LINCOLN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Position: Vice President, Controller
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus.
A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 15 series, festivals and programs, including American Songbook, Free Thursdays at the David Rubenstein Atrium, Great Performers, Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, and the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS.
As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and the School of American Ballet, as well as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Lincoln Center seeks a Vice President, Controller to lead its financial operations and services, supporting LCPA’s broad range of artistic and operational divisions. This position requires strong leadership, a deep understanding of accounting standards and systems, tax regulations and the ability to represent LCPA on many levels. This position reports directly to the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and is a key member of the senior management team.
The Controller will be responsible for enhancing systems and operating procedures to support LCPA’s programming, education and operations efforts, while continuing LCPA’s high standards of compliance with local, state and federal regulations. The Controller will have the leadership and managerial abilities to direct a staff of 22 in a complex office of high integrity, supervising accounting, payroll, accounts payable and receivable, procurement compliance, banking, budgets, investments, financial reporting and systems, audits and tax returns.
The Controller is expected to collaborate and develop strong relationships with peers throughout LCPA, LCPA’s constituent organizations and the greater NYC cultural and financial communities, keeping LCPA informed of peer practices and future regulatory challenges.
The Controller represents LCPA in its commercial banking relationships, and coordination of investments is in the position’s portfolio.
- Oversee key financial processes and reporting for the following functions: payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, investment and debt accounting, cash management and banking, budgets, fixed asset accounting, capital projects, grant reporting, financial systems applications and integration, financial statement preparation, external audits and tax filings.
- Provide leadership and direction to ensure the highest level of financial accountability, compliance, policy and procedures, business systems, and financial reporting.
- With the CFO, support the strategic development and deployment of the $140M operating budget and related capital budget in alignment with organizational goals.
- Along with the CFO, analyze the current staffing structure, business processes, and performance metrics to promote efficient and effective practices in all operational areas and foster a culture of continuous process improvement and best practices. The Controller will nurture a customer service orientation, emphasizing timeliness, reliability and collaboration.
- Ensure the accuracy and integrity of timely financial reporting in compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. The Controller will oversee the monthly and annual accounting calendar, review the financial plans during the course of the year and work closely with senior staff to make adjustments where necessary. In concert with the CFO, communicate results to the Executive, Finance, Investment and Audit committees of the Board of Trustees.
- Ensure an appropriate system of internal controls so that assets are safeguarded and accounting activity is reported accurately and timely. The Controller is a key participant in managing LCPA’s exposure to risk.
- Serve as liaison with external auditors and manage the audit process effectively to ensure accurate and timely completion. Prepare and deliver reports to the Audit Committee as required.
- Support the CFO by providing tactical and strategic advice and performing special projects.
LCPA is seeking an energetic, innovative and seasoned individual with significant experience in a Controller role. The successful candidate will have a strong foundation in accounting standards, principles and financial reporting, as well as in accounting systems, with a proven track record of working across an organization to solve problems and advance the organization’s goals. Specific qualifications include:
- Strong manager and collaborator: Able to recruit, develop, motivate and manage professional staff and hold staff accountable for accurate, timely results, and excellent customer service. Experience setting a tone and expectation of excellence, continual improvement, and strong customer service to the organization and to external parties who interact with the office.
- Effective communicator: Able to communicate effectively at all levels of the organization including Senior Management and Board Trustees. A superior understanding of how best to communicate policy and procedures in a consistent and clear manner across LCPA.
- Effective implementer: Experience advancing projects, including large organization-wide projects and financials systems applications, in a way that is inclusive and collaborative with all stakeholders and demonstrates strong listening and influencing skills.
- Exceptional personal qualities: A reputation for integrity and the highest ethical standards; sound judgment and enthusiasm; creativity in solving problems; collaborative style with acute desire to be an integral member of LCPA’s leadership team.
- Technical skills, experience and training: A bachelor’s degree and a CPA certification are required; MBA is desirable. Five to ten years’ experience as a Controller for a non-profit institution of some scale is preferred. Experience working with non-profit endowments and municipal debt is highly desirable.
Please submit a resume and cover letter (with salary requirements and outlining your interest in Lincoln Center) to the firstname.lastname@example.org inbox. Submissions without cover letters will not be reviewed.
Please list: Vice President, Controller in the subject line.
Internal Candidates should contact a member of the Human Resources Department directly.
Lincoln Center is an equal opportunity employer.
January 12, 2017