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Norfolk Botanical Garden -Chief Financial Officer-Tue, 07/02/2019 - 11:30am

Chief Financial Officer


Norfolk Botanical Garden
6700 Azalea Garden Road Norfolk
Norfolk , VA 23518

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Job Description 

Norfolk Botanical Garden (NBG) seeks a Chief Financial Officer (CFO). This new position for the Garden comes as NBG continues to expand its connection to the local community, grow in membership, diversify its programming, and execute a new strategic plan for 2019-2022.

The Organization

NBG is Virginia’s largest botanical garden composed of 60-plus themed gardens covering 175 acres. Surrounded on three sides with fresh water and bisected with a canal system, it is one of the only botanical gardens in the nation that visitors can enjoy on foot, by tram, by boat or by bike. Over 80 years old, NBG is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. NBG’s mission is to immerse visitors in a world of beauty, lead through environmental action, and inspire through education and connection to nature. NBG serves more than 400,000 people each year and has a budget of over $6 million. From its humble beginnings as a depression era WPA project to its status as a nationally recognized garden that attracts visitors from around the world, NBG has experienced amazing growth. In the last 5 years, NBG’s operating budget has increased by 50%, our annual attendance has grown by over 150,000, and our membership roster has blossomed to over 13,000-member families.

Candidate Profile

You will be reporting to and partnering with the President & CEO and will set NBG’s financial policy and direction while also being an active participant in, and driver of, the organization’s overall strategy. You will lead all financial administration, business planning, and budgeting. As a member of the senior leadership team, you will work closely with a motivated and engaged Finance and Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. You will lead NBG’s finance, human resources (HR), and information technology (IT) staff.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Specific responsibilities include:

Partner with the president on all operational and strategic issues as they arise
Provide strategic recommendations to the president based on financial analysis and projections, cost identification and allocation, and revenue/expense analysis.
Participate in the ongoing strategic planning process as an integral member of the senior management team.
Oversee long-term budgetary planning and cost management in alignment with NBG’s strategic plan.
Engage the vice president (VP) of development to align financial management with short- and long-term financial planning and projections.
Engage the Board of Directors’ Finance and Audit Committee around issues, trends, and changes in the operating model and operational delivery.

Financial and Operational Management
Oversee budgeting and the implementation of budgets, so as to monitor progress and present operational metrics both internally and externally.
Ensure that finance staff maintains financial record systems in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and monitor the use of all funds.
Oversee the preparation and approval of all financial reporting materials and metrics for funding organizations and NBG’s Board of Directors; prepare and communicate monthly and annual financial statements.
Manage cash flow and forecasting; direct all financial, project-based, and departmental accounting.
Coordinate all audit activities.
Evaluate and oversee all benefits negotiations, thus providing the most competitive packages for NBG’s employees.
Review all formal finance-, HR-, and IT-related procedures, processes, and administration, recommending improvements to the systems in place and managing the systems going forward.
Function as primary liaison to outside legal counsel; serve as the initial contact on all legal actions and responses; and support and oversee contracts compliance ensuring the necessary licenses and insurance are obtained to cover existing and new business operations.
Oversee NBG retirement plans and deferred compensation plan.
Manage connections with financial institutions, outsourced investment advisors, auditors, and insurance providers; represent NBG to—and monitor its relations with—banks, rating agencies, etc.
Provide financial leadership in contract negotiations.
Build strong, ongoing relationships with bankers, auditors, and out-sourced investment, legal, and information services suppliers.

NBG Culture and Financial Team Leader
Serve as a strategic partner to the President & CEO
Function as a trusted advisor to the President & CEO and the Board of Directors by providing sound and insightful financial analysis.
Directly support the Finance and Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.
Serve as a role model for NBG to deepen and build a culture of accountability.
Build, lead, manage, and develop direct staff, to include managers in finance, HR, and IT; guide larger multidisciplinary teams outside of direct span of control.
Engage other members of the senior management team—VP for operations, VP of development, director of facilities, marketing director—to facilitate cross-department collaboration that ensures that all financial, IT, and HR solutions positively support NBG’s evolving strategy, operational delivery, and data collection needs.
Provide guidance on attracting and developing key national team members for NBG.

Education and Experience 

The CFO will be a leader with at least 10 or more years of broad finance experience, ideally beginning in audit, followed by experience gathering and evaluating financial information and making actionable recommendations to senior leadership. The CFO will have experience managing finance (accounting, budgeting, control, and reporting), and ideally knowledge of HR and IT for a non-profit or for-profit enterprise.

The CFO will have the following experience and attributes:
A minimum of a BS and CPA/CMA; an MBA would be a plus
10+ years in progressively responsible financial leadership roles, with evidence of having worked as a true business partner to the chief executive. If coming from the for-profit world, non-profit board experience preferred
Demonstrated excellence in managing finance, accounting, budgeting, control, and reporting
Skill in examining, developing, reengineering, and recommending financial, HR, and technology policies and procedures
Strong analytical skills and experience interpreting a strategic vision into an operational model
Presents financial information in a clear, confident manner to any audience of varying expertise.
Shift seamlessly between the big-picture to finer details.
A collaborative and flexible style, with a strong service mentality. Needs to be seen as a team player who is committed to lifelong learning
A hands-on manager with integrity and a desire to work in a dynamic, mission-driven environment
An effective communicator, with strong oral and written skills
Strong commitment to developing team members
Demonstrated commitment to the social sector with a passion for the organization’s mission is essential

Application Instructions 

Interested candidates should submit their credentials to:

Norfolk Botanical Garden
Office of the President
Attn: CFO search
6700 Azalea Garden Road
Norfolk VA 23518

Print or download fillable application from

Or submit via email to: No phone calls please.

Compensation commensurate with experience and all NBG salaries are COLI-adjusted per peer positions at other botanical institutions of like size nationwide. Our generous benefits package includes: paid vacation, sick leave and holidays, health insurance (NBG pays 70% of individual premium), 403(b) retirement with up to 4% company match, and professional development opportunities.

Affirmative Action Plan/Equal Employer Opportunity (AAP/EEO) statement: NBG is committed to the principles and ideals of equal employment opportunity. It is, and shall continue to be, the policy and practice throughout NBG to foster equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for applicants, employees, and volunteers without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other protected status, if qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

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