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Chief Financial Officer

Posted: 11/21/2021

Cincinnati Opera is seeking a Chief Financial Officer to oversee the company’s financial operations. The CFO is responsible for Cincinnati Opera’s financial health; for complete, accurate, and timely financial reporting; and for maintaining the highest professional standards. Reporting to the General Director & CEO, the CFO is a key member of the senior leadership team. The ideal candidate will have an exceptional track record and reputation for sound financial management and will also be an enthusiastic supporter of opera, an excellent communicator, and a relationship builder who values diversity.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Lead the development and management of the annual budget in close collaboration with department heads.
  • Oversee the accounting function.
  • Oversee the functions of HR, including employee benefit plans and payroll, and IT.
  • Serve as the staff liaison to the board’s Finance and Audit Committee and the Investment Committee, working with trustee chairs to develop agendas, provide recommendations for committee actions, and present data and reports, as needed.
  • Establish excellent working relationships with trustees, donors, vendors, and producing partners.
  • Advise CEO and board leadership on business strategy, long-term financial planning, and risk management.
  • Monitor bank accounts to meet cash flow needs.
  • Monitor investment accounts and serve as the primary liaison to investment advisors.
  • Prepare and present financial statements, including regular statements on budget projections, endowment reports, and others as needed.
  • Manage insurance needs and serve as the primary liaison to insurance providers.
  • Review and approve all contracts.
  • Manage strategy for increasing supplier diversity and promoting inclusivity in business practices.
  • Develop and manage capital budgets and purchases as needed.
  • Coordinate and manage the annual audit, providing requested reports and documents.
  • Oversee strategic partnerships for which Cincinnati Opera provides accounting/finance support.
  • Contribute to discussions about programming and long-term vision and strategy.
  • Serve as an encouraging leader, providing vision for a six-person team.
  • Promote a collaborative, participatory, inclusive, and compassionate work environment.

Job requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field from an accredited university.
  • CPA certification highly desirable.
  • Ten or more years in the management of accounting or finance operations.
  • Experience with endowment management and familiarity with QuickBooks and Tessitura also valued.
  • Professional experience with an arts organization preferred. An optimistic and solution-oriented temperament.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and listening skills.
  • Evening and weekend work required.

To apply, submit cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and salary requirements to or Human Resources, Cincinnati Opera, 1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Initial review of applications will take place on December 3, 2021. Cincinnati Opera is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where a variety of backgrounds, cultures, orientations, ideas, and talents can flourish.

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