Controller (Director of Finance & Accounting)

Los Angeles, California, United States · Administration and Operations/Finance expand job description ↓


About the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Founded by philanthropist and filmmaker George Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO and President of Ariel Investments, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will inspire current and future generations through the universal art of visual storytelling. The museum will present a permanent collection and rotating exhibitions for diverse public audiences which will feature illustrations, paintings, comic art, photography, and an in-depth exploration of the arts of filmmaking (including storyboards, costumes, animation, visual effects, and more). Extensive education programming designed for all ages will explore innovative ways for visitors to engage with narrative art. Designed by renowned architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects and under construction in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park, the museum will feature new public green space, state-of-the-art cinematic theaters, a research library, numerous spaces for onsite education, restaurants, retail, and event spaces. Additional information at

Equal Opportunity Policy

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents and supports a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. The Lucas Museum fosters a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment, whether based on race, national origin, gender, gender expression, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other criterion prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. We believe that diversity and inclusion among our team is critical to our success, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Applications from traditionally underrepresented communities are encouraged.

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the job.

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Position Summary (Intent and purpose of the role)

The Controller (Director of Finance and Accounting) will play a vital role in providing excellent financial management services to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. As a financial partner to all Museum departments and as a key partner to the Managing Director of Finance, the primary responsibility of the Controller will be managing the nonprofit accounting reporting and preparing financial statements that are in line with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

Reporting to the Managing Director of Finance, the Controller is responsible for directing the Museum’s accounting functions. These functions include establishing and maintaining the museum’s accounting principles, practices, procedures and initiatives as well as preparing financial reports and presenting findings and recommendations to senior leadership.

All staff at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art lead through a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, both within the Museum and with the communities that we serve.

Core competencies for this role

  • Analyzing: Analyzes numerical data, verbal data and all other sources of information; breaks information into component parts, patterns and relationships; probes for further information or greater understanding of a problem; makes rational judgements from the available information and analysis; produces workable solutions to a range of problems; demonstrates an understanding of how one issue may be a part of a much larger system;
  • Leading & Supervising: Provides others with a clear direction; sets appropriate standards of behavior; delegates work appropriately and fairly; motivates and empowers others; provides staff with development opportunities and coaching; recruits staff of a high caliber;
  • Adhering to Principles & Values: Upholds ethics and values; demonstrates integrity; promotes and defends equal opportunities, builds diverse teams; encourages organizational and individual responsibility towards the museum stewardship;
  • Learning & Researching: Rapidly learns new tasks; gathers comprehensive information to support decision making; demonstrates a rapid understanding of newly presented information; encourages an organizational learning approach (i.e. learns from successes and failures and regularly seeks stakeholder feedback);
  • Adapting & Responding to change: Adapts to changing circumstances; accepts new ideas and change initiatives; adapts interpersonal style to suit different people or situations; shows respect and sensitivity towards differences; deals with ambiguity, making positive use of the opportunities it presents.

Primary Responsibilities & Accountabilities

Accounting Operations

  • Oversee the activities of the accounting department for the accurate and timely dissemination of financial management reports including, but not limited to internal and external monthly financial statements, annual audits, and annual budgets;
    • Supports the monthly and quarterly close and consolidation process;
    • Responsible for internal consolidated financial statements and senior management reports on a monthly basis;
    • Assists with the preparation of the annual plan and quarterly forecasts;
    • Assists the external auditors by providing supporting documentation for financial statements, footnotes, and disclosures during the annual financial audit.
  • Oversees all aspects of accounting including general ledger (GL), accounts payable (AP), and accounts receivable (AR);
    • Oversee the activities of the disbursement department, ensuring the accurate and timely processing of accounts payable, purchase orders, petty cash, employee expense reports, cash control, payroll tax compliance;
    • Oversee the activities of the accounts receivable to ensure the accurate and timely management of all accounts receivable aging components including billings, cash receipts application, etc.; funding service management, which includes weekly funding reports and customer service; quarter and year-end payroll closing including federal and state reports; and check statistic management;
    • Assure income tax compliance to assure the accurate and timely completion of all income tax returns;
  • Establish and maintain systems and controls that verify the integrity of all technological/financial systems, processes, and data;
    • Assists in the setup and development of the financial and accounting units;
    • Develops, evaluates, and oversees policies and procedures consistent with the Museum’s strategic plan and financial objectives;
    • Assists in developing reporting systems, metrics, tools, analysis and user training to clearly communicate accurate, timely and relevant information to managers to manage their departments;
    • Evaluates financial and operational process changes to improve efficiencies;

Staff and Team Management

  • Recruits and manages a diverse and excellent team to support the development and execution of the accounting unit;
  • Promotes a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality;
  • Mentors and develops a staff using a supportive and collaborative approach on a consistent basis;
  • Establishes and monitors staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct and annual performance appraisals;

Special projects and other duties as designated by Chief Operating Officer, Managing Director of Finance or assigned designee.


Education & Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance is required;
  • 8-10 years’ experience with progressive responsibility for transaction processing, financial analysis, systems implementation, reporting and staff management in a medium-sized complex company is required;
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with non-profit accounting experience preferred;
  • Experience implementing and maintaining technological accounting systems is preferred;


  • Strong technical GAAP accounting skills;
  • Strong skills using the Microsoft Suite of products (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint);
  • Hands-on approach with attention to detail, organization, reliability and a get-it-done attitude;
  • A collaborative team player with highly developed interpersonal skills who can relate to diverse internal and external audiences;
  • Strong partnership and collaborative style with outstanding communication skills (written, verbal and presentation);
  • Excellent time and project management skills;
  • Self-motivates and highly experiences with multi-tasking;


  • Solid financial and accounting knowledge of standards, process, reporting and systems;
  • Comfortable in transitional situations where there is rapid change and ambiguity;
  • Takes pride in excellence and has the initiative to keep striving for improvement and learning while delegating and developing a strong supporting team;


  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial approach to business process, balancing control with flexibility, procedure with simplicity, and a willingness to innovate and change while creating an environment of rigor and discipline;
  • Ability to work with individuals at all levels of the organization to articulate an understanding of the business through the numbers;
  • Ability to command credibility and influence outcomes at the highest levels of an organization;
  • Willing to “roll up sleeves” and operate at any level (from senior management to the lowest level of the organization);
  • Ability to think strategically and act tactically.


Salary and titles will be assigned commensurate to the successful candidate’s education and experience. An attractive compensation package will be offered to the successful candidates

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is proud to offer the following benefits to our full-time, benefits eligible staff:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
  • Voluntary Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
  • 403B Plan with employer match
  • Parental Leave
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Healthcare Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Spending Account
  • Commuter Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time Off (starting at 26 days your first year)
  • Paid Holidays
  • Employee Assistance Program
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