Chief Financial Officer

POSITION TITLE:   Chief Financial Officer 
FUNCTIONAL AREA / DEPARTMENT:  Support Services / Executive Management

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ABC’s Position Descriptions are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the incumbent(s) of this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and activities required of the position. ABC’s Position Descriptions do not create a contract, express or imply, or other legal rights between ABC and any staff member, nor guarantee employment or specific duties for any specific duration. ABC may add, change, delete, suspend or discontinue any of these positions and descriptions at any time without prior notice.


Founded in 1950, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 22,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. Visit us at

The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for managing and directing the Accounting/Finance, Facilities, Information Technology and Human Resource functions at ABC and its affiliated organizations (ABCPAC, ABC Retirement and Savings Plan, Construction Legal Rights Foundation (CLRF), Trimmer Construction Education Foundation (TCEF), and ABC Services Corp. (ABCSC)).  He/she is the primary liaison to the Budget and Finance Committee and the Retirement Committee, which administers the 401k (where he/she is also a voting member).  The CFO reports regularly to the boards of each of the entities related to their financial and operational performance.  He/she serves as primary contact at National ABC for chapters in regard to non-profit tax, accounting, and related issues.  The CFO reports to the President and CEO, and is a member of the Association’s Executive Management Team (EMT).


Leadership and Vision

• Work creatively and strategically with the EMT to ensure the Association works with purpose, vitality, and relevancy in the fields of support services, and offers products and services that are valued by ABC members, chapters, and the industry overall.
• Lead the development of a culture that fosters inter-departmental communication and cohesiveness. Facilitate cross-departmental collaboration and strengthen internal communications with staff across divisions; promote a multi-cultural work environment that supports consistency in services and best practices.
• Work to develop a shared vision among division staff, volunteer leaders, and association leadership that work to achieve the Association’s overall strategic plan and objectives.
• Contribute to decisions on internal operations considered by EMT.
• Policy formulation - designs investment, reserve, budgeting, and capital expansion policies for ultimate decision by board.  Coordinates internal personnel policy design.
• Planning - budgeting, long-term budget and capital planning, short-term planning based on current financial variances to budget.
• Decision authority - day-to-day operations of finance, human resources, information technology and facilities management departments.  
• Budgetary responsibilities - direct responsibility for the Support Services function of approximately $5 million.  Total organization budget (ABC, CLRF, TEF, ABCSC, ABC 401k and ABCPAC) of approximately $25 million.

Staff & Other Relationship Management responsibilities:

• Directly supervises the following positions: Controller, Director of Human Resources, Director of Facilities, and the Director of IT.
• Accounting/Finance is a staff of 6; HR is a staff of 2; Facilities is a staff one 1; IT is a staff of 9.
• Serves as plan sponsor of a national defined contribution plan with $45m in assets and approximately 500 participants.
• Ensures ABC National staff compensation programs are administered correctly, within budget.
• The CFO will have important relationships with:
o Membership - works with chapter boards and staff on financial and information systems issues; participates on "chapter review" teams; prepares courses for association leaders on finance and non-profit issues.  
o Governing structure - responsible for preparation of Treasurer's Reports and other financial reports for ABC Executive Committee and Board and for ABCSC, TEF, and CLRF boards.  Staff liaison to Budget and Finance Committee.  One of two national staff trustees on Staff Pension Committee. 
o Government - IRS, DOL (re: audit and tax issues), DC Gov’t
o Other - independent auditors, insurance agents/brokers, banks, investment advisors; real estate advisors; landlord, non-profit community


• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, graduate degree a plus.
• Strong negotiation and communication skills, exceptional writing, aural and oral presentation skills.

Specialized Skills:

• Ability to think strategically and creatively and to demonstrate strong leadership skills within a multi-faceted association framework 
• Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
• Experience working collaboratively with top volunteer leadership 
• Outstanding staff and project management skills
• Experience in planning and budgeting
• Experience in defined benefit plan administration and compliance
• Ability to multi-task across all areas of responsibility, working in a fast-paced environment, meeting deadlines
• Ability to align and track Support Services goals, objectives and initiatives with association’s strategic plan

Experience Required:

• 10 years+ progressive finance and non-profit management experience
• Experience with nonprofit accounting, taxes, and financial statements
• CPA required; MBA desired


To achieve our mission, we hire energetic and fun-loving individuals who possess the following skills:

• Success in leading, mentoring, and developing high performing teams.
• Ability for overnight travel (up to 20%) by land and/or air.
• Professional demeanor and presentation of self
• Ability to organize and manage several priorities simultaneously while working under pressure and deadlines
• Organizational awareness & resourcefulness - understanding of whom to engage in order to identify solutions & resolve issues
• Ability to take ownership of a process and to use problem solving skills to resolve issues
• Demonstrates the highest level of personal and ethical standards.
• Strong computer skills including word processing, database management, electronic mail, spreadsheets, etc.



• It is the continuing policy of ABC to take affirmative action to assure equal opportunity for all current and prospective employees without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, marital status, familial status, family responsibility, pregnancy or other pregnancy-related conditions, childbirth, disability, military/veteran status, citizenship status, religion or political affiliation, past convictions or incarceration, prior psychiatric treatment, or any other status protected by federal or state law, local ordinance or Executive Orders. ABC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Disability Specifications:

• ADA: ABC will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Physical Demands:

• While performing the responsibilities of the position, the employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers, to handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

Work Environment:

• This position is performed in a typical office environment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and vehicles. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.