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Job Description :


Reporting to the Executive Director (ED) and liaising with the Treasurer of the Board, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will define the process and implement the infrastructure/systems needed to support substantial growth over the next five to ten years. S/he will continue to build and manage effective and streamlined administrative/financial systems, including financial, accounting, legal, information technology (IT), human resources (HR), and physical infrastructure.

As a member of the senior management team, the CFO will be involved in strategic planning, evaluation, professional development initiatives, and planning for The Mark Twain House & Museum’s (MTHM) expansion to increase its operating revenue, increase its endowment, and increase capital revenue.




Financial Management
· Collaborate with department managers and Executive Director to prepare an annual budget in QuickBooks consistent with staff and board needs and 990 reporting structure.

· Review, prepare, and report reconciled monthly and annual financial reporting materials and metrics for MTHM Finance Committee and Board of Directors.

· Record and maintain minutes of Finance Committee meetings.

· Preside (with Finance Committee Chair) at monthly Finance Committee meetings.

· Oversee budgeting, financial forecasting, and cash flow for administration.

· Manage/oversee one full-time finance assistant/bookkeeping administrator; hire, train, and retain support staff as needed in the future.

· Coordinate all audit activities.

· Monitor restricted accounts and adjust financial documents as needed (e.g., annually) to ensure accurate audits.

· Maintain and monitor special accounts (e.g., cash reserve, DECD funds, endowment).
· Review quarterly payroll tax returns for accuracy before filing.
· Review employee benefits/costs annually and as needed with Executive Director and provider.

· Other duties as assigned.

Administrative Leadership and Management

· Serve as a business partner to the ED on the organization’s financial, budgeting, and administrative processes—including HR, payroll, and benefits functions—with an eye to continuously developing and improving systems while ensuring all financial obligations are addressed in a timely manner.

· Lead MTHM’s staff to design a financial IT plan (finance, development, store, admissions) for the future, and implement it successfully to meet IT needs (hardware and software) as the organization grows.

· Manage the organization’s physical infrastructure, physical plant, and system maintenance (phone system, security, cleaning, supplies, etc.), with assistance from Director of Visitor Services and Site Manager.

· Regularly monitor and review vendors and expenses to be proactive in securing products and services at best prices; request and review bids from vendors with assistance from Director of Visitor Services and Site Manager.

· Collaborate with Director of Development and Director of Marketing to create an Annual Report in a timely fashion.
·  Monitor all aspects of recordkeeping to adhere to best practices, including maintenance of an annual calendar to review all systems, accounts, real estate records, benefits, etc.

· Consistently prepares for and attends managers’ meetings and staff meetings.

· Other duties as assigned.


· Supervise the position of Finance Assistant, which handles payables, receivables, data entry of invoices, payroll, identified HR and related filing and recordkeeping. Finance Assistant also maintains up to date employee files to include records of health benefits, days off, vacation time, and employee reviews. Finance Assistant prepares monthly reports for department heads, including actuals to budget, to ensure accuracy of postings; reviews and updates employee handbook and related materials, disseminates communiqués from the CFO, and completes other duties as assigned.



The ideal candidate for this position will have at least five years of professional experience, including managing the finance and administration of a high-growth $3 million to $10 million organization (preference given to nonprofit experience). S/he will have experience creating and driving the analytic framework for planning and managing organizational change in a highly entrepreneurial organization.

The ideal CFO will have the following experience and attributes:

· Bachelor’s degree (MA/MBA preferred) in Business, Management, Accounting, or Finance.

· Excellent people skills, with experience collaborating in a multi-disciplinary, diverse, and dynamic team.

· Demonstrated experience in financial management and accounting, ideally in the nonprofit sector.

· Demonstrated expertise with Excel, QuickBooks, Vendini, Results Plus, TAM, and other related software.

· Experience should include legal, audit, compliance, budget, and resource development.

· Demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities, proposing new ways of creating efficiencies, and guiding investment in people and systems.

· Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot, anticipate, and prevent problems.

· Proven effectiveness leading professionals in finance and accounting.

· Technologically savvy, with an ability to point to examples of having worked with IT staff to develop and implement new processes and systems that increased efficiency in a fast-moving environment.

· Flexible and a self-starter; able to multi-task while also being highly detail-oriented; ability to establish realistic timelines to meet critical deadlines.

· Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to MTHM’s mission.



Office hours at The Mark Twain House & Museum are Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. This position requires 3 days per week at the office. After hours (committee and board meetings) required at times.


This description indicates the general aspects of the position and is not intended to be a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of this position. Management may add to or modify the duties of this position or designate other functions as essential at any point in time.


Salary is commensurate with experience and expertise.


The Mark Twain House & Museum is an equal opportunity employer. We take pride in the diversity of our staff and seek diveristy in our applicants.

Contact Info :

Contact Info : Please, no phone calls. Please send CV, cover letter, and salary requirements to: Lynn Gregor, The Mark Twain House & Musuem, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford CT 06105

Or by email to: lynn.gregor@marktwainhouse.org

Pitch In!

Join our sterling group of volunteers! The Mark Twain house is currently looking for volunteers to help in various departments in the museum. If you are looking for a challenging and engaging volunteer opportunity, The Mark Twain House & Museum might be the perfect match for you.

We are always looking for volunteers and interns with the following skills:

• Graphic design
• Videography and editing
• Record-keeping/filing
• Customer service
• Organizational skills

Contact our Assistant Manager of Visitor Services for additional details or specific opportunities.

Grace Belanger
call 860-280-3130 or email grace.belanger@marktwainhouse.org


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