Director of Financial Projects

New Orleans, LA Full-time

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, the Director of Financial Projects supports the CFO and the Museum Finance Team in overall delivery of Finance services to key Museum stakeholders – Board of Trustees, Museum management and third-party stakeholders.  The Director of Financial Projects role combines the financial oversight duties and expertise of a seasoned accounting professional with the team leadership and coordination of a project manager. This role requires both “big-picture” thinking and “in-the-weeds” analysis/delivery skills.

The ideal candidate will be a multitasker with strong organizational and analytical skills and attention to detail. They will have excellent verbal and written communication skills.  The Finance Project Manager must work well across Museum departments ensuring collaboration with team members.

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as project leader on the following large-scale Finance initiatives:
    • Finance portion of Museum’s strategic planning
    • New Finance technology assessments and implementation
  • Perform recurring and ad hoc financial analyses to support decision-making and optimization of financial results of various lines of business.  Support Museum management in identifying business opportunities to generate increased revenue and recommend cost-saving opportunities to reduce expenses.
  • Coordinate with the Finance team and other Museum departments to meet periodic Board Committee reporting requirements and other internal and external reporting requirements such as lender reporting.
  • Support the Finance Department and internal stakeholders in identifying and developing process improvements to drive accounting & reporting innovation, including ad hoc process improvement utilizing new technology.  Assist with implementing change management strategies, ensuring stakeholders and teams are trained and adjusted to the new processes.
  • Develop, manage, and analyze critical metrics (KPI's) for both internal & external customers.
  • Support the Finance team in the creation of high-quality presentations for Cabinet and Board of Trustees.
  • Complete special projects assigned by CFO, CEO or other Cabinet members.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance; CPA or MBA a plus;
  • At least 3 years of experience in a financial management and leadership role;
  • Solid understanding of financial accounting and reporting;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask across various projects simultaneously;
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical abilities;
  • Accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Proven ability to lead groups, manage project deliverables and work collaboratively in a team environment; 
  • Ability to communicate across all levels within the organization;
  • Experience with financial modeling;
  • Strong knowledge of financial systems and ability to develop solutions to organization-wide financial challenges and issues;
  • Experience with technology assessments and implementation;
  • Comfortable in a fast-moving, fluid, environment;
  • High level of integrity and discretion in handling confidential information.

The National WWII Museum offers a competitive wage and benefits package which includes the following:

  • Competitive wages
  • Medical insurance – 2 plan options; Museum pays 75% of premium
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • 401(k) – Museum matches 50% of employee contribution up to 6%; employer contribution fully vested after 3 years of employment
  • Life insurance and AD&D - $15,000 policy employer paid; additional life and AD&D available
  • Long term disability
  • Paid vacation and sick leave, 10 paid holidays per year
  • Free parking
  • Tuition assistance and professional development
  • Employee assistance program

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