ABOUT PARK AVENUE ARMORY: Part American palace, part industrial shed, Park Avenue is dedicated to supporting unconventional works in the visual and performing arts that need non-traditional spaces for their full realization, enabling artists to create, students to experience, and audiences to consume epic and adventurous presentations that cannot be mounted elsewhere in New York City. Since 2007, the Armory has opened its doors to visionary artists, directors, and impresarios who provide extraordinary experiences in a range of art forms. Such is its impact that The New York Times declared “Park Avenue Armory …has arrived as the most important new cultural institution in New York City.”
Led by Pritzker Prize-winning firm Herzog & de Meuron, the Armory has also undertaken a $220MM, multi-year revitalization project that combines detailed and sensitive restoration of some of New York’s most important historic interiors with a dynamic contemporary renovation. Using these unique assets—a magical, ruined palace and an outside-the-box visual and performing arts program—as inspiration, the Armory offers an arts education program for underserved public school students that is an essential part of its mission, offering free performances and multiple workshops for every production, 14,000+ hours of mentored and rigorous internships, and job training and intense school partnerships. For more information about this one-of-a-kind venue please visit armoryonpark.org.
THE OPPORTUNITY: The Chief Financial Officer will lead all aspects of financial management including accounting, finance, accounts payable/receivable, investments/endowment, forecasting, and budgeting. Also under the CFO’s direction are venue rentals, box office, human resources administration, and IT. S/he will be an innovative, forward-thinking, customer-oriented individual who can adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in a creative, detail- and deadline-oriented workplace.
The CFO reports to the President/Executive Producer and works closely with the Finance Committee as well as with program, production, education, and development staff. The CFO oversees a team of 5-6 in finance, box office, IT, and venue rental.
FUNDING: The Armory continues to experience explosive growth since its founding in 2007. The FY18 operating budget is approximately $20MM, combined income is $74MM, and the capital renovation budget is $200MM.
Substantial experience as a CFO or senior financial manager in a not-for-profit organization, with preference given to performing arts settings.
Extensive knowledge of finance, accounting, endowment administration, contract, budgeting, and cost control principles including GAAP and federal and state financial regulations.
Additional experience in human resources and IT is beneficial.
Strong leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills; able to work with staff at all levels.
Excellent analytical skills; ability to understand and summarize large quantities of complex material and to present financial statements, projections, and other reports clearly and effectively to stakeholders.
Experience working with an engaged board of trustees.
Results oriented and self-motivated with a “roll-up sleeves” work ethic.
Energetic, “can-do” spirit.
Willingness to be flexible and responsive to change yet also firm and decisive.
Genuine interest in the Armory’s mission; able to attend evening/weekend events and performances.
CPA, MBA or equivalent combination of education and experience.
About Park Avenue Armory
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