Chief Financial Officer (CFO)


336 Bon Air Center, Suite 300

Greenbrae, CA 94904




Serving as a home for science and astronomy in Oakland since 1883, Chabot Space & Science Center (Chabot) is a beloved community-based institution with a long history of inspiring and educating learners of all ages about the wonders of the Universe and our own planet Earth.

Dedicated to rethinking and expanding the role of a traditional science center, Chabot has embarked upon an institution-wide transformation process over the last several years. Through this process, we have generated a new strategic direction, and a transformative vision for Chabot that transcends conventional science center models. Further deepening our opportunity for fresh approaches to science education, Chabot recently formed a partnership with NASA’s Ames Research Center to create engaging learning experiences and STEM career opportunities for communities and youth in Oakland and across the East Bay.

Chabot is located on a 13-acres campus, adjacent to Redwood Regional Park in Oakland amid the largest stand of coastal redwoods in the East Bay. Chabot features a 241-seat full dome planetarium, interactive and hands-on exhibits, space artifacts, a giant screen theater and the only research-level telescopes regularly available to the public for weekly live viewing in the Western United States.



  • Manage all finance operations for Chabot
  • Oversee Human Resources, Legal, and IT
  • Manage a dedicated staff
  • Serve on the senior management team
  • Salary range is $145,000 – $175,000
  • Generous benefits package


  • A talented and thoughtful finance professional
  • Knowledgeable about best practices in nonprofit finance, human resources, legal, and IT
  • Passionate about science and education
  • Thoughtful, curious, and enthusiastic


Chabot Space & Science Center seeks an entrepreneurial, planful, mission-minded CFO to creatively provide the leadership, strategic direction, management and coordination for all Chabot finance, human resources, IT, and legal matters. The successful candidate will provide leadership and coordination of company financial planning and budget management functions and ensure company accounting procedures and compliance with non-profit generally accepted accounting principles.



Position reports directly to the Executive Director/CEO and manages a team of four dedicated staff. Works closely with the Board of Directors and staffs the Board Finance committee. Member of the Chabot Senior Management Team.



  • Direct and coordinate financial planning and budget management.
  • Recommend benchmarks for measuring the financial and operating performance.
  • Monitor and analyze monthly operating results against budget.
  • Oversee daily operations of the finance and accounting department.
  • Manage and oversee all payroll, payroll reporting and compliance with all local, state, and federal payroll regulations.
  • Serve as primary liaison and high-level relationship manager with banks, landlord, legal advisors, insurance broker, IT support, and other operations-related service providers and vendors.
  • Manage the preparation of all financial reports and to the Board of Directors, Finance Committee, grantors, governmental agencies.
  • Manage the preparation of financial outlooks and financial forecasts.
  • Prepare financial analysis for contract negotiations and revenue analysis.
  • Ensure compliance with non-profit local, state, and federal reporting requirements.
  • Work with department managers to develop multiyear business plans.
  • Assist in establishing short- and long-range departmental goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures.
  • Design, establish and maintain an organizational structure to effectively accomplish the departments goals and objectives.
  • Serve on planning and policy-making committees.
  • Serve as primary government liaison relative to financial issues.
  • Coordinate financial audits and provide recommendations for procedural improvements.
  • Manage the financial reporting and requirements of all grants, governmental, corporate and/or individual.
  • Design, implement and enforce all revenue touchpoints including collections, recording, reporting, and controls. This includes admissions, classes, donations, rentals, merchandise, and café sales.
  • Be the primary interface to the bank and other debt partners.


Human Resources

  • Manage the Human Relations (HR) function of Chabot. This includes recruiting, payroll, training, on-boarding, off-boarding, and legal compliance
  • Manage all employee benefit programs.
  • Oversee Human Resources staff.


Legal and IT

  • Manage all legal issues from contracts to labor claims, to other legal claims.
  • Manage all insurance for Chabot.
  • Oversee database and information systems, including a point-of-sale system for attendance, merchandise, café, earned revenue programs, memberships, and others.
  • Develop and manage all data collection and reporting tools.
  • Manage the IT function, including Audio/Visual



  • Experience managing additional corporate functions beyond Finance, such as risk, information systems/technology, advancement, shared services (collaborative purchasing) and volunteer relations
  • Master’s degree in finance, Accounting or Business with strong accounting experience, or five (5) to ten (10) years in a mid to senior-level finance, CPA or accounting position preferred
  • Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control principles including non-profit Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Experience managing additional corporate functions beyond Finance, such as risk, information systems/technology, human resources, and government contracts
  • Knowledge of automated financial and accounting reporting systems
  • Knowledge of federal and state financial regulations
  • Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports, statements, and projections
  • Working knowledge of short- and long-term budgeting and forecasting, rolling budgets, and departmental profitability analysis
  • Experience with Government contracts and grants budgeting
  • Small and large project/program orientation
  • Ability and comfort in communicating to management, to a board, and to outside third parties
  • Experience and knowledge managing Human Resources functions
  • Mentors, coaches, and develops staff and team member to ensure succession, proper staffing levels and skills to manage all areas of responsibility outlined hereinabove
  • Manage cash flow and forecasting by working with others to develop cash flow projection process and reporting mechanisms that include minimum cash thresholds to meet operating needs
  • Passion for the mission of Chabot Space and Science Center


Covid-19: Chabot Space & Science Center follows the Oakland policy on vaccinations – all Chabot staff are 100% fully vaccinated and boosted against Covid -19.



The salary range for this position is $145,000 – $175,000 plus benefits.

Benefits include:

  • Kaiser Medical Plan HMO – Full time employees

Kaiser Medical Plans        Employee Contribution       Deductible Per Pay Period (26)

    • Employee Only                          $138.33                 $63.84
    • Employee + Spouse                  $246.67                $113.84
    • Employee + Child(ren)               $192.50                $88.84
    • Employee + Family                    $300.83                $138.84


  • MetLife Dental Plan PPO
  • Vision Care
  • FSA, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability insurance
  • Basic Life, AD&D and Enhanced Life Insurance
  • 403b
  • Basic Holidays including: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

PTO as follows:

Years of Service Yearly Accrual Rate Hourly Accrual Rate Hours Per Year
Years 1 & 2 20 days per year 6.15 per pay period 160 hours
Years 3 & 4 25 days per year 7.69 per pay period 200 hours
Year 5 & over 30 days per year 9.23 per pay period 240 hours
  • Other benefits include:
    • Gift Shop and Café Discounts
    • Chabot Space & Science Center
    • Chabot Space & Science Center sponsored events
    • Summer Day Camp Program
    • ASTC Passport Program



“Chabot is committed to creating an inclusive, equitable, diverse, and accessible working and learning environment that reflects the communities we serve. It is Chabot’s policy and practice to consider all qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.”



To apply for this position, or for additional information on the opportunity, please send a copy of your resume with a cover letter to Victoria Silverman at apply@cooksilverman.com.


All applications and inquiries will receive a response and be kept strictly confidential.


Chabot Space & Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.