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Chief Financial Officer

American Council of Learned Societies
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 7, 2021

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Administrative, Accounting and Finance, Other Administrative
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Full Time
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Chief Financial Officer

Formed a century ago, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is a nonprofit federation of 78 scholarly organizations.  As the leading representative of American scholarship in the humanities and interpretive social sciences, ACLS upholds the core principle that knowledge is a public good. In supporting its member organizations, ACLS utilizes its $181 million endowment and $34 million annual operating budget to expand the forms, content, and flow of scholarly knowledge because it values diversity of identity and experience.  It collaborates with institutions, associations, and individuals to strengthen the evolving infrastructure for scholarship.  In all aspects of the work, ACLS is committed to principles and practices in support of racial and social justice.

The Council's Finance Department is a five-member team responsible for the oversight and operations associated with grants management, accounts receivable and payable, and the preparation and fair presentation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, including the design, implementation, and maintenance of internal controls relevant to the preparation and presentation of accurate financial statements. 

The next Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will support and lead this team of dedicated finance professionals to ensure the integrity, accuracy, and efficiency of ACLS accounting and financial systems. The CFO will also direct the staff in receiving, allocating, and disbursing funds according to GAAP. The chosen candidate will excel in internal and external communications, with an eye toward supporting leadership and developing finance staff members. The next CFO is expected to collaborate with program staff toward a common goal of facilitating the process of fellowships and grants, disbursing funds, and accurately reporting those transactions.  A strong candidate will have experience and knowledge of fund accounting; a strength in managing a complex array of sources and uses of funds; experience in hiring, mentoring, and developing staff; and excellent communication skills.

For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:

Shelly Weiss Storbeck, Global Education Practice Lead and Managing Director

Sara Swisher-Anderson, Senior Associate

For more information, please visit American Council of Learned Societies webpage at:

ACLS is committed to addressing systemic inequalities in higher education through its programs, initiatives, and practices. In recognizing the existence of structures and systems that have historically and still hurt the most marginalized people in society, we believe our work in diversity and inclusion should center on these communities. We strongly encourage applications from Black, Indigenous, and members of other historically and systemically disadvantaged groups, who are committed to fostering equity in the academy.

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