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About Morris Arts – Morris Arts’ guiding principles include the belief that the arts are vital to the social fabric and economic prosperity of the area, act as a catalyst for social change and enrich the lives of everyone in the community. Our varied programs and services serve to inspire, connect and engage. They include arts education programs for children in grades K-12, the creation of innovative community-building arts events, including concerts, gallery walks, and public art exhibits, and support of area artists and arts organizations through funding, advocacy, and professional development.

Our reputation for excellence is built upon our position as a trusted resource in connecting educators, artists and community members in unique collaborations. Our almost 250 activities, events and programs, along with the 381 programs we support through local grants, reach an audience of nearly 325,000 residents across northern New Jersey each year including children, artists, at-risk youth, educators, seniors, and families, thousands of which are low and moderate-income constituents from across 11 counties.

A passionate champion and advocate of the arts, Morris Arts’ goal is to create more livable, vibrant and sustainable communities.

Position: Finance Director

Hours: 30 hours/week; eligible for benefits

Application Deadline: August 16th, but you are encouraged to apply right away

Start Date: ASAP

The Finance Director of Morris Arts is responsible for supervising and directing all financial aspects of the organization. The Finance Director reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the Treasurer of the board of trustees.

The ideal candidate maintains accuracy and precision in financial management, budget development, and budget tracking, has a minimum of five years of experience in non-profit finance, is proactive, and enjoys working collaboratively with a lively, passionate, and committed team of colleagues. The ability to forecast, develop long-range budgets and to assist in strategizing for changes in business practices and growth are essential.

The ideal candidate will explore the uses of technology to automate systems and processes in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

Responsibilities of the Finance Director include:

Budgeting and Financial Analysis (40%):

  • Prepare and report on annual operating budget.
  • Monitor financial status of all projects through quarterly budget meetings with program staff.
  • Update budgets and provide variance analyses for Board of Trustees and Finance Committee monthly.
  • Provide financial information for grant proposals and interim/final reports.
  • Review Local Arts Grant applications, contracts, and final reports.
  • Complete monthly closings; reconcile accounts; monitor cash flow.
  • Monitor performance of organization’s endowment funds; report to board annually.
  • Maintain detailed records of Arts Education disbursements and receipts and support Arts Ed department as needed.
  • Completion of all financial surveys (Data Arts, Americans for the Arts, etc).

Accounts Receivable/Payable and Banking (25%):

  • Process all receivables and payables, in collaboration with development and programming staff, ensuring that expenses are within budget and approved.
  • Manage checking, credit card, and savings accounts and work with the investment management advisor.

Payroll (5%):

  • Process staff payroll and artist payroll, (2x/month) using Paychex Payroll Services and QuickBooks, respectively.
  • Annually prepare 1099 forms for all independent contractors using QuickBooks.

Human Resources (10%):

  • Administer staff medical insurance.
  • Provide and process paperwork for new employees.
  • Monitor general liability, umbrella, directors and officers, and worker compensation insurance policies. File claims as necessary.
  • Meet and correspond with brokers and agents to determine best policies for renewals and any issues that may arise.
  • Monitor staff timesheets & process employee expense reimbursements.

Annual Audit (10%):

  • Prepare all schedules for the annual independent audit and annual filings of tax returns.
  • Serve as liaison to auditors and prepare additional information as requested.

Office Management (10%)

  • Purchasing (office supplies, etc)
  • Technical contact with IT support
  • Coordinate vendors for equipment maintenance
  • Other admin support, as needed

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Minimum of 5 years experience in non-profit financial management.
  • General accounting, financial analysis, and audit experience preferred.
  • Proficiency with Quickbooks for non-profits and the entire Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Experience with payroll processing services, and with administering employee benefits.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; a high degree of confidentiality and professionalism.
  • Strategic and analytical thinking.

Salary is $50K. Position is exempt, eligible for medical benefits. Morris Arts offers a flexible schedule and work environment and generous paid time off.

Morris Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome employees and prospective employees without regard to race, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or veteran status.

Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Tom Werder, Executive Director by email to: twerder@morrisarts.org with the subject line: Finance Director.  No phone calls, please. Deadline for applications is August 16th, but you are encouraged to apply right away.