporting to the President and CEO and working closely with the Board of Trustees and the finance committee of the board. The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) provides the leadership, management and strategic vision necessary to ensure that the Museum has strong operational controls and administrative and reporting procedures in place to effectively grow the Museum and to ensure financial strength and operating efficiency. The CFO oversees all reporting and matters related to compliance and required regulatory filings.

As a member of the executive team, the CFO has a critical role in partnering with the senior leadership team in strategic decision-making and operations as the Museum continues to enhance its quality programing and build capacity. The position leads an internal team to support the areas of: Finance, IT and Systems and Operations, as well as Legal and PTM’s core vendors including the Museum’s catering partner and outsourced store management firm.

The CFO  is responsible for the following, but not limited to: develop realistic and achievable cash flow projections and a reporting mechanism which identifies a minimum cash threshold to meet operating needs; determine the needs for and assess the viability of internal and/or external sourcing of materials and services related to telecommunications and data systems, building maintenance and construction management, mailroom management and operations with a specific focus on cost efficiencies; negotiates and maintains contracts with utility, insurance and other providers; provide day-to-day leadership and management to a large support staff including finance, facilities, security and information technology systems; recruits, trains and retains highly skilled and well qualified, diverse staff; directs all of the Museum’s administrative functions (Information Technology, Facilities & Finance) in accordance with Museum standards, regulatory agencies, strategic plan objectives and internal policies; manage relationships with Contract Caterer and Production Services vendors; and handle all legal, insurance and other administrative matters while dealing with outside legal counsel and insurance brokers and companies.

Minimum Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or Economics from an accredited school; advance degree in relevant field preferred; An experienced financial executive with appropriate experience, preferably in the arts & culture field.  8 plus years’ experience establishing and maintaining budgets; experience with management accounting, board presentations, budgeting, forecasting and cash-flow management required; strong analytical thinking skills; ability to analyze both financial and non-financial data in order to support strategic operations and planning; experience with management accounting, board presentations, budgeting, forecasting and cash-flow management; strong results orientation with ability to focus on important issues and demonstrated drive to exceed performance targets; ability to think strategically, taking the long-term view, evaluating alignment, identifying opportunities, and taking into account the wider operating environment; proven project management experience that includes complex planning, integration of people and resources, managing risk and planning for contingencies; ability to manage multiple complex priorities within demanding timeframes; ability to lead people, building a cohesive team, coaching and developing staff; empowering managers to own their functional areas; strong oral communication and presentation skills; strong relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders; experienced leader who has been a member of an executive management team, demonstrating excellent accountability, leadership, communication, mentoring, empowerment and resource management skills; proven ability to make effective and persuasive presentations; proven ability to plan, develop and coordinate multiple projects to meet business goals; must demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, maturity and good judgment and be capable of communicating with a diverse range of individuals; ability to put together a metrics plan to incorporate into a finance plan to achieve budgeted goals for the fiscal year; and understanding of best practices in the fields of Finance & Administration




To Apply

Please Touch Museum offers an excellent work environment with emphasis on play, a comprehensive benefit package, and competitive salary.  To apply for this opportunity, please mail your cover letter including your accomplishments, resume and salary requirements to: CHRO, Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131; fax to: (215)-581-3182; Email: Office phone:  215-581-3189; cellphone:  215-620-8589 EOE