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Applications will be accepted only through the University of Michigan jobs website through November 24, 2017.  Visit and search for job ID 149897.  Applications must include both cover letter and resume to be considered.

Job Summary

UMS, an independent multi­disciplinary performing arts presenter with a long and deep affiliation with the University of Michigan, is located in the center of the Ann Arbor campus and offers 70+ performances each season in up to seven University and community venues. Since its founding in 1879, UMS has presented top-ranking international artists including orchestras, chamber music, solo recitals, jazz, world music, ballet, modern and culturally specific dance, opera, theater, choral groups, and special attractions.

UMS also develops and executes an extensive education program involving up to 150 events each season, commissions and presents new work, and hosts many artist residencies.  UMS employs a full-time staff of 32, has a 34-member Board of Directors, and engages approximately 700 volunteers who serve various capacities across the organization, including ushering, serving as UMS Ambassadors, and singing in the UMS Choral Union.

The mission of UMS is to inspire individuals and enrich communities by connecting audiences and artists in uncommon and engaging experiences.  For more on UMS, visit,, and

This senior position reports to and works directly with the UMS President to direct and manage the organization’s financial, personnel, information systems and administrative functions. The position requires broad and comprehensive experience, both of high-level strategic planning and management of practical day-to-day operations. Efficient and cost-effective administration of UMS business operations and systems is critical for achievement of the UMS mission. In-depth knowledge of university financial administrative systems and experience with non-profit financial reporting are strongly recommended for this position. This position will supervise three staff members, including a Financial Manager, Information Systems Manager, and Tessitura Systems Administrator.


  • Direct and manage the entire UMS financial reporting environment adhering to GASB financial guidelines.  Key elements are monthly financial reports, depositing of all revenues and reconciliations, maintaining effective safeguards for internal control, managing accounts payable, receivables, payroll, and cash flow.  Restrictions on gifts and grants are a critical part of the revenue recognition process.
  • Direct and manage the UMS budget development process working with the UMS management team to access programmatic needs, staffing, prioritizing initiatives, and developing strategies to balance the budget and present it to the UMS Board of Directors for approval.
  • Direct and manage all UMS tax issues within the University framework including filing of the annual 990 return, generation of 1099’s for compensation, payment of State of Michigan sales taxes, and withholding issues related to non-resident alien performer fee payments.
  • Direct and manage the annual year-end audit of UMS finances with the University designated external auditors, preparing financial statements, providing the necessary level of explanation to resolve audit issues in order to receive an unqualified opinion on the UMS financial statements.
  • Direct all human resource efforts at UMS which may include supervision of a part-time or contract-based human resources person in the future.  This also includes special payment arrangements for IATSE stagehands.  All human resource functions are in compliance with University HR rules and regulations handled through the shared services HR coordinator service.
  • Act as key liaison between UMS and the University in most matters related to the day-to-day operations of UMS and how they interface with the current operating agreement.
  • Provide overall direction for administration of all third party box office arrangements, including the selling of tickets for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, University Productions, SMTD, Glee Club, and Musket.
  • Manage all contractual arrangements and facility operation issues.
  • Direct and manage the UMS endowment, providing financial direction for gifts, accounting for restrictions on donor imposed wishes, and maintaining accurate records of interest income distributions and unrealized gains/losses.

Required Qualifications*

  • A bachelor’s degree in accounting required, an MBA or CPA certification a plus.
  • In-depth knowledge of University of Michigan administrative and financial systems, or comparable experience, strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of non-profit accounting standards.
  • Experience working with external auditors and preparation of financial statements.
  • Demonstrated organizational ability and initiative under pressure.
  • A high level of dependability and professional work ethic.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication skills.  Ability to communicate complex financial arrangements to non-financial individuals.  
  • Superb attention to detail.
  • Confident in knowledge of computer systems and software including word processing, spreadsheet, and data management software.
  • Interest in performing arts a plus.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.