Financial Planning & Analysis Director

National Aquarium
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Competitive salary
27 Oct 2020
28 Oct 2020
Experience level
The Organization:

Consistently recognized as one of the top aquariums in the nation, the National Aquarium's mission is to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures. Established as a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization, it champions environmental initiatives by engaging with visitors, volunteers, education groups and schools to actively participate in the preservation of the world's natural resources and living systems. The Aquarium's award-winning habitats are home to more than 20,000 animals representing 700 species of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals.

The Opportunity:

The Financial Planning and Analysis Director oversees the annual planning process, supports long-term strategic planning, prepares and analyzes interim and annual financial reports to provide insights to the CFO, CEO and other key stakeholders regarding how the Aquarium is performing.

Reports To: SVP & Chief Financial Officer

Key Selection Criteria:

  • Bachelor's degree in business management, finance, or accounting and an advanced degree- preferred (MBA).
  • 5-7 years of experience in business analytics, systems management, and/or budget management, providing leadership and guidance to executives.
  • Financial modeling skills (rolling forecasting; scenario planning, etc.)
  • Experience with a not-for-profit organization is preferred.
  • Deep knowledge of Excel (including vlookup, pivot tables and the like) to digest financial data and present to stakeholders.
  • Experience with Adaptive Insights or other dynamic modeling tool.
  • Working knowledge of Sage Intacct or similar ERP system.
  • An appreciation for working in a mission-driven organization; passion for the National Aquarium's mission of inspiring conservation of the world's aquatic treasures.

Personal Characteristics Desired:

  • Ability to present ideas and results at the highest levels of the organization through excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • A collaborative, team-oriented leader with highly developed relationship building skills; adept as a consensus builder.
  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills; ability to problem solve and determine root cause.
  • An unquestioned reputation for integrity and ethics; a strong character that will quickly gain the trust of others.

The National Aquarium is committed to diversity and invites individuals who bring a diversity of culture, experience and ideas to apply.


Recently named one of Baltimore's Best Places to Work, the National Aquarium opened in 1981 as a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization, the jewel of the city's Inner Harbor redevelopment. SmartCEO Magazine honored the National Aquarium with the Healthiest Workplace award and the Corporate Culture award in 2016. With a mission to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures, the Aquarium is consistently ranked one of the nation's two top aquariums and has hosted over 51 million guests since opening.

Today, the National Aquarium builds on a 37-year history of local, regional and global conservation initiatives that provide real solutions for protecting marine life, ecosystems and aquatic communities. Its Animal Rescue team has rescued, rehabilitated and released hundreds of marine mammals and endangered sea turtles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Its Animal Care & Welfare teams participate in important research efforts to confront pressing ocean conservation issues and advocate for smarter policies at local, state and federal levels. Through education, research, conservation action and advocacy, the National Aquarium is pursuing a vision to change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet.

HOW TO APPLY Interested and engaged applicants should apply through our website Requests for reasonable accommodation can be made by e-mailing HR@aqua