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Cost Manager, Building Operations

National Geographic Society
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

How You’ll Contribute


The National Geographic Society headquarters, based in Washington, D.C., is undergoing a $300 million public space renovation project to be completed in 2026 (called Base Camp). This role, reporting to the Director, Building Operations, will come on board to assist in stewarding the transformation of the campus, keeping it open for guests and staff, while enabling its readiness to a world-class guest experience and operation. Components of the new guest experience will include a state-of-the-art lobby/guest hub, theater, iconic photo gallery, exhibition space, immersive walk-through attractions, retail, F&B, rooftop bar, education center, VIP tours and exciting new event space. A fully sustainable, on brand hotel will also be built and operated by a third party on the campus. The capstone of the renovation is a one-of-a-kind nighttime entertainment show on the plaza.

This position reports to the Director, Building Operations and will assist in managing the design and construction costs of the new Base Camp facility. This position will also join a new Building Operations team to focus on project acceptance along with growing and maintaining a new facility. This position will coordinate with existing project management resources within JLL and NGS internal staff. Deliverables for this role consist of providing finance support for the Base Camp project including budget analysis, monthly project cost reporting and analysis, month-end close requirements, cash flow tracking/forecasting, and other project work within tight deadlines.



Your Impact


Your Impact


Responsibilities Include

  • Complete monthly project cost reporting for projects and distribute to the team. Work with Building Operations to update project budgets and communicate all project issues on a routine basis. (40%)

  • Prepare cash flow projections on a routine basis (weekly, monthly, quarterly). Communicate results and variance explanations to Director, Building Operations. (20%)

  • Review, audit and approve contract drafts, purchase requisitions, and invoices/payment applications related to projects. Research vendor payment issues and make recommendations for resolution. (20%)

  • Assist in the vendor bid and award process including cost comparison and bid review meetings. (10%)

  • Improve reporting processes wherever possible, independently perform ad hoc financial analysis flawlessly. (5%)

  • Assist in the development of the Annual Operating Plan and Latest Estimates via cash flow projections and other reports. (5%)


What You’ll Bring

Educational Background

Four-year college degree in finance, accounting, business, or related field


Minimum Years and Type of Experience   

3+ years of experience in general accounting principles required


Necessary Knowledge and Skills

  • Proficiency in Excel and Google Sheets

  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills

  • Ability to work in a fast paced, multi-phase project environment with shifting priorities

  • Ability to identify and implement more efficient practices

  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team

  • Construction budgets and accounting a plus


Desired Qualifications

  • Workday Project Budgets experience

  • Prior project experience in construction



No direct reports.




Salary Information

As a leading nonprofit organization, National Geographic Society offers competitive salary and total rewards to attract, develop, and retain an innovative and dynamic workforce.


The salary range for this position starts at $77,000



Job Designation


Resident - Our Resident category recognizes that certain staff need to be physically present at Base Camp to do their work. Some Resident staff must always be onsite to do their jobs, while others may only need to be physically present some of the time. Some Resident staff may need to come into Base Camp every day, some may need to come in to meet looming deadlines and to get work done, and others may require a more unique schedule. The days Resident staff come into the office will be determined by their teams and workflow, and they should work with their supervisors to determine their specific schedule. And throughout the year, their schedule can be adjusted based on cyclical work cycles, deadlines, and/or ebbs and flows of work. As a guideline, Resident staff will be in the office between 3-5 days a week.




We encourage you to apply even if your experience is not a 100% match with the position. We are looking for someone with relevant skills and experience, not a checklist that exactly matches the job description. We want to help you grow and in return, you help us grow into a stronger, more inclusive organization. 


Posted: 2023-05-18 Expires: 2023-06-17

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Cost Manager, Building Operations

National Geographic Society
Washington, District of Columbia 20036

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