About the Organization:
The Oakland Museum of California has been connecting people to the cultural and environmental history of California since 1969. The collection, architecture, and location of the Museum all contribute to OMCA's role as a civic anchor, fulfilling its mission to inspire all Californians to create a more vibrant future for themselves and their communities. Following a transformation that began in 2011 and touched nearly every inch of the 300,000 square foot Museum, OMCA has reopened its galleries and introduced new gathering spaces to engage visitors and encourage them to share their own perspectives, questions, and stories.
To continue stewarding the mission and growth of the museum during this stage of growth and evolution, OMCA is seeking a new Chief Operating and Financial Officer (“COO/CFO”) to join their leadership team. The talented staff, committed Board of Trustees, and leadership team are united under the shared values of Excellence, Community, Innovation, and Commitment, which are fundamental to OMCA's institutional culture, guiding their work together.
About the Opportunity:
The OMCA Director and Leadership team look forward to welcoming a new Chief Operating and Financial Officer for the Museum. OMCA is a thriving, stand alone non-profit, with a $15 million budget guided by an ambitious five year business model.
As you will read in detail below, the COO/CFO is a core member of the executive team and will inhabit a pivotal position at the entire institution. The successful candidate will be not only an excellent manager, but a fine leader. Some roles are indispensable to the success of an endeavor. This is one of those roles.
The COO/CFO's primary responsibilities are broad:
- Establishes the plan for the Museum's financial sustainability
- Directs the administrative and operational functions of the institution
- Takes a leadership role in establishing institutional policies and practices in support of Museum's strategies and objectives
- Is the primary liaison to Board Committees including Finance, Audit, Investment, and Facilities
- Is responsible for strategic and annual planning
- Manages earned and enterprise revenue, including Museum store, cafe, garage, and facility rentals
- Provides direct supervision of, and serve as motivational leader to, one of the Museum Centers (Center for Administration and Business Operations) including finance, facilities, operations, business development, and technology teams
- Institutional ambassador and spokesperson, both internally and externally
The Chief Operating and Financial Officer will operate through a lens of civic engagement and social justice.
Key Responsibilities, in Detail:
As a senior leader of the Museum, responsibilities are shared across two core areas:
Executive & Institutional Leadership
- Develop, embrace, model, inspire, and communicate institutional mission, vision and goals, sharing leadership of the entire Museum as well as advocating for and directing Center for Administration and Business Operations (“CABO”) functions
- Strategic implementation of broad institutional decision-making, including strategic planning and capacity building
- Museum policy-making and management in collaboration with other Center directors
- Strategic institution-wide thought leadership, planning, prioritization, and initiative creation such as advancement of diversity and procedural development
- Contribute to the prudent and ongoing monitoring of annual Museum budget and financial demands to ensure a sustainable future
- Nurture leadership throughout OMCA
- Represent OMCA to stakeholders both internally and externally, including committees of the Board, neighbors, and partners
- Serve as Acting Director in the absence of the Executive Director, as requested
Operations and Financial Leadership
Financial Strategy, Oversight, and Management
- Oversee all accounting and financial functions of the Museum, ensuring successful and responsible strategic development and management of OMCA finances
- Direct Center budget preparation and administration in partnership with senior staff
- Lead institutional revenue and profitability strategy-making. Manage and negotiate legal, contractual, and governmental filings and insurance to ensure compliance
- Partner with the Director, Human Resources on workers compensation and benefits schedule
- Serve on institution's 403B Fiduciary Committee
- Act as primary liaison to Board Finance, Investment, and Audit Committees, as well as outside investment advisor, audit, and tax contractors
Business Development and Sales
- Strategic leadership to Museum earned revenue lines including financial analysis and ensuring effective management
- Initiate and manage partner relationships with similar institutions, customers, and vendors
- Lead collaborative process development and dynamic response to expanding revenue; drive strategic enterprise growth that is both mission and margin aligned
- Build capacity with department heads within the CABO
Facilities, Operations, and Technology
- Oversee all operational aspects of the Museum, ensuring a world-class experience for visitors
- Oversee security, event production, emergency preparedness, visitor and staff safety systems, policies, and procedures
- Oversee facilities management including ongoing maintenance and long term planning for physical plant and technology infrastructure at the Museum, the Conservation Lab, and Collections Research Center
- Lead long-range campus and technology planning and projections for the Museum
- Lead City of Oakland partnership relating to Lease Agreement and OMCA responsibilities
- Spearhead technology vision for the organization, including strategic leadership toward integrated information systems, technology strategy, processes, solutions, and partnerships
Management and Administration
- Collaborate with Executive Team colleagues in creating tactical plans for implementation of OMCA's business model and strategic plan, including performance monitoring
- Direct CABO priority-setting, budget planning, and management
- Develop, negotiate, and monitor professional services contracts
- Liaison to outside counsel for evaluation of legal issues and concerns
Essential Skills and Experience:
OMCA is looking for candidates with extensive experience and multiple talents.
- Required: A minimum of 4 years senior management experience and 10 years of relevant work experience
- Required: a demonstrable record of success in financial management, fiscal sustainability, with a particular focus on nonprofit financial management and accounting standards, policies, and procedures, including not-for-profit GAAP
- Required: a demonstrable record of success in operations management and leadership
- Strongly preferred: a skilled facilities manager, including technology, safety, security, and emergency preparedness
- Strongly preferred: business analysis and management talent
- Preferred: cultural or educational institutional management experience
- Required: B.A. degree, or equivalent, in relevant field such as financial management, accounting, business, operations, marketing, or non-profit management
- Preferred: M.B.A.
- Innovative and forward thinking leader and changemaker with strong analytical skills
- Demonstrable achievement as a collaborator, coach, and coalition-builder
- A strong communicator with excellent interpersonal skills and a capacity for leading a diverse staff equitably
- Blackbaud Financial Edge
- Adaptive Insights
- MS Office
- Google Apps
- Integrated technology systems knowledge including:
- Web development
- Content and data management
- Customer relationship management
To apply, please submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter that outlines how your skills and experiences meet the qualifications of the position to OMCA@schaffercombs.com. In the subject line, please include your FIRST and LAST name, the job title for this position, and the organization name (“Name - OMCA - COO / CFO”).
The Oakland Museum of California is a multicultural organization, committed to diversity and practicing equal opportunity employment in recruitment and hiring. Qualified candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for open positions.
Please do not contact the client directly. Schaffer&Combs has been retained by OMCA to manage this search. Schaffer&Combs solves problems and provides growth solutions for purpose-driven organizations.