American Guild of Musical Artists

American Guild of Musical Artists

AGMA Director of Finance and Administration

Based in the National Office in Manhattan
New York City, NY

American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) is a labor organization that represents the people who create and present America’s operatic, choral and dance performances across the world. AGMA represents approximately 7,500 singers, dancers, performers and production personnel at all principal opera houses, ballet and modern dance companies in the United States. The Union provides forceful advocacy and defense of its members’ employment and artistic rights and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO Branch of Associated Actors and Artists of America.

The Director of Finance and Administration will be a strategic thought-partner, and report to the National Executive Director. The successful candidate will be a hands-on and participative manager and will lead and develop an internal team to support the following areas: finance, business planning and budgeting, human resources, administration, office services, marketing, membership and I.T. Based in the National Office located in Manhattan, the Director of Finance and Administration will play a critical role in partnering with the senior leadership team in strategic decision making and operations, implementing the policies and systems that increase the effectiveness and efficiency of AGMA’s work and supporting AGMA’s ability to grow.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements; collate financial reporting materials; and oversee all financial and project/program accounting.
  • Coordinate and lead the annual audit process, liaise with external auditors and the Finance and Budget Committee; assess any necessary changes.
  • Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the National Executive Director and the Finance and Budget Committee; administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes; and keep Board of Governors abreast of AGMA’s financial status.
  • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting.
  • Serve as Plan Administrator for the AGMA 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan; manage the investment advisors and third-party administrator. Chair meetings with plan trustees, investment advisors and third-party administrator.
  • Implement a robust contracts management and financial management/reporting system; ensure that the contract billing and collections schedule is adhered to and that financial data and cash flow are steady and support operational requirements.
  • Effectively communicate and present critical financial matters to the National Executive Director, Finance and Budget Committee and Board of Governors and Officers.
  • Further develop AGMA’s human resources and administration, enhancing professional development, performance evaluation, training and recruiting, as well as conducting on-going analyses of compensation and benefit programs for staff.
  • Consult with the National Executive Director and Personnel Committee on the development and implementation of policies and guidelines for the staff. Ensure policies and procedures are in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Work closely and transparently with all external partners including realty broker, accountants, auditors, third-party vendors and consultants. Also work with the insurance broker to oversee the renewal of various insurance policies and ensure AGMA is receiving the most competitive bids and best rates.
  • Oversee administrative functions, as well as AGMA’s facilities, to ensure efficient and consistent operations. Ensure various tenant leases are negotiated in a timely manner.
  • Oversee supervision of the Membership Department, insuring the collection of fees and dues are current and in compliance with collective bargaining agreements, and Beck rights audits are completed in a timely manner.
  • Oversee AGMA’s website and social media, insuring it is accurate and current.
  • Provide assistance (e.g. financial, administrative, operational) to the AGMA Relief fund as requested.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the National Executive Director.


  • Bachelor’s degree, ideally with an MBA/CPA or related degree
  • At least 7 to 10 years of overall professional experience; ideally 6+ years of broad financial and operations management experience. Previous experience in a Union environment a plus.
  • Experience of final responsibility for quality and content of all financial data, reporting and audit coordination for either a division or significant program area, and has preferably overseen a human resources function previously
  • Ability to translate financial concepts and to effectively collaborate with programmatic colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds
  • Technology savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with software vendors; knowledge of accounting and reporting software
  • A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem-solving skills which support and enable sound decision making
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders

Compensation commensurate with experience, excellent benefit package

To Apply
Please send letter of interest and résumé to Denise Baker at: DBaker@musicalartists.org.

We are committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion. Women, LGBTQ individuals and minorities are encouraged to apply.

For more information, please go to: www.musicalartists.org.

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