CFO & COO (Full – Time, Regular)

San Diego Natural History Museum
January 14, 2022
SAN DIEGO, California
Job Type
160k - 170K
Type of Pay
Contact Name
Ingrid Garcia
Contact Email


As CFO/COO of the San Diego Natural History Museum, you will lead finance, operations, and administrative departments for one of San Diego’s most popular and beloved museums.  Overseeing visitor services, building facilities, accounting, HR, IT/AV, retail, and food and beverage, the CFO/COO heads up a dynamic and talented team.  If you love a diverse portfolio this is an ideal position.

You will be joining a convivial and dedicated team, and will help shape strategic direction, growth, and financial stability of the Museum.  We seek a candidate with exceptional inter-personal skills and a collaborative management style that will facilitate interactions with colleagues and external entities. As a member of executive management team, you will report directly to the President and CEO, and work directly with the Board of Directors, including the Finance, Audit and Investment Committees.

A successful candidate will have both a strategic and hands-on approach to finance, accounting, and operations, be adept at analysis, business planning, forecasting, and be committed to the Museum’s mission.

Responsibilities Include: 
  • Oversee cash flow planning and ensure availability of funds as needed.
  • Oversee cash, investment, and asset management.
  • Oversee financing strategies and activities, as well as banking relationships.
  • Develop and utilize forward-looking, financial analyses to provide insight into the organization’s operations and business plans.
Planning, Policy and Donor Relations
  • Coordinate the development and monitoring of budgets.
  • Develop financial business plans and forecasts.
  • Participate in corporate policy development as a member of the senior management team.
  • Engage the finance committee of the board of directors to develop short-, medium-, and long-term financial plans and projections.
  • Represent the company to financial partners, including financial institutions, donors, foundation executives, auditors, public officials, etc.
  • Remain up to date on nonprofit audit best practices and state and federal law regarding nonprofit operations.
Accounting and Administration
  • Oversee the accounting department to ensure proper maintenance of all accounting systems and function; the Museum’s finance staff.
  • Ensure maintenance of appropriate internal controls and financial procedures.
  • Ensure timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial and management reporting for federal and state funders, foundations and the Museum’s board of directors; oversee the preparation and communication of monthly and annual financial statements.
  • Ensure timely and accurate accounts receivable transactions for museum business ventures.
  • Coordinate audits and proper filing of tax returns.
  • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial functions.
  • Ensure excellent customer service and strong communication between accounting, staff, vendors and clients
Building Operations and Support Functions
  • Oversee the operations of building support staff and security functions to ensure safety and comfort of visitors, employees and collections.
  • Oversee capital improvement projects and prepare capital budgets.
  • Pursue energy savings projects where applicable to Museum operations
  • Oversee operation of information technology function and develop priorities regarding investments in IT infrastructure and cybersecurity
  • Oversee Museum’s human relations function to ensure compliance with Museum’s employee manual and all state and federal employment laws.
  • Manage the Museum’s insurance and legal needs.
  • Participate in museum management and supervises, coach and mentor staff to achieve departmental and museum success
  • Work effectively with peers on Executive Management team to anticipate and solve problems, and create sound Museum policies
  • Actively communicate with staff inside and outside division to ensure that they have the tools, training and direction needed to be effective in their jobs.  Provide feedback, and model respectful and collegial behavior.
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility 
  • Incorporate principles of IDEA into all departments, including hiring, management of staff and volunteers, and activities for the public
  • Promote IDEA in all Museum interactions
  • Demonstrated experience in financial management and accounting
  • Demonstrated experience with audit, legal compliance, and budget development
  • Demonstrated experience with organization development, human resources management experience
  • Demonstrated experience with general management and customer service skills
  • Proven effectiveness managing others, empowering them to make decisions
  • Technologically savvy, with experience overseeing information technology staff and/or vendors
  • Demonstrated experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, the board, or other outside partners/influencers/clients
  • Demonstrated experience developing budget forecasts and multi-year operating budgets
  • Demonstrated experience seeing beyond the numbers, identifying trends and new possibilities
  • Nonprofit background preferable
  • Knowledge of relevant local, state, and federal laws and regulations
  • Experience with overseeing building infrastructure and operations
  • Minimum BA, a CPA and/or MBA preferable
Personal Characteristics 
  • Excellent interpersonal and team skills, extremely collegial
  • Outstanding communication skills, written and oral
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness and good judgment
  • Leads by example
  • Values diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives
  • Ability to multi-task while maintaining vigilant attention to details
  • Integrity and ethics beyond reproach
  • Constantly looking to apply best practices
  • Willingness to jump in where needed

In compliance with the San Diego Natural History Museum’s mandatory vaccination policy, the Museum requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accommodations based on medical and religious exemptions will be considered.


Salary range 160k - 170K plus a competitive benefits packet.

Please submit resume and cover letter including salary expectation to No phone calls or drop-ins, please.

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