The American Accounting Association (AAA) seeks candidates for the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer (COO). As a new member of the Association’s leadership team, the COO will play a key role as a member of AAA’s senior administrative staff, managing the internal operations of the organization, and reporting directly to the Executive Director.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN ACCOUNTING ASSOCIATION
The American Accounting Association, headquartered 60 miles south of Tampa in Sarasota, Florida, is the leading member-based community of accounting faculty and those interested in furthering the profession through educational and research initiatives. Founded in 1916, the Association has a rich history and global reputation built on leading-edge research and publications, a wide range of education initiatives, and strong networking communities. The diversity of the AAA’s membership creates a fertile environment for collaboration and innovation. Collectively, the Association and its members shape the future of accounting through teaching, research, and a network that fosters thought leadership in accounting.
The Chief Operating Officer recruited for this position will have two distinctive and reinforcing responsibilities within AAA. First, the COO will be responsible for the overall operational and financial success of the organization; and, second, he/she will have direct line responsibility for a variety of key programs and functions within the organization, including meetings (of which there are over 50 a year), publications (seventeen including some of the most highly respected journals in the academic accounting profession), and all web and IT programs and services for AAA.
The metrics for this position will be relevant and stable operations, effective policies and processes, financial success and stability of AAA, a cohesive and aligned leadership team and staff, and successful implementation of AAA’s strategic plan.
American Accounting Association – Highlights
Having celebrated its centennial in 2016, the AAA has begun its second century of operation, existing to foster thought leadership in accounting around the world. Working with members, professionals, regulators, students, and those interested in accounting, the AAA:
Serves more than 7,000 members in higher education and related fields (approximately 20 percent of AAA members live and work outside of the United States);
Works with a broad range of constituents to continuously scan the environment and respond to opportunities to strengthen its members and the accounting profession, broadly defined; and
Implements the mission of the AAA – to further the discipline and profession of accounting through education, research, and service.
In addition to supporting the accounting community at large, the AAA also supports 17 special interest sections (such as Auditing, Financial Accounting & Reporting, Government & Nonprofit, Public Interest, and Teaching, Learning & Curriculum) and 7 regions across the United States. Each of these groups achieves its mission and delivers significant member value through its semi-independent structure and officer teams, working closely with AAA professional staff. In addition, these groups participate in association-wide governance, insuring that the association’s initiatives reflect the breadth of accounting opportunities and viewpoints. With these groups, the AAA offers its members a variety of print, Web, and face-to-face forums, publications, and activities in which to share expertise, collaborate with colleagues, and advance the accounting profession.
Each interest section and region hosts meetings and events throughout the year, and an annual conference for all members takes place each August. The AAA’s journal collection includes three Association-wide journals: The Accounting Review (one of the premier journals in the world), Accounting Horizons, and Issues in Accounting Education, and fourteen journals edited by AAA Section communities.
The Center for Advancing Accounting Education was created recently in response to the dramatic changes underway in higher education and in the accounting profession, the impact these changes will have on faculty, and the opportunities for the Association to transform itself to support both members and society in this new environment. Building on the academy’s core competency of scholarship and connecting with relevant partners in the accounting practice community, the Center focuses on the vision of accounting as a learned profession.
In 2016 AAA moved its offices into spacious newly-designed headquarters in Lakewood Ranch, FL. The new headquarters have provided the association the space necessary to carry out its diverse activities and will allow room for continued growth.
AAA Executive Director, Tracey Sutherland, joined the American Accounting Association in 1997 as Director of Faculty Development, becoming Executive Director in 2003. During her time as chief executive, she has worked closely with member leaders to expand opportunities for the organization and its members to make a difference, build their careers, and find communities to support their work and development. Tracey transitioned into her association role after close to 20 years working, teaching, and studying on college campuses. Beginning with an undergraduate degree at Stetson University, Tracey taught and worked at Auburn University, Saint Louis University and Florida State University where she earned a Ph.D. before becoming the founding Director of Faculty Development at Truman State University, prior to joining the AAA.
The Chief Operating Officer is a new and pivotal position in AAA’s current operations and future success. In partnership with the Executive Director, the COO will work with the various teams to provide all of the core services (meeting planning and execution, publications, financial management, human resources, facilities, and IT services) that underpin the Association’s endeavors.
The COO will have overall responsibility for financial performance, planning and data analysis (annual and multi-year budgets), controls, and results. With the Controller and finance team, the COO will work closely with both the leadership team and key member leaders.
The COO will regularly assess the financial performance of all AAA programs, develop new approaches for enhancing financial success of the programs, and develop financial strategies to actualize AAA’s strategic plans.
The successful candidate will have at least 10 years of senior management operating experience and a broad and deep understanding of tactical leadership in a geographically-distributed member service organization. The candidate will be a strategic administrator who is adept at working in partnership with senior leadership, leading and managing staff, creating a collaborative and positive work environment, building strong relationships with members, member leaders, and key committees, and communicating clearly and persuasively to the AAA’s various constituents.
The new Chief Operating Officer will be:
An expert problem-solver who, in partnership with AAA colleagues, can develop processes that address issues, create innovative design solutions, manage resources, and lead change initiatives;
A strategic leader who is driven by quality and a service ethic for the Association’s membership;
A highly skilled listener, communicator and consensus builder;
Analytical in approach to financial and other management issues that are significant to the Association; and
A highly effective relationship manager with the Executive Director and Chief Innovation Officer, senior leadership, staff, Association members, and other key Association constituents.
Required experience, knowledge, and skills include:
Excellent project management, interpersonal and leadership skills;
Sense of humor;
An earned graduate degree; and
Once employed, residence in/near Sarasota, Florida.
Applicants should submit a resume and a letter discussing their interest in the position as well as their accomplishments in light of the listed responsibilities and qualifications. Confidential review and screening of materials will continue until the position is filled.
Final candidates will be required to successfully complete a background check.
The American Accounting Association has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this search. Please submit applications, expressions of interest, and nominations to Andy Evans and Josyanne Roche here.
The American Accounting Association is committed to equal opportunity and affirmative action.
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About American Accounting Association
The American Accounting Association (AAA) is the largest community of accountants in academia. Founded in 1916, we have a rich and reputable history built on leading-edge research and publications. The diversity of our membership creates a fertile environment for collaboration and innovation. Collectively, we shape the future of accounting through teaching, research and a powerful network, ensuring our position as thought leaders in accounting.