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Financial Administrator

The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University (GSU) invites applicants for a Finance Administrator position. We seek an individual eager to serve with a spirit of generosity, empathy and inclusion.

GSU is the only regional public comprehensive university in Chicago’s south suburban area, serving more than 5,500 students annually. Governors State University is a cultural destination with its 750-acre campus encompassing the world-renowned Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, a state-of-the-art 1165-seat Center for Performing Arts (CPA) venue, and the Visual Arts Gallery with work displayed across the campus. GSU is conveniently located within easy reach of Chicago 37 miles from the Millennium Park) and surrounding communities with a wealth of cultural and natural attractions (learn more at Finance Administrator is a full-time senior leadership position. Reporting to and working collaboratively with the Executive Director of the Center for Performing Arts, the Finance Administrator oversees the organization’s $1M+ operating budget. S/He will develop financial strategy, lead annual budgeting and income-generating projections for CPA areas; monitor progress and changes; manage control systems in compliance with GSU procurement, auditing, HR policies and report accurate financial results to GSU, Board of Advisors, institutional funders and government stakeholders.
The Finance Administrator oversees all day-to-day accounting activities, including cash management, accounts payable, accounts receivable, artists’ contract settlements, cash receipts as well as concession management financial reporting. This position supports the Executive Director with financial reporting, and grant budgets; supports GSU Finance Department with the preparation of financial statements and audit activities. A successful candidate will be very well-organized, able to set priorities and focus on details while not losing sight of the big picture, with the flexibility to welcome and embrace change, and the ability to balance the many challenges and changes inherent in a dynamic, fast-paced cultural presenter, serving as an auxiliary department in a higher education setting.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Oversee accurate accounting in coordination with GSU Assistant Controller and CPA Director, managing day-to-day transactions as well as initiating end-of-year account transfers
  • Organization and interface of relevant computer software programs to the finance operations
  • Maintain required accounting controls, enforce financial policies and procedures and ensure staff compliance
  • Manage project, program and grant accounting and ensure that all Center’s financial data is recorded in an accurate and timely matter in compliance with GAAP
  • Work with Theater Manager and Technical Director to prepare and distribute rental clients’ projections, invoices, and settlements in a timely and accurate manner as well as other contractual settlements.
  • Supervise Office Manager with financial transactions, including but not limited to procurement, payments, and vendor-relationships.

    Secondary Responsibilities:
  • Prepare and monitor long- and short-term projections, including revenue and expense forecasts and allocations of funds from general operating accounts and grant accounts (16 + accounts)
  • Work with Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Program Specialist to review and monitor individual grants and related transactions for compliance with private, local, state and federal requirements.
  • Support GSU Chief Internal Auditor with annual risk assessments, internal control review checklist, and requests, as needed.
  • Maintain accounting controls over restricted and/or endowment funds collaboratively with CPA Director and GSU Finance and Foundation teams
  • Compile financial data for proposals and final reports for institutional, individual and government funders as well as corporate sponsorship request
  • Prepare ad hoc financial analysis and reports (including profit & loss statements by show, rental settlements, and concession tax statements)
  • Design and coordinate the necessary accounting and statistical date reports to assist CPA Director/ CAS management and the Board of Advisors in assessing past and current financial performance.
  • Building effective partnerships with co-workers throughout the University by freely sharing appropriate information and aiding when needed.
  • Ensuring optimum service to all internal and external partners in response to requests for service and information.

This position qualifies for an expansive suite of fringe benefits including, various insurance options, paid time off, retirement and investment options, and tuition waivers. Visit:

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Job Type: Permanent
Location: University Park