Chief Financial Officer

JOB SUMMARY: The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for the overall financial health of the Museum and manages a portfolio of key operations. Serving as a member of the executive management team of NOMA, this individual will be both an active manager focused on both strategic and tactical actions and best practices, will insure the Museum is poised effectively for future growth and will serve as a change agent as needed to insure appropriate business plans to support operations are implemented. In addition to overseeing financial operations, this individual will be responsible for Facilities and the Museum campus physical plant, the Information Technology operations as well as a number for key external consultants and partner relationships.


  • Serves as strategic business advisor to the Director and members of the senior staff, by actively contributing to and anticipating appropriate business and financial plans that support the Museum’s strategic plan and the Director’s vision.
  • Continually drives for business process improvement and insures that administrative and overhead costs are at optimal levels.
  • Staffs Board Committees as assigned and develops excellent rapport with members of same, as well as the Board at large. Responsible for identifying, with the input of the Director and Deputy Director, key performance metrics which will assist management and the Board in the ongoing evaluation of operations, and insuring that these metrics are reported timely annually to both.
  • Oversees and leads financial process, including budgeting, forecasting, financial status reports, the implementation of appropriate financial controls, audits, tax and other regulatory filings, insurance and risk management contracts and policies, and reporting to granting agencies and business partners. Ensures regulatory compliance.
  • Actively manages all direct reports and departments under his/her portfolio, including driving for accountability and the highest level of customer service to internal and external constituents, initiative to improve operations as needed, and encouraging adaptation of practices to changing needs in the institution thus insuring high-performing teams.
  • Actively manages external relationships and partnership including but not limited to the City of New Orleans, the State of Louisiana, FEMA, auditors, insurance providers, legal counsel, employee benefit providers and capital projects partners. Brings the Director and other senior colleagues in to discussions and relationships as appropriate and as necessary for the ongoing success of NOMA.
  • Responsible for effective execution of projects (both minor and capital) that impact any aspect of the museum campus and insure that schedules for same do not impede operations and are effectively considerate of and communicated to all constituents.

Additional responsibilities and projects may be assigned by the Director.

Supervisory responsibility for the finance, IT and facility and physical plant staffs


  • A BS or Business degree from a 4-year accredited institution and current designation as a CPA. A master’s degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of 15 years serving in a leadership role, including direct supervisory responsibilities, in a non-profit or company. Demonstrated ability to manage effectively, act as a change agent as necessary, employ emotional intelligence and operate at the highest level of professionalism is a must.
  • Experience working with a board of birectors; previous experience staffing a board committee is preferred.
  • Knowledge of human resource related laws, regulations and practices.
  • Experience in integrating IT systems to improve accounting productivity and accuracy.
  • Knowledge of non-profit accounting and reporting is required, including current GAAP and FASB requirements.


  • Demonstrated ability to analyze operational and financial problems, and develop creative, actionable and understood solutions. Must be able to communicate financial information in a clear and confident manner to all constituents.
  • Must have unquestionable integrity and ethics, and can be depended upon to manage highly confidential and sensitive information.
  • Must be a self-starter who can actively manage the ongoing deliverables associated with the portfolio but also anticipate needs, trends and changes necessary.
  • Ability to coach and mentor museum colleagues and staff, with an appreciation for building the overall knowledge and skill base within the staff and supporting appropriate succession planning.
  • Demonstrates both financial acumen and innovation, constructively guiding operations and advising the Director and senior team.


This is a sedentary work that requires the following physical activities:

  • Sitting for long periods of time, walking, finger dexterity, talking, hearing and visual activity
  • Occasional lifting (up to 10 pounds of computer equipment or paper supplies)
  • May be required to travel by car of plane to business events. Travel may be prolonged sitting or standing.
    Accommodation may be made for some of these physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodation.


Normal office environment.

NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this position. These statements are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees in this position.

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