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CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
THE HILL
New York City

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THE OPPORTUNITY

Through print, online and events, The Hill’s powerhouse of vehicles signal the important issues of the moment, and together have earned the reputation of being a complete and comprehensive source of news from Congress and the Executive branches. The Hill serves to connect the players, define the issues and engage Washington’s decision makers and thought leaders around the country.

In 2015 The Hill was the fastest growing media website.

This year MIT Media Lab called The Hill the most influential media site only topped by CNN and Fox.

Since 1994, The Hill has reported on the intersection of politics and business, connecting Capitol Hill, K Street, Wall Street and Pennsylvania Avenue for non-partisan coverage.

The Hill serves as a vital, credible and non-partisan source of in-depth reporting connecting all things political. Its strength is based partly on its exceptional access to “insider” perspectives.

Not surprisingly, this highly analytical approach to issues results in reader demographics that are highly prized by advertisers. The Hill’s readers are affluent, educated and, above all, influential. As advertisers seek to shift their spend away from print, The Hill emerges as a viable alternative and validates the trends that favor niched online media outlets.

The Hill has a print circulation of over 24,000 — and is read by opinion leaders, including 100% of Congressional offices, the White House, political pundits, association executives, lobbyists and corporate leaders. In the past years, the company made the strategic decision to grow the business by pivoting towards a digital offering. There was a significant capital raise that closed in December, 2015 enabling the company to rapidly pursue numerous growth opportunities and to significantly increase its digital capabilities.

It is now ranked among the Top 100 Online Websites in the US. How has The Hill been able to compete against much larger, more established competitors? The answer lies in its highly entrepreneurial culture and its ability to respond quickly to emerging trends.

Does this sound like the opportunity for you? Read on…

 

Click below to view the USA Today’s interview with The Hill’s CEO, Jimmy Finkelstein as he addresses this topic:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/02/24/hill-plans-expansion-digital-traffic-grows/80767350/

This unprecedented growth in both readership and advertising revenue for The Hill has created the need to recruit a full time Chief Financial Officer to ensure that the necessary fiscal management is in place in order to maximize these opportunities. The Hill needs to recruit a CFO who will play a strategic role advising the Chairman on a wide range of operational issues and initiatives in addition to managing its day-to-day finance, treasury and accounting functions. The key challenge of this role is to balance the company’s need to grow with sound fiscal management.

THE POSITION:

CONFIRMATION OF THE ROLE:

FUNCTIONAL:

I. Oversees the annual budgeting process and mid-year reforecasts. Manages finance team including the Controller.
II. Provides management with requisite reporting including detailed metrics related to financial and key performance indicators.
III. Evaluate and execute any potential add-on acquisitions.
IV. Works closely with the CEO to help resolve a range of operational issues in addition to leading companywide initiatives.
V. Expected to know the numbers and details behind all metrics.
VI. Identifies opportunities for increased profitability.
VII. Accountable for making recommendations for constant improvement in company operations.
VIII. Presents to management and the board in quarterly update meetings.
IX. Provides counsel on financial considerations for both existing and new initiatives.
X. Manages the treasury function.
XI. Ensures strong financial controls are in place and that the company is in compliance with financial and regulatory requirements within the requisite jurisdictions.
XII. Negotiates health rates.
XIII. Oversees annual audit.

THE CANDIDATE:

• BSc. in Accounting, CPA highly desirable.
• 10 years of relevant finance experience, at least 5 plus years as a CFO, Controller or VP, Finance, ideally in a digital media company.

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

• Excellent communication and analytical skills.
• Strong business acumen and the ability to communicate complex financial information with diverse stakeholders.
• Entrepreneurial orientation and genuine enthusiasm for growing a business.
• High energy, positive, self-motivated individual.
• Sound judgment, impeccable integrity and credibility.
• Pragmatic, able to focus on key drivers with a sense of urgency.
• Change agent, yet able to work within existing corporate structure.
• Strong leadership ability.
• Listens well, encourages input from team members.
• Flexible, open to suggestions from other executive team members.

EDUCATION:

A relevant undergraduate degree in accounting. CPA designation highly desired.

LEADERSHIP:

THE HILL: Mr. James A. Finkelstein, also known as Jimmy, has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of News Communications Inc. since June 2001. He serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of News Communications’ subsidiaries that include The Hill. He has an extensive background in the publishing industry and has served as an advisor to leading investor groups. Mr. Finkelstein holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Hofstra University.
For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact:

Susan Hawkins
Partner
BSG Team Ventures
224 Clarendon Street, Suite 41
Boston, MA 02116
v: 617.674.5263
e: shawkins@bsgtv.com

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