The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for providing strategic and day-to-day financial leadership and vision to the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and its related organizations. The CFO oversees the Finance team in accounting operations including responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll. The CFO also ensures that AAJ has the financial systems, controls, and procedures in place for meeting compliance requirements and to support the association. The CFO is a member of the senior management team, reporting to the COO, and is the senior staff liaison to the Association’s Audit, Budget and Retirement Committees.
Oversees financial data and presents financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicates monthly and annual financial statements; monitors progress and changes and keeps senior leadership, officers, and committees abreast of AAJ’s financial status.
Provides timely and accurate information to the officers of the Association, Budget Committee, Executive Committee, AAJ Board of Governors. AAJ PAC Board of Trustees, and Endowment Board.
Oversees investments of funds for all organizations.
Provides senior leadership as staff liaison to the Association’s Audit, Budget, and Retirement committees.
Manages organizational cash flow forecasting and establishes finance and administrative systems to support program operations.
Maintains internal control and safeguards receipt of revenue, costs, program budgets and actual expenditures.
Oversees all accounts, ledgers and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements
Designs, establish and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the department’s goals and objectives.
Oversees annual insurance renewal in conjunction with the Director of Human Resources.
Oversees Controller and Finance team for the annual audit of all organizations.
Oversees preparation of tax schedules for completing Form 990 and related schedules.
Maintains positive and productive working relationships with all departments, Officers, committees, and Board of Governors.
Leads AAJ’s senior staff, officers and budget committee in the annual budgeting and planning process.
Oversees all financial plans with comparison to actual results with a view to identify, explain and correct variances as appropriate.
Ensures compliance with federal and state regulatory and reporting requirements.
Serves as a member of the senior management team in the strategic planning process.
Assesses the organization and recommends potential changes to drive a more efficient and cost-effective finance function.
Reviews and approves all contracts that have a financial impact on the organization and ensures that management is aware of the financial implications of entering into those contracts.
Manages relationships with the external investment advisors, brokers, and banks, as well as other advisors to assist in the organization’s financial and legal affairs.
Bachelor’s degree in accounting required. CPA required.
Minimum of 10+ years of experience at Director and/or Controller level preferred and supervisory experience of Finance team required.
Exceptional knowledge of financial practices and procedures; experience with public accounting preferred.
Non-profit association experience required.
Strong systems management skills with experience implementing financial software systems.
The American Association for Justice, formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA®), provides trial attorneys with information, professional support and a nationwide network that enables them to most effectively and expertly represent clients. The mission of the American Association for Justice is to promote a fair and effective justice system—and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.