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Our mission is to foster the visual arts on Nantucket. We do this by teaching all ages and skill levels, selling work by our artist members, and curating the island’s essential historical art collection. We are an original artists colony 30 miles out to sea. We have a small and hard working team of 12 who strive to keep Nantucket creative and its artists engaged.

Finance Director
Job Brief
Artists Association of Nantucket is a growing organization seeking a Financial Director. Reporting to the Executive Director, the FD directs the efficient financial management of our organization including the school, gallery, and permanent collection funds. The FD will support the Director in efforts to ensure long-term financial stability, expand creative capacity, and enhance overall institutional reputation. The successful candidate will collaborate with the Executive Team on all strategic and tactical matters as related to budget management, cost benefit analysis forecasting needs and the securing of new funding while supporting the institution’s mission to foster the visual arts on Nantucket.

Strategy, Vision, and Leadership

  • Support AAN’s mission, vision, and values through demonstrated behaviors of: excellence and competence, collaboration, innovation, respect for individuals, commitment to our community, and accountability and ownership.
  • Collaborate with Executive Director to develop and implement institutional strategies and manage oversight of performance across departments.
  • Develop the institution’s short- and long-term strategies on financial performance.
  • Serve as staff liaison with the Finance, Endowment and Executive Committees.
  • Collaboration with the Endowment Committee in determining short and long term management of funds.
  • Lead the staff in the annual budgeting and planning process.
  • Provide and interpret financial information and reports necessary to the Board of Directors, the Finance, Endowment and Executive Committee, the Executive Director, and other department directors.
  • Track, analyze, and report key financial data in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual accrual based financial statements
  • Examine, evaluate, recommend, and implement improvements to administrative and financial internal control systems and procedures.

Team Development/Leadership

  • Organize, direct, and oversee the work of the finance function, developing short- and long-range Finance Department goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures.
  • Build and lead an effective Finance Department by hiring, training, and coaching existing and/or new Finance Department staff.
  • Identify and mitigate institutional risk by maintaining adequate insurance coverage, including cash management procedures, and administering contractual relationships.
  • Maintain internal controls and procedures.
  • Monitor and analyze financial data; identify, research, and resolve any discrepancies.
  • Prepare audit work papers, statements, and reports for the independent audit team. Serve as the primary contact during the annual and interim audits of financial reports.
  • Maintain fixed assets software and ensure proper recording of new purchases, disposals, and depreciation.
  • Prepare and review required filings including annual federal and state tax returns, sales and use tax returns, city and state registrations, grant applications, and financial reports.
  • Reconcile the financial records for donor funds in Altru database.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance
  • CPA Certification or MBA preferred
  • Minimum five years in senior level administration and/or financial management required, preferably in the not-for-profit industry
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking abilities
  • Knowledge or experience guiding and organization through a capital campaign
  • Significant experience working with external boards and committees.
  • Strong knowledge of US GAAP, internal controls, and financial reporting required.
  • Superior analytical and project management skills; ability to manage multiple priorities efficiently and effectively, with strong follow-through.​

Annualized rate $80,000-110,000 beginning ASAP. Artists Association offers a generous benefits package including professional development time, vacation, flexible work options, and paid vacation.

Please email your resume and cover letter or any questions about this position to Courtney Bridges