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Director of Finance

Chabot Space & Science Center, in the beautiful Oakland Hills, is seeking a Director of Finance to manage the organization’s accounting, financial planning, budgeting, and financial analysis, and provide financial controls. The ideal candidate for this position will be a problem-solver, strategic business partner, have a passion for informal science education and nonprofits, and the ability to coach and develop an accounting team of three or more.


  • Oversee and manage accounting operations and general ledger
  • Oversee and manage the Human Resources functionality, procedures and systems
  • Supervise accounts payable, cash receipts, and grants administration
  • Supervise the banking, cash management, and monthly reconciliations
  • Develop and oversee the continuous improvement of accounting and financial process and systems to ensure maximum productivity
  • Responsible for financial planning and analysis, timely completion of annual budgets and monthly forecasts, monthly financial statements (actual vs. budget; P&L; cash flow; balance sheet)
  • Develop and Build financial models, including multi-year financial planning and cash flow models, to address business questions and needs
  • Develop financial metrics and KPI
  • Prepare reports and financial data for board and management meetings
  • Maintain internal controls and compliance to safeguard the assets of the organization
  • Lead and manage the annual audit process
  • Supervise the preparation of the annual federal and state tax filings
  • Develop and provide support for process or system improvements


  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, business, or equivalent field (CPA preferred)
  • 7+ years of finance or accounting related experience
  • Proven management skills including the ability to inspire, motivate, influence and hold staff accountable to high standards of performance
  • Strong FP&A skills and at least 4 years of forecast modeling
  • Nonprofit accounting experience, project tracking and government accounting experience and knowledge
  • Strong proficiency in MS Excel financial modeling skills
  • Experience with Software systems that support financial planning, analysis and accounting functions (experience with Blackbaud’s Financial Edge and Raisers Edge preferred)
  • Knowledge of nonprofit/GAAP accounting and experience working with a 501(c)(3) organization
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to work independently and exercise independent, mature judgment


Salary for this position is commensurate with other non-profit organizations and will be commensurate with experience.

Job location is Oakland

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Mail resume and cover letter to:

Human Resources Department
Chabot Space & Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd,
Oakland, CA 94619
email: hr@chabotspace.org
Fax: 510-336-7491

* * We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those applicants under consideration will be contacted.

CSSC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.