The RequirementsTo meet the basic qualification for this position you will be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer without requiring a visa transfer or visa sponsorship.
To be a strong fit for this opportunity you will have:
- A college degree in a technical discipline or a master's degree (non-technical) or non-technical degree plus professional certification.
- CPA designation.
- Eight to ten years of similar or related experience in a finance and accounting function.
- A audit background with a large to mid-size accounting firm is a plus.
- Excellent computer skills and familiarity with accounting software.
- Experience with a leading major software implementation is desired. Experience with credit card system implementations will also be an advantage.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills and the interpersonal skill to collaborate cross-functionally throughout the organization and beyond.
- Proven leadership skills and the ability to influence, coach and motivate others.
- Strong decision making and problem solving skills.
- A flexible and adaptable approach.
Reporting directly to the CFO/COO, as the Director of Finance and Accounting you will be responsible for producing the company financial statements; directing all General Ledger activity; directing the annual financial audit and working with management to establish, implement and maintain accounting policies and procedures and ensure company-wide compliance.
You’ll work in collaboration with CFO/COO regularly regarding all aspects of company finances as you oversee a team of eight. Our business model is unique due to the fact that we process transactions for our government clients. We process film permit and other associated service fees paid on behalf of our government clients and remit these fees back to the government clients. This means our AR function is comprised of thousands of transactions and in-house credits.
You will also supervise the payroll function, assist with the financial side of workers’ compensation and employee benefits, generate a variety of reports and financial analyses, use metrics and KPIs to assess performance, prepare and revise the budget, provide support for the finance and audit committees, and much more.
More specifically, your essential functions & responsibilities will be to:
- Provide status of financial conditions by collecting, interpreting, and reporting financial data utilizing benchmark data, key performance indicators and other related metrics; produces timely financial statements on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis
- Direct all General Ledger activity; review and approve source application and inputs by staff for A/R, A/P, P/R and journal entries.
- Guide financial decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing financial and accounting policies and procedures; protects assets by establishing, monitoring and enforcing internal controls.
- Prepare budgets by: establishing schedules, collecting, analyzing, and consolidating financial data, and recommending plans; achieves budget objectives by scheduling expenditures; analyzing variances; initiating corrective actions.
- Coordinate and manage annual financial audit and IRS tax form preparation with CPA firm, and other agencies as required; collaborate with CPA firm, CFO/COO and Audit and Finance Committees in producing annual audited financial statements and IRS tax forms.
- Prepare special reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends utilizing benchmark data, key performance indicators and other related metrics; research and provide account analyses as required.
- Produce cash forecasts, review and record investment account transactions, and reconcile bank statements.
- Comply with federal, state, and local legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation; anticipating future legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; filing financial reports; advising management on needed actions.
- Administer Sage100 (moving to "Intacct") accounting program, all online banking and investment account processes, and all other accounting software or web-based applications.
- Collaborate regularly with CFO/COO regarding all aspects of company finances.
- Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
- Collaborate with leadership on all aspects of financial decisions, including developing pricing strategies, data collection and budget analysis.
More Good ReasonsWide-reaching impact
This role is going to be a key part of our company and you'll have the opportunity to partner with contacts throughout all levels and departments of our organization. We are a company that is continuously evolving, and we’re at a pivotal point in our development. Successful implementation and execution of the Finance and Accounting functions and systems that you will support will give us a strong foundation for us to continue to expand and grow.
This role will put you in a great position to grow with the company and expand your skill set.
We are a non-profit, but our focus on promoting economic benefits means our culture has unique energy. Our staff of about 100 is passionate about our mission and enjoy working here -- average tenure is 12 years, and many employees have been with FilmL.A. since our founding in 1995. Our management team is very supportive, and we enjoy a collegial atmosphere where we work well, but have fun together.
Bringing entertainment production home
For more than 20 years, our expertise in film permit coordination, community outreach and marketing to filmmakers have helped our government clients get their “big break” in the industry. Our work promotes communities and brings tax credits to the state, among other benefits. Lots of people talk about entertainment production leaving Hollywood, but the LA area continues to host more production than any other location -- and we’re committed to keeping it that way.
Strong core values
At FilmL.A. we believe in living by a strong set of core values, and we're always looking for team members who fit well within our culture of:
We offer compensation and benefits that is not only competitive in the non-profit space, but also stands up to private sector offerings. In addition to a generous salary, we offer medical, dental and vision insurance; a 401(k) plan with vesting of the employer match once you meet eligibility requirements; generous paid time off benefits plus paid holidays and bereavement leave; employer-paid life, long term disability, long term care, and AD&D insurance; an employee assistance program; wellness program; a dog-friendly office; and more.
Keys to SuccessAlthough your technical finance skill will be essential, your soft skills and interpersonal abilities will be just as important. We're looking for a leader who can hit the ground running and begin to build trust and rapport with the team. The team you will lead is experienced, strong and tenured, and you'll need to gain buy-in from the team and leverage your change management abilities in order to find success here. We are a close-knit and collaborative team that enjoys working hard together while also sharing a laugh, and we're looking for a cultural fit who can mesh well with our group.
In addition, if you’re our ideal candidate you’ll bring the following principles to work with you every day:
- Maintain strong lines of communication to keep others informed.
- Constantly look for ways to improve finance and accounting processes.
- Approach problem solving with an open mind.
- Work well with people, as part of a team and on your own.
- Manage processes and people to build a framework for success.
- The ability to remain calm and thrive in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities.
- Emphasize excellence in everything you do.
About UsFilmL.A.'s core service is to provide expert, centralized coordination of multi-jurisdictional on-location filming permits in the world's highest-volume film production region. Our services include:
Production Planning: Advance planning helps filmmakers understand neighborhood concerns and/or filming restrictions and preempts conflict, ultimately reducing production cost and complexity.
Neighborhood Notification: FilmL.A. performs uniform, consistent notification to communities to ensure that residents and businesses are well-informed in advance of filming activity.
Community Relations: FilmL.A.'s job is to facilitate on-location filming in a way that minimizes inconvenience to communities. We proactively establish an open rapport with local neighborhoods and coordinate permits with their concerns in mind.
On-Location Monitoring: FilmL.A. Monitors are our eyes and ears on the street and are assigned to sensitive filming locations to provide community members and production companies with aid throughout the filming day.
Economic Research: FilmL.A. is expert in matters related to filming and its economic, civic and cultural benefits for the region. Our data and reports are regularly cited by government representatives, economists, and members of the media.
Video: as part of our efforts to support the communities we serve and promote unique locations in the LA region, we are a sponsor of the Night On Broadway Festival. This festival celebrates the historic Broadway theater district in downtown Los Angeles, site of hundreds of film and television shoots each year. IN 2017 NOB drew more than 75,000 guests.