Controller (Full – Time, Regular)

San Diego Natural History Museum
November 18, 2021
1788 El Prado, SAN DIEGO, California
Job Type
$110,000 - $120,000
Type of Pay
Contact Name
Ingrid Garcia
Contact Email



The San Diego Society of Natural History was founded in 1874 by a handful of citizen-naturalists and is the oldest scientific institution in southern California, and the third oldest west of the Mississippi.

The Mission of the San Diego Natural History Museum is to interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits; to promote understanding of the evolution and diversity of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California; and to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment.

The Museum has a collection of more than 7 million research specimens and conducts research in the areas of paleontology, entomology, herpetology, ornithology, mammalogy and botany. We provide educational opportunities to over 100,000 children each year and close to 400,000 people visit our exhibitions each year. The Museum also has over 700 active volunteers who serve in our research and education programs.

The San Diego Natural History Museum strives to provide a stellar experience for our visitors, volunteers and employees.


Under the supervision of the Chief Financial and Operating Officer, the Controller assists in managing the financial activities of the Museum, applies principles of accounting to analyze financial information, and prepares financial reports.

General responsibilities and duties include, but not limited, to the following:
  • Safeguard assets and assure accurate and timely recording of all transactions by implementing disciplines of internal audits, controls and checks across all departments
  • Manage the accuracy and productivity of day-to-day activities of accounts payable, cash disbursements, contract and A/R billings, customer credits and collections, payroll, perpetual inventory integrity, fixed asset records, inventory records, general & entity accounting, cost accounting, auxiliary revenue and  operations
  • Develop, improve and issue timely monthly financial records for Chief Financial Officer, Executive Management, Board Committees and Board of Directors
  • Provide financial analysis tools to evaluate company ventures or special projects, programs, capital expenditures, products costing, etc. when necessary
  • Responsible for managing four direct reports within the Accounting Department
  • Work closely with Chief Financial and Operating Officer and Human Resources in the development and evaluation of various benefit programs for staff and program components
  • Manage commercial banking relationships. Interface with outside audit firms(s), banks and lessors, casualty/liability insurance agent(s), credit card companies, and collection agencies
  • Report to the Board of Directors and Finance/Audit/Investment Committees when necessary in writing and verbally
  • Manage the accounting and budgeting systems
  • Bachelor Degree (B.A.) in accounting from four-year College or university; CPA highly preferred but not required. Seven or more years related experience in a non-profit organization.  Minimum of four years of supervisory experience.  Experience with Governmental Funding and Contract Management is highly desired.
  • Knowledge of Sage Intacct, Altru (Blackbaud) and PowerPlan softwares preferred.
  • Strong general ledger and fund accounting experience, with excellent knowledge of GAAP principles.
  • Superior attention to detail and ability to insure compliance with internal policies and procedures. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to synthesize day to day accounting with overall organization financial and strategic projections and goals.
  • Strong knowledge of Excel and other analytical tools.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to hear and manage staff with diverse talents and personalities.


Annual Salary Range: $110,000 - $120,000 based on experience.

This is a full-time exempt position eligible for benefits such as health insurance, vacation, 14 paid holidays, free admission into all of Balboa Park’s museums as well as free admission to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.

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.

To apply please submit resume, cover letter outlining your experience, salary requirement and three professional references to


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