POSITION DESCRIPTION | Vice President for Finance & Operations

Who we are:

CultureWorks is an emerging, national nonprofit “management commons” model — a platform for building and sharing essential financial and administrative support to sustain and strengthen the arts and culture sector. The Houston office is assisted by its national supporting organization, CultureWorks Commons Management, which facilitates our mission “to provide arts, cultural, and creative practitioners equitable access to the resources they need to flourish.”


Our opportunity:

The Vice President for Finance & Operations (VPFO) is a member of the senior management team of CultureWorks Greater Houston. This position reports to the Chief Commons Director (CCD); supervises one or more direct reports, including the Finance Director; and oversees all financial compliance. The VPFO works closely with the CCD and the Board of Directors to lead the growth and development of all aspects of our fiscal sponsorship services and to design and implement financial strategies that guide the general finance operations of CultureWorks and its linked trust.


What the work is:             

  • Provide direction, oversight and supervision of all aspects of CultureWorks’ fiscal sponsorship services, including finance, HR, legal, and general administrative services, and monitor and maintain the financial health of our member projects.


  • Provide direction, oversight, and supervision of the general operations of CultureWorks, including preparing and completing the annual budget, producing monthly YTD financial reports, and building budgets for grant proposals.


  • Build and maintain a positive and effective working relationship with the Treasurer/Chair of the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors and engage the finance committee in developing financial plans and projections.

  • Manage annual regulatory and tax compliance processes, including serving as the primary internal contact during the preparation, actual and post stages of the annual audit for CultureWorks and its linked trust.

  • Hire and supervise the Finance & Operations staff, including a Finance Director and a Finance Associate

  • Maintain best practices and policies in nonprofit financial and risk management, including all insurances policies, and risk assessment and management training for both staff and members

Who we’re looking for:

  • Master’s Degree or international equivalent

  • 7 + years of senior business or financial management experience

  • CPA or equivalent training and experience (though a current license and insurance is not required)

  • Demonstrated experience in leading a team and guiding organizational growth

  • Knowledge of nonprofit financial management, fundraising, marketing, and operations

  • Knowledge of charitable law and accounting relating to the field of fiscal sponsorship

  • Familiarity with the arts, cultural and humanities fields, their business models and modes of operation

  • Superior communications, interpersonal, and team leadership skills

  • Proficiency in management technologies (Excel, CRMs, databases, Sage INTACCT and other accounting software)



Please send in PDF form a cover letter, resume, and three references to Chief Commons Director Shannon Buggs at jobs@cultureworkshouston.org. Applications mailed through the USPS or faxed are not accepted. The deadline for applying is April 13, 2018.

CultureWorks is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, gender, or sexual identity. Compensation is commensurate with experience. The baseline for this salary in CultureWorks’ salary distribution system is $75,000. CultureWorks offers a full benefit package, including an unlimited paid time-off policy, a well-being allowance, health insurance, and access to a 403(b)-retirement account.

© 2017 CultureWorks Greater Houston

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Shannon Buggs
Executive Director

Culture Source Inc.

sbuggs [at] culturesourcehtx.org