Controller

Job Description

SUMMARY
The Controller reports to the Director of Finance and is responsible for performing accounting duties as well as managing the day-to- day operations of the finance department. The Controller manages multiple accounting staff in the areas of accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash receipts, gift recording, payroll, fixed assets, general ledger maintenance, and tax compliance. They are directly responsible for all aspects of preparing the monthly financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Acco unting Principles (GAAP) and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the preparation of the annual operating budget.

ABOUT SFJAZZ

SFJAZZ is one of the world's most popular and important presenters of jazz. The SFJAZZ Center is a beautiful and perfect stage for jazz artists and the community to celebrate the living American art form of jazz. The $64 million Center launched in 2013 and the 34-year-old non-profit organization now crafts distinguished programming and education services from the heart of the San Francisco arts district. The budget for the 2016-17 Season is more than $16 million with more than half coming from ticket revenues.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

  • Supervise all accounting areas that support a $16 million annual budget. 
  • Oversee and manage accounts payable, assuring all policy, procedures and internal controls are followed consistently. Assures invoices and checks are processed timely a nd accurately. 
  • Oversee and manage cash receipts and recording of gifts received. Works closely with the development department to assure that all policies, procedures, and internal controls are followed consistently. 
  • Assure accuracy of all general ledger activity, including reconciliations of all necessary general ledger accounts, and review of general ledger activity. 
  • Responsible for timely month-end close including preparation of financial statements with comparisons and analysis of prior periods and budgets. 
  • Assist Director of Finance with the preparation, maintenance, and reforecasts of the annual operating budget; provides budget reports to management and assists in interpreting the results; refines the budgeting methodology and looks for tools to improve the accuracy and efficiency of the process. 
  • Works closely with the development department to provide all necessary financial information for grant applications and reports. 
  • Maintain automated accounting syste m to ensure integrity of data interfaced between the ticketing database (Tessitura), venue & event management software (Artifax) and the financial software (Intacct). 
  • Facilitate and coordinate the organization's annual audit. Manage the preparation of audit schedules and requests. 
  • Supervises preparation of tax schedules for outside accountants to prepare annual tax filings. 
  • Assist Director of Finance with presentation information to senior management, committees, and the Board. 

This list of duties and responsibilities is not to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Four year degree in accounting and a CPA designation required. 
  • 5+ years accounting/finance experience required with proven supervisory skills 
  • Non-profit accounting experience strongly preferred 
  • Prefer experience in the performing arts industry; job cost accounting; and automation in accounting and financial applications. 
  • Highly detail oriented; ability to meet deadlines and effective problem solving skills 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to operate independently with minimal supervision 
  • Excellent computer skills and experience using technology to streamline processes; advanced Excel skills. 
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with all levels of employees and management

To Apply

Please send your resume in .doc or .pdf format, along with a cover letter explaining your interest in SFJAZZ, and salary history to: jobs@sfjazz.org with Controller in the Subject line. Resumes without all the requested information or sent to other email addresses may not be considered. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. NO phone calls please.

Payroll and Accounting Assistant

Job Description

SUMMARY

Under the direction of the Director of Finance, the Staff Accountant will support the finance team with various accounting and administrative tasks. This is a great opportunity to grow in learning and building skills in the non-profit and performing arts sector.

ABOUT SFJAZZ

SFJAZZ is one of the world's most popular and important presenters of jazz. The SFJAZZ Center is a beautiful and perfect stage for jazz artists and the community to celebrate the living American art form of jazz. The $64 million Center launched in 2013 and the 34-year-old non-profit organizat ion now crafts distinguished programming and education services from the heart of the San Francisco arts district. The budget for the 2016-17 Season is more than $16 million with more than half coming from ticket revenues.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

  • Assist Senior Accountant with semi-monthly payroll including processing timesheets, proper departmental coding, and payroll reports. 
  • Prepare monthly bank reconciliations 
  • Assist in the preparation of daily, weekly, and monthly journal entries for artist merchandise sales, postage usage, and prepaid insurance. 
  • Perform various AP, AR, and Deposit processing on a weekly basis including responsibility for maintenance of all vendor files 
  • Work with HR Manager to ensure all employee records are maintained accurately 
  • Assist in the preparation of monthly financial statements 
  • Assist in the preparation of actual to budget reports by departments, reforecasting of annual budget, and assisting in the preparation of the annual budget. 
  • Assist with quarterly and annual audit preparation, including reconciliations and schedules 
  • Assist Director of Finance with financial reports, special projects and administrative reports 

This list of duties and responsibilities is not to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor's or higher degree in Accounting or Finance 
  • 2+ years accounting/finance experience required 
  • Highly detail oriented; ability to meet deadlines and effective problem solving skills 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to operate independently with minimal supervision 
  • Advanced MS Excel 
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with all levels of employees and management 

Working Conditions:
The work schedule is usually customary office hours to unpredictable hours during critical periods (especially in preparing for the annual audit.)

To Apply

Please send your resume in .doc or .pdf format, along with a cover letter explaining your interest in SFJAZZ, and salary history to: jobs@sfjazz.org with Staff Accountant in the Subject line. Resumes without all the requested information or sent to other email addresses may not be considered. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. NO phone calls please.

Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano w/ John Santos

 

Omar Sosa
Quarteto AfroCubano

w/ guest John Santos

Thursday, April 20, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

 
Omar Sosa

Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano w/ John Santos

 

Omar Sosa
Quarteto AfroCubano

w/ guest John Santos

Thursday, April 20, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Omar Sosa
John Santos

Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano w/ John Santos

 

Omar Sosa
Quarteto AfroCubano

w/ guest John Santos

Thursday, April 20, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

John Santos

Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano

When Omar Sosa talks about his formative influences, he always starts with Camagüey, the inland bastion of Afro-Cuban culture where he was born and raised. Before moving to Havana as a teenager to study piano at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Música, he devoted himself to percussion and marimba at Camagüey’s rigorous conservatory. He’s traveled far and wide over the past three decades, but always seems to find his way back home. His celebrated Quarteto AfroCubano, a virtuosic electro-acoustic ensemble he introduced on 2013’s Real Live (Otá Records), features fellow Camagüeyanos Leandro Saint-Hill on saxophones, flute and vocals, and Ernesto Simpson on drums and vocals (with Mozambique native Childo Tomas providing the elastic pulse on electric bass, kalimba and vocals). The quartet’s lush, mercurial sound takes on new rhythmic dimensions with special guest percussionist John Santos, an invaluable creative catalyst on the Bay Area scene since the 1970s. He and Sosa connected deeply during the pianist’s East Bay residency, touring together internationally and recording the revelatory duo albums Nfumbe: For the Unseen and La Mar.

Artist Personnel

Omar Sosa piano, Fender Rhodes
Leandro Saint-Hill saxophone, flute
Childo Tomas bass
Ernesto Simpson drums
John Santos percussion

Artist Website

"A distinct take on world jazz while renewing his own exploratory project, all within the carefully orchestrated confines of ritual space and time-honored practice " — Popmatters
"Although Cuba has produced more than its share of leonine jazz pianists, Sosa stands out among them because of the crystalline beauty of his touch and the nimbleness of his technique. " — Chicago Tribune

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Feb 24 - 26: Miguel Zenón Quartet
Apr 22: Omar Sosa JOG Trio
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DJing and Live Performance with Ableton Live

Jeff Stott, Instructor

Learn how to transform your computer into a live performance powerhouse using Ableton Live music software! We will explore DJ technique, audio interfaces, cueing, crossfaders, creating custom effects racks, as well as working with MIDI controllers and custom MIDI mapping techniques for enhanced live performance.

No experience required, although familiarity with digital music systems is a plus. Students can use our in-house computers and are also welcome to bring their own laptops with Ableton 9 installed.  

Piper Payne

Making Your Mixes Shine: Intro to Mastering Techniques & Critical Listening

 

Digital Lab Class
Making Your Mixes Shine:
Intro to Mastering Techniques
& Critical Listening

Sat, Apr 15 · 1-4pm

Saturday, April 15, 1:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

Piper Payne

Making Your Mixes Shine: Intro to Mastering Techniques & Critical Listening

Piper Payne, Instructor

Learn how to make your mixes stand out from the crowd! Join acclaimed mastering engineer Piper Payne (Coast Mastering/ Women’s Audio Mission) for an in depth lecture-demonstration on the secrets to finishing your final mixes, and the mysteries of mastering your tracks. Piper will also discuss best practices of using a range of audio effects such as compression and EQ as a crucial part of the mixing and mastering signal flow.

Ideal for experienced music producers, engineers, and musicians.

Jazz and Hip Hop In the Mix

Michael Aaberg

Hip Hop producer, keyboardist and bandleader Michael Aaberg returns to explore the musical connections and techniques for remixing jazz into hip-hop idioms. In this workshop, Michael will deconstruct the process of creating beats using jazz samples, and explore the hip hop classics as well as the source material. Using Ableton Live, students will create original pieces utilizing source material by classic and modern jazz artists, and adapt passages from standard jazz repertoire to create new work.

Students can use our in-house computers and are also welcome to bring their own laptops with Ableton 9 installed. No experience required. Ideal for Intermediate to advanced level musicians; experience with Ableton Live recommended.

Live Looping: Spontaneous Improvisational Composing

Daniel Berkman, Instructor

Join composer, performer and gifted multi-instrumentalist Daniel Berkman as he discusses and demonstrates the technical wizardry behind live looping and creating spontaneous compositions live on stage. Daniel is a main accompanist and composer for the SF Ballet, where he builds live compositions for dancers on a daily basis using kora (African harp) viola da gamba, tenor uke, guitars, analog synths, and digital percussion. A fascinating process that yields beautiful musical results.

Ideal for musicians, music and composition students, producers, and those with a solid understanding of musicianship.

Intro to Audio Production and the Digital Studio

Jeff Stott, Instructor

In this introductory course, students will get an overview into the latest in recording equipment, microphones, and home studio configuration, as well as a hands-on intro to audio and MIDI editing, working with audio effects, and an in-depth comparison of the most popular recording production software including Logic, Ableton Live and ProTools. An excellent introduction to digital music production with acclaimed musician, producer, and DJ Jef Stott.

No experience required. Students can use our in-house computers and are also welcome to bring their own laptops with Ableton 9, Logic or ProTools installed.

Jazz In the Mix

Adam Theis, Instructor

Multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Adam Theis leads a hands-on workshop focusing on jazz instrumentation in modern musical styles of hip-hop, electronica, rock and more. Adam will demonstrate recording and editing of live instruments, how to manipulate these recordings with effects for evocative results, and will also discuss techniques for working with MIDI files and real instruments to create great sounding arrangements. Insights and best practices on producing successful sessions with jazz musicians will be shared, along with mixing tracks using jazz instrumentation.

Ideal for musicians, music and composition students, producers, and those with a solid understanding of musicianship.

Giant Steps Frequently Asked Questions

What is Giant Steps?

Giant Steps is a donor program designed to complement existing or new memberships. By making a three-year membership commitment at any level from $300 Benefactor up through our Leaders Circle, you’ll become a Giant Steps Member and enjoy all of the core benefits of membership at your qualifying level, plus your name added to the glass wall facing Franklin Street.

 

What are the benefits of Giant Steps?

As a Giant Steps Member, you will enjoy all the core benefits of SFJAZZ membership at your qualifying level, plus:

  • Your name inscribed on the SFJAZZ Center (opportunities are limited– please act quickly!). 
  • Your Giant Steps membership will be active for three years, so you’ll never miss an on-sale. Forgo renewal notices, save time and help save our resources. 
  • Automatic monthly or annual payments for your convenience.

 

Why should I do this now?

With the SFJAZZ Center as a strong base, we look to fulfill a greater promise. Help us meet demands and expand opportunities for artists, students, and audiences alike. Your support will help bring collaborations and cultural transformations to our stages – and beyond our walls.

Giant Steps is only open through June 30, 2017. Please enroll today in celebration of our 5th anniversary season!

 

What if I want to join Giant Steps, but it's not time for my membership renewal yet?

You can join Giant Steps today and not lose a day of membership. Your three-year membership pledge will pick up at the end of your current membership. If you join online, your first payment is paid today and your subsequent pledge billing will begin after your current membership ends.

 

What if I am already a Giant Steps Founding Member?

Your Giant Steps pledge was a catalyst for opening the SFJAZZ Center in 2013. As a Giant Steps Founding Member, your listing will remain on the Giant Steps wall. By rejoining Giant Steps, you’ll help us bring groundbreaking new collaborations and transformations to our stages – and beyond our walls. You’ll also have the opportunity for an additional listing on the Giant Steps glass wall.

 

How do I know if I am a Giant Steps Founding Member?

Giant Steps Founding Members joined Giant Steps by making a three-year pledge leading up to the Grand Opening of the SFJAZZ Center in January 2013. Giant Steps Founding Members are currently recognized on the Giant Steps glass wall (but there is room for more names!).

Giant Steps Founding Members can find their name or current listing by downloading this PDF and using the search function.

 

If I join, can I put a name other than my own on the wall?

By default, your name will be inscribed on the Giant Steps wall. However, you may choose instead to recognize a friend or loved one. Listings such as “In Memory of” or “In Honor of” are encouraged. Giant Steps is a wonderful opportunity to connect a loved one to the SFJAZZ Center.

 

How do I join?

Make a three-year pledge at any level from $300 Benefactor up through Leaders Circle.

For example, if you are at the $60 Individual level, upgrade to Giant Steps at the $300 Benefactor level and you will have secured your membership for the next three years. If you are already at the $300 Benefactor level, then all you have to do is join Giant Steps to renew your membership for three years.

There are many ways to join Giant Steps:

  • Online: sfjazz.org/giantsteps 
  • Phone: contact our Membership Department at 415.283.0337 
  • In Person: visit the SFJAZZ Box Office

 

When will the Giant Steps wall be updated?

The Giant Steps glass wall facing Franklin Street will be updated and revealed in Fall 2017.

 

Do I have to pay the full three years of my membership now?

No. You may complete your Giant Steps pledge monthly, annually, or in full. Giant Steps membership is available for as low as $25 a month, allowing you the convenience of automatic payments that best fit your budget.

 

How do automatic payments work?

Your credit card provided when you join Giant Steps will be securely stored and automatically charged on the 15th of the month. You can also pay annually by credit card or check.

 

What if my credit card number expires or changes?

Please contact the Membership Department at 415.283.0337 or members@sfjazz.org to adjust your payment. After three missed monthly payments, your membership will be suspended. Don’t worry, we’ll remind you if a payment is missed.

 

When will I receive my Member card?

Your Member card will arrive in the mail at the start of each membership year, but your membership will be active for the full three years of your Giant Steps membership.

 

Can I purchase a Giant Steps membership as a gift for someone else?

Yes, we hope you will. Giant Steps is the perfect gift for anyone who loves jazz and world music. Your gift recipient will enjoy all the benefits of SFJAZZ membership, as well as their name on the Giant Steps glass wall. Plus, the gift is tax-deductible for you! If you’d like to purchase a Giant Steps membership for someone, please call our Membership Department at 415.283.0337.

 

What is the deadline for joining Giant Steps?

To take advantage of all the benefits offered, you must join by June 30, 2017.