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Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
Category: Manager

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Boothbay, ME

Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013



Located in Boothbay, Maine, CMBG is the largest botanical garden in New England.   Opened to the public only since 2007, it has already received national recognition and is profitable. The annual budget exceeds $3 million, total assets approximate $21 million and the endowment stands at $3 million. Encompassing 248 acres, of which 36 are developed, the physical plant includes a 9600 square foot Visitors Center, a $4 million Education Building and other ancillary structures.  A $24.5 million Capital Campaign was successfully concluded in 2012. Additional information is available at



Reporting to the Executive Director, the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer (CFO), is responsible for oversight of the enterprise’s financial operations including accounting, budgeting, cash management, overall risk and endowment management, finance (capital allocation, cash flow projections and management, borrowing, etc), and the recommendation and management of financial policies approved by the Finance, Audit and Investment Committees of the Board of Directors.  The CFO is the primary financial voice of the organization and represents CMBG to a variety of outside vendors, brokers, bankers and investment organizations, as well as to the Board and its committees.


Administrative roles include responsibility for Information Technology as it functions throughout the organization.  IT   is especially important as investment in technology for both business and interpretive purposes are anticipated during the next few years. The Business Innovation function will report to the CFO, who is also responsible for oversight of Human Resource benefits programs and other record keeping.



We seek a well rounded financial executive with 15-20 years’ experience in a variety of financial roles including accounting, finance, and oversight of a full financial and administrative function. A not-for-profit background is especially helpful but this should ideally be supplemented with having spent time in for-profit organizations, accounting and/or consulting firms and possessing a strong understanding of the elements required to successfully oversee the Information Technology function. Being conversant with the various state and federal regulations applicable to effective accounting, human resource and overall financial and operational management is especially important.


A BA/BS degree from a quality institution is required and an MBA and/or a CPA designation is especially desirable, but a successful track record as a strong yet collegial financial and administrative business leader is more important. Effective oversight and development of a small staff, combined with the ability to influence appropriate decision making throughout the organization, will be the key determinants of success.


In summary, the position requires an entrepreneurial yet disciplined self-starter who is a well rounded business executive with exceptional leadership, presentation and communication skills who will work as a strategic partner with the Executive Director and with managers throughout the organization, yet challenge the Board and management’s thinking as we execute our Master Planning process, upgrade and add new gardens, and invest in infrastructure and amenities to meet future needs.


Highly qualified candidates must, therefore, present relevant experience and outstanding talent, judgment and interpersonal skills so they will be considered one of the organization’s strong voices whose trusted counsel and judgment is sought by all internal and external constituencies.


CMBG offers a competitive salary and benefits package.  Salary is commensurate with experience.


Please email questions and qualifications (as PDF’s) to:


William Cullina

Executive Director

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens  with the subject line CFO search


Telephone inquiries can be directed to William Cullina

c/o Laura Russell 207-633-4546 x 305



Closing date for Applications is March 15th, 2013


CMBG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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