American Public Media
  • APMG, Corporate, Finance - 10AA
  • St Paul, MN, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Benefits Eligible

Who We Are:

Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) is one of the nation's premier public radio stations producing programming for radio, digital and live audiences and operates a 46-station radio network serving nearly all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states. Reaching 1 million listeners each week, MPR and its three regional services 'MPR NewsClassical MPR and The Current' produce programming for radio, digital and live audiences. 

American Public Media is the largest station-based public radio organization in the U.S., combining multi-regional station operations, national content creation and distribution in one organization. With a portfolio that includes Live from Here with Chris Thile, BBC World Service, Marketplace and the leading classical music programming in the nation, APM is one of the largest producers of public radio programming in the world. One thousand stations carry American Public Media's 20-plus national programs. Its multi-regional station operations include 49 public radio stations and 42 translators in the Upper Midwest and California.

Your Role:

American Public Media Group is the parent company for some of the largest public media entities in the country, with over 19 million weekly listeners nationally and millions more that consume our products and services in digital formats and via live events. As the Financial Analyst II, you will lead financial analysis for assigned areas of the business (primarily within Minnesota Public Radio), working directly with senior business leaders to provide value-added financial assessments that aid smart, fact-based business decisions. Your role is responsible for monitoring cost and revenue trends, identifying business risks and opportunities and partnering with business leaders to provide dynamic financial decision support to these business leaders and to financial executives. As the key liaison between the business and the Finance department, it involves a high degree of relationship leadership. 

This job description is meant to cover all elements of the Financial Analyst role - note however that, due to multiple positions, not every Financial Analyst position will be responsible for every task below. As the Financial Analyst II, your role operates in a highly matrixed environment, working closely with various leaders and staff across the company. It also involves developing and maintaining excellent relationships with leaders and peers across the organization.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Position Responsibility:

  • Partner with assigned business units, key constituents and senior management, Finance managers and staff across the organization to provide thought provoking, action-oriented financial support to assigned business areas. Become an essential advisor to business leaders and help their respective areas succeed.
  • Analyze trends, costs, revenues, financial commitments, and obligations incurred to forecast future revenues and expenses.  Work in a proactive, anticipatory environment (as opposed to "reacting" to issues/questions).
  • Constructively challenge recommendations about resource utilization and assumptions underlying budgets/forecasts. 
  • Work with the Finance leadership team and business leaders to develop standardized actionable financial reports for forecasting, trending and results analysis.
  • Take ownership of challenges; identify problems and fix them.
  • Question and research variances, trends, process improvements, business metrics and business results, and prepare recommendations.
  • Participate in the development of new initiatives, providing input and ideas on cost optimization, cost/benefit analysis, budgets, and tracking of results.
  • Coordinate and review the work of other employees related to financial matters and assist in leading training for end user support on all planning, budgeting and reporting applications.
  • Apply a commercial awareness in the areas of tax, legal contract reviews, state and federal funding requirements, and payroll-related reporting and compliance.
  • Prepare/review annual budget and ongoing financial forecasts pertaining to specific functional areas, including providing monthly financial results.
  • Develop ad hoc analytics and presentations on key business drivers.
  • Lead the preparation for the monthly close process as it relates to forecasting.
  • Participate in internal audits and/or other risk-mitigation activities. This could include leading an internal audit or supplying specific analysis within a risk related activity.
  • Act as the liaison between the analyst team and the technology group in relation to troubleshooting system problems, data warehouse maintenance, budgeting & business intelligence tools, etc.
  • Support significant new institution-wide initiatives by developing and supporting a template to evaluate viability of new ideas; provide related modelling development and support.

Financial Reporting

  • Prepare monthly reports including detailed variance analysis, board/committee reports, and other reports as requested by Finance or Business leaders.
  • Work with federal, state, and other funding organizations to secure or facilitate funding as required (e.g. with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's grant programs); prepare or review applicable financial reporting.
  • Coordinate and or complete any necessary accounting entries necessary to support assigned business units.
  • Develop financial models and / or partner with technology personnel to incorporate into APM's financial applications and reports.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Business or related field is required.
  • Minimum of 4 years experience in the field.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Understanding of fundamental accounting concepts.
  • Working knowledge of accounting software (Cognos -- planning / reporting, Lawson Financials / Activities).
  • Strong budgeting, forecasting and planning skills.
  • Ability to understand and effectively communicate the complex financial issues concisely and simply to non-financial people.  Excellent communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply professional skepticism and exhibit the curiosity required to assist business leaders in identifying trends and anticipating events that will impact their areas of the business and/or the broader organization.
  • Maintain high standards of customer service and professional ethics.
  • This position is responsible for handling highly confidential information, requiring an ability to maintain and display high ethical standards including confidentiality, discretion, and exemplary judgment with respect to such information. 
  • Exhibit a positive attitude, good working habits and disciplined approach.
  • Ability to use various software applications, such as spreadsheets, relational databases, planning tools, general ledger, and statistical packages to assemble, manipulate or format relatively complex data or reports.
  • Ability to coordinate projects, tasks and teams; ability to run effective meetings and achieve intended results.
  • Ability to follow up on and resolves discrepancies. 
  • Able to develop recommendations to managers.
  • Time management skills -- ability to prioritize multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrate a "continuous improvement" mentality; look for ways to do things better, faster, cheaper and/or more effectively.
  • Leadership qualities of presence, confidence, judgment, and integrity are required to command the respect and response of colleagues, and senior executive personnel.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Knowledge of the media industry. 
  • Experience with public radio or other non-profit media companies.
  • Experience with Tableau or similar data analysis and presentation tools.
  • Working experience with accounting and accounting-related tasks.

Reporting To This Position:    None

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Physical Demands: 
    • Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time.
    • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping.  
  • Working Conditions: 
    • Moderate noise level.
    • Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions.


Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply.

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