BACKGROUND: Created in 1925 by Senator Simon
and Olga Guggenheim in memory of their son John Simon Guggenheim,
the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation offers Fellowships to
exceptional artists, writers, scholars, and scientists in pursuit
of scholarship in any field of knowledge and creation in any art
form under the freest possible conditions.
Fellowships are awarded through an annual competition open to
citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada.
The great range of backgrounds, fields of study, and
accomplishments of Guggenheim Fellows is a unique characteristic of
the Fellowship program. Since its establishment, the Foundation has
granted nearly $400 million in Fellowships to over 18,000
individuals, among whom are more than 125 Nobel laureates, members
of all the national academies, winners of the Pulitzer Prize,
Fields Medal, Turing Award, Bancroft Prize, National Book Award,
and other internationally recognized honors.
The Foundation has a unique organizational culture and a warm,
collegial, respectful environment. The staff and Board are
individuals who are genuinely passionate about and committed to the
More information can be found at gf.org, the Foundation’s website.
THE OPPORTUNITY: The Chief Financial Officer
and Treasurer (CFO) oversees all financial systems and functions
throughout the Guggenheim Foundation and their processes,
procedures, and infrastructure to support the Foundation’s program
and operations and facilitate financial decision making and
discipline. As a vital member of the Foundation’s senior leadership
team and a strategic advisor to the President on finance,
operations, and human resources, the CFO values the Foundation’s
vision, mission, and strategic direction and ensures that the
Foundation meets the highest standards of financial integrity and
service to the Foundation’s Board and staff.
The CFO reports directly to the President and works closely with
board-level committees, including Audit and Investment, and manages
a staff of two full-time professionals.
FUNDING: The Foundation has a $17 million
annual operating budget and a staff of fifteen full-time
professionals. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees is the steward of
the Foundation’s $350 million endowment.
- Significant history of progressively responsible experience
overseeing the fiscal operations of an academic, cultural, or other
related not-for-profit institution. Candidates from industry may be
considered with relevant mission connection.
- Ability to serve as a trusted advisor to the President and
serve as a resource on financial and administrative matters.
- Capacity to manage or advise on operational and
business-related matters such as human resources and real
- Ability to oversee day-to-day operations and provide guidance
and direction on policy and strategic matters.
- Analytical ability to gather and interpret financial
information and make recommendations to senior leadership and the
- Experience working with an advancement/development team.
- Familiarity with endowments and investment management (working
with outside investment consultants).
- Tech savvy: knowledge of commonly used financial and accounting
software applications, ideally with implementation experience.
- Well-developed communication, interpersonal, and presentation
- Successful experience working with board members and staffing
- Impeccable integrity and professionalism.
- Sound judgment.
- A collaborative “roll up your sleeves” working style.
- An interest in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences,
- Commitment to fostering and building a diverse team.
- An undergraduate degree preferably with a professional finance
qualification, CPA, MBA, or equivalent experience is required.
here to apply online via the Howe-Lewis Talent Portal. You
may also email your resume and letter of interest to GuggenheimFdn@howe-lewis.com
All expressions of interest will be held in confidence.