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Chief Financial Officer

Anchorage, AK, USA | Corporation for Public Broadcasting

  • Industry:
    Media / Entertainment
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    Accounting / Control
    Finance (Internal)
    General Management
  • Experience:
    5-7 years
Job Description:
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The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) serves as principal finance and administration leader of Alaska Public Media (AKPM), a broad-based media organization that delivers television, radio, news, and web content. The CFO supervises the finance unit and is the chief financial spokesperson for the organization. The CFO reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)/General Manager, assists on all strategic and tactical matters as they relate to budget management, cost benefit analysis, forecasting needs, and securing new funding for Alaska Public Media.

Essential Functions:

The Chief Financial Officer will:

* Assist in performing all tasks necessary to achieve the organization's mission and help

execute staff succession and growth plans

* Train the Finance Unit and other staff on raising awareness and knowledge of financial management matters

* Work with the CEO on the strategic vision including fostering and cultivating stakeholder relationships on city, state, and national levels, as well as assisting in the development and negotiation of contracts

* Participate in developing new business, specifically assisting the CEO in identifying new funding opportunities, the drafting of prospective programmatic budgets, and determining cost effectiveness of prospective service delivery

* Assess the benefits of all prospective contracts and advise the Leadership Team on programmatic design and implementation matters

* Ensure adequate technical controls are installed and that substantiating documentation is approved and available such that all purchases may pass independent and governmental audits

* Create annual budget for AKPM with the CEO and Leadership Team. Work with the CEO to ensure programmatic success through cost analysis support, and compliance with all contractual and programmatic requirements. This includes:

(1) interpreting legislative and programmatic rules and regulations to ensure compliance with all federal, state, local and contractual guidelines,

(2) ensuring that all government regulations and requirements are disseminated to appropriate personnel, and

(3) monitoring compliance

* Oversee the management and coordination of all fiscal reporting activities for the organization including: organizational revenue/expense and balance sheet reports, reports to funding agencies, development and monitoring of organizational and contract/grant budgets, annual audit, and CPB Finance reports and requirements

* Oversee all purchasing and payroll activity for staff and participants

* Develop and maintain systems of internal controls to safeguard financial assets of the organization and oversee federal awards and programs. Oversee the coordination and activities of independent auditors ensuring all A-133 audit issues are resolved, and all 401(K) 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

* Monitor banking and investment activities of the organization

* Ensure adequate cash flow to meet the organization's needs

* Investigate cost-effective benefit plans and other fringe benefits which the organization may offer employees and potential employees with the goal of attracting and retaining qualified individuals

* Oversee the production of monthly reports including reconciliations with funders, as well as financial statements and cash flow projections for use by Leadership Team, as well as the Audit/Finance Committee and Board of Directors

* Oversee HR activities

Duties and Responsibilities:

In addition to the above functions, the Chief Financial Officer will:

* Attend Board and Subcommittee meetings; to include being lead staff on the Audit/Finance Committee

 * Present annual operational and capital budgets to the board of directors

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

* Oversee Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable and ensure a disaster recovery plan is in place

* Oversee business insurance plans and health care coverage analysis

* Oversee the maintenance of the inventory of all fixed assets, including assets purchased with government funds (computers, etc.) assuring all are in accordance with federal regulations

 Required Qualifications:

* Not-for-profit accounting in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, OMB Circulars A-133, A-110 and A-122, TANF program regulations and compliance requirements, and appropriate Code of Federal Regulations sections

* Current trends, developments, and theories in job readiness training and adult education

* Resources of public and private social service and related agencies

* Organizational development, human resources, and program operations

* Bachelor’s Degree, Controller, or Chief Financial Officer experience

* General office software, particularly the Microsoft Office Suite and MIP software (or other similar not-for-profit general ledger software) and use of databases

Ability to:

* Foster and cultivate business opportunities and partnerships.

* Create and assess financial statements and budget documents.

* Recognize and be responsive to the needs of all clients of the organization, including funding organizations, the Board of Directors, local community advocates, participants, and employers.

* Supervise staff, including regular progress reviews and plans for improvement.

* Communicate effectively both in written and verbal form.

Desired Qualifications:

* Completion of a master's degree at an accredited college or university, or equivalent work experience

* Certified Public Accountant (CPA) preferred

* Controller or Chief Financial Officer Level experience

* Five to seven years of financial and management experience with day-to-day financial operations of an organization of at least 50 staff persons

* Previous public media experience

* CPB Community Service Grant experience

* Commensurate experience overseeing federal grants

Allowable Substitution: If necessary, alternative combinations of education and experience will be evaluated by the Human Resources Office for comparability.


* Act in accordance with AKPM policies.

* Support AKPM compliance efforts with FCC, CPB, NPR, and PBS rules and regulations.

* Communicate effectively.

* Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills.

* Maintain positive relationships with both internal and external customers.

* Demonstrate consistent outstanding customer service.

* Proficient at computer use to include office software products, custom software packages, internet and e-mail.

* Consistently demonstrate ethical behavior.

* Must exercise good judgment for the prompt completion of responsibilities.

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