Finance Director


Fri, May 14, 2021


Thu, Jun 24, 2021

The Finance Director is a key member of the Wisconsin Public Media (WPM) Leadership team who plans, develops, and implements strategic financial goals, priorities, policies, and procedures across multiple finance functional areas to ensure efficient financial resource deployment. Develops budgets, manages and monitors actual results, provides Director of WPM counsel towards efficient and effective use of financial resources, manages automated accounting systems, and provides consultation to administrative units to encourage the use of best practices for compliant, efficient reporting. Coordinates financial reporting and audit activities with partner state agency, Wisconsin Educational Communications Board. Collaborates with central UW Madison financial offices including Business Services and Madison Budget Office to ensure compliance with GAAP, GASB, campus and state regulations. Advises, supports and coordinates with the affiliated 501(c)(3) organizations providing financial support to Wisconsin Public Radio and PBS Wisconsin. The Finance Director oversees the day-to-day financial operations of WPM and a small finance team and reports to the Director of WPM.

Bachelor’s degree required, field of accounting, finance, or business management preferred.


  • 7 years of experience leading a team in a dynamic financial environment
  • 3 years of financial management experience in a university, governmental or non-profit organization
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and their application to both governmental and non-profit organizations
  • Experience managing external audit process


  • CPA
  • Experience leading financial environment with multiple, related entities
  • Experience overseeing compliance with state or federal regulatory recordkeeping and audit processes
  • Knowledge of the public broadcasting industry


  • Directs strategic planning initiatives and establishes objectives for multiple finance functional areas to ensure appropriate use of financial, administrative, and staffing resources and alignment with the strategic plan.
  • Determines personnel needs and the personnel resource allocation plan for the financial department of WPM.
  • Oversees, reviews, develops, recommends, and implements policies and procedures for internal and external financial reporting, budgeting and financial operations.
  • Participates in the development, maintenance, and monitoring of automated financial information systems and budgets, and disseminates updates and results to leadership when appropriate.
  • Serves as a divisional representative and subject matter expert to institutional leadership and internal and external stakeholders providing financial direction and information, fostering collaborative relationships across multiple functional areas, and representing the interests of the division.
  • Manages, guides, and motivates direct reporting employees, with priority to maintaining a diverse and professionally qualified team. This includes supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of at least 2.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees.
  • Advises and supports affiliated organizations that provide support Wisconsin Public Radio and PBS Wisconsin.
  • Communicates effectively with internal and external stakeholders to advise on policy compliance, the financial objectives and strategic priorities of the division.


The person in this position will be required to comply with the Ethical Guidelines for Editorial Staff of Wisconsin Public Radio and Television located here:, in addition to the UW-Madison code of ethics.

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.

Apply online at by June 24th, 2021. The job number is 234330.

The following must be received for your application to be complete: 1) Resume; 2) A cover letter describing how your experience relates to the job duties and minimum and desirable qualifications.

As applicants progress to interviews, they will need to provide at least three professional references with titles, emails, and phone numbers (include at least one supervisory reference).

Questions? Contact: Erin Cook, PBS Wisconsin, 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI, 53706.