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Chief Financial Officer

Company: Fresnos Chaffee Zoo Corp
Location: Fresno
Posted on: April 8, 2021

Job Description:

This position is responsible for directing all financial functions of the Zoo in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and in support of the Zoo's mission and goals. The CFO assumes ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the Zoo complies with all local, state and federal regulations that pertain to the handling of monies, taxes and insurance by a not-for-profit institution. The position also provides direction for daily Accounting office activities, and oversees technology and information management. The CFO oversees and administers requests for proposal or qualifications processes and contracts as needed. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, this position is expected to participate with all other team members in a collegial and collaborative manner, considering issues and making decisions from the view of the Zoo as a whole, without partiality to one's own area(s) of responsibility. Members of the Executive Leadership Team must be able to employ systems thinking and understand that all areas of the Zoo are inter-related and dependent on one another. Essential Functions: Develops, oversees, and prepares the Zoo's annual operating and capital budgets process with the assistance from the executive leadership team at the direction of the CEO and COO. Supports the Executive team by providing them the information they need to effectively manage their budgets. Directs and oversee all aspects of the Finance & Accounting functions of the organization. Establish and maintain strong relationships with the executive team as to identify their needs and seek full range of business solutions. Provide recommendations to strategically enhance financial performance and business opportunities. Manages the external audit process and produces the audited financial statements. Maintains positive relationships with bankers, auditors, vendors and city/county representatives, and works with financial institutions to secure and maintain lines of credit or other resources as needed. Completes all requests for reimbursement and/or appropriation of sales tax funds. Submits the appropriate data to the Tax Authority administrator. Completes all necessary information for receipt of City funds. Prepares a variety of financial reports including monthly financial statements, capital project reports, operational reports, and others as needed. Examines and analyzes all financial documents for potential errors and trends in revenues and expenses. Ensures timely reporting of financial information to the CEO, Board of Directors, Finance Committee, and County Authority representatives as appropriate. Analyze, evaluates and advises on the impact of revenue trends, long-range planning, forecasting and the introduction of new programs, ROI, strategies and regulatory action. Responsible for maintaining the Zoo's data information software programs and related--computer hardware. Provides direction and oversight for third-party hardware and software vendors and staff who support the Zoo's data information programs and activities. Participates in our sustainability efforts through analysis and recommendations broaden our green efforts. Manages concessions contracts and monitors revenues. Applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations for financial and tax reporting. Oversees the accounting of restricted donations and appropriations from private and public sources. Serves as Advisor to the Board of Director's Finance and Audit Committees. Engages in other duties as assigned to meet the goals and objectives of the Fresno Chaffee Zoo. Manages payroll for direct reports and oversees the implementation of wage and hour regulations. Manages the schedules for all direct reports and oversees the implementation of appropriate regulations. Other duties as assigned. Management Accountabilities: Customarily and regularly exercises discretion and independent judgement during the course of the work day. Actively demonstrates leadership through actions, reactions, decisions, and professional demeanor. Practices solution based problem solving and learns from mistakes. Works with the team to find solutions and asks for help when you need it. Reports to meetings/activities fully present, prepared and punctual. Thoughtfully prioritizes needs in order to be respectful of each other's time. Respond to emails and other communications in a timely manner. All written communication contains professional and proper language. Demonstrates follow through and is accountable for the management of the team. Willingly engages the team/ Zoo staff and proves to be an inspirational leader. Actively create connections that encourage open and honest communication with all. Remains accessible to the Zoo staff by cell phone. Uses professional courtesy and only call/texts on day off in the event of an emergency. Provides regular performance feedback to reporting staff. Completes timely and appropriate written evaluations that highlight strengths and areas for improvement. Qualifications Qualifications/Basic Job Requirements: Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance or related field required. Current Certified Public Accountant certification and/or MBA is preferred. Minimum five years' accounting and financial management experience required. Experience in a not-for-profit organization or zoo preferred. Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and computerized financial systems is required. Proficiency with Centaman and Raiser's Edge software packages preferred. Strong planning, analytical and decision making skills are required, with the ability to work in a dynamic, evolving organization. Demonstrates motivational and problem solving acumen with a high degree of integrity and ethics. Physical Requirements: These are physical and mental requirements of the position as it is typically performed. Inability to meet one or more of these physical or mental requirements will not automatically disqualify a candidate or employee from the position. Upon request for a reasonable accommodation, the Zoo may be able to adjust or excuse one or more of these requirements, depending on the requirement, the essential functions to which it relates, and the proposed accommodation.

  • Close visual acuity to perform an activity such as preparing and analyzing data and figures, viewing a computer terminal, and extensive reading. Color perception is also required.
  • Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication (in person and via telephone), at normal speaking levels with or without correction.
  • Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. The employee must convey detailed or important spoken information to others in small and large group settings.
  • Hand and finger dexterity sufficient for typing and other administrative tasks.
  • The employee is regularly required to lift and/or carry up to 10 pounds, and occasionally up to 25 pounds.
  • This position regularly works with others including Zoo executives and employees, Zoo guests and community members, media and government officials.
  • The position primarily functions indoors, with frequent exposure to outdoor Zoo environments and external events.
  • Occasional local travel and out-of-town travel required.

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