Oct 20, 2022

Chief Financial Officer

$145,000 - $175,000 yearly
  • www.cooksilverman.com
  • Oakland, CA, USA
Full-Time Finance/Accounting Fundraising/Development

Job Description



Chabot Space & Science Center seeks an entrepreneurial, planful, mission-minded CFO to creatively provide the leadership, strategic direction, management and coordination for all Chabot finance, human resources, IT, and legal matters. The successful candidate will provide leadership and coordination of company financial planning and budget management functions and ensure company accounting procedures and compliance with non-profit generally accepted accounting principles.




Position reports directly to the Executive Director/CEO and manages a team of four dedicated staff. Works closely with the Board of Directors and staffs the Board Finance committee. Member of the Chabot Senior Management Team.




  • Direct and coordinate financial planning and budget management.

  • Recommend benchmarks for measuring the financial and operating performance.

  • Monitor and analyze monthly operating results against budget.

  • Oversee daily operations of the finance and accounting department.

  • Manage and oversee all payroll, payroll reporting and compliance with all local, state, and federal payroll regulations.

  • Serve as primary liaison and high-level relationship manager with banks, landlord, legal advisors, insurance broker, IT support, and other operations-related service providers and vendors.

  • Manage the preparation of all financial reports and to the Board of Directors, Finance Committee, grantors, governmental agencies.

  • Manage the preparation of financial outlooks and financial forecasts.

  • Prepare financial analysis for contract negotiations and revenue analysis.

  • Ensure compliance with non-profit local, state, and federal reporting requirements.

  • Work with department managers to develop multiyear business plans.

  • Assist in establishing short- and long-range departmental goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures.

  • Design, establish and maintain an organizational structure to effectively accomplish the departments goals and objectives.

  • Serve on planning and policy-making committees.

  • Serve as primary government liaison relative to financial issues.

  • Coordinate financial audits and provide recommendations for procedural improvements.

  • Manage the financial reporting and requirements of all grants, governmental, corporate and/or individual.

  • Design, implement and enforce all revenue touchpoints including collections, recording, reporting, and controls. This includes admissions, classes, donations, rentals, merchandise, and café sales.

  • Be the primary interface to the bank and other debt partners.


Human Resources

  • Manage the Human Relations (HR) function of Chabot. This includes recruiting, payroll, training, on-boarding, off-boarding, and legal compliance

  • Manage all employee benefit programs.

  • Oversee Human Resources staff.


Legal and IT

  • Manage all legal issues from contracts to labor claims, to other legal claims.

  • Manage all insurance for Chabot.

  • Oversee database and information systems, including a point-of-sale system for attendance, merchandise, café, earned revenue programs, memberships, and others.

  • Develop and manage all data collection and reporting tools.

  • Manage the IT function, including Audio/Visual

Covid-19: Chabot Space & Science Center follows the Oakland policy on vaccinations – all Chabot staff are 100% fully vaccinated and boosted against Covid -19.

Hiring Organization

Chabot Space and Science Center




  • Experience managing additional corporate functions beyond Finance, such as risk, information systems/technology, advancement, shared services (collaborative purchasing) and volunteer relations

  • Master’s degree in finance, Accounting or Business with strong accounting experience, or

five (5) to ten (10) years in a mid to senior-level finance, CPA or accounting position preferred

  • Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control principles including non-profit Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)

  • Experience managing additional corporate functions beyond Finance, such as risk, information systems/technology, human resources, and government contracts

  • Knowledge of automated financial and accounting reporting systems

  • Knowledge of federal and state financial regulations

  • Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports, statements, and projections

  • Working knowledge of short- and long-term budgeting and forecasting, rolling budgets, and departmental profitability analysis

  • Experience with Government contracts and grants budgeting

  • Small and large project/program orientation

  • Ability and comfort in communicating to management, to a board, and to outside third parties

  • Experience and knowledge managing Human Resources functions 

  • Mentors, coaches, and develops staff and team member to ensure succession, proper staffing levels and skills to manage all areas of responsibility outlined hereinabove

  • Manage cash flow and forecasting by working with others to develop cash flow projection process and reporting mechanisms that include minimum cash thresholds to meet operating needs

  • Passion for the mission of Chabot Space and Science Center

Industry/Service Area

Education, Environment





The salary range for this position is $145,000 - $175,000 plus benefits.

Benefits include:

●  Kaiser Medical Plan HMO – Full time employees      

Kaiser Medical Plans

                                           Employee Deductible  Contribution Per Pay Period (26)

Employee Only                                                 $138.33               $63.84

Employee + Spouse                                         $246.67              $113.84

Employee + Child(ren)                                    $192.50               $88.84

Employee + Family                                      $300.83                 $138.84

●   MetLife Dental Plan PPO

●  Vision Care

●  FSA, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability insurance

●  Basic Life, AD&D and Enhanced Life Insurance

●  403b

●  Basic Holidays including: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

PTO as follows:

Years of Service Yearly Accrual Rate Hourly Accrual Rate Hours Per Year

Years 1 & 2 20 days per year 6.15 per pay period 160 hours

Years 3 & 4 25 days per year 7.69 per pay period 200 hours

Year 5 & over 30 days per year 9.23 per pay period 240 hours

 Other benefits include:

●  Gift Shop and Café Discounts

●  Chabot Space & Science Center tickets

●  Chabot Space & Science Center sponsored events

●  Summer Day Camp Program

● ASTC Passport Program

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, or for additional information on the opportunity, please send a copy of your resume with a cover letter to Victoria Silverman at apply@cooksilverman.com.

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