About Steppenwolf Steppenwolf Theatre Company is the nation’s premier ensemble theater. Formed by a collective of actors in 1976, the ensemble represents a remarkable cross-section of actors, directors and playwrights. Thrilling and powerful productions from Balm in Gilead to August: Osage County—and accolades that include the National Medal of Arts and 12 Tony Awards— have made the theater legendary. Steppenwolf produces hundreds of performances and events annually in its three spaces: the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat 1700 Theatre. Artistic programming includes a seven-play season; a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season; Visiting Company engagements; and LookOut, a multigenre performances series. Education initiatives include the nationally recognized work of Steppenwolf for Young Adults, which engages 15,000 participants annually from Chicago’s diverse communities; the esteemed School at Steppenwolf; and Professional Leadership Programs. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, London, Sydney, Galway and Dublin. Anna D. Shapiro is the Artistic Director and David Schmitz is the Executive Director. For additional information, visit us on Facebook , Twitter or Instagram.
Compensation Compensation is competitive with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non-profit performing arts industry. Part-time employees are eligible for Steppenwolf's dental plan, as well as vision insurance, a pre-tax Ventra card, and a 401(k) retirement program.
Equal Employment Opportunity Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Steppenwolf complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
We are interested in receiving candidates from a broad spectrum of people, including women and people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Position and Responsibilities: The Finance Director oversees Steppenwolf’s Finance department and is responsible for a broad array of financial functions. Reporting to the General Manager, the Finance Director serves as a senior financial strategist and works alongside the Executive Director and General Manager in assessing the financial implications of key opportunities and strategic decisions to meet Steppenwolf’s institutional goals. As a member of the General Management department’s senior management team, the Finance Director leads a sophisticated and customer-service oriented team of two full-time finance staff and is a model of inclusive leadership.
The Finance Director is responsible for the execution of all accounting functions and establishes financial policies, procedures, controls and reporting systems for the organization. The Finance Director, in collaboration with the General Manager, will take the lead on the annual budgeting process and helps support three committees of the Board of Trustees: Finance, Audit and Investment Committees. This position ensures legal and regulatory compliance for all accounting and financial reporting functions and also oversees cost and general accounting, accounts receivable and payroll and risk management.
Essential Functions: - Executes the successful financial management of the theatre, including accounting processes, internal control, and treasury management. - Administers and reviews organizational financial plans and budgets while providing meaningful analysis. - Analyzes current activities and identifies strategic opportunities for organizational development in addition to cost containment strategies. - In collaboration with the General Manager, oversees and leads annual budgeting and planning processes. - Creates, implements, manages, and streamlines effective internal and organizational financial systems. - Executes financial compliance and is responsible for annual completion of a successful audit process, working closely with the Board Audit Committee. - Supervise and mentors the finance department staff in the functions of accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, monthly closing procedures, and compliance. - Performs a documented review of all journal entries, reconciliations, and schedules prepared by Finance Department staff. - Reconciles revenue with Tessitura (CRM). - Ensures compliance with federal, state and local legal requirements by researching existing and new legislation, consulting with outside advisors, and filing financial reports. Advises management of actions and potential risks. Financial compliance examples: prepares federal and state information returns; manages audits of financial statements, 401K plan, and workers compensation; prepares and files 5500 and non-discrimination testing. - Collects, interprets and reports key financial data and prepares monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports used by the staff and Board of Trustees, which can include: monthly financial status reports; monthly and yearly cash flow projections and reports; reports for Finance, Investment, Audit and Executive Committee meetings; reports for Board meetings; budget and ad-hoc expense reports for departments; financial reporting for development/grants; annual Theatre Communications Group fiscal survey, DataArts financials; annual financial statement preparation for the audit in accordance with U.S. GAAP. - Coordinates logistics and manages relationships regarding Steppenwolf’s business and property insurance. Works with Human Resource Generalist on 401k analysis and broker relationship. - Keeps up-to-date on information and technology affecting functional area(s) to increase innovation and ensure compliance. - Other duties, as assigned.
Key Competencies Desired: 1. Strong Financial Management 2. Team Player and Inclusive Leader 3. Strategic, Flexible and Analytical Thinker 4. Business and Entrepreneurial Acumen 5. Highly Ethical Conduct and Strong Emotional Intelligence 6. High Technical Capacity 7. Generous Performance Management Approach
Qualifications: The successful candidate will be a detailed, innovative and forward-thinking professional with exceptional financial and interpersonal skills. A high degree of professionalism, transparency and integrity is necessary to be successful in this position. The successful candidate will be a team builder and direct communicator, who values a high-level of customer service and can create systems and processes that benefit all.
The successful candidate will be a person with a track record of successful financial management combined with the flexibility to welcome and embrace change, and the ability to balance many challenges inherent in an active and lively theatre environment.
The following qualifications are required: - Steppenwolf gives preference to candidates who have demonstrable experience advocating for equity, diversity and inclusion. - A comprehensive understanding of non-profit finance with preference given to those with performing arts experience. - At least 7 years of increasingly responsible and successful experience in finance with a proven track record of managing complex non-profit budgets. - At least four years of progressively responsible and superior relationship building experience in managing, mentoring and motivating staff, and the ability to inspire staff toward accomplishing common objectives. - Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills – characterized by the ability to listen, to speak, and to write well, in addition to creating clear and clean financial reports. - Demonstrated success with strategic financial management and financial reporting. Experience negotiating, executing and managing non-profit financing a plus. - Experience with one or more of these technology tools a plus: Tessitura, MIP Fund Accounting, and Toast, or similar systems. - Intermediate to Advanced level of Microsoft Excel desired.
How to apply Interested and qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume by April 13, 2018 to: Karena Fiorenza, General Manager Email: email@example.com Please list Finance Director and your last name in the subject line of your e-mail. Please note in your email where you found out about this job.