Chief Financial Officer

Job Posted 5/6/2022
Alameda County Agricultural Fair Association
4501 Pleasanton Ave
Pleasanton, CA 94556
United States
Category Finance
Job Start Date
$135,000.00 to $175,000.00 Per Year
Job Description



POSITION: Chief Financial Officer


SALARY: $135,000 to $175,000 annually


For over 100 years the Alameda County Fairgrounds has been a part of the community hosting live horse racing, over 250 events a year and an annual Fair that includes live concerts, tasting fests and cultural festivals that bring in nearly a half-million guests every summer. We are the Alameda County Agricultural Fair Association, a non-profit dedicated to managing the Fairgrounds. 


The Alameda County Fair team is driven to assure the long-term viability of the Fairgrounds, present an exceptional annual Fair and provide year-round opportunities that celebrate the heritage and diversity of our county. As employees, we strive to focus on our values-community, inclusive, excellence, collaborative, innovative, positive, environment and the celebration of our successes! 



The Chief Financial Officer will use financial expertise and analytic thinking to evaluate and maintain our organization’s financial health accurately. The CFO will have broad responsibility across the organization related to financial, human resources and legal functions. The CFO directs functions such as accounting, annual audits, tax compliance, monthly close processes, monthly reporting, forecasting, budgeting, long range planning, modeling and ROI analysis. This hands-on role serves as chief advisor to the CEO on organizational-wide policy issues and aligns business strategy with human resources strategy. The CFO is an integral part of the leadership team helping to develop and plan organizational goals.  


We are looking for a proactive, team-oriented leader who can thrive in a growing organization. An individual possessing extensive experience in directing and overseeing the financial, legal and human relations activities of an organization.



           Participate in creating the vision and strategy for the organization and ensure implementation of our vision and goals in finance and human resources 

           Initiate development, communication and implementation of effective growth strategies and processes 

           Support the organization by developing short and long-term financial goals

           Provide strong forward-looking analytical leadership

           Make recommendations to executive management and Board of Directors on all financial matters, budget, procurement and contracts 

           Design financial models to benefit and evaluate different operational initiatives

           Develop forecasts, budgets and long-range plans to ensure alignment of proper resource allocation

           Identify capital requirements and secure financing

           Optimize the handling of bank and deposit relationships and initiate appropriate strategies to enhance cash and investment position

           Provide financial strategy recommendations to the CEO

           Actively participate in the Strategic Management Team through leadership and mentoring



·        Partner with CEO and team to foster organizational culture and values

·        Bring creativity and passion to the organization and possess a broad institutional perspective, which embraces change and innovation

·        Prepare and direct annual budgets of $27 M incorporating input from each department 

·        Provide financial monitoring of multi-million dollar capital master plan and secure debt financing as required

·        Implement strategies and systems to improve financial performance

·        Provide ethical executive leadership and counsel to department managers 

·        Create and monitor KPIs to assess business performance in real time 

·        Direct pension consultants and asset managers

·        Identify and address potential financial risks for the organization

·        Direct the overall financial plans and accounting practices

·        Lead grant and contract management including designing proposals and business plans, negotiating contracts and awards, forecasting spending and providing decision support

·        Direct and monitor assets management and inventories

·        Provide leadership and management to the Accounting and Human Resources departments

·        Set performance goals and provide timely and accurate performance feedback 

·        Guide and coordinate the integration of accounting systems and software including MAS 90, Paycom, EBMS, Yumapos point of sale systems, Saffire ticketing, ShoWorks and credit card terminals

           Supervise the accounting team in accounts payable, receivable, accruals, reconciliations and achieve a ten-day monthly close

           Steer human resources functions such as hiring, payrolls, taxes and benefits

           Determine organization’s insurance, health care and benefit programs

           Manage annual reporting for County and State agencies

           Build relationships with organization  and community leaders to drive better business performance

           Manage annual reporting for County and State agencies

           Direct third party legal counsel related to lawsuits, insurance claims, contracts, negotiations and risk assessment

           Coordinate annual third party audit and tax filings

           Oversee procurement policies and procedures and assure compliance

           Manage and procure ATM and cash-to-card vendors



           Establish and monitor proper operational and financial controls to ensure operating efficiency and financial health of our organization 

           Provide timely, accurate and complete reports to executive management and the Board of Directors on the financial and administrative status of the organization 

           Direct financial accountability for multiple business entities, such as off-track betting, live horse racing, RV campground and storage, year-round events program and the Fair

           Present data driven trends to stakeholders to visualize projections to help drive business decisions 

           Analyze cash flow projections regularly to ensure cash availability 

           Prepare and analyze financial statements and profit and loss reports

           Prepare presentations for Board of Directors and committee meetings that effectively communicate the organization’s financial position



·        Master’s degree in Finance, Business or related field, CPA or equivalent education and experience

·        10+ years of Finance experience, 5 years must be in a managerial capacity

·        Experience working as a financial leader in a 501(c)3 non-profit organization helpful

·        Experience with grant management useful



           Knowledge of management and organizational leadership principles and practices

           Working knowledge of GAAP and other regulatory standards in accordance with financial management techniques and practices

           Working knowledge of point of sale systems, credit card terminals and related banking processes


Skills and Abilities

           Skill in strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting processes to lead teams in building complex models

           Excellent communication skills and techniques in writing reports, creating presentation slides and presenting data 

           Ability to analyze and synthesize large amounts of data to identify and present meaningful observations and recommendations

           Aptitude to take initiative, work collaboratively,  exercise sound judgment, make decisions and solve problem to achieve shared goals 

           Ability to be self-directed, take ownership and see projects to completion in a timely manner

           Advanced skills in Excel required

           Expertise in developing people and building teams

           Proven leadership skills with the ability to inspire and motivate others to achieve

           Excellent negotiating skills

           Ability to sit for extended periods, walk outdoors in hot weather, occasionally lift and carry 15 lbs.

           Ability to work outside the normal business hours as demanded by events and programs

           Ability to travel for industry related business development and conferences



4501 Pleasanton Ave
United States