Chief Administrative Officer

Job Type

Full Time




Fort Worth
United States


Robert Half Executive Search has been exclusively retained by an $11 million not-for-profit museum in Fort Worth, Texas whose mission it is to engage its diverse community through creative, vibrant programs and exhibits interpreting Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (“STEAM”) as well as the history and stories of Texas and the Southwest. Our client has operated for nearly 80 years and accumulated $63 million in assets.

The organization seeks a Chief Administrative Officer, who will report directly into the President. He or she will:

  • Provide leadership for the Accounting, Finance, Development, Operations, Marketing, Human Resources, and Information Technology departments
  • Assist in the development of new business opportunities
  • In partnership with the President, have day-to-day responsibilities for planning and managing all finance-related activities of the Museum, including institutional assurance, risk management, and budgeting/forecasting
  • Provide exceptional leadership and effective management in all areas of staffing and personnel, administration, project completion, new business opportunities, and development
  • Serve as a strategic advisor to the President
  • Oversee investment reporting, inclusive of outside portfolio management
  • Evaluate long-range economic trends and project corporate partnerships for future growth in revenue and market share
  • Provide insight into opportunities for acquisition and expansion into new product areas
  • Attend Board meetings and prepare relevant reports for the Finance and Executive Committees as well as the full Board of Directors
  • In conjunction with the President and Deputy Director, provide the Board’s Finance Committee with context and perspective on items such as the Museum’s finances, budgets, and strategic planning
  • Work closely with insurance and employee benefit providers to ensure compliance and fiscal responsibility in these areas
  • Plan and manage all future capital improvement projects

The ideal candidate will possess the following experience:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Finance or a related field is required; an advanced degree, such as a Master’s of Business Administration, is strongly preferred
  • A Certified Public Accountant license would be advantageous
  • An experienced current or former Chief Administrative Officer or Chief Operating Officer of a not-for-profit organization, preferably with diverse revenue streams, who has a track record of institution building and leading positive organizational development
  • Demonstrated prior success leading an organization through transitions and change
  • A financial operational leader in a for-profit organization (such as another museum, entertainment complex, arts institution, etc.) with a similar business model would also be possible 
  • At least 15 years of broad operational finance experience is required; tenure as a Chief Financial Officer and/or Vice President, Finance would be relevant
  • A professional background in public accounting would be highly advantageous
  • Strong entrepreneurial instincts, experience, and results leading fund raising/advancement/development efforts, including capital campaigns, and a demonstrated track record of generating revenue is desired

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree