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The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) seeks an experienced and collaborative leader to serve as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The CFO is responsible for the overall management, planning, implementation, and evaluation of the fiscal, grants management and budgetary operations of the Alaska SeaLife Center. The CFO touches every department, ensuring clear accountability and communications throughout the organization with a focus on facilitating the ASLC’s strategic vision and maximizing financial opportunities. The CFO is also responsible for overseeing all activities related to ASLC’s fiscal agent role with the North Pacific Research Board and the Alaska Ocean Observing System.
Located in the city of Seward, the Alaska SeaLife Center opened its doors in 1998. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency was incorporated in 1990 with a corporate name of Seward Association for the Advancement Marine Science (SAAMS). The ASLC is the only facility in Alaska that combines a public aquarium with marine research, education and wildlife response.
The ASLC manages assets valued in excess of $40M dollars, with revenues collected from a combination of admissions, grants and donations. With an annual operating budget of $8M dollars, and a core staff of 80 year-round employees, the ASLC is dedicated to marine research and education, and is the only permanent marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation facility in Alaska. The mission of the Alaska SeaLife Center is to generate and share scientific knowledge, promoting understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems.
The Alaska SeaLife Center is currently operating under a 2019-2024 strategic plan. The incoming CFO will have the opportunity and obligation to be part of the leadership team executing the plan. Long-term strategic priorities include:
The Alaska SeaLife Center Opportunity
The incoming CFO will lead a team of experienced accounting and grants management staff, who will look to the CFO for collaboration, mentoring and leadership. The CFO will be part of the Alaska SeaLife Center’s senior management team with the opportunity to develop and implement the ASLC’s strategic initiatives.
The ideal candidate demonstrates the ability to work independently while creating a positive and supportive work culture within the department. They will not just embrace the Alaska SeaLife Center’s scientific and educational mission but demonstrate a love of financial analysis and the ability to communicate the organization’s fiscal condition when requested.
The Alaska SeaLife Center offers a work environment unlike any other in Alaska. As part of the ASLC team, you will have the opportunity to be directly involved in the ASLC’s mission, whether it’s volunteering to provide care to an orphaned marine mammal or simply spending break time wandering the Center’s exhibits.
Key Priorities and Responsibilities
The CFO has an opportunity to lead by fostering a values-based collaborative environment between the departments. The ideal candidate will seize the opportunity to help ASLC maintain sustainability by working with the senior management team on strategic plan implementation and maximizing financial opportunities.
Short-term priorities for the incoming CFO include demonstrating proficiency with ASLC financial systems and producing predictable, regular financial reporting on deadline.
In addition to safeguarding ASLC assets, the CFO establishes, maintains and implements policies and procedures necessary for sound fiscal management, grants management, and internal control in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
Along with overseeing the organization’s financial operations, the incoming CFO will lead a five-person team that manages functions in finance and accounting as well as grants management.
The CFO will manage and provide oversight of specific responsibilities including, but not limited to, the following areas:
While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in finance, accounting or related field. CPA, MBA or other Master’s degree is a plus.
• 10 years experience in fiscal administration with 7+ years at a supervisory level or the equivalent.
• Strong skills and experience in accounting, budgeting, financial analysis, advanced Microsoft Excel functions and computerized accounting systems.
• Experience with non-profit accounting, federal grant compliance, enterprise resource planning (ERP) accounting systems, Microsoft Dynamics SL (SOLOMON), FRx Reporting, and relational databases is preferred.
• Advanced skills in organization, attention to detail, and oral and written communications.
• Ability to work independently, set own priorities and manage competing deadlines.
• Demonstrates ability to work with diverse individuals and present information clearly to non-financial groups.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality and to interact effectively with staff, senior management and outside organizations demonstrating a high degree of emotional intelligence.
• Uses financial analysis, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills to analyze data and develop meaningful solutions to specific problems.
• Fosters good relations with visitors, volunteers, community leaders, contractors, and fellow staff members by promoting positive attitudes, good will, cooperation, and providing high standards of service.
The salary range is $95,000 to $120,000 annually, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The Alaska SeaLife Center offers a competitive benefits package. To apply, email your credentials to ASLCsearch@forakergroup.org. Applicants should include a resume and cover letter describing interest and qualifications. For questions, contact Todd Allen, lead recruiter, at ASLCsearch@forakergroup.org. Communications will be treated with confidence, and resumes will be accepted until position is filled. Resume reviews begin immediately.
Alaska Sealife Center301 Railway Ave SewardSeward, AK 99664
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