Job Posted: March 1st, 2022

Job Title

Director of Finance


La Jolla Music Society

Job Description

Duties and Responsibilies:

  • Prepare or direct preparation of financial statements, business activity reports, financial position forecasts, annual budgets, or reports required by regulatory and taxing agencies.
  • Develop and utilize forward-looking, predictive models and activity-based financial analysis to provide insight into the organization’s operations and business plans.
  • Understand fund accounting with grants, restricted funds, and endowment investments.
  • Analyze the financial details of past, present, and expected operations to identify development opportunities and areas where improvement is needed.
  • Monitor financial activities and details, such as cash flow, investments, and reserve levels, to ensure that all legal and regulatory requirements are met.
  • Receive, record, and authorize requests for disbursements in accordance with company policies and procedures.
  • Conduct or coordinate reconciliations of company accounts, sub-ledgers, and financial transactions to ensure compliance with state and federal requirements and statutes.
  • Analyze the effect of federal, state, and local statutory and regulatory changes along with changes in accounting guidance to ensure correct application to LJMS policies and processes.
  • Responsible for hierarchy and scalability in the chart of accounts and accuracy in the general ledger and financial statements.
  • Review, analyze, and reconcile general ledger accounts, investment transactions in conjunction with preparing monthly reports for management.
  • Review and approve journal entries.
  • Review and approve payroll.
  • Oversee investment accounts recordkeeping including allocation of earnings among funds.
  • Supervise employees performing financial reporting, accounting, collections, payroll, and budgeting duties.
  • Train, support, and mentor the professional development of Finance Department staff.
  • Demonstrate good judgment and leadership to La Jolla Music Society in the community.
  • Provide direction and assistance to other organizational units regarding accounting and budgeting policies and procedures and efficient control and utilization of financial resources.
  • Serve as company liaison with auditors (annual financial audit).
  • Develop and maintain relationships with banking, investment, insurance, and non-organizational accounting personnel to facilitate financial activities.
  • Develop and administer internal control policies, guidelines, and procedures for activities such as budget administration, year-end forecasting, modeling, cash and credit management, and accounting.
  • Maintain current knowledge of organizational policies and procedures, federal and state policies, and accounting standards.
  • Responsible for accurate and timely payroll tax, sales and use tax, property tax, annual census, and 401k reporting.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business-related field required. CPA or MBA is a plus.
  • Experience in a nonprofit organization particularly performing arts is preferred along with a thorough knowledge of general nonprofit accounting, including the application of general accounting theory.
  • Minimum 7-10 years experience in accounting plus 3 years Controller experience.
  • The ideal candidate possesses leadership and supervisory capabilities, solid operational and technical accounting skills, and works proactively to drive results.
  • Must be PC proficient and able to thrive in a fast-paced setting. Experience with Financial Edge or other financial software and Tessitura ticketing/fundraising systems is a plus. Must have extensive experience with Microsoft Excel.
  • The Director of Finance is a self-starter, flexible, has a high level of integrity, and is action and goal-oriented in a fast-paced, team-oriented, collaborative environment.
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships. Demonstrated mentoring, coaching, and organizational administrative skills required.
  • Self-managed and able to work independently while managing multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Strong communication skills, written and verbal.

How to Apply

See website below

Additional Information


Salary commensurate with experience. La Jolla Music Society offers paid vacation, holiday, and sick time; parking; and contribution to a 401K account, as well as health, dental, and vision insurance coverage.

Contact Info

(858) 459-3724