American Arbitration Association

  • Vice President/Controller

    Job Location(s) US-NY-New York
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  • Overview

    The American Arbitration Association is seeking a Vice President/Controller in our New York City Headquaters to work in our Finance department. The Vice President/Controller leads the development of Finance and Accounting policies and programs for the organization, including focus in the areas of: organizational planning, budgeting, forecasting, monitoring results and metrics, benchmarking, financial reporting, taxation, payroll, and internal controls. This individual will originate Finance/Accounting practices and objectives that drive a performance-based culture and provide the business tools necessary to measure financial/operational performance and supports growth throughout all areas of the organization.


    • Incorporates the strategic plans of the AAA in the formulation and recommendation of Finance and Accounting policies, objectives and operational plans.
    • Evaluates and advises on the financial impact of long-range planning of new initiatives, strategies or regulatory action; specifically the appropriate recording and reporting of new activities, tax implications, and internal controls impact of operational changes.
    • Determines and recommends financial and accounting practices that promote a “best in class” Finance/Accounting function and supports business operations while maintain appropriate internal controls.
    • Directs a process of organizational planning that evaluates structure, resource allocation, and financial forecasting throughout the company. Coordinates activities across the organization. Makes recommendations to senior management as appropriate.
    • Defines all Finance/Accounting programs and development, and authority/responsibility of Finance and stakeholders within those programs. Provides necessary education and materials to management and employees—workshops, manuals, and standardized reports.
    • Operational Responsibilities include management or oversight of accounts payable, accounts receivable and collections, fixed assets, banking and cash management, and financial support of field office operations.
    • Financial Reporting – includes all journal entry reviews and approvals, monthly and annual financial closes, internal and external reporting, quarterly financial packages and educational programs. Maintains the chart of accounts and coordinates with the VP, Financial Systems on the management of the Oracle Financials accounting systems.  Manages the annual audit process for the AAA and all subsidiaries.
    • Financial Analysis – includes monthly, quarterly, annual and ad-hoc variance and trend analysis; budgeting and forecasting; benchmarking; cost accounting and profitability of services; supporting responses to RFIs and RFPs in the pursuit of new business opportunities.


    • Directly manages and mentors a team of up to 10 employees; carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the AAA’s policies and applicable laws.  Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training; planning, assigning and directing work in a manner that provides for timely, relevant, and accurate work product while allowing for a healthy work/life balance; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems; coaching and developing staff.


    Education & Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting or related discipline; CPA, CMA, or CGMA designation, with strong proficiency in GAAP accounting; 7 years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Communications Abilities:  (Verbal) Expresses oneself clearly in conversations and interactions with others; tailors speech to the level and experience of the audience; uses appropriate grammar and choice of words; expresses ideas in a concise, organized manner; maintains eye contact when speaking with others; (Written) Expresses oneself clearly and concisely in writing; tailors written communications to effectively reach an audience; uses graphics and other aids to clarify complex or technical information; spells correctly; writes using concrete, specific language; uses punctuation correctly; writes grammatically.

    Computer Skills: Intermediate proficiency in Outlook, Word, PowerPoint; advanced proficiency in Excel and Oracle financials.


    The American Arbitration Association is an equal opportunity employer (EEO) and considers all employees and applicants for positions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.


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