museumofus Museum of Us

All of us.

Located on the ancestral homeland of the Kumeyaay Nation in the heart of Balboa Park, the Museum of Us (the “Museum”) is a cultural anthropology museum that explores the human experience from multicultural perspectives to spark dialogue, self-reflection, and human connections.

The Controller will be responsible for oversight of all finance, accounting and reporting activities. The Controller will lead all day-to-day finance operations including functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and grants administration. Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, the Controller will be involved in supporting presentations to the board finance and audit committee and will work closely with the senior leadership team. The Controller will ensure that the Museum has the systems and procedures in place to support effective program implementation and conduct flawless audits. The Controller will work closely with program leaders and their staffs, not only to educate them regarding finance and accounting procedures but also to explore how the finance function can support program operations.


  • Consistently 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 senior leadership abreast of the Museum’s financial status.
  • Manage organizational cash flow forecasting by working in partnership with staff; continuously collaborate to 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.
  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Maintain internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures.
  • Coordinate all audit activity.
  • Lead 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.
  • Support the CFO in engaging the board’s audit and finance committees around issues and trends in financial operating models and delivery.
  • Oversee 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.
  • Ensure regulatory compliance with IRS, California Attorney General, Registry of Charitable Trusts and local agencies. Ensure board compliance with corporate by-laws and tax reporting guidelines for non-profits.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Minimum of a BA; CPA and/or MBA preferred.
  • Keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which allows for strategic data interpretation versus simple reporting.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, board or other outside partners.
  • Solid experience coordinating audit activities and managing reporting, budget development and analysis, accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll, and accounting for investments.
  • A track record in grants management as it relates to compliance and reporting of government, corporate and foundation grants.
  • 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.
  • Ability and desire to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including finance and non-finance managers.
  • Independent and autonomous approach with ability to provide regular updates.
  • Ability to take initiative and have an ownership mindset.
  • Experience assisting with culturally complex, sensitive, or confidential projects – including a demonstrated ability to listen and deal empathetically with a wide range of people and cultural groups.
  • Understanding of the colonial legacy of museums, systemic and structural racism, and the complexity of colonization’s impact on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities.



  • Annual Salary: $80,000 negotiable, depending on experience.
  • Our hiring practices are driven by a focus on equitability and sustainability. Specifically, the Museum offers an exceptional employee benefits package, including medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage, as well as short and long term disability benefits. Staff receive 10 days of annual vacation leave which increases incrementally, with an additional 12 paid holidays per year. The Museum also offers a matching retirement contribution plan, up to 6% of an employee’s annual salary.


The Controller position application period is March 30th through April 23rd. Please submit your resume to

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