The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is looking for a talented individual to join our team as Senior Director of Finance and Administration. This individual will be responsible for finance, accounting, office operations, compliance, human resources, information technology, facilities management, and other aspects of our organization’s management functions. This individual is a member of the Leadership Team which includes the Executive Director and Sr. Directors of GSA’s operating units. This is an extraordinary opportunity for a prospective candidate committed to building and sustaining the nation's oldest and largest professional membership organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. GSA is an equal opportunity employer.
The Sr. Director of Finance and Administration is a strategic partner to GSA’s Executive Director and CEO and a member of the Leadership Team. The senior leaders form a tightly knit, mutually supportive group charged with developing GSA’s strategic goals and business objectives. The team meets daily to coordinate tasks and calendars, weekly for tactical discussions, monthly for strategic sessions, and several times a year for off-site retreats to debate GSA’s core values and set the organization’s future thematic goals and business objectives. This stimulating, creative environment builds a strong, dedicated leadership team for the Society. GSA’s start-up atmosphere is strategically focused to develop new product lines and member benefits.
The Sr. Director is responsible for developing the complex financial, operational, and technological systems GSA needs to grow its existing programs and nurture its newer projects and strategic alliances. The Sr. Director oversees compliance and reporting requirements for federal, state, and local regulations; private foundation grants; and charitable gifts.
The Senior Director of Finance and Administration leads a staff of three: the Controller, the Accountant, and the Director of Information Technology (IT). The Sr. Director also oversees numerous contractors that support GSA’s management and IT operations. GSA’s 2016 revenues totaled $10.1M. GSA has 5,500 members; staff totals 25 of which four telework in three states and the District of Columbia.
The Gerontological Society of America will celebrate its Diamond Jubilee, GSA’s 75th anniversary, in 2020. The Society is beginning to explore the opportunities this milestone may provide. The Sr. Director of Finance and Administration’s leadership role will be pivotal as GSA evaluates its financial management, association management, and website content management systems for replacement. The review will include a rebranding review and website redesign.
GSA is in the early stages of planning a capital campaign to celebrate its 75 years of service and provide financial support for the next 75 years. The Sr. Director of Finance will oversee the capital campaign with the expectation that the silent phase will launch in late 2017.
Produce timely and accurate financial statements, yearly budgets, budget reforecasts, budget variance analysis, spot financial reporting, and financial trend reports to advise management on the financial implications of business decisions.
Manage the process and guide staff through budget development and financial forecasting. Develop year-end projections for presentation to GSA’s Finance and Executive Committees for review and approval.
Produce financial statements as requested throughout the year.
Liaison with GSA’s member-elected Treasurer. Plan meetings of the Finance Committee to keep GSA’s volunteer leaders apprised of the Society’s finances and financial situation.
Work with GSA’s Investment Committee and its financial advisor to manage GSA’s investment portfolio.
Lead the audit process, preparation of the IRS Form 990, and preparation of the Federal and DC tax returns.
Manage banking and investment broker relationships.
Oversee space management: lease, building security, liaison to building management, sublet of office space.
Oversee information technology network, and equipment operations.
Attain the objective of a 100% IT cloud environment to meet the Society’s risk management objective to ensure continuity of operations if staff is unable to report to GSA’s office.
Ensure staff is supported to accomplish the Society’s mission.
Oversee benefits and payroll administration.
Ensure compliance and legality of all human resources systems and processes for full-time, part-time and temporary employees.
Manage the performance review process.
Partner with Leadership Team on development and implementation of compensation, fringe benefit, and promotion policies.
Desired Skills and Experience
Knowledge of Financial Edge or other accounting software.
Understand the complexities of software integration of financial management, association management software and web applications.
Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite. GSA will migrate to Microsoft SharePoint and begin use of Microsoft OneNote in 2017.
Education. Bachelor’s degree. Advanced degree and CPA would be a plus.
Prior Work Experience. 8-10 years of experience in managing and contributing to financial accounting, reporting and control functions. Direct prior experience with audits, auditing standards, and auditing process required. International work experience a plus.
General Management Skills. Strong manager and team leader. Ability to manage multiple projects and functions and prioritize goals. Track record of being able to set and execute against goals. Ability to problem solve both big picture and day-to-day issues.
People Management Skills. Demonstrated ability to organize, motivate and mentor staff. Clear ability to relate to peers on Leadership Team, volunteers, stakeholder organization representatives and business partners.
Attitudes, Habits, and Values. Total belief in and dedication to The Gerontological Society of America’s core values. Highly organized and attentive to detail. Flexible and adaptive work style with the ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced environment. Sense of humor.
Communication Skills. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely to all relevant stakeholders and volunteer leaders. Proficiency in a foreign language desirable.
Additional Salary Information: GSA strives to recruit and retain a talented staff. The salary for each position shall be determined based upon factors including, but not limited to, the market, employee skill sets and the Society’s annual budget.
GSA contributes 5% of salary to its 403(b) plan administered by TIAA-CREF, pays 100% of premium for self-only enrollment in its health and dental insurance plans and contributes towards the cost of dependent's health and dental care coverage.
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,500+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public.