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Director of Finance

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Job Summary:
Central Park Conservancy is a private not-for-profit organization whose mission is to restore, manage, and enhance Central Park in partnership with the public. It raises 75% of Central Park's annual Parkwide expense budget and is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance and operations that keep the Park beautiful and vibrant. The Conservancy has overseen the investment of nearly $750 million in Central Park since its inception in 1980, is recognized as the world's leader in urban park management and sets the standard for excellence in park care. Built between the years 1858 and 1873, Central Park is almost entirely man-made and considered to be a single work of art. Composed of natural elements – turf, woodlands, and water bodies, along with architectural elements, this 843 acre National Historic Landmark requires a unique set of skills to maintain these features to the highest standards. The position is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day finance and accounting operations and ensuring that there are appropriate systems, procedures and controls in place to support a high-quality finance operation, effective program implementation and the organization’s mission and goals.

Job Description:

Reports to: Assistant Controller

Department: Finance

Status: Full Time, Exempt

Position: 3962

Schedule: Monday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Summary of Essential Job Functions:

  • Supervise and oversee the day to day activities of the Finance department
  • Manage and train appropriate staff on all accounting systems
  • Responsible for month end closing, reconciliations and reporting
  • Assist in the coordination and preparation of the financial audit of the organization, including the audit of our 403b plan and the compilation of our annual 990
  • Manage the 403b plan compliance process including periodic testing
  • Work with Program managers to ensure that Finance is aware of all reporting requirements for grants and contracts, and the preparation of any required reports
  • Responsible for preparing internal and external Ad Hoc reports as may be required
  • Provide Program managers monthly Budget to Actual reports, assist them in the review of their budget reports, and in the preparation of their annual Program budgets.
  • Under the guidance of the Assistant Controller, coordinate and compile the overall organization budget, including position control
  • Responsible for managing software application procedures.
  • Monitor established internal controls to assure proper compliance
  • Recommend changes in financial policies and procedures
  • Along with Assistant Controller, coordinate activities for system implementations or upgrades


Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in accounting
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) desired but not required
  • Seven to ten years’ combined experience with a public accounting firm and/or a non-profit organization
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong technical and professional skills
  • Experience with Fundraising and Financial Accounting systems, such as Blackbaud Raisers Edge, Financial Edge, WorkPlace (Purchasing), and ADP payroll and timekeeping
  • Knowledge of appropriate management and supervisory skills to supervise general accounting staff

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Safety Requirements

Establishment and maintenance of a safe work environment is the shared responsibility of this organization and employees at every level. The Conservancy will make every effort to assure a safe environment and be in compliance with federal, state, and local safety regulations.  Employees are expected to obey safety rules and to exercise caution in all their work activities.  Accordingly, employees should be aware of any hazards, which could cause an injury or accident (e.g., spills, obstacles in walkways).  If an employee discovers a potential dangerous condition, he/she should alert other employees and notify his/her supervisor immediately.



The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed