Chief Financial Officer

San Francisco, CA

KQED seeks an exceptionally talented CFO to provide strategic financial leadership for its business. The CFO will serve as a trusted thought partner working closely with the CEO, the Executive Management Team, and KQED’s Board of Directors to contribute to business strategy, operations and innovation. The CFO will drive operational and financial goals, helping the business identify and capture audience growth and investment opportunities as KQED evolves to become a model multi-media organization. The CFO will play a key role in shaping KQED's ambitions and embrace the challenge of developing a strategy for growth to meet the changing needs of audiences. The ambition and mission of the organization, alongside a shifting media landscape, should be an exciting challenge for the right individual.


  • Strategic partner. As KQED continues to evolve as a multi-media organization, the CFO will serve as a key strategic thought partner to the CEO, executive leadership team and board of directors on a wide range of financial, strategic, operational, and organizational issues. As a mission-based organization establishing priorities and measuring success can be challenging. The CFO will play a critical role in strategic planning and will provide broad influence to the business as part of the executive leadership team.
  • Financial planning/analysis. Develop strong financial analysis and internal reporting that provides a clear picture of the organization’s health, effectiveness and efficiency to inform business decision making and allow the leadership team to have greater insight into key metrics of business performance. Maintain and enhance a reliable cash flow projection process, revenue at risk and reporting mechanism which ensures adequate cash/working capital to meet operating needs.
  • Operational business partner. Serve as a responsible financial steward, while continually identifying opportunities to improve the business financially and investing in a way that will allows for growth in services, impact and revenue. Contribute to KQED's ongoing effort to invest in innovation and optimize existing systems. Translate and communicate financial analysis, results and information in a way that fosters an inclusive environment of problem solving, efficiency, as well as improved business practices and organizational financial literacy.
  • Donor & partner relations. In tandem with the CEO and other members of the leadership team, serve as a company ambassador to a community of supporters from financial institutions, foundation executives, corporate sponsors and major donors. Help guide the narrative to promote that the organization and ensure adequate sources of capital.
  • Corporate finance/treasury. Play a leading role in managing the company's financial structure and balance sheet. Oversee banking and other advisory relationships. Ensure that the company has adequate access to capital and manage capital allocation across the business. Advise on optimal capital structure, liquidity management, financing and capital allocation.
  • Planning/budget. A critical partner in strategic long-term planning, objectives, goals and policies for the company. Lead the company’s annual budget process and overall financial modeling, planning and analysis functions.
  • Accounting.  Oversee and have final responsibility for all aspects of accounting operations including establishment and enforcement of accounting policies and procedures in accordance with GAAP, ensuring the integrity of the company’s financial data and financial reporting.
  • Financial reporting. Supervise the preparation of timely and accurate financial reports, including tax filings and analysis of performance, variance and cash flow to the strictest standards of accounting and the law. Ensure the fiscal integrity of the business through enhancement and management of accounting systems and controls. Manage the relationship with the company’s external auditors and oversee the internal audit function.
  • Board Relations.  Provide counsel and advice to the CEO and the board of directors on financial matters throughout the organization with a strategic view towards growing services, impact and revenue. Acts as the executive lead for Finance & Administration, Audit, and Investment board committees and participates in Executive, Strategic Planning and Retirement board committees.
  • Team leadership. Provide a progressive vision and leadership to the Finance team and division finance professionals. Attract, develop, and retain diverse, superior talent.


  • Serve as a strategic thought partner who offers perspectives on organizational strategy, willing to take informed, reasoned and calculated risks. Quickly grasp KQED's market dynamics, key partners and competitors to serve as strategic advisor to CEO and the Executive Management Team.
  • Serve as an advocate for innovation and an ally for change. Embrace and adopt technology and refine processes to improve visibility, transparency and analysis of real-time financial data as well as financial forecasting, analysis and scenario planning.
  • Drive a greater level of financial sophistication throughout the operations of the entire company, including financial reporting, performance metrics / KPIs and resource optimization.


The ideal candidate will be a sophisticated finance executive with a strong affinity for the mission of KQED. The CFO will be a forward-thinking advisor with a growth mentality and the ability to set the financial and operating strategy, analyze KQED’s financial performance and practices, identify opportunities to grow revenue, find efficiencies, increase productivity, and expand services. Ideal candidates will have strong business acumen—in addition to finance acumen—with the interest and ability to drive growth, transformation, and value creation.

The successful candidate will be a proponent of modernization who embraces and adopts technology to improve systems and processes and will leverage experience driving change and growth in a best-in-class business. They will be a goal-oriented executive who cultivates trust and builds relationships to guide, support and enable others to perform at their best. The CFO will demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills, an appreciation for diversity in all forms, and will work effectively in a hands-on manner with the management team, employees, and the board, as well as externally with donors, partners and other stakeholders.


Senior Finance Leadership Experience

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned financial leader. Candidates with CFO experience are preferred, although consideration may be given to "ready now" deputy finance leaders with broad functional scope.

Relevant Industry Perspective

A strong understanding of a content-driven organization is desirable but not required. A strong affinity for the mission of KQED is critical. Some experience with a union-represented workforce helpful. Non-Profit operating or Board experience is also additive but not necessary.

Growth Mindset

A track record of financial management and operational metric monitoring that enables and supports change and/or growth is essential. A natural interest and curiosity in the external environment including economic, political, government and societal issues that can impact operations and financial performance is important.

Risk & Crisis Experience

Experience navigating disruptions to operations or financial performance whether traditional (i.e. economic downturn or volatility, a labor strike) or emerging (i.e. public health crisis, natural disaster, cybersecurity) desired.

Education & Credentials

Strong academic credentials, including a university degree in accounting, finance, or another relevant field. CPA and/or advanced degree (i.e. MBA or equivalent) desirable.


Let us tell you more about our benefits: Whether you’re single, married, have children, are in a domestic partnership or anything in between, we have you covered. Employees at KQED enjoy a family-friendly workplace offering paid time off, paid holidays, paid parental leave, family medical leave benefits, comprehensive health/vision/dental and commuter benefits as well as a 403(b) plan. KQED encourages diversity, openness and offers training to support personal and professional development. In addition, we are proud to offer Employee Resource Groups, wellness programs as well as free KQED membership. Salary information will be provided to applicants who are contacted for an interview

The mission that drives us:

  • KQED is for everyone who wants to be more.    
  • Our television, radio, digital media, and educational services change lives for the better and help individuals and communities achieve their full potential.
  • KQED serves the people of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media.    
  • We provide people with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st-century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration- exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

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