Director, Accounting - Payment Services, Treasury & Investments

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Summary:

The mission of the Finance Department at the ASPCA is to execute our strategic financial plan, directly impacting our mission to ensure animals live good lives, are valued by society, protected by its laws, and free from cruelty, pain and suffering.

Reporting to the Vice President, Controller, the Director, Accounting - Payments, Treasury & Investments plays a critical role in overseeing the proper recording and analysis of a $300M+ investment portfolio, stock donations, and an annuity and beneficial interest portfolio. The person in this role will be responsible for overseeing the accounts payable team and oversight of banking for the ASPCA. 

As a Director, this role is both a people-oriented role which requires strong communication skills due to frequent collaboration with a diverse group of management and program staff, as well as a detail-oriented and technically financial skills with a deep understanding of all relevant accounting standards.  As such, the Director will be responsible for building and maintaining strong relationships with internal teams, as well as for external banking and investment relationships.  Further, the Director shall provide guidance and hands on involvement with the development and maintenance of key analysis, critical data management, and present financial data to key stakeholders. The Director will also assist with the implementation of systems required to support the current and future growth of the organization’s infrastructure. 

This position is based from our New York City 8th Avenue Office and preferably works on-site 1 day per week or as needed. 

Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

People Management (30%)

  • Embody feedback as a key tool of coaching and team development, seeking opportunities to share feedback and encourage it in others
  • Provide consistent, high-quality support to direct reports, including regular 1:1s and quarterly feedback sessions to build strong relationships, provide clear direction, and encourage opportunities for development
  • Provide training, supervision, modeling, coaching and ongoing guidance for direct reports. Recommend internal and external training opportunities as needed for direct reports in identified areas and engage direct reports in proactive and long-term career pathing discussions for all individuals within the team
  • Complete annual performance evaluations
  • Lead the continuing development of a healthy and balanced working environment for self and team using communication, flexibility and support, and by strategically prioritizing and completing work projects and tasks
  • Practice and encourage positive, people-centric management approaches that are in line with team and organizational core values
  • Handle employee-relations issues with confidentiality and care, use active listening to understand employee concerns, encouraging and supporting employees to problem solve and create viable solutions
  • Recruit, manage and develop staff, including performance management 

Investment & Banking Management (30%):

  • Oversee investment, annuity, banking transaction accounting activities including general ledger recording, reconciliation and analysis on a monthly basis 
  • Demonstrate strong communication skills to ensure that information needs asked of others are very clear, as well as to provide helpful explanations of issues 
  • Ensure high quality review of corporate card transactions by maintaining proper processes and controls over the travel and expense policy
  • Prepare monthly and annual dashboards and metrics for senior management team as requested by the Controller, VP of Finance and CFO
  • Review monthly cash forecast model
  • Attend closing meetings with thoughtful explanations for month-to-month variances following monthly closes, that provide assurance that all material transactions have been accounted for
  • Review all prepared audit workpapers to ensure they are clear and adequate, fully tied out to the general ledger, and fully support the audit request, including amounts that support footnote disclosures
  • Collaborate with Planned Giving on preparation and review of annual gift annuities compliance filings

Oversight of Accounts Payable (15%):

  • Provide 1099 expertise and guidance in review of invoices to ensure optimal payment terms and appropriate processing for the monthly close
  • Provide guidance on strategy for elevating the Accounts Payable function and operations.
  • Assist with relevant areas during the annual preparation of IRS Form 990 related to investments, and accounts payable.
  • Co-own with AP management the unclaimed funds program for the ASPCA.

Department Strategy and Leadership (15%):

  • Set department goals that are in line with those from the VP, Controller.  Oversee goal progress and communicate status to the VP, Controller
  • Develop the best organizational structure for the team to allocate work that provides for career growth and learning while maintaining strong internal controls
  • Ensure proper resources are available and known to the team regarding continued learning and job skill education

Process Improvements (10%):

  • Proactively identify opportunities for efficiency, improved accuracy, or other improvement in all processes managed, which can include technology solutions.  Responsible for leading and managing such improvements.
  • Implement all recommendations and assure all outstanding management letter comments are resolved
  • Work with Controller to prepare, review, or enhance current financial policies and procedures
  • Oversee the development and/or maintenance of documentation for processes and functions to investments, payments, and accounts payable 
  • Complete other duties as assigned

Exemplifies the ASPCA’s Core Values:

  • Has Commitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals
  • Demonstrates Ownership and feels responsible for outcomes
  • Believes in Team – that we are stronger together
  • Seeks to Elevate others and reimagine what is possible
  • Focuses on Impact, specifically making change for animals

Qualifications:

Ability to manage, develop, and engage professional staff, Demonstrated ability to streamline and automate processes, Displays willingness to make decisions, exhibits sound judgment and contributes to building positive team spirit, Excellent oral and written communication skills, Operates with a positive mindset, balancing compliance with problem-solving, Possesses strong financial accounting acumen, including attention to detail, Self-starter, ability to think “out of box” and work with stakeholders at all levels of the organization, Shows high degree of proficiency with accounting systems and personal productivity tools, such as Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint

  

Language:

English (Required)

Education and Work Experience:

Bachelors (Required)

  

10+ years of experience in accounting/finance with at least 4 years overseeing investments (preferably endowment experience) and accounts payable, Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting required; CPA and/or MBA preferred, Experience with assisting auditors, Experience with system implementations a plus, Must have experience leading a team and helping direct reports reach their potential through mentoring and coaching; at least 4 years of direct staff management experience strongly preferred., Strong knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and internal controls

COVID Statement:
The ASPCA strives to maintain a COVID-free workplace. To that end, being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment for all ASPCA employees, including new hires, except where prohibited by applicable state or local law. The ASPCA makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs that prohibit a person from being vaccinated.

Our EEO Policy:

The ASPCA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws.  A reasonable accommodation is a change in the ASPCA’s standard application process, which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the ASPCA.  Please inform the ASPCA’s People Team if you need an accommodation in order to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.

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ASPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V).

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About Us:
The ASPCA was founded in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment by humans and must be protected under the law. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with more than two million supporters nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and farm animals throughout the United States.

The ASPCA is headquartered in New York City, where we maintain a full-service animal hospital, spay/neuter clinic, mobile spay/neuter and primary pet care clinics, a rehabilitation center for canine victims of cruelty, kitten nursery, adoption center, and two community veterinary centers.

The ASPCA also operates programs and services that extend nationwide. We assist animals in need through on-the-ground disaster and cruelty interventions, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and the advancement of the sheltering and veterinary community through research, training, and resources.

At the ASPCA, we are committed to fostering a collaborative and compassionate culture and we welcome all voices to contribute to our lifesaving mission. Our staff represent a vast array of backgrounds and diversity dimensions, bringing with them valuable experiences and perspectives. They join the ASPCA to learn, grow, and continually do their best work on behalf of animals. We are inspired by our staff, partners, and the communities we support across the country who work to improve animal lives. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the ASPCA because it elevates our organizational culture, aligns with our Core Values, and enables us to move further and faster toward the ASPCA’s vision – that all animals live good lives; valued by society, protected by its laws, and free from cruelty, pain and suffering.