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ASP Career Opportunities

Finance Director

Part Time Position (0.80 FTE, negotiable)


The ASP is a 501c3 nonprofit astronomy organization, headquartered in San Francisco, whose mission is to inspire and support professionals, educators, amateurs and “armchair” enthusiasts. The ASP develops and disseminates astronomy toolkits, programs, publications, education resources, and on-line tools in its mission to inspire youth and adults. The ASP’s efforts target K-12 classrooms, museums, planetariums, national and state parks, nature centers, astronomy clubs, and city sidewalks. The ASP partners with NASA, the American Astronomical Society, the National Science Foundation, and other leading professional and educational organizations in North America and overseas. Financial support comes from a diverse portfolio of sources that includes government agencies, private and corporate foundations, corporate sponsorship, earned revenue, and donations from ASP members and the public. The organization’s annual operating budget is approximately $3,000,000, and the society employs a staff of over 20 people at headquarters and three additional sites across the country.


The finance director leads the financial operations of a budget of nearly $3 million and supervises ASP’s accounting manager and accounting assistant(s). The position ensures the ASP has systems and procedures in place to support effective program implementation and conduct flawless audits.  This position is also responsible for the development and execution of subawards and contracts between the ASP and other agencies. Working closely with ASP program directors, the finance director educates them regarding finance and accounting procedures and explores how finance functions can better support their program operations. This position also works closely with the ASP Board Finance Committee, ASP Board Treasurer, and partners with the ASP’s senior leadership and information technology (IT) staff to enhance and better integrate finance, HR, and IT functions. The successful candidate will have knowledge and experience in nonprofit financial management and controls, government grant compliance (especially NSF and NASA), developing standards, preparing for audits, tracking budget expenses, analyzing information, developing budgets, developing financial reports, and performance management.


  • Oversees all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local legal requirements, filing required financial reports to these agencies as needed, and advising management on needed actions.
  • Maintains internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures.
  • Oversees all financial, project/program and grants accounting, ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant and program budgets throughout the funding period, and collate financial reporting materials for government, corporate, and foundation grants.
  • Analyze financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner, clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements, monitor progress and changes, and keep the Executive Director and senior leadership abreast of ASP’s financial status.
  • Assist ASP’s senior leadership and program directors in the annual budgeting and planning process; administer and review all financial plans and compare to actual results with a view to identify, explain, and correct variances as appropriate.
  • Develop and execute all contracts and subawards between the ASP and other organizations.
  • Manage organizational cash flow forecasting; assess the financial efficacy of program operations and establish finance and administrative systems to support program operations.
  • Manage and track the performance of invested assets in keeping with policies and investment guidelines.
  • Coordinate all audit activities.
  • Leverage strengths of the current finance 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.


  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and unwavering commitment to ASP’s mission; a proactive, hands-on strategic thinker who will own, in partnership with the Executive Director, the responsibility for finance
  • Minimum of a BA; CPA and/or MBA preferred
  • Solid experience coordinating audit activities and managing reporting, budget development and analysis, accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll, and accounting for investments
  • A successful track record in grants management as it relates to compliance and reporting of government, corporate and foundation grants is essential
  • Technology savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with software vendors; advanced knowledge of accounting and reporting software
  • Commitment to recruiting, mentoring, training, and retaining a diverse team; the foresight and ability to delegate accordingly.
  • Keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills that allows for strategic data interpretation.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, board or other outside partners
  • Ability and desire to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including finance and non-finance managers


This is an 80% (32 hours per week) management position (negotiable) with flexible hours and an annual salary to be determined based on qualifications and experience. The position includes medical, dental, retirement, and other benefits at an FTE of 50% or greater.

DEADLINEThis job will remain posted until filled.

HOW TO APPLY: E-mail a cover letter and resume to Your subject header should read ASP Finance Director.

No phone or e-mail inquiries.

The ASP is committed to a diverse workforce.