Meet our 2022 Salute to Excellence Finalists!

Nashville Ballet

Chief Financial Officer

Nashville Ballet


Job Summary

Our Mission:  We create, perform, teach and promote dance as an essential and inspiring element of our community.


Our Vision:

Nashville Ballet is an accessible and inclusive organization that creates community through excellent and innovative dance and dance education; is recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for artistry, community engagement, and financial sustainability; and is a rewarding and satisfying place to work.


Our Enduring Values

  • We believe in the transformative power of art.
  • We inspire appreciation for the art of ballet.
  • We strive for excellence with integrity in all we do.
  • We respect one another and the art form.


The understanding of and the ability to not only support but celebrate our culture is essential to each and every person at Nashville Ballet.


Nashville Ballet Diversity Statement:


Nashville Ballet is invested in creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. We believe we can best achieve our mission by creating a climate of respect that is supportive of all voices, celebrating diverse stories, increasing arts access, and sparking communal discussion about our community and our world through our art form and our artistic programming. When considering the diversity of the Nashville Ballet community, we look at all aspects, including: race, gender, age, socioeconomic status, special needs, geographic (rural/urban), and sexual orientation. However, Nashville Ballet recognizes the racial inequalities that have plagued the dance world for far too long and is deeply committed to educating our constituencies on systemic racism, engaging in antiracist work in every branch of our organization, and doing our part to abolish racial inequalities in ballet.


Nashville Ballet provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.



Job Description for Chief Financial Officer


Reports To: Executive Director

Area of Responsibility: Finance & Human Resources

Wage Classification: Exempt


Position Summary: The CFO will lead all day-to-day finance operations of a budget of $8 million and supervise a team of 2-3 staff members including functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash receipts, payroll, grants administration, and human resources. The CFO will ensure that Nashville Ballet has the systems and procedures in place to support effective program implementation and conduct flawless audits. The CFO will work closely with program leaders and their staff, not only to educate them regarding finance and accounting procedures but also to explore how the finance function can support program operations.  The CFO ensures appropriate Corporate Insurance is in place. The CFO also manages the Human Resources functions. In addition, s/he will partner with the senior leadership and Nashville Ballet Board, Nashville Ballet Foundation Board and Committee Members.

Job Responsibilities

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:


CFO Leadership

  • Involved in higher-level financial strategies and planning; Tracking the company’s growth and capital, provide an analysis of where the business is strong or weak, and develop a plan of action for improvements
  • Oversees all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements
  • Maintains internal controls and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures
  • Manages audits and proper filing of tax returns
  • Consistently analyzes financial data and presents financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership abreast of Nashville Ballet’s financial status
  • Responsible for annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the Executive Director and Finance Committee
  • Administers and reviews all financial plans and compare to actual results with a view to identify, explain, and correct variances as appropriate
  • Attends all Board meetings and Finance, Executive, HR, and Audit committee meetings; Supports the Board Treasurer, Artistic Director, and Executive Director in engaging the board’s executive, audit, and finance committees around issues and trends in financial operating models and delivery
  • Oversees all financial, project/program and grants accounting; ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant and program budgets throughout the grant/fund period; collate financial reporting materials for government, corporate, and foundation grants
  • Manages organizational cash flow forecasting by working in partnership with the directors and budget managers; continuously collaborates with directors and leadership to assess the financial efficacy of program operations and establish finance and administrative systems to support program operations
  • Manages the Human Resource functions in cooperation with the HR Committee
  • Manages and tracks the performance of invested assets in keeping with policies and investment guidelines in conjunction with the Nashville Ballet Foundation Board
  • Manages external banking relationships
  •  Maintains positive community and constituent relationships, instilling trust and transparency in Nashville Ballet’s finances and governance


Team Leadership

  • Leverage strengths of the current team members, help to clarify roles and responsibilities and develop and implement training programs in order to maximize and reach optimal individual and organizational goals;
  • Provide leadership in strengthening internal communications with staff at all levels throughout the organization; create and promote a positive and supportive work environment.


Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are a non-exhaustive list of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to handle, feel, talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms above the shoulder. The employee is frequently required to sit and occasionally stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.


Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative to those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.


Work Requirements and Qualifications


This is an extraordinary opportunity for a mature leader with five years of accounting and finance experience, including some or all of the following relevant areas: accounting and audit, experience gathering, evaluating, presenting and reporting financial information to executive teams and external stakeholders, experience in a complex nonprofit that has multiple programs.


Additionally, The CFO will have the following experience and attributes:

  1. Minimum of a BA; CPA and/or MBA given additional consideration
  2. Solid experience coordinating audit activities and managing reporting, budget development and analysis, accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll, and accounting for investments
  3. A track record in grants management as it relates to compliance and reporting of government, corporate and foundation grants is essential
  4. Technology savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with software vendors; advanced knowledge of accounting and reporting software
  5. Commitment to recruiting, mentoring, training, and retaining a diverse team; the foresight and ability to delegate accordingly
  6. Keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which allows for strategic data interpretation versus. simple reporting
  7. Strong interpersonal and communication skills; experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, board or other outside partners
  8. Ability and desire to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including finance and non-finance managers
  9. Human Resources experience


Disclaimer Statement:

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate description of the current job, or to require that other, or different tasks be performed when circumstances change (e.g., emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological developments).


Additional Information

How to Apply

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to with “Chief Financial Officer” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.


  • Date Posted: May 31, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Accounting / Financial Management
  • Service Area: Arts / Culture