Serving more than 300,000 adults and children each year, the Connecticut Science Center is the state’s premier destination for informal science learning, a top tourist attraction, a hub for teacher training, and one of the state’s foremost resources for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The Finance Department is responsible for the Science Center’s planning, organizing, auditing, accounting for and controlling its company's finances.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
The Vice President, Finance is a critically important member of the Connecticut Science Center’s senior management team, leading all aspects of financial operations, providing strategic financial leadership and insight and presenting clear and accurate financial plans, updates, reports and analysis to inform operations in order to assist with decision-making, planning and strategy. The role requires highly effective inter-departmental and interpersonal collaboration and communications skills, with visibility across the organization and to the Board of Trustees.
Work closely with senior leadership in determining financial goals and developing strategies to achieve financial objectives
Prepare, analyze and present financial statements and reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate routine monthly, quarterly and annual financial updates to senior leadership and the Board of Trustees Finance Committee
Manage and perform annual budgeting, forecasting and planning processes, administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes and produce monthly budget versus actual reports
Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting
Monitor and assure the Science Center’s tax-exempt 501(c)3 compliance, including submission of annual IRS Form 990, with sufficient review and approvals by Board of Trustees
Manage annual audit, coordinate activities with outside accounting firm, review firm’s performance, coordinate and attend Board of Trustees Audit Committee meetings
Manage investment activities with outside investment managers, calculate annual use for operations, coordinate and attend Board of Trustees Investment Committee meetings
Manage the organization’s financial operations including oversight of day-to-day accounting functions, accounts payable, accounts receivable, maintenance of the general ledger and treasury, and appropriately accounting for fixed assets
Review/monitor departmental staff and serve as backup to Finance Manager (or others as may be determined) during absences
Monitor and maintain internal controls while overseeing financial systems and related compliance requirements
Working with the Development Team, produce financial reports for foundation and other grants as needed
Update and implement all necessary written business and accounting practices as needed
Contribute analysis and collaborate in preparation of near and longer term capital needs assessment as needed
Other duties as assigned
Requirements and Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or related field required
Working knowledge of GAAP, audits and other regulatory requirements in the financial field, including not-for-profit accounting
7-10 years relevant work in non-profit finance management and accounting or equivalent roles
Expert computer skills, including Microsoft office, with proficiency in Excel
Eye for detail and accuracy is imperative
Excellent organizational, verbal and written skills
Ability to multi-task, work in a fast paced environment and meet deadlines
Ability to work on – site and independently
Ability to work with confidential information and exercise discretion and judgment
Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and dedication
Proficiency in Abila MIP financial software a plus
Knowledge of Fixed Asset Software a plus
Knowledge of Tessitura point of sale system a plus
Knowledge of EZ Content Manager software a plus
Knowledge of Adaptive Budgeting and Reporting software a plus
Repetitive movement of hands and fingers – typing and/or writing
Reach with hands and arms, twist, bend, stoop, kneel, or crouch.
Ability to lift and/or move 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move 25 pounds
Moderate to long periods of standing and sitting for several hours in duration are required.
Consistently operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
The employee must work on-site
Qualified applicants will go through an application process, interview process and must successfully complete a background and credit check.
About Connecticut Science Center
How do you get people interested in science? Engage them.
With more than 165 hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs, plus daily programs and events, the Connecticut Science Center offers endless exploration for children, teens, and adults. From physics to forensics, geology to astronomy, visitors have the sciences at their fingertips.
The implications for Connecticut’s science education are promising. The Science Center offers exciting tools to help educators and parents bring textbooks to life. Creating unforgettable experiences with science motivates students and visitors of all ages to enthusiastically embrace science at school, at home, and in their communities.
With an attraction of this magnitude, exhibits rivaling the most unique in the world, programs with the potential to become national models, partnerships with a range of educational organizations, and involvement from global business leaders and benefactors, the Science Center is Connecticut’s premier destination for informal science learning, and is well on its way to becoming the state’s foremost Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) resource.