Maine Historical Society seeks Director of Finance

03 Sep 2013 10:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
Job Posting: Director of Finance, Maine Historical Society

The Director of Finance, a member of the senior management team, is
responsible for providing broad vision and leadership in all aspects of
financial planning, forecasting, and management. This includes budget
preparation, monitoring, and reporting; audit support; preparation of income
statements, balance sheets, cash-flow statements, and financial forecasts;
and management of investment advisors and managers.

The Director of Finance will be a strategic thought-partner, and report to
the Executive Director (ED). The successful candidate will be an active
manager and develop and lead an internal team to support the following
areas: finance, business planning and budgeting, human resources,
administration, and IT.

The Director of Finance will play a critical role in strategic decision
making and operations as Maine Historical Society continues to build
capacity and enhance its quality programming. This is a tremendous
opportunity for a finance leader to contribute to the continued growth and
development of a well-respected, progressive, forward-looking organization.


Financial Management

* Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely
manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements; collate
financial reporting materials for all donor segments, and oversee all
financial, project/program and grants accounting.
* Coordinate and lead the annual audit process, liaise with external
auditors and the Finance and Investment committee of the board of trustees;
assess any changes necessary.
* Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in
conjunction with the ED; administer and review all financial plans and
budgets; monitor progress and changes; and keep management team abreast of
the organization's financial status.
* Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting.
* Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting
practices; improve the finance department's overall policy and procedure
* Effectively collaborate with and communicate financial information
matters to the board of trustees.

Human Resources, Technology and Administration

* Ensure that recruiting processes are consistent and streamlined.
* Establish and manage a training program to educate employees
regarding staff tools, policies and procedures.
* Work closely and transparently with all external partners including
third-party vendors and consultants.
* Oversee administrative functions as well as facilities to ensure
efficient and consistent operations as the organization scales.


* Minimum of a B.A. or B.S. in Accounting, Management, or Finance,
ideally with an MBA and/or CPA, MPA, MPPM, or MPP
* Five years of relevant financial, supervisory, strategic, and board
interaction experience, preferably with a not-for-profit organization. The
ideal candidate has experience of final responsibility for the quality and
content of all financial data, reporting and audit coordination for either a
division or significant program area, and has preferably overseen a human
resources function previously
* Ability to translate financial concepts to and effectively
collaborate with programmatic and fundraising colleagues
* A track record in grants management
* Technology savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software
installations and managing relationships with software vendors; knowledge of
accounting and reporting software
* A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic,
organization and problem solving skills which support and enable sound
decision making
* Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an
ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and
external stakeholders
* Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the
mission of Maine Historical Society.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to:
Director of Finance Search, Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street,
Portland, Maine 04101. Deadline for applications is September 30. EOE.
Electronic submissions are encouraged and should be sent to

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