Position Description

The Director of Finance of The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) ensures the accounting records and financial processes are accurate and timely. The position provides critical financial information to support the Board of Trustees, Board Committees and internal management. The Director of Finance will manage a finance staff of two in the areas of accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash receipts, gift recording, payroll, fixed assets, general ledger, endowment accounting, budget and forecast. The CJM has an $8 million annual operating budget, and approximately 43 full time and 45 part time staff. 

The ideal candidate will bring skills and experience in non-profit accounting to this position and will enjoy implementing new systems and procedures. The organizational skills to prioritize workload and meet deadlines in a fast paced work environment will be expected. The Director of Finance will report to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and interact regularly with all members of The CJM’s staff including senior management.

Position Title: Director of Finance

Department: Finance

Reports To: Chief Operating Officer

Status: Regular, Full-time, Exempt

Essential Job Responsibilities
  • Perform all duties as assigned in a timely, accurate and professional manner. Respond to all clients and users of financial information with the highest level of service. Work as a member of the finance team and of the larger organization.
  • Supervise Finance staff. Maintain optimum department staffing and structure to meet organizational needs. Ensure a positive, team-oriented approach.
  • Establish, document, and implement policies, processes, procedures, and internal controls pertaining to all aspects of the Finance Department.
  • Ensure accuracy of all general ledger activity, including reconciliations of all necessary general ledger accounts and review of general ledger activity.
  • Responsible for timely month and quarter-end accounting closes and associated reporting.
  • Oversee and manage accounts payable and payroll, assuring all policy, procedures, and internal controls are followed consistently. Assure that payroll, accounts payable invoices, and checks are processed on a timely and accurate basis.
  • Oversee and manage cash receipts and recording of gifts received. Assure that all policies, procedures and internal controls are followed consistently. Assure that all cash receipts, including deposits, are processed in a timely, accurate manner.
  • Oversee and manage fixed asset tracking and recording all financial information regarding fixed assets.
  • Responsible for endowment accounting and maintenance including investment tracking, additions to and releases from the endowment, and unitization of endowment net investment income.
  • Maintain automated accounting system to ensure integrity of data. Responsibility for future projects to interface data between the Development database (Raiser's Edge) and the financial accounting database (Abila MIP).
  • Develop and maintain active relationships with accounting firms, banks, investment managers, payroll services, and other key suppliers of financial services.
  • Facilitate and coordinates the organization’s annual audits. Manage the preparation of audit schedules and requests. Acts as liaison to the CJM’s Audit & Finance Committees.
  • Maintain cash flow analysis and forecast of cash needs.
  • Manage daily operating cash requirements, including short-term operating and endowment investments.
  • Prepare and/or review annual operating plan and updates.
  • Research tax issues related to the organization and its operations to ensure compliance. Responsible for resolution of correspondence with taxing agencies.
  • Prepare tax schedules for outside accountants to prepare annual tax filings.
  • Provide support to the COO as required. 
Qualifications and Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting required, CPA designation preferred
  • 5+ years proven management experience in non-profit environment
  • Experience with job cost accounting
  • Broad background in automation with expertise in accounting and financial applications; experience with MIP/Abila accounting software desirable
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel) 
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Ability to perform detailed tasks accurately and to meet deadlines
  • Must possess exceptional technical and managerial team building skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with demonstrated poise, tact and diplomacy
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion
  • Interest in and commitment to the mission of The Contemporary Jewish Museum
how to apply

Send cover letter and resume to:

The Contemporary Jewish Museum


Please use “Director of Finance” as the email subject line. No phone calls, please.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, The CJM will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.