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Chief Financial Officer, Woodruff Arts Center

Job Division: The Woodruff Arts Center

Title:                             Chief Financial Officer, Woodruff Arts Center (CFO)
Department:               Finance and Accounting
Reports to:                  Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
FLSA:                           Exempt
Employment Status: Regular/Full-time

JOB SUMMARY: The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for the financial, and risk management operations of the Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Inc (The Center)including the development and execution of financial strategy, and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve the organization’s assets and report accurate financial results.

Monday – Friday, generally 9 am – 5 pm, with some early mornings, evenings, Saturdays & Sundays as required.



  • Leads in the formulating and implementation of financial and tax strategies for the Center.
  • Manages the capital requests and budgeting processes
  • Participates in key decisions as a member of the executive management team
  • Maintains collaborative working relations with members of senior leadership across the Center.

Financial Management

  • Manages the accounting, investment, tax, audit and treasury functions
  • Manages third parties to which accounting or finance functions have been outsourced
  • In cooperation with Information Technology and Human Resources, key owner of the Center’s transaction processing systems, including but limited to Tessitura and Workday.
  • Identifies and implements financial best practices
  • Oversee the issuance of financial information and reporting
  • Serves as staff representative to Finance, Audit and Investment Committees of the Woodruff Arts Center Board.

Risk Management 

  • Understands and mitigates key elements of the company’s risk profile
  • Constructs and monitor reliable control systems
  • Maintain appropriate insurance coverage
  • Ensure that the company complies with all legal and regulatory requirements
  • Ensure that record keeping meets the requirements of auditors and government agencies
  • Report risk issues to the audit committee of the board of directors
  • Maintain relations with external auditors and investigate their findings and recommendations


  • Monitor cash balances and cash forecasts
  • Arrange for debt financing and equity financing
  • Invest funds including pension
  • Performs other duties as required


  • Oversees the recruitment, hiring and training of new staff in Finance and Accounting
  • Oversees the daily workflow of the department
  • Provides constructive and timely performance evaluations
  • Handles discipline and termination of employees in accordance with company policy.
  • Direct Reports include: Senior Director of Finance and Enterprise Controller


  • A master’s degree in accounting or business administration, or equivalent business experience.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with an MBA in Finance and the Certified Public Accountant or Certified Management Accountant designations.
  • 10+ years of progressively responsible experience for a major organization or division of a large corporation.
  • Should have experience in partnering with an executive team, and have a high level of written and oral communication skills.

Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent ability to lead in a complex organizational structure
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations

The work environment and 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.

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer
  • Some standing, walking, bending, frequent use of hands, stooping and light lifting (at least 10 pounds) is needed.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
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