ABA Chief Financial Officer

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The American Booksellers Association (“ABA”) seeks a Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) to oversee the association’s financial activities. The CFO will report directly to ABA’s Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”).

The essential functions of this job include the following:

  • Overseeing ABA’s financial actions and controls
  • Budgeting
  • Financial planning
  • Managing cash flow
  • Overseeing payroll and HR
  • Overseeing health insurance
  • Overseeing accounts payable
  • Overseeing accounts receivable
  • Managing the association’s Accounting Manager and Director of Technology
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Setting priorities
  • Working independently

Required experience and education include:

  • Accounting degree
  • Demonstrated expertise with cash management
  • Demonstrated commitment to DEI
  • Supervisory experience
  • Risk assessment skills and management experience
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong collaboration skills
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Strong accounting skills and knowledge
  • Knowledge of stock market investing
  • Knowledge of insurance
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong ability to prioritize tasks
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong time management skills
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Superior attention to detail.
  • Strong computer skills with a special emphasis on Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Google suite
  • Strong ability to work independently with minimal team interaction or supervision

Preferred experience and education includes:

  • MBA or CPA
  • Retail accounting experience
  • Nonprofit experience
  • PowerPoint or Google Slides
  • Public speaking experience and/or skills

Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

  • Close mental and visual attention required to perform work dealing primarily with preparing and analyzing data and figures, using a computer terminal, and/or extensive reading.
  • Must be able to sit, stand, walk, talk, and hear. Must be able to do repetitive motion of hands or wrists, finger, grasp, handle, or feel; push and pull with arms; reach with arms and/or hands; crouch, bend, or kneel. Occasionally may need to climb.
  • Must be able to occasionally lift up to 10 lbs.

Remote. This position will require occasional domestic travel and some nights and weekends for conferences, regional events, and meetings approximately 25 days/nights a year. This position may also require occasional work on nights and weekends as business needs dictate.

$150,000+ a year, depending on experience. Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance; paid sick days, holidays, vacation, and personal days; and a 401k.

Tentative Timeline
ABA will accept applications on a rolling basis beginning September 2024 — watch this space for information on how to apply when applications open — with the goal of hiring a candidate by June 2025 in order to train with the outgoing CFO whose last day will be in August 2025.

Equal Opportunity:
ABA believes diversity and diverse perspectives make our organization stronger, and we’re committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and an association that’s representative of all of our members and the customers they serve. We’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age; ethnicity; color; race; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity and/or expression; marital, civil union, or domestic partnership status; past or present military service; physical, mental, or sensory disability; national, social, or ethnic origin; neurodiversity; pregnancy; family or parental status; and/or genetic information (including family medical history).

*Important Note:
If you are passionate about ABA’s mission and think you have what it takes to be successful in this role even if you don’t check all the boxes, please apply. We’d appreciate the opportunity to consider your application.

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About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.


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