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Vice President for Finance 

Location Museum of Life and Science  
About the Organization The Museum of Life and Science, one of North Carolina’s top family destinations, has been a beloved Durham institution for 75 years. The Museum features 84 acres of exhibits, experiences, and outdoor exploration, including one of the East Coast's largest butterfly conservatories and a two-story science center. As an accredited zoo, the Museum is home to lemurs, black bears, endangered red wolves, and more than 140 species of live animals, butterflies, and insects. Readers of Durham Magazine, Indy Week, and Carolina Parent have repeatedly named us the top Museum in the Triangle. Charity Navigator rated the Museum, a 501(c3) nonprofit organization, 100 out of 100-- the highest possible score.

Our mission is to create a place of lifelong learning where people of all ages embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world. The Museum serves our increasingly diverse community with interactive and accessible experiences that build and develop lifelong connections with science, nature, and critical thinking. The Museum partners with NASA, NOAA, the National Science Foundation, Duke University, NC State University, and the University of North Carolina on many research projects and programs.

In addition to an incredible team of co-workers, the Museum provides competitive compensation commensurate with experience, as well as a full array of employee benefits for eligible positions, including a generous 403b retirement plan with employer contributions, health, dental, and vision insurance, flex-spending plans, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, nine paid annual holidays, employee appreciation events, and a family membership to the Museum.  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  

Position Objective: Supports the Museum mission by acting as a member of the Executive Team, with primary oversight of the Accounting, Finance, and Information Technology functions.

The position leads, implements, and provides oversight for budget, accounting, investment, treasury, risk management, information systems, and information technology initiatives, and acts as the liaison to the Board Finance Committee, working with a team of four and an external IT vendor.

The Vice President provides strong, creative, upbeat, and strategic leadership on all financial and risk management topics and supports an organizational culture of equity, integrity, transparency, and respect.


  • Serve on Executive and Leadership Teams.
  • Supervise and provide input to accounting policies and procedures, financial reporting, grant management and operating and capital budgets development.
  • In support of organizational goals, prepare and update long-range financial projections.
  • Track and report on the financial performance of the organization monthly or as required.
  • Provide input and oversight of financial policies, procedures, and resources that support achieving organizational priorities with groundbreaking accuracy and efficiency.
  • Work interdepartmentally to understand their needs and ensure that they have required resources.
  • Maintain professional, property, liability, and workers’ compensation insurance and support the implementation of practices to effectively handle Museum risk.
  • Participate in cross-departmental teams as needed to support operations and/or new initiatives.
  • Work with the Safety Committee and Emergency Coordinator Team to develop, implement, and supervise emergency response and disaster recovery protocols.
  • Oversee Museum’s 403b and 457b plans in compliance with ERISA requirements.
  • Coordinate annual financial and 403b audits, working with staff and outside auditors.
  • Support the organization’s infrastructure and training for all cross-functional software applications such as Blackbaud Altru, SharePoint, and Office 365 to improve efficiency. Engage with the Museum’s Digital Squad to support database administration needs and other technology initiatives.
  • Manage relationship with outside information technology vendor to support day-to-day technology needs; make recommendations for technology investment.
  • Manage a team of four, ensuring their delivery on goals, development, and job satisfaction.
  • Support Board financial initiatives as liaison to the Board Finance Committee.
  • Other duties as assigned by CEO.
Position Requirements


  • B.A. required; advanced degree preferred.
  • At least 10 years’ dynamic responsibility in financial leadership, with significant work in budget, accounting, and grants management.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in non-profit financial management and knowledge of non-profit accounting standards.
  • Experience supervising the annual financial and 403b audits and 990 filings.
  • At least 5 years’ significant supervisory experience, with demonstrated success in motivation and team building that achieve short- and long-term objectives.
  • Genuine passion for and dedication to the Museum’s mission and to the value of science to the community and the world.
  • Strong interpersonal skills: respectful, empathetic, and consensus-building.
  • Ability to extract, analyze, and present data to support quality decision-making.
  • Skilled at supporting staff at all skill levels to develop operating budgets that meet MLS’s strategic goals.
  • Communicates budget proposals clearly and concisely to Museum leadership, the Board, and the Finance Committee.
  • Skilled at presenting financials so that they are understandable to those without expertise, ensuring financial management standard methodologies and effective decision-making.
  • Skilled at goal setting and measuring success, possessing the agility to move in new directions when necessary and prioritize the long-term sustainability of the Museum.
  • Able to handle several priorities and projects at various stages of completion.
  • Strong digital literacy, with sophisticated abilities in Excel and use of financial system reporting.


  • Experience supporting the pursuit and management of federal grants.
  • Experience with development and managing of multi-year strategy, budget, and investment planning.
  • Experience with vendor selection, SLA development, and management.
  • Experience supporting Information Technology teams; able to offer strong partnership to this critical function.
  • Experience working with a CEO and Board of Directors on strategic planning and fiscal management.
  • Proven ability to work with external collaborators including community leaders and outside vendors.

We encourage you to apply even if your experience is not a 100% match with the position. We are open to candidates with relevant skills and experience and a dedication to our mission, not simply someone who “checks all the boxes.” We want to help you grow and in return, have you help us grow into a stronger, more inclusive organization.

Salary rante is $95,000-$110,000 with a robust benefit package.

Shift Days  
Pay Range $95,000-$110,000  
EOE Statement The Museum of Life and Science is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, military or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, we will provide reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities to participate in the job application or interview process, perform crucial job functions, and receive other benefits and privileges of employment. As an equal opportunity employer, we value the differences and benefits that a diverse culture brings. Join us!
Category Accounting/Finance  

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