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Chief Financial Officer / Cheekwood

02/15/2018 9:26 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)


Organization Overview

Cheekwood is a 55-acre American Country Place Era estate in Nashville, Tennessee, that operates as a Botanical Garden, Historic Home, and Museum of Art. Built in 1929 by the Cheek family who amassed their fortune, in part, through the Maxwell House Coffee business, the estate was gifted and opened as a public institution in 1960. Today, it features 12 distinct gardens, a one-mile woodland sculpture trail, a 7,000-piece permanent art collection, and a Georgian-style Mansion with historically furnished rooms and art galleries.

With a $10M annual operating budget and some 200 employees, Cheekwood annually welcomes 225,000 visitors, including 14,000 members, for year-round seasonal festivals, world-class art exhibitions, breathtaking gardens, and educational and public programs for all ages. A member of the American Public Gardens Association, Cheekwood is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its mission is to preserve Cheekwood as an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit.

The Opportunity

Cheekwood is realizing unprecedented financial success, with three consecutive years of operational surplus, and engaged in its most ambitious fundraising initiative to date, having raised $22M of a $30M campaign to increase endowment, address deferred restoration, build capital reserves, and fund new revenue-enhancing capital projects, including a two-acre Children’s Garden, opening in 2019, and a major renovation of Cheekwood’s 10-acre Carell Sculpture Trail to follow in 2020.

The Chief Financial Officer reports to the CEO and is part of a six-person Senior Leadership Team which develops annual goals and objectives for realizing strategic initiatives as outlined in the institution’s five-year strategic plan and long-term master site plan. The CFO also serves as staff liaison to the Board’s Finance Committee, organizing four quarterly meetings per year.

The Ideal Candidate

Cheekwood seeks a strategic Chief Financial Officer with a track record of organizing a growing non-profit organization to meet future expansion. The CFO is responsible for aligning financial reserves to realize the implementation of Cheekwood’s long-term Master Site Plan and for identifying concrete ways to engage in increasing financial reserves and cost-savings, to ensure a stable, sustainable organization with longevity.

Core Responsibilities

Develop and manage all budgets, forecasts and internal financial plans and processes

Direct all accounting, general ledger and operations functions

Oversee Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable

Drive best financial practices within the organization and oversee the management and coordination of all fiscal reporting including organizational revenue/expense and balance sheet reports, schedule of pledges/payments of campaign funds, reports to funding agencies, development and monitoring of organizational contracts and grant budgets

Develop and maintain a rolling three-year business plan, establishing KPIs and short and long-term goals to manage existing and projected financial resources needed

Participate in all internal planning for program and capital expansion to ensure alignment with financial projections

Build and foster relationships with banks, donors, vendors, and outside consultants

Utilize technology to optimize all reporting and analytical functions

Oversee all purchasing and payroll activity for staff and participants

Explore and suggest how to invest reserves and resources to generate passive income

Develop and maintain systems of internal controls to safeguard financial assets and oversee federal awards and programs

Oversee the coordination and activities of independent auditors ensuring all audit issues are resolved, 403(b) compliance issues are met, and the preparation of the annual financial statements is in accordance with U.S. GAAP and federal, state and other required supplementary schedules and information

Assist in the design, implementation, and timely calculations of wage incentives and salaries for the staff

Oversee business insurance plans and 403b investment options

Recruit, train, and supervise finance team


Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or Finance

Master’s Degree and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) preferred

Knowledge and experience with not-for-profit and public accounting

Experience at the Controller or Chief Financial Officer level

Five to seven years financial management experience with the day-to-day financial operations of an organization of at least 75 staff persons

Experience working with external auditors, compliance and regulatory oversight

Commitment to results; 'can-do" mindset; outstanding problem-solving ability

Excellent analytical, communication and presentation skills

Sense of humor, integrity, personal sense of accountability

Knowledge of Abila MIP Fund Accounting and Microsoft Office 2016 on a Window 7 or 10 computer in a Windows Server environment

Please send letter of interest and resume to Penny Bruckse, Vice President of Human Resources at Pbruckse@cheekwood.org. EOE

PO Box 330984   Nashville, TN 37203   (615) 495-3354   tnmuseums@gmail.com

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