Position Overview: Reporting to the Executive Director, the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer (CFO/COO) has full functional responsibility for all financial, personnel and administrative operations of the Arts & Lectures unit. As part of the senior management team, the CFO/COO serves as an advisor to the Executive Director and Associate Director on high-level matters of critical importance, creating and implementing short and long-range strategic financial, personnel, and operation plans and goals. Directs contractors, vendors and departmental staff at select A&L events and has the autonomy and authority to represent the organization at high level meetings and events. Serves as a senior point of contact in the absence of the Executive and Associate Directors.
Responsibilities include management of all Arts & Lectures finances, including complex income accounts exceeding $10 million annually, as well as management at the department level of the Arts & Lectures $30 million endowment campaign funds. Has delegated signature authority for all Arts & Lectures funds (over 40 account-funds). Additionally, the A&L unit is granted procurement authority to execute contracts for professional services in excess of $3 million annually; the CFO/COO establishes structures, policy and procedure to ensure success in delegation and auditability of all department transactions. Handles high level contractual negotiation with agents/artists/managers under the Associate Director in support of Associate Director's contract delegation authority. Responsible for complex financial reporting, including economic forecasting and modeling, projections on investment income, and advising the Executive Director on financial strategies and risks. Prepares reports and presents on financial performance and projections to the Arts & Lectures Finance Council (sub-committee of the Board) on behalf of the Executive Director.
In addition to short- and long-range strategy, is responsible for directing the administrative operations of the Arts & Lectures organization on a day-to-day basis with broad impact, autonomy and authority to act, including managing the needs of all personnel (25 Career Staff, numerous limited appointment staff, and 70 student assistants) and managing all space and facility needs for A&L. Exercises a high degree of autonomy in addressing departmental issues and creating departmental policy. Independently identifies issues, initiates research, interprets information, and acts on issues regarding personnel, space and facilities management, grants management, accounting, travel, payroll, procurement, contracting, and business services. The breakdown of the role is 50% finance and operations management, 25% human resources/personnel management, 15% development, and 10% facilities management.
Seven to 10-plus years of significant financial experience in an organization that has a reputation for strategic thinking, organizational excellence and aggressive action.
Working knowledge/experience in the performing arts, lectures and special events presenting field as well as A&L's achievements, mission, goals, vision, infrastructure, products and services.
Highly developed aptitude in financial analysis, forecasting, reporting techniques, accounting and payroll.
Experience with UC financial accounting software and systems is preferred.
About Arts & Lectures
Recognized as one of the nation’s finest university-based presenters, Arts & Lectures offers an exciting array of performing arts programs and lectures to the Santa Barbara community. Arts & Lectures is the largest presenting organization between Los Angeles and San Francisco, a program that features more than 150 events and programs every year. The 2017-18 season included artists and speakers such as Mark Morris Dance Group, Spain’s Compañía Nacional de Danza, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Audra McDonald, Chris Thile, Trevor Noah, Joe Biden, Joyce DiDonato and Condoleezza Rice. Arts & Lectures also produces an extensive educational outreach program that serves more than 30,000 community members with free concerts, lectures, a summer outdoor films series, and arts engagement opportunities for all ages. Visiting artists engage in residencies and master classes, visit classrooms for lively discussions, inspire critical thinking, and spark dialogue across the campus’s 45 academic and non-academic departments as well as in K-12 schools and the community.
Arts & Lectures recently completed a successful 5-year fundraising campaign, raising $30 million to exce...ed our initial goal of $20 million, and in Spring 2018 a highly successful fundraising event demonstrated once again the high profile of Arts & Lectures within the philanthropic community, as well as the strength and stability of the organization.