Missouri History Museum
  • 04-Dec-2018 to 02-Feb-2019 (CST)
  • Finance and Administration
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Full Time

Comprehensive benefits package

Position Summary:

The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for ensuring strong budget management, financial operating processes and business procedures. Responsible, in conjunction with the rest of the Leadership Team, for facilitating the development and successful execution of the strategic plan for the Missouri Historical Society including The Missouri History Museum, Library and Research Center and Soldiers Memorial Military Museum. This position is responsible for managing all aspects of the budget process accounting and financial analysis for the MHS.  This position creates and leverages existing assets (both tangible and intangible) to develop new revenue streams and supervises the Director of Accounting, Museum Shop Manager and other earned revenue opportunities.

As a member of the Institutional Leadership Team, the CFO applies available resources and develops internal and external relationships to effectively support achievement of the Society's five strategic goals:

  1. Serve as a model public-private partnership.
  2. Engage broad community and national audiences.
  3. Be a recognized national leader.
  4. Collect and preserve the region's history.
  5. Foster a welcoming and learning organization.

Essential Functions:


  1. Manages all aspects of the budget process for the total organization. This work includes, but is not limited to:
  • Facilitating the budgeting process development and approval of the budget
  • Reviews all major contracts entered into by the organization
  • Preparing ongoing analysis and forecasts in total and for each function
  • Reviews grant applications and allocation of institutional resources for budgets and oversees preparation of financial reporting for grants
  • Maintains accurate fixed assets
  1. Serves and supports several board committees including: Joint Budget, Audit, Endowment and Investment and Executive Committee:
  • Providing board support and presentations on institutional finances
  • Serves as institutional contact with contract Auditors, Investment Advisors and institutional insurance providers
  1. Retail Operations, Gift Shop and Cafe St. Louis - Oversees incremental business operations:
  • Assuring receipts of all revenues
  • Establishing appropriate inventory controls
  • Reviewing pricing methodologies
  • Calculating and submitting royalty payments
  1. Ensures strong operating processes and procedures are in place:
  • Reviewing and providing guidance to document key financial processes
  • Establishing key performance indicators and monitoring results
  • Initiating process improvement where and when needed
  • Establishing internal controls and resolving risks


  1. Establishes strong business relationships and work closely with the CEO and key museum leadership, becoming a trusted business advisor. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Providing strategic and business support to the functional leaders
  • Attending key strategic meetings to promote alignment
  • Communicating budget and financial reports to all internal and external parties requiring said information
  1. Leveraging existing or new assets. This work includes, but is not limited to:
  • Facilitating the strategic planning process and the development of new revenue streams
  • Exploring cooperative affiliations with other business partners
  • Exploring licensing opportunities


  • Bachelor's Degree required, MA or MBA preferred
  • Minimum 5 to 7 years executive experience in strategic planning and financial management in a nonprofit cultural or historical environment
  • Solid financial background preparing budgets, financial reports and analysis
  • Knowledge of current museum industry


  • Execution Skills - ability to plan and execute on budget on time with a high degree of accuracy
  • Communicative - effective and appropriate oral and written communications with colleagues, institutional leadership and staff members
  • Attentive Listening - ability to provide your full attention to individual and team conversations and contribute productively
  • Relationship Building - ability to build rapport and trust with a range of institutional participants
  • Change Leadership - ability to communicate the need for change and appeal to individual motivation factors to garner support and influence key stakeholders
  • Collaboration - ability to develop relationships to gather and include the insight and ideas of others
  • Critical Thinking - ability to reason and problem solve in collaborative process
  • Strategic Vision - the ability to assess business needs against institutional priorities and collaboratively identify recommendations for new strategies and approaches
  • Customer Service - ability to respond to questions or concerns in a polite and helpful manner to achieve a high level of customer satisfaction
  • Detail Orientation - ability to ensure accuracy of details and quality of work
  • Judgment and Decision making - ability to make decisions based on reliable, timely information and accurate data
  • Project Management - ability to collaboratively develop a plan of action and lead others to ensure timely completion of work within deadlines

Deadline to Apply: Open until filled.

An Equal Opportunity Employer


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