Employment & Auditions

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra currently has the following employment opportunities available:

Controller

 

Controller

JOB PURPOSE AND REPORTING STRUCTURE

Under the direction of the Chief Financial Officer, the Controller provides the best possible support of the organization by assisting the activities of the Finance Department, including all accounting functions through the preparation of financial statements and related schedules.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Specific project work in the area of federal and tax filings financial reporting, and ensuring that we acquire adequate data from Tessitura and other sources to maintain continuity in our accounting and financial reporting process.

  • Monthly closings and financial statement preparation
  • Supervise maintenance of payroll system and payroll processing
  • Maintenance and supervision of the general ledger system
  • Monthly checking account reconciliation
  • Prepare various month end entries and reconciliations for donations, sales, and expenses
  • Prepare and file 1099’s and 1042’s annually
  • Prepare work papers for audit and Federal 990
  • Various financial analysis as needed or assigned
  • Complete monthly tasks for Milwaukee Arts Partners and MSO Trusts
  • Preparation and submission of League of American Orchestra’s financial/survey data
  • Back up to CFO for decisions about cash disbursements
  • Supervise/interact with staff members who deal with accounts payable, payroll and general ledger
  • Review accounts payable and cash receipts and supervise AP and Payroll Accountant

Review accounts payable invoices; maintain proper controls to insure that all tax payments, returns, benefit payments, guest artist payments and all other obligations are paid on a timely basis.  Respond to inquiries regarding accounts payable and payroll when AP and Payroll Accountant is unavailable or if a higher level response is needed.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

AP and Payroll Accountant

CONTACTS WITH OTHERS

This position is a primary contact for all employees with budgetary responsibilities and employees with monetary transactions. It has direct contact with independent auditors and government agencies. It has contact with accounting, payroll, fundraising and other software vendors to resolve technical problems.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

The position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, finance, or business and 3 years in public accounting or 2 years in general accounting in a supervisory capacity.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

This position requires advanced math skills.

REASONING ABILITY

Able to collect data and information, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES

This position requires experience with computerized accounting systems, demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and maintain highest level of confidentiality regarding business and staff information, excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Familiarity with various computerized accounting systems is required. This position also requires knowledge of bookkeeping and generally accepted accounting principles. Advanced knowledge of and functional experience with Microsoft Excel are required to perform essential duties of the position.

CERTIFICATES OR LICENSES REQUIRED

None

WORK ENVIRONMENT 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

It is the policy of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to employ the most qualified person available for a job. This policy recognizes individual differences and the specific demands of each position. The MSO has a firm commitment to extend equal opportunity for employment and promotion to all people without regard to age, race, creed, color, disability, marital status, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, arrest or conviction record, military service or any other characteristic prohibited by law except where a bona fide occupational qualification precludes employment.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

The MSO complies with all provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Accommodation of Disabilities. This means that we do not discriminate against any qualified individual with a disability in any phase of the employment relationship to include: application for employment, recruitment, hiring, promotion, and/or advancement in employment, compensation, training opportunities or other terms, conditions or privileges of employment.

The MSO believes in and practices equal employment opportunities for all employees and applicants for employment. Managers and supervisors are responsible for implementation of this policy. All questions about this Act should be discussed with the Human Resources Manager.

COMPENSATION

Salary will be commensurate with experience as appropriate.  The Controller is entitled to all benefits available to full-time employees including health, dental, life and long-term disability insurances and eligibility to participate in vision insurance, flexible spending account plans, and staff retirement savings plans.

The above is representative of the position; there may be other activities or responsibilities required which are not listed.  This does not constitute a contract with any person in any position.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please submit your resume, addressed to Catherine Kiekhofer, Chief Financial Officer, VP of Finance and Administration, by email in PDF or Word formats to hr@mso.org. Please, no phone calls or hard copy/physical mail submissions.

The MSO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

AUDITIONS

Information on upcoming audition opportunities: