The Museum of Contemporary
Art Chicago (MCA) brings artists and audiences together,
presenting contemporary art and culture in ways that illuminate
what it means to be a citizen of Chicago and the world. As one of
the nation’s largest contemporary art organizations, the MCA is an
innovative and compelling center where the public experiences the
work and ideas of living artists and engages with the historical,
social, and cultural issues of our time. With a $31M budget and
staff of 200, the MCA boasts a collection of over 2,000 works, a
retail store, a 300-seat theater, and a terraced sculpture garden
with a panoramic view of Lake Michigan and offers programming
onsite and online through exhibitions, MCA Stage, The Commons, and
Dialogue Series, among others. MCA programs are dedicated to
being artist-activated and audience engaged, providing a platform
for experimental art and processing cultural shifts that resonate
with a range of audiences. The MCA will also be expanding its
community engagement in Chicago through a new arts multiplex
warehouse located in south or west sides of Chicago.
The MCA believes in the values of inclusion, diversity, equity,
and accessibility (IDEA) and is committed to enacting structural
change through action. As an aspiring anti-racist organization, the
museum continues to expand its capacity to operate in a manner
where actions support this commitment through diverse public
programming, inclusive leadership, and cross-departmental work.
Additional information about the MCA’s commitment to IDEA can be
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will be the key leader
responsible for fueling the fiscal health and sustainability of the
MCA and the person charged with providing the financial
information, planning, advice and direction that underpins the
realization of ambitious institutional and departmental plans. The
ideal candidate will operate from a place of “yes” and bring
experience, creativity, and a collaborative spirit to their work,
quickly becoming a trusted advisor to the Pritzker Director, the
executive team, and the board.
This is a significant leadership position with substantial
engagement across the organization. In addition to working closely
with the executive team, the CFO will staff the Audit, Finance and
Investment Committees of the board, providing them with timely
information and advice that allows them to fulfill their fiduciary
responsibilities to the MCA. The CFO may also work with the
Executive and Compensation Committees of the board. The CFO will
present regularly at board meetings, delivering updates that are
accessible to people with a range of financial experience and
• Provide financial leadership and partnership to the executive
team, providing counsel for decisions affecting MCA finances,
organizational structure, management, and reputation. Ensure that
all financial aspects of the MCA are in alignment with overall
objectives and reflect the MCA’s core values.
• In conjunction with the Pritzker Director, develop, maintain, and
revise an organizational business model which will inform decisions
on the maintenance and expansion of the MCA’s operations and
mission, including capital campaigns. Partner with the director to
ensure strategic management of finance functions.
• Institute rigorous, best-in-class processes in financial planning
and analysis, cost management process improvement, metrics, and
policy changes. Integrate data collection across departments to
meet financial and operational goals. Proactively develop a best
practice understanding of the museum profession in general to
ensure the MCA stays current in strategic and financial
• Supervise, mentor, train a finance and accounting team of 5 FTEs,
including oversight of special projects; establish clear goals and
ensure the team has the tools, training, and support to meet them.
Set high standards for integrity, accuracy, productivity,
professionalism, and cooperation in the workplace.
• Implement, maintain, and revise the multi-year budget process.
Ensure organizational resources are appropriately allocated.
Develop the capital projects budget and project the impact on the
cash needs of the MCA.
• Communicate with and report to the Board of Trustees and relevant
subcommittees regarding the annual audit, federal and state tax
forms, and quarterly financial updates; ensure information is
shared in a way that is appropriate for the audience. Present the
annual budget to the Board.
• Oversee the annual audit process and the production of the
audited financial statements, including balance sheet, income
statement, and cash flow statement. Collaborate with outside
auditing firm and the Audit Committee chair on the results and
reporting of the required financial activities, including the
annual audit, examination of internal controls, and the Federal and
State tax forms.
• Serve as a strategic partner to the Chief Institutional
Advancement Officer and Director of Development to develop
fundraising strategies for annual operating needs and capital
campaigns. Institute accounting systems and practices that will
allow for management and reporting of gifts and the associated
legal and financial restrictions.
• Highly developed leadership, entrepreneurial, decision-making,
and people management skills; ability to foster trust and
collaboration among team members and trustees and manage through
change with flexibility and poise.
• Proven ability to conceptualize and analyze problems and
solutions in a proactive, constructive, creative manner that will
result in improved performance across the organization; sound
problem-solver with excellent reasoning skills, the ability to
understand and deal with complexities with ease and creatively
overcome obstacles to achieve goals.
• Strong executive presence and proven ability to engender
confidence and lead with authority, while also considering contrary
points of view.
• Proven experience in budgeting, strategic forecasting, planning,
and in overseeing financial, accounting, compliance, and risk
• Highly skilled at presenting financial information in a clear,
confident fashion to a range of individuals with varying levels of
financial expertise; quantitative, analytical, and communication
• Ability to forge and maintain effective working relationships
with a variety of representatives of public and private
organizations, Board members, vendors, and museum staff.
• Curiosity and drive to stay ahead of trends in the museum world
to identify new and unique opportunities to serve the
• Strong project management skills and ability to lead multiple,
high-profile projects forward and effectively leverage available
resources and/or creatively identify new resources as necessary to
• Ability to delegate authority combined with a willingness to work
in a “hands-on” manner as part of a team.
• Ability to prioritize competing and sometimes conflicting
• Unquestioned integrity, ethics, and values.
• MBA, other advanced degree, or equivalent work experience.
• At least ten years of senior-level financial experience in a
multi-faceted and highly complex nonprofit or similar cultural
• Initial salary range $205K – $225K. Please note a final offer
will account for the selected candidate’s experience while also
upholding equity with this position’s peer group.
• Competitive benefits package.
Frequently cited statistics show that women and
people from underrepresented groups apply to jobs only if they
think they meet 100% of the criteria. If you meet many but not all
criteria and feel you may be a good fit for the role, the MCA
encourages you to apply. The MCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer
and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national
origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race,
religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity
and/or expression, marital status, veteran statue, or any other
characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law in its
employment policies. In addition, MCA will provide reasonable
accommodations for qualified individuals with