Deputy Director, Finance and Administration

The Jewish Museum

Posted: 9/10/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Finance/Accounting

Primary domain: Arts, Culture and Humanities

City: New York

Postal code: 10128

State: New York

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$20M +


Mission statement:

The Jewish Museum is dedicated to the enjoyment, understanding, and preservation of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Jewish people through its unparalleled collections, distinguished exhibitions, and related education programs. Using art and artifacts that embody the diversity of the Jewish experience from ancient to present times, throughout the world, the Museum strives to be a source of inspiration and shared human values for people of all religious and cultural backgrounds while serving as a special touchstone of identity for Jewish people. As a vital cultural resource for New York residents and visitors of all ages, the Museum also reaches out to national and international communities as it interprets and preserves art and Jewish culture for current and future generations.

Position Details:

Job Description:

The Jewish Museum:


Located in the landmark Warburg mansion on New York City’s Museum Mile, the Jewish Museum is a museum at the intersection of art and Jewish culture for people of all backgrounds. Founded in 1904, the Museum was the first institution of its kind in the United States and one of the oldest Jewish museums in the world.


The Museum maintains a unique collection of nearly 30,000 works of art, ceremonial objects, and media reflecting the global Jewish experience over more than 4,000 years. The Museum’s dynamic exhibitions and public programs provide platforms for cross-cultural dialogue, fostering empathy, mutual understanding, and respect.


With an annual operating budget of approximately $22M and approximately 130 regular employees, the Museum welcomes more than 134,500 visitors annually from around the world. 


The Position:


The Jewish Museum seeks a Deputy Director, Finance and Administration (DDFA) to serve as the organization’s chief financial officer and to oversee a number of administrative functions, including Finance, IT, Building Operations, Security and Human Resources. The DDFA will be a trusted advisor to the Museum Director, the senior leadership team, and the Board of Trustees, and will unite multiple constituencies, ensuring accountability for a healthy, sustainable operating environment. 


The successful DDFA will possess sophisticated financial acumen, at both a comprehensive and granular level, with a proven ability to deliver measurable outcomes. It is crucial that this person possess openness, flexibility, a sense of humor and a calm yet authoritative demeanor. 


Responsibilities Include:


The responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to, the following:


Financial Oversight 

  • Oversee short and longer-term strategic financial planning, ensuring the long-term stability of the institution and alignment with the Director’s vision.
  • Supervise all audit and accounting functions, including oversight of the external audit and preparation of the Museum’s Form 990; ensure regulatory compliance and the highest ethical standards. 
  • In conjunction with the Museum Director and senior leadership team, lead the annual budget process; monitoring progress, communicating variances and developing timely and appropriate action plans. 
  • Serve as the key staff liaison to the Finance, Audit, and Investment sub-committees of the Board.
  • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting.
  • Develop effective reporting and analytic tools to keep the staff and Board apprised; provide tactical recommendations that further the Museum’s mission and strategic direction.
  • Stay abreast of new regulations and trends, ensuring best practices in both non-profit and philanthropic financial management.

Administrative Oversight

  • As part of the senior leadership team, drive strategic and tactical planning efforts that strengthen the Museum’s infrastructure and sustainability.
  • Help prepare for and execute major capital projects, renovations and building repairs.
  • With the Senior Director of Operations and Director of Security, ensure the functional integrity and security of the Museum, including oversight of its security systems, building maintenance, and mechanical plans. 
  • With the Director of IT, optimize technology across the Museum to increase organizational efficiency, improve information accessibility and ensure data security.
  • With the Chief Talent Officer, oversee human resources management, including recruiting and retention, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, and training and development.
  • Report to the Board of Trustees, government agencies, and other external stakeholders on areas of operational significance.

Leadership and Relationship Management

  • Lead, mentor, empower, delegate and evaluate the performance of a diverse team of professional and technical staff - listening to their ideas, understanding their strengths, and encouraging each individual’s professional growth.
  • Promote a culture of respect that rewards collaboration, learning, accountability and initiative.


Qualifications and Attributes:

  • A Bachelor’s degree, with MBA or MPA credentials or commensurate experience that demonstrates exemplary strategic and financial acumen
  • A minimum of fifteen years of financial and administrative management experience; at least five years of experience at a senior managerial level
  • Demonstrated ability to build systems that enable efficient budgeting, financial controls and quality, timely reporting 
  • Strong analytical and financial modeling skills as well as knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for nonprofits and philanthropic financial management; if coming from the for-profit world, nonprofit board experience is required
  • Strong knowledge of non-profit governance; experience interfacing with governing boards and a deep understanding of mission-driven organizations
  • Proven track record of strong leadership and collaborative management skills that have influenced business culture 
  • Initiative to take on new projects and to strive for continual improvement
  • Intellectual curiosity and a genuine passion for the mission and work of the Museum
  • Unquestioned integrity, ethics and values
  • Creativite, conceptual and analytical thinker
  • A person who appreciates fun, has a sense of humor and brings a sense of joy to work.

The Jewish Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and encourages applications from diverse candidates.



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