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Director of Finance

Callaway Resort & Gardens

Callaway Resort & Gardens

Accounting & Finance
Pine Mountain, GA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Director of Finance

  • Pine Mountain, GA, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Director of Finance

Reports To

Vice President / General Manager

I. Job Summary


At Callaway Resort & Gardens, we create memories worth repeating. Ask anyone who has visited Callaway and they will tell you this place is different. It's not a difference that you can touch or see - it's a difference you can feel. We are seeking a Director of Finance who will embody the heart and soul of our mission of creating memories worth repeating while bringing families closer together and caring deeply about our brand. This person also brings a spirit of fun, authenticity, collaboration, creativity and genuine hospitality to the lives of our hosts and guests.


We want to work alongside someone who acts as an extension of our mission, values, and culture. This individual is driven to create meaningful experiences for our hosts, guests, and community while ensuring the success and profitability of our unique offerings. They also bring fun, authenticity, collaboration, creativity, and genuine hospitality to their life and work. The right Director of Finance checklist will include equal parts curious learner, innovator, administrator, detail driver, mentor, and motivator.


The Director of Finance is a hands-on and participative manager to lead and develop an internal accounting team to support financial reporting, business planning and budgeting, forecasting and formal financial reviews. The Director of Finance is responsible for managing financial and accounting policies and providing leadership and coaching to the Finance Team. The Director of Finance also has the responsibility to hire and supervise the IT team, with the support of HFE corporate IT.


Additionally, the ideal candidate will be able display and live out Lead with Love qualities, strongly rooted in the Herschend Family Entertainment culture, by being patient, kind, trusting, unselfish, truthful, forgiving, dedicated and accountable.

II. Summary of Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Formulates and manages, procedures and objectives to ensure the most efficient and professional finance program for the property. Coordinates the property financial activities with Herschend Family Entertainment Corporate Office, Herschend Vice President of Finance, and Chief Financial Officer
  • Provide positive financial leadership for the finance team and assigned divisions in a professional and competent manner using established policies, procedures, expectations, and training for the team to perform at the highest level of accuracy and efficiency.
  • Manages the accounting function, including all activities related to accounts payable/receivable, cash control, revenue recognition, inventory, general ledger, period and annual financial reports, internal controls and the annual audit.
  • Establishes general accounting and reporting systems in compliance with corporate systems and generally accepted accounting principles. Reviews and approves the recording of assets, expenses and operational profits with related analysis for contract negotiations and product investment decisions. Review all Callaway contracts to ensure revenue and expenses are properly recorded and in compliance with policies/procedures including signing authority and limits
  • Conducts profit and loss, budget, forecast and financial reviews. Analyzes and makes recommendations on proposed capital projects and operational changes.
  • Provides consultative and participative decision-making advice to Property Chief and executive leaders while ensuring that needed financial information is given on time to facilitate decision-making. Makes recommendations for expense control and acts by developing contingency plans and general financial oversight.
  • Leads the preparation of periodic budget reports, conducts financial statement reviews at each period's end, analyzes results, and reports variations to identify potential budgetary problems.
  • Manages the property's annual and long-term budgetary program. Prepares financial forecasts and financial review packages. With the corporate office, develops yearly and multi-year financial targets. Implements and uses Information Technology systems to support automation growth.
  • Conducts financial studies and proformas to aid long-range and short-term financial planning in revenue production, expense management, per capita spending, and capital investments in compliance with corporate forecasts and financial plans.
  • Manage accounting team to ensure timely and accurate recording of all transactions and related account reconciliations
  • Ensure adherence with policies, cost controls, and audit activities of company assets.
  • Real Estate management agreements and public relations with Cottage and Villa Owners
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reporting materials and metrics for Callaway Gardens' Executives and Board of Directors.
  • Serves as Treasurer of the Ida B. Cason Foundation. Oversees budgets and schedules for capital projects, participates in quarterly board meetings, reviews board financial statements, leads and conducts audits, and approves all AP transactions

  • Income Tax compliance, business licensing to include alcohol and all others in accordance with Federal, State and Local Regulatory guidelines, may serve as legal liaison for trademarks, litigations matter.
  • . Provide cash flow requirements to the Herschend Treasury Team
  • Authorize test checks and internal audits as necessary to determine the adequacy of pre-established controls and adherence to established operating policy and procedures.
  • Advise on appropriate technology that meets the organization's information requirements and financial resources.
  • Work as liaison between local and corporate IT teams with respect to major project funding and project management.
  • Practices servant leadership with consultative and participative decision-making skills.

Undertakes special assignments or projects when assigned by the Property Chief.

Management reserves the right to change and/or add to these duties at any time


III. Education and Experience Required

  • Business or Accounting degree required; master's in business administration preferred.
  • CPA preferred and will be given priority consideration.
  • Minimum of 10 years progressive accounting experience, including experience in a multi-office environment.
  • Minimum 5 years' experience in mid- management role, supervising managers and supervisors; evaluating five or more direct reports required.
  • Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting and cost control principles including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Proven track record of success facilitating progressive organization change and development within a growing organization.
  • Strong mentoring, coaching experience to a team with diverse levels of expertise.

IV. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Innovative team player who can multitask and work independently.
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical finance, IT and administration initiatives.
  • Computer proficient using MS/Windows Office products.
  • Experience in lodging, amusement, retail, or food industry preferred.
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.
  • Work with local Property Chief to plan and conduct annual budgeting and planning process; review all budgets, monitor progress and keep Property Chief informed of progress.
  • Manage the acquisition of capital assets and ensure that assets are properly recorded, depreciated/amortized and disposed of as appropriate.
  • Provide timely analysis and financial support to Property Team.
  • Advise on appropriate technology that meets the organization's information requirements and financial resources.
  • Able to make a friendly impression when speaking to or corresponding with guests, vendors, and other employees.
  • Must be self-motivated and disciplined.
  • Must be able to prioritize and complete work assignments on a timely basis.
  • Must maintain strict confidentiality and judgment regarding privileged information.
  • Must be committed to continuous improvement.
  • Must have a professional appearance with good personal hygiene.
  • Must promote and support a "team" work environment by cooperating and helping co-workers.
  • Must be productive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Must maintain dependable work attendance and flexibility with assigned work schedules including any required overtime, evenings, weekends and holidays
  • Must be sensitive to the needs of our Guests and feel empowered to act to meet their needs within company guidelines.
  • Must be able to utilize effective communication, problem solving, conflict management and interpersonal skills.
  • Must show appreciation of others.
  • Must have manual dexterity necessary to complete all job duties.
  • Able to get along with other employees to work out problems and resolve conflicts.
  • Able to comprehend instructions and retain information.
  • Able to perform duties consistent with creating a safe and secure environment for hosts and guests.
  • Able to be flexible to handle frequent changes in priorities.
  • Able to add, subtract, multiply and divide with accuracy.
  • Able to communicate effectively using standard English grammar and punctuation
  • Able to tolerate various temperatures while working indoors and outdoors.
  • Able to meet the physical demands of the job.
  • Able to work outdoors.
  • Ability to operate as an effective tactical as well as strategic thinker.
  • Able to work independently or in a team environment.