Seeking a Controller that is an individual who can see the "big picture" but is also willing to roll up their sleeves to be a transformational change agent for the finance department of the SF Symphony. The ideal candidate possesses strong and adaptable communication skills to accommodate diverse audiences, is highly organized, has a strong, up-to-date command of GAAP relevant to the industry, and in general, understands how to build and maintain a high performance team and goes the extra mile to teach and inspire by setting examples, providing educational opportunities and exposing team members to situations that will serve as learning opportunities.
The ideal candidate will be excited by the ability to develop and improve the overall financial systems (selection and implementation of new general ledger and other ancillary systems) and partner effectively with the FP&A team, IT, business-line owners, and external stakeholders (e.g., Finance and Audit Committee Board members, banks, outside vendors, donors) to provide relevant, accurate and timely financial information. The individual must possess strong oral and written communication skills and be comfortable and adaptable to presenting financial information to different constituencies.
The position is full-time, leads a team of 5-6, and reports directly to the CFO.
People Management & Collaboration
Builds and maintains a motivated high-performing service -orient ed team with a focus on the continuous development and growth of the capabilities and skills of the
Serves as the organization's expert on accounting matters and partners with the CFO, Board committee members and department heads to structure policies and provide real-time advice with respect to the application of accounting
Develops clear departmental goals, policies and operating procedures with an overall objective of ensuring department and individual
Measures and monitors individual performance with regular performance reviews and development
Works closely and collaboratively with the FP&A
Responsible for the preparation of all audited financial statements (i.e., annual financial statements and retirement plans) in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) including the drafting of concise and clear footnote
Ensures all internal and external financial reporting requirements are met on a timely basis - banking, grant applications, governmental agencies, tax filings, board and committee requests, program
Partners with the CFO to develop and prepare concise, relevant and insightful financial reporting for the Finance and Audit Committee, Retirement Board, Board of Governors, Leadership Team, and
Key stakeholder in developing an RFP for a new financial reporting system, redesign of the chart of accounts and development of appropriate systems controls and
Establish policies, procedures and direction for continuous improvement of financial operations, including increased use of
Proactive in initiating and ensuring relevant procedures, processes and controls are in place to ensure the integrity of the financial statements, compliance with GAAP and other regulatory requirements, and ensure adequate controls to safeguard the assets of the organization .
Delivers accurate consolidating GAAP financial statements on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis with key variances from budget and prior year
Remains current on accounting and tax compliance standards, requirements, and issues and provide timely education and guidance to the accounting team for application
Oversees accounting operations: general ledger accounting, endowment accounting, investment and pension accounting, revenue accounting, treasury, cash receipts and disbursements, fixed assets and depreciation, payroll, and general ledger
Reviews and approves all account reconciliations and approve journal entries prepared by direct reports. Ensure all account reconciliation s are prepared on a monthly basis with timely resolution and disposition of differences.
Oversees accounting and reporting for two defined benefit pension plans and one 403(b)
Manages working capital by developing and maintaining rolling 18-mont h cash flows projections; actualizes forecast on a weekly basis; provides forward-looking
Oversees preparation and filing of various tax returns (e.g., Forms 990, 990-T, 199) and other compliance
Education and Experience:
15+ years of accounting experience, including minimum of 5 years experience as a Controller and/or leading an accounting team
Mix of public, private, and nonprofit experience ideal
Bachelor's degree in accounting or finance required
CPA or equivalent required
Extensive background in accounting and audit function Solid experience coordinating audit activities and managing reporting, account s payable, general ledger, payroll, and accounting for endowments.
Deep expertise in and experience with accounting and audit procedure s and financial contro
Proficient in the use of technology with experience selecting and overseeing soft ware installations and managing relationships with software vendors; advanced knowledge of accounting and reporting software.
Demonstrated know ledge of finance, accounting and control principles, including US GAAP
Demonstrated success in consistently producing timely and accurate financial reporting
Experience managing relationships with external auditors
Building and leading a high-per forming accounting function and infrastructure in a change resistant environment
Experience with both large and small/mid-size company experience with a track record of driving positive results in hands-on environments
Experience presenting to Board committees
Computer/Software/Technical Applications: Microsoft Dynamics (sunsetting}, Expensify, Tessitura, Prophix (looking to replace or update), Paycom, Microsoft suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, et al)
Possesses high degree of professionalism. Reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration; follows through on Completes t asks on time and takes responsibility for own actions
Ability to handle questions with confidence and a well-reasoned point of view; exhibits sound and accurate judgement, can clearly explain logic and reasoning for decisions. Includes appropriate people in decision-making
Diplomatically handles conflict, encourages active engagement of all team members and holds people accountable to performance and behavior standards
Interested in mentoring and developing team members
Resilient and agile leader in a change resistant environment
Excellent written and oral communication Able to explain complex financial issues or concepts to non-financial audiences. Demonstrated experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, board or other outside partners
Knows how to effectively balance intensive work-load periods
Holds team accountable to learning how to problem solve using concepts vs. mechanics
About San Francisco Symphony
The San Francisco Symphony is widely considered to be among the most artistically adventurous and innovative arts institutions in the U.S. Under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas since 1995, the Orchestra is a leading presence among American orchestras at home and around the world, celebrated for its artistic excellence, creative performance concepts, active touring, award-winning recordings, and standard-setting education programs. In December 2018, the San Francisco Symphony announced Esa-Pekka Salonen as its Music Director Designate along with a group of eight Collaborative Partners from a variety of cultural realms who collectively form a new artistic leadership model. Salonen will begin his appointment as the SFS’s 12th Music Director in September 2020, at which time Michael Tilson Thomas will become the Orchestra’s first Music Director Laureate, following his remarkable 25-year tenure as Music Director.
The San Francisco Symphony presents more than 220 concerts and presentations annually for an audience of nearly 450,000 in its home of Davies Symphony Hall and through its active national and international touring. A corners...tone of the organization’s mission, the San Francisco Symphony’s education programs are the most extensive offered by any American orchestra today, providing free comprehensive music education to every first- through fifth-grade student in the San Francisco public schools, and serving more than 75,000 children, students, educators, and families annually. The SFS has won such recording awards as France’s Grand Prix du Disque and Britain’s Gramophone Award, as well as 15 Grammy Awards. In 2004, the SFS launched the multimedia Keeping Score on PBS-TV and the web. In 2014, the SFS inaugurated SoundBox, a new experimental performance venue and music series located backstage at Davies Symphony Hall. SFS radio broadcasts, the first in the nation to feature symphonic music when they began in 1926, today carry the Orchestra’s concerts across the country.
Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, the San Francisco Symphony will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
The San Francisco Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer.