Chief Financial Officer

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Chief Financial Officer


Washington Performing Arts, one of the nation’s premier performing arts producers and presenters, welcomes applications and nominations for the position of Chief Financial Officer. The CFO will be a key part of a dynamic team and take a leadership role in achieving the vision, mission, and goals of Washington Performing Arts.

The Position

Reporting to the CEO, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible and accountable for the financial and administrative operations of Washington Performing Arts, including business operations, organizational sustainability, and liquidity management to allow Washington Performing Arts to achieve its mission. The CFO works closely with the President/CEO, Chief Advancement Officer, President Emeritus, and Board of Directors and provides partnership and support for strategic planning throughout the organization.

The CFO is a member of a Management Leadership Team that includes the Chief Advancement Officer, Supervising Producer, and the Directors of Programming, Education & Community Engagement, and Marketing, Communications & Creative Media. The CFO fosters an environment of maximum transparency among management and between Board and staff. The CFO’s direct reports include the Manager of Operations and Administration, a Controller, and a Finance and Administration Coordinator. The CFO provides staff support to committees of the Board, including the Finance, Investment and Retirement Plan, Audit, and Executive Committees and provides Board members with timely and accurate information for decision-making.

The CFO oversees the functions of budgeting and accounting, information technology, compliance, benefits administration, and operations and administration for all organizational functions. The CFO drives
the creation of timely and accurate forecasts, reports, and analyses to keep staff and Board members apprised and engaged in ensuring Washington Performing Arts’ optimal financial operating position and long-term sustainability. The CFO is the principal liaison with banks and providers of contracted services including accountants and auditors, investment advisors, and legal counsel.

The CFO encourages entrepreneurial thinking throughout the organization and supports the development of new business models that advance the mission of Washington Performing Arts. Working with the CEO and the Management Leadership Team, the CFO pursues opportunities that broaden and diversify Washington Performing Arts’ audience, donor base, and earned revenue from all sources including digital assets. The CFO serves as a thought partner to the CEO and Chief Advancement Officer in turning ideas into operating plans and in providing guidance and support to staff as they execute plans. The CFO ensures that systems, procedures, and performance metrics are in place to evaluate results on an ongoing basis.

The CFO ensures that the organization has the necessary technology infrastructure and security to support both in-person and remote office operations. The CFO develops and implements a multi-year IT management strategy that includes hardware, software, licenses, and systems to meet organization-wide technology needs and maintains effective working relationships with all IT vendors.

The CFO ensures and supports the implementation of best practices in human resource management, including compliance with legal requirements and ethical standards, employment policies that encourage a diverse workforce; competitive compensation and benefits; and equitable growth opportunities for staff. The CFO collaborates fully with the Management Leadership Team in aligning the core value of inclusivity
reflected in Washington Performing Arts’ programs with the diverse voices of Washington Performing Arts’ Board, staff, and audiences.


The salary range for this position is $140,000 – $160,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Washington Performing Arts currently offers the staff benefits that include health insurance, a matching contribution to retirement, and annual leave.

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Job Details (for job postings)

Job Category: Accounting/Finance
Position Type: Full Time
Salary Range (annual): $100,000-$150,000
Experience: -
Education Level: Master's Degree