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Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

San Francisco Zoo & Gardens
San Francisco, United States Posted: February 10, 2024


The San Francisco Zoological Society (“Society”) is a non-profit institution that manages and raises funds for San Francisco Zoo and Gardens (“Zoo”).  The Society’s mission, supra, is summarized as the 3 c’s: to connect our visitors with wildlife so that they care about nature and ultimately conserve it.  The Society’s leadership team is comprised of a CEO as well as a professional team of Senior Managers. The Society endeavors to meet or exceed the standards of its industry peers, including those established by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (“AZA”). For over 25 years, the Society has been continuously accredited by the AZA.

  • Upholds the Society’s mission and core values (Respect, Professionalism, Resiliency, Efficiency and Equality) and other policies/procedures outlined in the Employee Handbook and elsewhere.
SUMMARY:
  • Directs the financial planning and accounting practices and teams of the San Francisco Zoological Society (“SFZS”), the non-profit charged with supporting and managing the San Francisco Zoo (“Zoo”). 
  • In addition, the CFO supports the Financial Committee of the SFZS Board as well as maintains relationships with lending institutions by performing the following duties and responsibilities.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.
  • Other duties may be assigned.
  • Oversees and directs budgeting, audit, tax, accounting, purchasing, insurance, and investing activities for the organization.
  • Directs the Controller and others in providing and directing procedures and systems necessary to maintain proper records and to afford adequate accounting controls and services.
  • Appraises the organization's financial position and issues periodic financial and operating reports.
  • Directs and coordinates the establishment of budget programs.
  • Analyzes, consolidates, and directs all procedures together with other statistical and routine reports.
  • Oversees and directs the preparation and issuance of the Zoo’s annual reporting.
  • Directs and analyzes studies of general economic, business, and financial conditions and their impact on the organization's policies and operations.
  • Interacts with Zoo visitors courteously and offers proper attention at all times.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Manages one subordinate supervisor who supervises employees in the Finance and Accounting Department. 
  • Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of this unit.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies, applicable laws, and relevant labor laws. 
  • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems; ensuring compliance with union rules regarding seniority.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
  • The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION:
  • Master's degree (M.B.A.) or equivalent.
EXPERIENCE:
  • Four to ten years related experience and/or training. 
OTHER QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Advanced computer experience, especially in spreadsheets and database.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. 
  • The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. 
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. 
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. 
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT:
  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. 
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Salary Range:
  • $170,000-$210,000

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