Deputy Director, Finance and Administration

The Jewish Museum seeks a Deputy Director, Finance and Administration (DDFA) to serve as the organization’s chief financial officer and to oversee a number of administrative functions, including Finance, IT, Building Operations, Security and Human Resources. The DDFA will be a trusted advisor to the Museum Director, the senior leadership team, and the Board of Trustees, and will unite multiple constituencies, ensuring accountability for a healthy, sustainable operating environment. 

The successful DDFA will possess sophisticated financial acumen, at both a comprehensive and granular level, with a proven ability to deliver measurable outcomes. It is crucial that this person possess openness, flexibility, a sense of humor and a calm yet authoritative demeanor. 

Department: Finance and Administration
Reports to: Museum Director
Date posted: September 10, 2019
FLSA Status: Exempt
Schedule: Full-Time


The responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to, the following:

Financial Oversight 

  • Oversee short and longer-term strategic financial planning, ensuring the long-term stability of the institution and alignment with the Director’s vision.
  • Supervise all audit and accounting functions, including oversight of the external audit and preparation of the Museum’s Form 990; ensure regulatory compliance and the highest ethical standards. 
  • In conjunction with the Museum Director and senior leadership team, lead the annual budget process; monitoring progress, communicating variances and developing timely and appropriate action plans. 
  • Serve as the key staff liaison to the Finance, Audit, and Investment sub-committees of the Board.
  • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting.
  • Develop effective reporting and analytic tools to keep the staff and Board apprised; provide tactical recommendations that further the Museum’s mission and strategic direction.
  • Stay abreast of new regulations and trends, ensuring best practices in both non-profit and philanthropic financial management.

Administrative Oversight

  • As part of the senior leadership team, drive strategic and tactical planning efforts that strengthen the Museum’s infrastructure and sustainability.
  • Help prepare for and execute major capital projects, renovations and building repairs.
  • With the Senior Director of Operations and Director of Security, ensure the functional integrity and security of the Museum, including oversight of its security systems, building maintenance, and mechanical plans. 
  • With the Director of IT, optimize technology across the Museum to increase organizational efficiency, improve information accessibility and ensure data security.
  • With the Chief Talent Officer, oversee human resources management, including recruiting and retention, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, and training and development.
  • Report to the Board of Trustees, government agencies, and other external stakeholders on areas of operational significance.

Leadership and Relationship Management

  • Lead, mentor, empower, delegate and evaluate the performance of a diverse team of professional and technical staff - listening to their ideas, understanding their strengths, and encouraging each individual’s professional growth.
  • Promote a culture of respect that rewards collaboration, learning, accountability and initiative.


  • A Bachelor’s degree, with MBA or MPA credentials or commensurate experience that demonstrates exemplary strategic and financial acumen
  • A minimum of fifteen years of financial and administrative management experience; at least five years of experience at a senior managerial level
  • Demonstrated ability to build systems that enable efficient budgeting, financial controls and quality, timely reporting 
  • Strong analytical and financial modeling skills as well as knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for nonprofits and philanthropic financial management; if coming from the for-profit world, nonprofit board experience is required
  • Strong knowledge of non-profit governance; experience interfacing with governing boards and a deep understanding of mission-driven organizations
  • Proven track record of strong leadership and collaborative management skills that have influenced business culture 
  • Initiative to take on new projects and to strive for continual improvement
  • Intellectual curiosity and a genuine passion for the mission and work of the Museum
  • Unquestioned integrity, ethics and values
  • Creativite, conceptual and analytical thinker
  • A person who appreciates fun, has a sense of humor and brings a sense of joy to work.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to DRG Search.

The Jewish Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.