Chief Financial Officer

Job Type

Full Time




54 Park Place
New Jersey
United States


WBGO Jazz88.3FM, an affiliate of NPR, is a publicly-supported, cultural institution that champions jazz and presents blues, R&B, and award-winning news to a local and worldwide audience of 400,000 people through radio, the Internet, mobile apps, and events. Within public radio, WBGO is regarded as a leader for its ground-breaking work in the presentation of jazz as well as its community and volunteer involvement, special events, and collaboration with local, national, and international artists. It is the most listened to NPR jazz station in the country, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts has named WBGO a “Major Impact Arts Organization” for over 20 consecutive years. In 2018, WBGO was nominated for a Peabody Award for its work producing Jazz Night In America in collaboration with NPR and Jazz at Lincoln Center. 

In 2017, WBGO launched a new strategic plan which will include increased visibility as the main provider of Jazz programming and editorial coverage to NPR, giving it an even larger footprint with a global audience. WBGO employs more than 52 full and part-time staff at the station. Operating as a 501(c)3 organization, WBGO is funded by more than 17,000 members each year, and by a combination of corporate, foundation, and governmental grants. The organization is governed by a Board of Trustees.

Position Summary: The Chief Financial Officer will be a member of the Executive Team, responsible for management of the Finance Department, strategic financial planning, budgeting, cost monitoring and containment, financial reporting, year-end audits, contract/grant monitoring, risk management and insurance, and special projects.

Core Responsibilities:

1. Oversees accounts payables, accounts receivables, payroll, accounting, and other related finance functions.

2. Prepares all agency budgets in coordination with other staff and appropriate program management.

3. Prepares budget modifications for submission to appropriate funding agencies as necessary, interacts with funding agencies and advocates for budgetary revisions.

4. Prepares monthly financial summary and presents report to the Finance Committee. Designs, establishes and maintains proper accounting procedures to insure accuracy of records and reports.

5. Prepares and submits quarterly financial statements to lending institution if applicable.

6. Prepares all year-end reports including but not limited to: audit reports, Form 990s, New Jersey Charity Reports (CO-8), CPB Reports, Form 1099s, 403(b) audit and other reports as required.

7. Reviews all quarterly and year-end payroll reports, including Federal and State returns, ensuring that employee forms W-2 are accurate.

8. Reviews quarterly expenditure reports for contracts and grants.

9. Reports all significant financial matters to the President/CEO.

10. Attends Board of Trustees meetings and monthly Finance Committee meetings.

11. Monitors monthly expenses, notifies appropriate staff of budgetary overages and collaborates with operations to resolve areas of concern. 

12. Projects agency’s cash flow needs and facilitates short term financing.

13. Develops and monitors department activities, goals, and objectives pursuant to the agency’s Strategic Plan.

14. Supervises Finance Department staff and ensures that time is being utilized efficiently and that workloads are equitable.

5. Oversees and maintains records of agency’s restricted accounts in collaboration with the Development Department and Executive Team.

16. Provides supporting documentation for grants and annual reports.

Additional Responsibilities: 1. Represent the organization externally to government agencies, auditors and the general public. 2. Acts in partnership with the Human Resources Department in monitoring, analyzing and expanding the employee benefits package. 3. Performs any other duties deemed necessary by the President/CE

Qualifications: • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance • Master’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, or Business Administration; or CPA certification • Minimum 5 years supervisory experience, preferably at a Controller level or above • 7-10 years experience in financial reporting and budgeting • 5-10 years in not for profit management • Thorough knowledge of regulations, policies and procedures which apply to accounting and financing in a not for profit environment • Knowledge of automated payroll, financial, and accounting systems • Experience in overseeing grants and contracts • Ability to interact and collaborate with all levels of employees, managers, and board members and uphold the values of the organization • Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position

Please send resume and cover letter to:


WBGO is a not for profit organization. WBGO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. WBGO is committed to maintaining a diverse workforce and actively encourages applications from a broad spectrum of applicants


Competitive Benefits

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

CV with cover letter must be submitted to be considered for this position.