Controller The American Association for Justice (AAJ®), formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA®), is seeking to fill the Controller position for its Finance department.
AAJ is the world’s largest plaintiff trial bar and seeks to promote a fair and effective civil 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.
The Controller reports to the Chief Financial Officer and leads the day-to-day accounting operations with functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash, and financial reporting for the organization and its entities. The Controller also ensures that AAJ has the systems and procedures in place to support effective program implementation and conduct flawless audits.
Essential Functions: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Duties include:
• Consistently oversee and direct the processing of financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership abreast of AAJ’s financial status. • Monitor and analyze monthly operating results against budget. • Provide variance analyses to CFO of monthly activities as agreed upon. • Support the CFO and functional directors with execution of quarterly financial projections and analyses of projections to budget. • Support the CFO in engaging the board’s audit and budget committees around issues and trends in financial operating models and delivery. • Maintain internal control and safeguard receipt of revenue, costs, program budgets and actual expenditures. • Oversee all accounts, ledgers and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements. • Direct financial audits; serve as primary contact for auditors while on site and oversee preparation of audit financial statements and footnotes. • Oversee preparation of tax schedules for completing Form 990 and related schedules. • Support the CFO in the annual budgeting and planning process. • Administer and review all financial plans and compare to actual results with a view to identify, explain and correct variances as appropriate. • Prepare or review the monthly FEC reporting for the AJ PAC. • Prepare or review the quarterly Lobbying report.
• B.S. degree in accounting required. CPA strongly preferred. • Minimum of 10+ years of experience at Director and/or Controller level preferred and supervisory experience of Finance team required. • Non-profit association experience required. • Exceptional knowledge of financial practices and procedures; experience with public accounting preferred. • Demonstrated history of delivering timely and accurate month end reports. • Strong systems management skills. • Experience implementing financial software systems desired. • Strong communication skills. • Must successfully pass a criminal background check. • Some travel to meetings and events is required.
Please email resume, cover letter and salary requirements to HR@justice.org . EOE.
About American Association for Justice
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.