Vice President, Finance/Controller

Shed Aquarium Chicago, IL
Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, the Vice President, Finance & Controller is responsible for overseeing the accounting and day-to-day financial function of Shedd Aquarium to ensure accurate and timely accounting records and reports, while considering the adequacy and efficiency of procedures and internal controls. The Vice President, Finance & Controller will oversee the work of professional direct reports, including the payroll function. The Vice President, Finance & Controller works across all departments, building close relationships to help department leaders identify and meet their needs for financial data, ensuring proper accounting needs are for Shedd Aquarium.

Duties & Responsibilities:

* Demonstrate commitment to Shedd's vision, mission, and values.

* Supervise assigned staff, by selecting staff, assigning jobs, training staff, coaching, developing, counseling, addressing appraisal and recognition, and recommending staff salary, promotions, and disciplinary actions.

* Recommend to the CFO accounting policies and procedures to ensure the accuracy of the accounting records while maintaining or improving internal controls and efficiency of staff.

* Determine the financial and operational impact of policy and procedure changes.

* Supervise the recording and reporting of unusual and significant transactions.

* Work with the Assistant Controller to ensure the monthly close is completed and detailed reports reviewed.

* Oversee the staff analyzing monthly departmental and Aquarium-wide financial reports for deviations from budget and emerging trends.

* Oversee the preparation of the annual audit and tax filings.

* In partnership with CFO and senior leadership, develop annual plan in alignment with organization strategy and targets.

* Lead forecasting process to ensure reflection of the most accurate projection of full year performance.

* Oversee investments to ensure opportunities are maximized.

* Assist in the preparation of reports to the Board of Trustees and management.

* Recommend the budget for the Accounting Department.

* Assist in the development and preparation of the overall Aquarium budget and forecasts.

* Review payroll and accounts payable processing.

* Monitor contracts with significant vendors and contracts.

* Work with the Assistant Controlled to ensure the preparation of the monthly sales tax and transaction tax returns is completed.

* Monitor cash balances and schedules inter-fund transfers to ensure short-term cash needs are met.

* Work with staff to ensure appropriate monitoring of grant status, projects, restricted contributions, and contracts, including compliance with financial requirements.

* Provide accounting information to other departments as requested.

* Monitor debt outstanding, calculate accrued interest, and initiate the transfers of funds to be available for payments.

* Support the activities of Board Committees.

* Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Education:

* Minimum Bachelor's Degree with a major in Accounting

* CPA is required.

Experience & Special Characteristics:

* Minimum of 10 years of experience working in accounting, with at least 5 years in a supervisory role

* Experience in not-for-profit accounting is strongly preferred

* High level of computer proficiency required, including advanced experience with computerized accounting systems, spreadsheets, and word processing.

* Strong analytical skills including the ability to work independently

* A flexible self-starter able to multi-task while also being highly detailed

* A collaborative approach with a strong service approach; a team player

* Effective interpersonal/communication skills. Ability to build relationships with external and internal partners, and communicate effectively (written/oral). Able to communicate effectively with senior leadership and suggest workable solutions

* Demonstrated ability to partner and influence at all levels in the organization as a credible, valuable source of information and integral part of the management team

* Highly organized with demonstrated ability to handle large amounts of data and priorities

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