Director of Finance

Los Angeles, California, United States · Finance and Accounting expand job description ↓


About the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Based in Los Angeles, the Lucas Museum is a non-profit museum committed to exploring and celebrating the power and significance of visual storytelling. The Museum will feature some of the most compelling, original works of narrative art from around the world through an unprecedented range of visual art forms, including paintings, illustrations, comic art, digital art, photography, along with an in-depth exploration of filmmaking (including storyboards, costumes, animation and visual effects). The Museum is committed to attracting and engaging a large and diverse audience. Construction began in March 2018, and the museum is expected to open in 2022. Learn more at

Equal Opportunity Policy

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is firmly committed to: creating an environment that will attract and retain people of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds; prohibiting discrimination, 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; providing equal opportunity in employment, including the opportunity for upward mobility for all qualified individuals. Applications from minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities 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.

Position Summary (Intent and purpose of the role)

Reporting to the Deputy Director, the Director of Finance (DOF) is responsible for directing the financial and accounting functions of the Museum in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and in accordance with financial management techniques and practices appropriate for non-profit organizations. This role works in collaboration with the Museum’s management team, overseeing the work of a staff. This position serves as the top finance position within the organization with responsibilities including overseeing external auditor relationships, financial risk management, and non-profit governance functions.

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

  • Deciding & Initiating Action- Makes prompt, clear decisions which may involve tough choices or considered risks; takes responsibility for actions, projects and people; takes initiative, acts with confidence and works under own direction; initiates and generates activity;
  • Adhering to Principles & Values- Upholds ethics and values; demonstrates integrity; promotes and defends equal opportunities, builds diverse teams; encourages organisational and individual responsibility;
  • Relating & Networking- Establishes good relationships with stakeholders and staff; builds wide and effective networks of contacts inside and outside the organisation; relates well to people at all levels; manages conflict;
  • Presenting & Communicating Information- Speaks clearly and fluently; expresses opinions, information and key points of an argument clearly; makes presentations and undertakes public speaking with skill and confidence; responds quickly to the needs of an audience and to their reactions and feedback; builds credibility with stakeholders;
  • Analyzing- Analyses 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.

Primary Responsibilities & Accountabilities

Finance and Accounting Infrastructure

  • Responsible for the setup and development of the financial and accounting systems and controls of the Museum inclusive of financial policies and procedures;
  • Plans, develops, organizes, implements, directs, and evaluates the organization's fiscal function and performance;
  • Participates in the development of the Museum’s financial plans;
  • Creates reporting systems, metrics, tools, analysis and user trainings to clearly communicate accurate, timely, and relevant information to managers to effectively manage their departments;
  • Creates reliable cash flow projection processes and reporting mechanisms that include minimum cash thresholds to meet operating needs;

Ongoing Financial and Accounting Stewardship

  • Oversees all accounting and financial planning, processes, policies, and functions of the Museum;
  • Works in collaboration with Skywalker Properties, LLC and other Lucas business entities in service of ensuring strong and aligned financial management practices;
  • Advises management of actions and potential risks;
  • Manages budget and controls expenses effectively;
  • Oversees the monthly, quarterly, and annual close process;
  • Guides financial decisions by establishing, monitoring and enforcing policies and procedures;
  • Optimizes the handling of banking relationships;
  • Protects assets by establishing, monitoring and enforcing internal controls;
  • Serves as an advisor from the financial perspective on any contracts into which the Museum may enter;
  • Arranges for audits as required and appropriate;
  • Ensures compliance with federal, state and local legal requirements by researching existing and new legislation, consulting with outside advisors, and filing financial reports;
  • Responsible for maintenance, analysis, renewals and claims of property, liability, and auto insurance policies; assists HR Director with the procurement of Directors & Officers and Worker’s Compensation insurance policies;
  • Keeps up-to-date on information and technology affecting finance and accounting to increase innovation and ensure compliance;

Financial Planning and Reporting

  • Responsible for the preparation of the annual financial plan and forecasts;
  • Responsible for internal financial statements and senior management reports on a monthly and as-needed basis;
  • Provides status of financial condition of the Museum by collecting, interpreting, and reporting key financial data;
  • Provides timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial reports, and financial trends in order to assist the Board of Directors, President, Deputy Director, and other senior executives in fulfilling their responsibilities;

Evaluation, Analysis, and Continuous Improvement

  • Evaluates and advises on the impact of long-range financial planning;
  • Introduces new programs, strategies, and regulatory action that affect and enhance the Museum’s financial standing;
  • Periodically evaluates financial and operational process changes to improve efficiencies;
  • Develops, enhances, implements, and enforces policies and procedures of the organization by way of systems that will improve the overall operation and effectiveness of the Museum;
  • Continually improves the budgeting process through education and professional development of department managers on financial issues impacting department budgets;
  • Provides information and analysis as needed to assist outside tax accountants in preparation of the annual tax returns;

Staff and Team Management

  • Hires, trains, develops, and evaluates staff effectively. Takes corrective action as necessary on a timely basis and in accordance with Museum policy;
  • Evaluates the finance division structure and team plan for continual improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the group;
  • Provides individuals on the team with professional growth opportunities;

Special projects and other duties as designated by President, Deputy Director, or designee.


( List of required or preferred Education, Experience, Skills, Knowledge, or Abilities to be minimally qualified for this role)


  • Bachelor’s Degree in business or finance/accounting is required; Master’s Degree in business or finance/accounting is preferred;
  • Ten (10) or more years of experience progressively managing a finance and accounting function and/or department in a rapidly scaling organization is required;
  • Experience in building, mentoring, and coaching a team of finance and accounting specialists is required;
  • Experience in accounting and tax issues associated with private foundations, museums, or non-profit organizations is preferred;
  • Certified Public Accountant is preferred;
  • Previous responsibility for transaction processing, financial analysis, systems implementation, reporting, and staff management in a medium-sized, complex company preferred;


  • Solid strategic planning, organizational, and project management skills;
  • A collaborative team player with highly developed interpersonal skills who has the ability to relate to diverse internal and external audiences;
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution;
  • Superior management skills;
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with a board of directors, senior management and staff.


  • Solid financial and accounting knowledge of standards, process, reporting, and systems;
  • Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output;


  • Leads with a hands-on approach with attention to detail, organization, reliability and a get-it-done attitude; willing to roll up sleeves and operate at any level (from senior management to the lowest level of the organization) as needed;
  • Takes pride in excellence and the initiative to keep striving for improvement and learning while delegating and developing a strong supporting team;
  • Operates as an effective tactical and strategic thinker;
  • Self-reliant, a good problem solver, and results oriented;
  • Ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial, creative, collaborative, and nimble environment; comfort with ambiguity;
  • An excellent and persuasive communicator;
  • Ability to collaborate as a team player with proven ability to build relationships and work effectively and positively with Museum leadership and staff, a diverse set of external partners, and the general public.


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 candidate.

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