Chief Financial Officer - Mingei International Museum


Position Title: Chief Financial Officer
Compensation: $120,000 – $130,000 DOE/neg.
Locations: San Diego, CA
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
Direct Reports: 3 (Financial Manager, Security and Facilities Manager, Café Manager)

Who We Are:

Founded in 1978, Mingei International Museum collects, preserves and exhibits “art of the world, art of
the people,” including folk art, craft and design from all eras and cultures. Located in San Diego’s iconic
Balboa Park, this highly respected Museum offers exhibitions and diverse educational programs, all
aiming to inspire creativity for more than 100,000 visitors each year. At the heart of Mingei are stunning
exhibitions celebrating human creativity.

Mingei has a deep commitment to creating a space where people are inspired to see their own world
through new eyes and, in turn, rediscover, embrace and nurture their own creativity. As such, the
Museum recently embarked on a comprehensive, $52M building renovation to fulfill this mission in
meaningful new ways. The newly designed Museum will include a “living room” for Balboa Park, with a
restaurant, garden courtyard, theatre and galleries, opening our space to visitors and new audiences.
The transformed Mingei will be a place where all are welcome, where community can gather, and where
individuals can rest and find creative inspiration — all in the heart of Balboa Park.

While the Balboa Park Museum is temporarily closed through 2020, Mingei remains open for business
with pop-up exhibitions, maker events and installations happening across the region, expanding the
Museum’s community reach and adding new perspectives. The Museum plans to reopen to the public in
the first half of 2021. To learn more about our exhibits and our space, please visit:


The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and will manage
the Mingei’s $4M operating budget and $16M endowment portfolio. The CFO will also have overall
strategic and operational responsibility for all fiscal areas, including financial planning, budgeting and
analysis, accounting, financial controls and reporting, risk management, insurance, HR, benefits, and IT.
This position will also maintain a thorough, hands on knowledge of all Museum projects, facilities,
operations, and strategic plans. The CFO will work closely with the Board of Trustees, manage 3 direct
reports, and serve as a member of the Senior Management Team.

Strategic priorities for this position include:

  • Develop a deep understanding of our organization and programs, with a focus on building trust
    and relationships with team members at all levels.
  • Take ownership of financial strategy, planning, and reporting; guide decision making in ways
    that are fully mission-aligned.
  • Ensure the organization is well-prepared for the grand reopening in 2021.
  • Work with Mingei’s Senior Management Team to develop a multi-year strategic plan.

Tactical priorities for this position include:

  • Recruit and train a new Security and Facilities Manager.
  • Work closely with vendors and our project manager on construction-related projects.
  • Work closely with senior management team to identify a purveyor/operating partner for the
    new restaurant space launching within the new Museum in 2021; develop contract and
    operating relationship.
  • Implement a financial dashboard to support the CEO and Senior Management Team.
  • Create multi-year cash flow projections to support the expected growth of the Museum.
  • Onboard and manage an HR consultant to assess HR needs for each department, develop and
    implement staff satisfaction surveys and craft a new employee handbook.
  • Build capacity among staff in preparation for the reopening of the Museum in 2021.


The CFO is a key member of our Senior Management Team and will significantly influence our culture
during a pivotal growth phase in Mingei’s history. This is a highly visible position within the organization,
requiring a candidate who is equally committed to both organizational performance and a culture of
diversity and inclusivity. Focus areas include:

Financial Management

  • Oversee the long-range financial planning process and make recommendations for the future
    well-being of the Museum.
  • Manage the Museum’s cash flow, investments, endowment and operating funds.
  • Guide financial decisions by establishing, monitoring and enforcing policies and procedures.
  • Manage all Museum financial activities, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash
    receipts, taxes, payroll, insurance, general ledger, bank reconciliations and audit.
  • Provide status of financial condition by collecting, interpreting and reporting financial data.
  • Manage the annual operations plan and budget and report against this budget.
  • Ensure the maintenance of effective internal controls, safeguarding of assets and reliability of
    financial statements.
  • Oversee reconciliations, monthly general ledger close and financial reporting.
  • Ensure operation of an accounting system that provides the organization with quick access to
    financial information and enables strategic planning and budgeting.
  • Design and implement information systems to provide regular, timely financial reports to the
    CEO, Finance and Investment Committees and Board of Trustees.
  • Handle all government reporting and compliance issues.
  • Manage budget reporting for grants and contracts and legal policies and procedures related to
    fundraising and planned giving.
  • Actively participate on the Finance, Investment, Compensation and Audit Committees by making
    recommendations for improvements and best practices.
  • Present to the Board on an as-needed basis.
  • Supervise the Financial Manager and Manager of the Museum’s take-out café.
  • Manage and Oversee the relationship with the contractor for the sit-down bistro.

Capital Campaign/Museum Transformation

  • Evaluate financing options available for the campaign and manage cash flow during renovation,
    utilizing available financing options as needed.
  • Work closely with the Project Manager on all construction-related projects during the
    renovation period.
  • Actively participate on renovation and campaign-related committees as-needed.
  • Participate in major donor cultivation/solicitation/stewardship meetings as appropriate.


  • Oversee all security and building maintenance issues for Museum locations, including staff
    and/or outside service representatives engaged to perform necessary work.
  • Supervise the Museum’s Security and Facilities Manager.
  • Ensure Mingei’s technology infrastructure can continuously support organizational growth.
  • Manage outside IT vendors and service providers.
  • Manage institutional leaseholds at multiple locations.

Human Resources

  • Manage, upgrade and enhance human resources functions including training, development,
    compensation and benefits, employee relations, performance evaluation, and recruiting.
  • Lead the performance management process that measures and evaluates progress against goals
    for the organization.
  • Ensure compliance with current employment and compensation-related regulations.
  • Oversee all policies and procedures related to personnel matters including the regular review
    and updating of the Employee Handbook.
  • Provide strong day-to-day leadership presence and support an open-door policy among all staff.
  • Reinforce a culture of personal and professional growth, including orientation, training, coaching
    / mentoring and development strategies and programs at the highest level.
  • Cultivate Mingei’s values with both paid staff and volunteers across the organization.
  • Manage payroll and benefits vendor(s) to ensure the Museum leverages benefits, training and
    all related resources available.


  • Passionate: Dedicated to our mission of furthering the understanding of art of the people
    (mingei) from all eras and cultures of the world.
  • Independent: A self-starter with a strong professional presence who can support the Museum
    by means of strategic, analytical and hands-on financial and operational leadership.
  • Planning and Process Management: Exceptional mind for optimizing workflow and managing
    people, systems, procedures, and programs.
  • Deliberate: Listens, absorbs and reflects before acting.
  • Collaborative: Ability to “manage up”, coach, mentor and develop staff; highly collaborative
    with a calm and confident leadership style.
  • Metrics-driven: An innovative thinker, pairing ideas with solutions and measurable outcomes;
    firm but fair, holding team members accountable for performance.
  • Solutions-oriented: High level of integrity and dependability with a strong results-orientation.
  • Articulate: Exceptional analytical skills and the ability to “tell the story” behind the numbers.
  • Servant-leader: A dedicated manager who is self-motivated and can take charge, build
    consensus, work cross-functionally and affect change; must impart credibility, trust, integrity
    and enthusiasm; someone who understands the subtleties of motivating and directing others.
  • Strategic Thinker: Intellectually curious, decisive, resourceful and responsive, with the
    organizational sensitivity to gain support and confidence from all areas of our organization.
  • Emotional Intelligence: Emotionally mature, with a sense of humor and the flexibility and
    sensitivity to work with diverse personalities and situations.
  • Culturally Adept: The ability to work effectively within our culture, with a focus on inclusivity
    and diversity.
  • Teambuilding: Constantly works to build and manage strong teams, collaborating with
    colleagues at every step.
  • Communication: Outstanding oral and written communication skills, with the presence to serve
    as an effective spokesperson for the Museum in all administrative capacities; able to effectively
    relate to the Museum’s Board, staff and our wider community.
  • Flexible: Ability to embrace shifts in priorities on a regular basis; possesses excellent change
    management skills.


  • 7+ years in progressively responsible financial leadership roles in nonprofit organizations, with
    demonstrated capability in leading all financial functions (nonprofit accounting, 990s, audit,
    financial statements, and cash flow projections).
  • Prior experience as a CFO or controller for a similarly sized organization.
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or closely related field of study. MBA and/or CPA preferred.
  • Familiarity with the complexities of a multi-dimensional cultural institution a strong plus.
  • Track record of success with managing systems, operations, and teams.
  • Experience with QuickBooks.
  • Demonstrated expertise in overseeing administration and operations functions including
    security and facilities management.
  • Operational experience with earned revenue departments such as retail, admissions and
    ticketing, concessions/café, rentals and special events highly desirable.
  • Proven experience applying analytics to institutional decision making.

For more information or to apply, please contact:

Sarah Thompson, Director

Blair Search Partners
550 West B Street, Fourth Floor
San Diego, CA 92101