About Texas Performing Arts:
Founded in 1981, Texas Performing Arts (TPA) is the professional arts presenting and producing organization of The University of Texas at Austin. One of the largest and most active university-based arts centers in the US, TPA is an integral non-degree-granting division of UT’s College of Fine Arts, an anchor for Austin’s performing arts community, and a key player in the city’s arts and entertainment landscape. TPA operates venues including Austin’s largest theater, Bass Concert Hall, and is the home of the Broadway in Austin series. As a major contributor to the cultural life of one of the largest schools in the nation, TPA’s programs are integrated into curricula within the College of Fine Arts and engage students and faculty across the university.
Texas Performing Arts welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and consciously maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences. We believe inclusivity is critical to fostering excellence in all of our endeavors, and we promote diversity in our recruiting, hiring, and retention practices.
The Director of Finance and Administration is a senior leadership team member who is responsible for financial, business operations, and human resources functions for Texas Performing Arts. The role ensures the organization’s fiscal health, maintains a comprehensive understanding of the organization’s economics, supports decisions grounded in financial realities, accomplishes TPA’s administrative needs within the context of university business practices, and promotes a supportive employee culture that is in compliance with university HR policies. Overall, the role fulfills the strategic connections between mission, money, processes, and people.
• Leadership: Serve as a strategic partner to the executive director and as an organizational leader in managing the alignment of mission and program, capital structure, and organizational capacity. Assess the financial, administrative, and human resource elements of TPA’s opportunities and risks. Apply entrepreneurial, insightful, and solution-oriented thinking to achieving TPA’s mission within a complex public university business environment. Lead TPA’s finance and HR team. Collaborate effectively with other TPA staff, counterparts in the College of Fine Arts and throughout the university, and with external vendors, clients, and partners.
• Financial Management: Develop and manage TPA’s annual budget. Generate financial statements and forecasts that inform leadership decision-making and strategic commitments. Work with departmental leaders and program staff to prepare, monitor, revise, and reconcile budgets. Prepare budgets to present and submit in a range of formats. Prepare financial information to support fundraising proposals and reports. Oversee finance and accounting functions including payables, receivables, deposits, tracking fund balances, and show settlements. Maintain compliance with university finance policies and procedures.
• Administration: Administer the effective and efficient fulfillment of TPA’s mission within the context of university systems and policies. Supervise contracting, purchasing, insurance, inventory, legal and compliance matters, and office administration. Administer organizational and capital projects. Develop increased capacity in IT and facility management. Evaluate and improve administrative processes on an ongoing basis, including through new technology. Maintain compliance with university administrative policies and procedures.
• Human Resources: Oversee recruiting, appointments, professional development, training, compensation, timekeeping, benefits and leave management, and on/off-boarding in tandem with college and university human resources teams.
• At least six years of increasingly responsible professional financial, administrative, or personnel management experience.
• Extensive, demonstrated experience managing complex financial, administrative, or HR functions.
• Advanced working knowledge of: generally accepted accounting principles, fund accounting, and fiscal management; business negotiation, contract structures and terms; human resources processes and standards.
• Workforce Diversity Management: Demonstrated understanding of the business value of diverse perspectives and opinions and ability to understand, appreciate and employ the unique contributions of associates of varied cultures, nationalities, ethnic backgrounds, genders, ages, points of view, etc.
• Business Acumen: Demonstrated knowledge, insight, and understanding of business concepts, tools, and processes that are needed for making sound decisions in the context of the company’s business; ability to apply this knowledge appropriately to diverse situations.
• Interpersonal Relationships: Demonstrated knowledge of the techniques and the ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and collaborative manner.
• Tactical Planning: Demonstrated knowledge of effective planning techniques and ability to contribute to operational (short term), tactical (1-2 years) and strategic (3-5 years) planning in support of the overall business plan.
• Effective Communications: Demonstrated understanding of effective communication concepts, tools and techniques; ability to effectively transmit, receive, and accurately interpret ideas, information, and needs through the application of appropriate communication behaviors.
• Accuracy and Attention to Detail: Demonstrated understanding of the necessity and value of accuracy and attention to detail; ability to process information with high levels of accuracy.
• Honesty and Integrity: Understanding of the importance of being a role model for honesty and integrity and ability to demonstrate sound business ethics and consistent adherence to and promotion of these in all business and personal transactions.
• Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
• Professional education or credentials such as an MBA, CPA, PHR, SHRM-CP or similar.
• A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in past work roles.
• Previous experience with Workday (HCM/Payroll software).
• Experience with a centralized accounting system in a large, multi-unit organization.
• Experience in the non-profit sector, particularly in a performing arts or cultural organization; experience in higher education, particularly in a public institution.
• Proven ability to anticipate and synthesize financial implications of programmatic decisions and plans.
• Working knowledge of databases and experience with standard general ledger software.
• Experience working with student employees.
• Fluent in the use of technology and commitment to adopting new technology.
• Experience leading a comprehensive budget process and development of dashboards and other analytical tools.
• Systems conversion and organizational change experience.
• Experience negotiating high-value, multi-year, multi-party agreements.
• Experience in facility management or information technology management.
• Familiarity with public institution procurement and record-keeping processes.
• Demonstrated ability to solve complex problems within standardized policies and procedures.
• Past accomplishments utilizing administrative and negotiating skills to improve the financial sustainability and programmatic success of a mission-based organization.
• Past accomplishments fostering a positive, supportive workplace culture.
• Interest in and strongly commitment to the mission and programs of Texas Performing Arts.
This job description may not be inclusive of all assigned duties, responsibilities, or aspects of the job described. Even if you don’t qualify or have specific experience in every facet of this role, we encourage you to apply for any role you’re personally interested in and can demonstrate the potential to create positive change within the organization.
For More Information and To Apply
For additional information and to apply, please visit the University of Texas at Austin Staff Job page for this position: https://utaustin.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UTstaff/job/UT-MAIN-CAMPUS/Director-of-Finance-and-Administration_R_00010891-1
For more information about Texas Performing Arts and the University of Texas at Austin, please visit: https://texasperformingarts.org and https://utexas.edu.