Director of Finance


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Position Title: Director of Finance
Department: Finance
Position Status: Full-time, Exempt

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the Director of Finance will be responsible for oversight of all finance, nonprofit accounting and reporting activities. As the support executive to the CFO, the Director of Finance will work closely with the senior leadership team and be involved in developing presentations to the board finance, audit and investment committees.

Responsibilities/ Duties:

• Assist with supervision and overseeing the day-to-day operation of the Finance Department ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements. This includes accounts payable, payroll, accounts receivable and cash management, including ticketing and admissions. Provide support for all areas, including payroll, hiring and training of finance department staff as needed.
• Prepare monthly financial statements, board reports, and attendance analysis. Keep senior leadership abreast of the Zoo’s financial status.
• Monitor, maintain, and analyze accounting and related system reports for accuracy and completeness. Identify trends to increase efficiency and develop cost saving recommendations. Monitor cash flow, assist with cash flow forecasting, cash controls, reconcile accounts and analyze trends.
• Oversee the documentation and analysis of revenue and expenses related to all restricted funds, contracts and grants. Support all grant reporting requirements.
• Develop and enhance existing systems in support of the Zoo’s capital campaign. Work closely with the Development office to account for all pledges, receipts and financial reports.
• Research, evaluate, develop and recommend general financial/accounting policies as needed and monitor adherence to existing policies and internal controls related to the financial management of the Zoo. Manage the team to ensure that work is properly allocated and completed in a timely and accurate manner.
• Manage and track the performance of invested assets in keeping with policies and investment guidelines.
• Provide assistance with the Zoo’s annual internal audit, tax returns, retirement plan audit, and other special project audits. Provide information, documentation, and explanations, answer audit questions, review audit results, document and implement internal control revisions.
• Provide support with the management of property insurance, workers’ compensation insurance and other business insurance. Develop controls to mitigate risk.
• Assist with the preparation of written reports and presentations for the board, banks, donors, outside stakeholders, and the Allegheny Regional Asset District in compliance with their annual operating and capital support.
• Provide assistance in preparing the annual budget and the year-end process.
• Support integrated use or Zoo’s current CRM, Altru, including writing business process policy revisions, general ledger mapping, periodic renewal assessment and merchant services analysis.
• Respond to concerns and inquiries from employees, vendors, customers, donors, state and federal agencies, etc. related to accounting matters. Oversee the resolution of issues within policy guidelines.
• Work with IT and accounting software support personnel to continue to develop and implement business reporting tools for the dissemination of Zoo-wide fiscal information.
• Maintain all required standards of confidentiality and safety and keep work area in a clean and orderly manner.
• Work special events as needed and other duties and special projects as assigned.


Minimum of a BA in accounting, finance, or business administration, CPA and/or MBA preferred, with 5+ years related nonprofit experience. Candidate must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, analytical skills, supervision and management experience, and ability to plan, organize and prioritize. Position requires knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control with demonstrated experience in the accounting functional areas of the general ledger, accounts payable and payroll. Candidate must have the ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports, statements and projections and the ability to work on multiple assignments of a project nature simultaneously.

Required computer skills include use of Microsoft Office applications, including PowerPoint, Outlook, Word and Advanced Excel, ADP payroll processing, fixed asset software and advanced knowledge of accounting and reporting software, Great Plains Dynamics experience preferred.

The Director of Finance position requires excellent problem-solving skills, communication, organization and computer skills. Candidate must possess sound judgment, as well as the ability to exercise professional discretion and discernment, along with a strong commitment to meeting deadlines, attention to detail and ability to support team efforts. Without exception, the Director of Finance position requires a proven track record of trustworthiness, personal accountability, and exceptional ethics.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

Typical office setting with a minimum 40-hour work week; weekends, evenings and holiday scheduling may be required.

    Submit resume with salary requirements to:

    Zoological Society of Pittsburgh
    Human Resources Department
    One Wild Place
    Pittsburgh, PA 15206