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Director of Finance

Posted: June 8, 2024 Expired: November 27, 2023
Alaska SeaLife Center
Bachelor Degree

Alaska SeaLife Center

Director of Finance

This position reports to the President and CEO and is responsible for the overall management, planning, implementation, and evaluation of the fiscal grant management, and budgetary operations of the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) including all related activities regarding the ASLC’s fiscal agent role with the North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) and the Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS). Requires strong team management skills with significant experience in financial accounting with the ability to manage all elements of finance for the ASLC.

Education and Training Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Accounting, Finance, Business Management or relevant field and five or more years of experience in fiscal administration including experience in a senior finance role or the equivalent. Strong skills and experience in accounting, budgeting, financial analysis, advanced Microsoft Excel functions and computerized accounting systems is required. Experience with non-profit accounting, federal grant compliance, enterprise resource planning (ERP) accounting systems, Microsoft Dynamics SL and relational databases is preferred. CPA, MBA, or other advanced degree preferred.

Key Responsibilities:
1. Financial Strategy and Planning:
● Direct and monitor all financial activity of the ASLC and provide financial strategic planning and reporting to the President & CEO.
● Manage the development of the annual operating and capital budget under the direction of the President & CEO and work with departmental directors to develop, monitor and manage individual budget programs to assure proper budgetary management.
● Provide strategic recommendations based on financial analysis and projections.

2. Financial Reporting and Analysis:
● Prepare ASLC fiscal statements and reports to support fiduciary oversight and other management purposes and decision making; reporting to include, City of Seward, distribution government and funding agencies, accreditation organizations and the Board of Directors.
● Manage cash flow, to include cash from any external grants or funding. Prepare cash flow projections and analysis as needed. Plan strategic transfers of cash into investment accounts during seasonal business fluctuations.
● Present financial reports to President & CEO, Senior Management Team, stakeholders, and Board Members.

3. Risk Management:
● Prepare ASLC fiscal statements and report to support fiduciary oversight and other management purposes and decision making; reporting to include City of Seward, distribution government and funding agencies, accreditation organizations and the Board of Directors.
● Maintain authority and ownership of all ASLC financial accounts to include check signing and transfer or funds. Responsible for reviewing and approving expenditures in accordance with the annual operating budget and grant conditions.
● Ensure the company has appropriate insurance coverage.

4. Compliance and Control:
● Establish internal accounting policies and work processes for sound fiscal management, grant management, and internal control in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, as well as City, Borough, State, and Federal regulations and guidelines.
● Oversee all accounting work including ASLC annual Form 990-T tax returns, Annual Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Proposal (NICRA) and annual workers compensation audit. Ensures preparation of the annual financial statements and single federal audits for ASLC, NPRB, and AOOS.
● Oversee the development and compliance efforts for grants and contracts, review all submitted grantee performance and budget reports for accuracy, monitor progress towards contracted goals, and ensure appropriate use of funds. Coordinate payments for new and active grants with the Finance Team.

5. Team Leadership:
● Lead, mentor, and develop the finance team, fostering a culture of high performance and continuous improvement.
● Ensure the finance team is equipped with the skills and resources needed to meet organizational goals. Conduct or arrange training as necessary to carry our department objectives
● Attend and participate in Senior Management Team and Board of Directors meetings. Serve as staff liaison to the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors.

6. Operational Efficiency:
● Oversee and maintain a fund accounting system that allows for comparison of budget to actual for revenue and expenses and grant funds. Assess company spending and work to effectively manage costs.
● Optimize financial processes and systems for efficiency.
● Collaborate with other departments to improve overall organizational effectiveness.

7. Stakeholder Engagement:
● Build and maintain relationships and offer a high level of service to internal and external partners, including vendors, investors, and clients.
● Act as a point of contact on behalf of ASLC for appropriate financial entities and stakeholders.
● Oversee the preparation of reports for funders and maintaining grant-related reporting for internal and external audiences.

Key Expertise Required/Preferred:
1. Financial Acumen:
● Extensive knowledge of financial principles and practices.
● Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
● (Preferred) Proficiency in financial modeling and forecasting.
2. Regulatory Knowledge:
● Experience with internal and external auditing processes.
● Familiarity with corporate finance and accounting principles to include financial analysis and forecasting, tax laws, legal compliance and best practices.
● (Preferred) In-depth understanding of financial regulations and federal grants requirements and compliance.
3. Strategic Planning:
● Experience in driving financial performance and growth initiatives.
● (Preferred) Ability to develop and implement long-term financial strategies.
4. Leadership and Management:
● Excellent interpersonal and strong communication skills with the propensity to successfully foster and maintain relationships with external partners and internal staff.
● Strong leadership and organizational management skills.
● Ability to work collaboratively with senior leadership and other departments.
5. Technical Skills:
● Advanced proficiency in non-profit financial software and ERP accounting systems.
● Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Microsoft Dynamics SL.
● (Preferred) Familiarity with data analysis and visualization tools.
6. Industry Experience:
● Minimum of five years of experience working in fiscal administration.

Other Skills and Abilities:
● Must be an active problem solver, analytical thinker, and decision maker.
● Outstanding integrity, solid moral judgment, and the ability to make important decisions under pressure.
● Proficiency in engaging and collaborating with individuals and groups representing diverse backgrounds.

Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  OPEN UNTIL FILLED.  Apply by 07/01/2024 for full consideration.

START DATE:  Flexible                            

PAY RATE: $90,000-$115,000

Full-Time Position with Benefits 

Hybrid work locations will be considered as long as legal residency is in the State of Alaska.

Signing bonus of $10,000 in lieu of relocation for candidates moving from outside of Alaska to Seward.
Signing bonus of $5000 in lieu of relocation for candidates moving from within Alaska to Seward. 

Please upload your resume, cover letter and list of references when you apply.

Must be able to pass a background check.

Experience Required

● Minimum of five years of experience working in fiscal administration.


Benefits, Sign on Bonus



How to Apply

Please apply on our website:

Alaska SeaLife Center
301 Railway Ave
Seward, AK 99664

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