Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President of Finance and Administration is responsible for all aspects of BioSTL’s financial, human resources, information technology, facilities and risk management.
BioSTL seeks to build a wholly inclusive, globally connected innovation economy for the St. Louis region. BioSTL, a privately-funded non-profit organization, initiated and operates a suite of nationally-recognized programs to transform the St. Louis bioscience and innovation economy, build regional capacity, focus community resources, and nurture a collaborative environment that capitalizes on the unique convergence of St. Louis’ corporate, university, and entrepreneurial strengths in medical and plant bioscience.
To achieve St. Louis’ potential in the high-growth bioscience industry, BioSTL has organized business, university, and philanthropic leaders around a set of deliberate strategies, including startup creation and investment through the BioGenerator, one of the most active biotech seed investors in the United States. Other programs include strategic international business attraction (GlobalSTL), physical environment (BioGenerator Labs), entrepreneur support (BioGenerator Fundamentals), diversity, inclusion, and equity (Inclusion Initiative and St. Louis Equity in Entrepreneurship Collective), regional talent and workforce (BioGenerator EIR and Venture Capital Fellow Programs and STEMSTL), and public policy (national Innovation Advocacy Council). Together, these initiatives advance St. Louis' leadership in solving important world challenges in agriculture, medicine, health care, and other technology areas.
BioSTL believes its success is of vital importance to the future growth and prosperity of the St. Louis region, and seeks committed individuals who share this vision, who desire to make a difference, and who want to be part of a fast moving, dynamic and entrepreneurial organization. We are seeking individuals who will bring diverse perspectives and experiences to BioSTL.
Provide leadership, coordination, and hands-on implementation of the administrative and the finance/accounting/budgeting efforts of the organization.
Ensure that the finance and accounting functions of BioSTL, BioGenerator and all other related organizations are sound and effectively managed.
Responsible for administrative areas of the organization including payroll, personnel administration, employee benefit programs, information technology, facilities, and risk management.
Develop (as needed), implement and maintain all finance, accounting, management information, and policies and practices of BioSTL, BioGenerator and all other related organizations.
Prepare financial reports including performance to budget and analysis that provide the BioSTL President and Executive Vice President an effective means to manage and understand the financial performance of the organization; provide timely and accurate reporting of all activities in accordance with generally acceptable accounting principles; prepare and present financial results and analysis to the Board of Trustees as requested.
Provide financial modeling and projections for various grant and philanthropic pursuits; track spending and seek reimbursement in accordance with grant/donor requirements; provide required financial reporting to the grantor/donor; and annually negotiating the indirect cost ratio.
Manage payroll and employee benefit programs (including medical, disability, life and 401k plans), focusing on cost effective and competitive services and offerings.
Identify risks and mitigation strategies, ensuring 501(c)(3) status is maintained, and where practical, pursing insurance coverage for business risks.
Responsible for all accounting activity including disbursements, receipts, cash management, including investing available funds; maintenance of all account schedules and bank reconciliations supporting the financial statements.
Serve as a member of the BioGenerator team in shaping BioGenerator policies and investment strategies; and serve as a resource to BioGenerator portfolio companies in the areas of finance and administration.
Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills to interact within the organization, with partner organizations, with external professionals and other stakeholders, and to make general/public presentations.
Strong financial analysis and accounting abilities in the development, implementation and interpretation of financial reports.
Demonstrated ability and willingness to roll-up sleeves and perform front-line work.
Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control principles including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Knowledge of automated financial and accounting reporting systems. Strong working knowledge of MS Office applications and QuickBooks.
Experience working with multiple business/organizational units. Experience with entrepreneurial businesses is a plus.
At least 5 years previous experience in similar senior-level position (as a VP or CFO) and 15 years of overall financial experience.
Please send a detailed letter of interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “VPF&A” in the subject line. Confidential inquiries can be submitted to the same email address.
For more information, visit www.biostl.org and www.biogenerator.org.