The Association of American Railroads (AAR) seeks applications and nominations of highly qualified individuals for the position of Senior Vice President, AAR Finance & Administration / Chief Financial Officer.
Founded in 1934 and located just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall, the AAR is a top-tier trade association representing major freight and passenger railroads operating in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. In addition to representing its members on legislative and regulatory policy matters, AAR sets standards for rail cars and rail car components, certifies manufacturing and repair facilities, and audits facilities for compliance. Its research subsidiary, the Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI), headquartered in Pueblo, Colorado, is the world’s leading railroad research facility, undertaking cutting-edge research for railroads and their suppliers from around the world. AAR’s information technology subsidiary, Railinc, located in Cary, North Carolina, provides IT services to the railroad industry.
Reporting to AAR’s President & CEO, the Senior Vice President, AAR Finance & Administration / Chief Financial Officer has day-to-day oversight of the organization’s financial and accounting functions, including financial, budgeting, treasury/banking activities; tax strategy and planning; operational and risk management activities; information technology; and property management. They are responsible for developing and implementing corporate financial policy, including tax planning and strategy, and ensuring internal controls and plans are properly designed, in place, and operating effectively to achieve the organization’s internal and external financial goals, including accurate and timely financial reporting and tax filings. The internal controls also ensure organizational accountability for use of funds in accordance with the annual capital and operating budget approved by the Board of Directors.
The AAR seeks a strategic and effective leader with a minimum of 10 years of nonprofit financial management and administrative leadership experience in an organization of similar scope and complexity. The ideal candidate will have a deep experience in Accounting; Financial Management; Budget/Cash Management; Tax Strategy and Planning; Member Assessments; Banking and Treasury Management; Corporate Insurance Management (Association Professional Liability Insurance; Cyber Insurance; Property & Casualty Insurance Programs); financial, accounting and funding analyses of Defined Benefit plans; and contract management.
The ideal candidate will also have demonstrated strength in staff leadership, board relations, information technology and property management. They must possess a high degree of integrity, professionalism, credibility, and honesty in managing financial matters. A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance and/or Business is required. A CPA certification is also required, and an M.B.A. would be preferred.
While applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are encouraged to submit a curriculum vitae and a letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position as soon as possible. All nominations and applications should be sent electronically via e-mail (Microsoft Word or PDF attachments strongly preferred) to:
Becky Graham, Senior Associate, Association Practice