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San Antonio Museum of Art

Chief Financial Officer

Job Description 

 The San Antonio Museum of Art seeks a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) interested in supporting one of South Texas’ cultural gems.  Reporting to the Kelso Director, “Director,” the CFO oversees the efficient fiscal management of an art museum.  The CFO will support the Director in efforts to ensure long-term financial stability, expand creative capacity, and enhance overall institutional reputation.  The successful candidate will collaborate with the Senior Leadership Team on all strategic and tactical matters as they relate to budget management, cost benefit analyses, forecasting needs and securing new funding while supporting the institution’s vision to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret significant works of art, representing a broad range of history and world cultures, which will strengthen our shared understanding of humanity.

 About SAMA

The Art Museum attracts approximately 100,000 visitors annually, presenting several major exhibitions each year, as well as conducting more than 500 guided tours and 500 public programs annually. In addition, SAMA serves more than 20,000 students of all ages in its nationally recognized education programs. Public programs include lectures, concerts, films, children's workshops, scholarly symposia, family art activities, and special exhibitions. For more information visit

 Essential Functions:

The CFO will direct and be responsible for the organization’s accounting functions (including general ledger, accounts receivable, payroll, grants administration, and oversight of accounts payable), maintenance of financial records, and the preparation, promotion, and interpretation of financial reports for management and external parties. In partnership with the Director, the CFO will set policy and provide financial direction ensuring financial compliance, sustainability, and oversight. The CFO will direct and be responsible for maintaining internal controls, forecasting, financial reporting, and budgetary controls, and will supervise relevant finance staff.

 Detailed Responsibilities:

Listed below are major duties and responsibilities of this position.  It is not designed or intended to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of the activities, duties, or responsibilities of the employee.

 Strategy, Vision/Leadership:

  • Support the SAMA mission, vision, and values by exhibiting the following behaviors: excellence and competence, collaboration, innovation, respect for individuals, commitment to our community, and accountability and ownership.
  • Participation in anticipated master planning.
  • Develop the institution’s short- and long-term strategies on financial performance.
  • Work as staff liaison with the Finance, Investment and Audit Committee.
  • Lead the Senior Leadership Team in the annual budgeting and planning process; administer and review all financial plans and compare to actual results with a view to identify, explain, and correct variances as appropriate.
  • Serve as staff liaison to investment managers to monitor and report on the performance of the Museum’s investment portfolio.  Assist with periodic updates to the Investment Policy Statement.
  • Provide and interpret financial information and reports necessary to the Board of Trustees, the Finance, Investment and Audit Committee, the Director, and other department directors.
  • Consistently analyze financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual accrual based financial statements; monitor progress and changes to keep the Senior Leadership Team abreast of Museum’s financial status.
  • Examine, evaluate, recommend, and implement improvements to administrative and financial internal control systems and procedures.
  • Oversight of revenue generating programs, including helping to evaluate special events and creating various forecasting plans to aid in board decision-making.

 Team Development/Leadership:

  • Oversee, direct, and organize the work of the Finance Department, developing short and long-range Finance Department goals, policies, and operating procedures.
  • Oversight of the HR functions of the museum, which are handled by a PEO.
  • Build and lead an effective Finance Department.
  • Work with direct reports to establish goals for each year and advise on the progress to enhance the professional development of staff.
  • Steward risk management.
  • Identify and mitigate institutional risk by maintaining adequate insurance coverage and administering contractual relationships.
  • Maintain internal controls and procedures.
  • Monitor/analyze financial data; identify, research, and resolve any discrepancies.
  • Manage financial processes consistently using an auditor mindset to insure operations according to best practice standards.
  • Oversight of earned revenue generation, specifically lease agreements with restaurant, Tre Trattoria, the Museum Store, and parking.
  • Prepare audit work papers, statements, and reports for the audit team.  Serve as the primary contact during the annual and interim audits of financial reports.
  • Maintain fixed assets software and ensure proper recording of new purchases, disposals, and depreciation.
  • Prepare and review required filings including annual federal and state tax returns, sales and use tax returns, city, and state registrations, grant applications, and financial reports.
  • Work with the Development team to create annual and long-term fundraising goals that support the operating and program expenditure budgets.
  • Maintain financial records for donor funds.
  • Work to strengthen inter-departmental communications to help achieve the Museum’s long-term strategic plans.
  • Monitor, approve, and maintain all contractual agreements involving the Museum.
  • Represent the Museum at functions as assigned.

 Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrated strategic thinking abilities and proven experience as a strategic partner.
  • Significant experience working with external boards and committees.
  • Strong knowledge of US GAAP, internal controls, and financial reporting required.
  • Superior analytical and project management skills; ability to manage multiple priorities efficiently and effectively, with strong follow-through.
  • Experience working with investment advisors and knowledge of invested assets.
  • Ability to represent the Museum with a high level of integrity and professionalism, adhere to Museum policies, and support management decisions in a positive, professional manner.
  • Ability to build and maintain effective positive working relationships with management, the Board of Trustees, donors, vendors, and visitors.
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments, meet deadlines, and adapt easily to manage emergent requests.
  • Hands-on experience with financial software.
  • ADP (Pay eXpert and G/L interface) software experience preferred.
  • Expertise in MS Excel.
  • Successful experience in grants management as it relates to compliance and reporting of government, corporate, and foundation grants is preferred.
  • Experience with earned revenue streams such as leases, retail, and parking.
  • Strong attention to detail and analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and process/project management abilities.
  • Self-motivated to learn new concepts and participate in new projects.
  • Flexibility and respect for cultural diversity.
  • Must have excellent work habits, including a willingness to work the hours necessary to get the job done, especially when important deadlines cause greater than normal departmental pressures.




  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance and/or a degree with equivalent experience. 
  • CPA Certification or MBA preferred.
  • Minimum five years in senior level administration and/or fiscal management required, preferably in the not-for-profit industry or public accounting.
  • Significant supervisory experience in a non-profit environment and an ability to work with direct reports to establish goals for each year, coach, evaluate, and guide professional development.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills,
  • Proven leadership skills including listening, negotiation, problem-solving, decision making and delegation. 
  • Self-motivated with the ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously.


    • Knowledge of the San Antonio community
    • Experience in HR supervision
    • Bi-lingual 



    San Antonio Museum of Art offers a competitive benefits package. Overall compensation will be commensurate with talent, experience, and education. San Antonio Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer 



    This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employee(s) will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.



    Résumés, cover letters, and references accepted until Friday, October 21, 2022, at 5:00 p.m., CST. We fully respect the need for confidentiality and will not discuss candidates' backgrounds or interests with anyone without consent, nor will we reference contacts without notifying the candidate. 


    Marion Lee

    Lee+ Associates
    P.O. Box 15018
    San Antonio, Texas 78212


Job Information

  • Job ID: 65898510
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    San Antonio, Texas, United States
  • Company Name For Job: San Antonio Museum of Art
  • Position Title: Chief Financial Officer
  • Job Function: Accounting/Finance
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 5-7 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
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