Chief Finance & Administration Officer (CFAO) – Costa Mesa, CA

Job Description and Duties

Position Purpose:

Serves as a member of the OC Fair & Event Center’s (OCFEC) Executive Management Team to provide strategic direction by working with executive management and the Board of Directors to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies. Provides leadership to guide the OCFEC’s administrative functions in support of the OCFEC’s mission, vision, operational core values and strategic priorities. Directly oversees the Finance, Accounting, Business Services, Human Resources, Admissions and Technology functions.


  • Initiate, recommend and implement policies for the organization's administrative functions
  • Serve as a chief advisor to the CEO on organization-wide policy issues
  • Guide and influence long-term and strategic decision making as a member of the Executive Management Team
  • Guide the development of the vision and strategy for the organization, and ensure implementation of organizational vision and goals in the administrative departments, in support of the OCFEC’s mission
  • Initiate development, communication and implementation of effective growth strategies for the organization in order to ensure long term success and financial strength
  • Exercise full management responsibility and oversight for the OCFEC’s administrative functions, which include Accounting, Financial Planning and Analysis, Cash Operations, Purchasing, Contracts, Risk Management, Asset Management, Human Resources, Admissions, Ticket Sales and Technology, and hold responsibility for the operational efficiencies of the organization
  • Advise others in the organization on administrative or operational issues
  • Foster accountability by setting clear goals and expectations, and monitoring progress
  • Oversee departments that report to Chief Finance & Administration Officer by providing ethical executive leadership and counsel
  • Lead with a strong people-centered approach to motivate staff, influence change and solve workplace conflicts
  • Maximize employee development by communicating clear objectives, monitoring performance, and coaching and counseling as needed
  • Establish and monitor proper operational and financial controls to ensure proper stewardship of assets
  • Continuously improve efficiency by facilitating ongoing review and enhancement of operating processes and procedures
  • Provide timely, accurate and complete reports to executive management and the Board of Directors on the financial and administrative functions of the organization
  • Clearly present financial reports and other information to the Board of Directors
  • Act for the CEO during his/her absence, along with other members of the executive team
  • Represent the OCFEC by developing contacts and relationships with state agency officials, fair industry colleagues, community officials, business partners, customers and the public


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