Position: Director of Finance and Operations

Reports to:                  Executive Director
Supervises:                 Bookkeeper & Assistant Director of Facilities
Status:                         Full-time, Non-Exempt

Providence Children’s Museum welcomes children and adults of all backgrounds and from all communities. Our focus is on serving the children of southern New England, ages 1 to 11, and the adults who care for them. The mission of Providence Children’s Museum is to inspire lifelong learning for all through play, creativity, and exploration.

Summary:  The Director of Finance and Operations will have day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, managing, and controlling all financial and operational activities including human resources, security, information technology and facilities; serving as thought leader on organizational matters; overseeing and directing policies and procedures relative to museum operations; and leading efforts for process improvements and performance enhancements.  The Director of Finance and Operations will also serve as chief financial spokesperson, working closely with appropriate Board committees and members of the Board of Trustees.

Essential Duties:

Serves as the chief financial representative, responsible for ensuring the long-term fiscal health and viability of the institution, including:

  • Directing, supervising, and improving the museum’s financial and budget process, including the framework for budget preparation and reporting, supervising budget control systems, monitoring budgets and forecasts.
  • Manage, proactively and strategically, the museum’s finances including regular reports and financial statements, internal financial controls, long-range financial risk models, accountability for the annual operating and capital budgets, fiscal policies and procedures, and efficiency and effectiveness of financial systems.
  • As a member of the Senior Management Team work closely with all department heads to help them understand the financial and/or operational implications of the museum’s programming decisions.
  • Monitor and manage the Museum’s Federal/ State/ Foundations and Corporation Grants. Including FFR’s, GAMs, and Federal funding drawdowns. Ability to provide guidance on allowable expenses and work with Directors on spend down plans.
  • Provide the Board and Executive Director with clear, accurate, and timely information on the operating and financial performance of the Museum.
  • Develop, monitor, and report on strategic financial planning related to budget and finance, cash resources, financial reporting, and capital projects.
  • Prepare annual financial statements, including audited financial statements, IRS Form 990, and other statutory and financials reports. Responsible for the management of the external audit firm and annual audit.
  • Provide financial data for grant applications and surveys, as requested.
  • Oversee risk management, including negotiation and selection of the Museum’s casualty, employment, and liability insurance coverage, and ensure that the program is up to date and provides adequate coverage.
  • Represent the Museum to diverse external parties including banks, insurance representatives, and others.
  • Establish strong working relationships with Executive Director, Board, Treasurer, and staff, with a strong commitment to collaboration, transparency, and mutual respect.
  • Attend and provide staff support for Finance Committee and Investment Committee.

Human Resources

  • Overseeing all aspects of employee hiring, performance management systems, separations, as well as employee compensation and benefits.
  • Maintain personnel records and personnel manual, negotiate with vendors regarding benefit offerings, enroll all new employees, and keep employees informed about benefit eligibility.
  • Oversee payroll system.
  • Manage external legal and HR counsels.


  • Oversee all aspects of the Museum’s physical plant, ensuring current and future viability.
  • Work with Facilities Manager to develop and maintain schedules for regular maintenance of building and equipment; to ensure that required inspections are performed for fire and occupancy, and that permits are current; and negotiate and oversee service contracts for cleaning, landscape, and HVAC systems maintenance.
  • Oversee capital projects.
  • Supervises the implementation and maintenance of the Museum’s IT needs, managing outsourced IT services firm.
  • Serve as head of security, including providing security training to staff.

Required Qualifications: 

  1. A minimum of five years of experience in financial management with progressive experience and some experience in operations, non-profit management, or some subset of these functional areas. A proven track record of building and leading a department and managing projects from inception to completion.
  2. Education: A Bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree and/or post-graduate training or the equivalent work experience are preferred.
  3. The successful candidate will have the following professional skills and experience:
    • Experience building and leading a team. Proven ability to mentor, train, and develop staff. Ability to create and maintain a collegial and positive work environment with high morale, professional standards, and productivity.
    • A proven track record in managing projects from inception to completion.
    • Knowledge of nonprofit accounting procedures and software.
    • Experience in monitoring multi grant budgets, managing Federal/State/Foundations & Corporation grants and reporting requirements and applying GAAP principles.
    • Knowledge of technical management, information analysis and computer hardware/software systems.
    • A strong desire to serve all our visitors, donors, volunteers, sponsors, and others who are encountered equally regardless of their race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity and/or sexual orientation.
    • A track record as an effective communicator who is articulate and persuasive in written and spoken communications.
    • The ability to partner effectively and diplomatically with the Executive Director, peer Directors, Board members.

Application Instructions:

Applicants are required to and responsible for having both a BCI check at the attorney general’s office and NSOPW background check online upon offer of a position. Applicants consent to these background checks and understand that the results will be part of the consideration of your continued employment.

For more information or to apply: Email cover letter and resume to the Executive Director at Director@ChildrenMuseum.org. Please attach PDFs of the cover letter and resume; title them with the position name and your last name. No phone calls please.

Providence Children’s Museum is committed to providing Equal Opportunity in Employment, to all applicants and employees regardless of, race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, military status, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.


About Us

Our mission is to inspire lifelong learning for all through play, creativity, and exploration.

Hours and Admissions

Wednesday - Sunday
9:30am to 12:30pm and 
1:30pm or 4:30pm

Reservations are available online. Reserve your ticket now, or purchase walk-up tickets when you arrive.

Masks are optional for most activities at PCM.

Group Visits

Providence Children's Museum is the ideal place for school field trips, camp outings, homeschool and community group trips and Scout excursions.

For Families

We’ve collected an extensive resource of creative activities that will engage kids and their caregivers wherever you may be.

About Play

While society often overlooks and undervalues play, we are here to celebrate and elevate it. Because we know play isn’t frivolous. It’s foundational.

PCM Lesson Plans

Check out our library of lesson plans for teachers and families. PCM has created a variety of lesson plans for teachers by teachers for children pre-k through early elementary.

Become a Partner

PCM has brought the magic of learning to life for over 40 years. As a trusted resource for families and children in southern New England, PCM is an anchor in our community.

Become a Partner

PCM has brought the magic of learning to life for over 40 years. As a trusted resource for families and children in southern New England, PCM is an anchor in our community.

More than a Museum
PCM is committed to serving the children of southern New England – regardless of their financial ability. 40% of the Museum’s budget is dedicated to welcoming one-third of the Museum’s total audience free of charge or at greatly reduced rates through a variety of outreach programs.