Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences seeks a dynamic, experienced Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to manage and advise on a spectrum of matters ranging from day-to-day financial and operational issues to development and implementation of long-term strategic goals.
Bigelow Laboratory is a small (85 employees) non-profit basic research institution whose mission is to understand the key processes driving ocean ecosystems, their evolution, and their fundamental relationship to life on Earth through interrelated programs in research, education, and technology transfer. Our focus ranges from microbial oceanography to the large-scale dynamics of the global ocean. Senior Research Scientists and Research Scientists drive innovative research programs at the Laboratory, supported by Postdoctoral Research Scientists and Scientific and Administrative Staff.
Bigelow Laboratory has an approximately $12M operating budget with about 80% of budget income through sponsored research activities via state, federal, or foundation grants, with the remaining through philanthropy. The Laboratory currently has 18 Senior Research Scientists and three Research Scientists, each of whom is responsible for raising and managing the funds for their own research programs. The Laboratory also operates a number of centers that contain fee for services and online purchasing.
Strategy, Planning, and Management
Financial Analysis, Budgeting, and Forecasting
Accounting, General Ledger, Administration, and Operations
Financial Relations and Policies
Finance and Accounting Team Management
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) – Position Requirements
Bachelor Degree in Accounting or Finance
10+ years total accounting or finance experience
Outstanding knowledge and understanding of GAAP, Uniform Guidance, and Federal grant management
Background coordinating with IT staff to manage and/or upgrade accounting system
Systems implementation experience strongly preferred
“Hands On” ERP Systems Experience – Oracle, Blackbaud experience preferred
Outstanding communication and presentation skills
Demonstrated leadership ability, confidence, and executive presence – ability to motivate staff
Excellent analytical, reasoning, and problem-solving skills
Significant experience working with external auditors, internal controls, and compliance-related issues
About Midcoast Maine
Bigelow Laboratory’s state-of-the-art oceanfront campus in East Boothbay is located in scenic Midcoast Maine, perfectly situated to provide access to the very best Maine has to offer. Within a reasonable commuting distance of most major Maine cities, this mid-coast peninsula offers the perfect balance between small town coastal charm and urban accessibility. Our peninsula is home to fishermen and sea captains, marine biologists, nature lovers, botanists and gardeners, artists, merchants, and entrepreneurs. Many non-profit organizations call this region home and work hard to further their missions in support of the arts, seamanship and marine education, conservation, historic preservation, and more. Learn more about the Boothbay Harbor Region here.
To apply, please submit a brief cover letter, your résumé, and contact information for three professional references on our online application portal. The Selection Committee will begin review of applicants on August 30 and will accept applications until the position is filled.
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.