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Controller, Academy Museum 


The Academy Museum will be the world’s premier institution dedicated to the art and science of movies. Located at Wilshire and Fairfax in Los Angeles, the Museum will be simultaneously immersive, experimental, educational, and entertaining. More than a museum, this dynamic film center will offer unparalleled experiences and insights into movies and movie making.

The Controller is an extraordinary opportunity for a creative financial thinker to build the accounting infrastructure to support the daily operations of the Academy Museum. You will lead the accounting functions to ensure the best practices are maintained to optimize the Museum’s financial success. You will be a key part of senior leadership, reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer and working closely with the Chief Financial Officer of the Academy Foundation. Primary responsibilities include the daily general accounting, oversight of cash handling and management, internal controls, financial analysis, internal financial reporting, and budgets, with a focus on mitigating risks and ensuring that reported results comply with generally accepted accounting principles.

You Will:

  • Develop and lead the Academy Museum budget (including expenditures and income), working in consultation with the COO and Finance staff at the Academy Foundation.
  • Ensure that work done in the department is accurate, appropriate internal controls are in place and follows generally accepted accounting practices.
  • Develop annual institutional budget; monitor institutional expenses in relation to budgets; perform ongoing budget analysis.
  • Work with the Operations team on developing procedures for appropriate accounting and cash handling for revenue for retail, ticketing, events, membership and programming.
  • Develop, oversees and maintain a documented system of accounting policies and procedures.
  • Manage accounts payable and ensuring that accounts are paid on time.
  • Oversee accounts receivable and ensuring collection of all payments are prompt.
  • Direct cash reconciliations.
  • Maintain the chart of accounts.
  • Issue timely and complete financial documents.
  • Recommend benchmarks against which to measure the performance of company operations.
  • Calculate and issue financial and operating metrics.
  • Calculate variances from the budget and report significant issues to management.
  • Oversee the provision of information to external auditors for the annual audit.
  • Comply with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements and works with the CFO on tax filings.
Position Requirements

You Have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, CPA preferred.
  • 5+ years of experience for a major company in non-profit.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in a museum or similar public facing environment looking after large volumes of cash transaction.
  • Experience in an organization that has multiple sources of revenue (philanthropic and earned) and diverse programs and cost centers is a plus.
  • Financial Reporting experience in compliance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles)

Our Benefits

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision
  • PTO and Sick Time
  • 401(k)
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Education Bachelor's Degree in Accounting  
Position Controller  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Open Date 5/18/2020  
Location Los Angeles  
About the Organization The Academy is the world's preeminent movie related organization, comprised of 8,000+ accomplished men and women working in cinema. We recognize and uphold excellence in the motion picture arts and sciences, inspire imagination, and connect the world through the medium of motion pictures.

EOE Statement The Academy is committed to equal opportunity in employment and to creating and valuing diversity in its workforce. Maintaining a diverse workforce is important to the Academy. The Academy enforces a strict policy that prohibits discrimination in hiring, training, compensation, promotion, transfer, or termination, whether on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or genetic information. This includes a workplace that is free of all forms of harassment. Also, to help foster diversity, the Academy uses programs that ensure fairness of opportunity, pay, and growth to all applicants and employees. Every employee of the Academy is required to follow this policy and to preserve the Academy’s commitment to diversity.  

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