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The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) is a global association for occupational safety and health professionals. For more than 100 years ASSP has supported occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals in their efforts to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities. ASSP provides education, advocacy, standards developments and a professional community to members in order to advance their careers and the OSH profession as a whole.

ASSP has a staff of 72, annual revenue of $15M and is located in Park Ridge, IL.


Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the CFO oversees and holds the organization accountable for the budgeting, reporting and monitoring of all financial activities, ensuring proper financial controls, and identifying ways to increase financial reserves and profitability. The CFO is responsible for ensuring the overall financial health and stability of ASSP and the ASSP Foundation by managing financial reporting, budgeting and planning, treasury, tax, risk and insurance. The position contributes to ASSP’s strategic planning process with financial analyses and evaluations. The CFO oversees human resources function, which includes compensation and benefits, as well as organizational planning and talent development Finally, the position is responsible for the maintenance and operations of the ASSP headquarters building in Park Ridge, Illinois.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Serves as the first line support for the CEO. Leads efforts to drive organizational performance ensuring appropriate resources are available to meet organizational needs.
  • Oversees financial reporting to Board of Directors, Finance Committee, staff and external stakeholders. Compares and explains actual to planned results and identifies performance improvement strategies.
  • Develops and reviews organization’s operating budget and capital plan.
  • Leads organizational evaluation of products and services to ensure alignment to business goals and strategic direction. Evaluates business decisions affecting all significant revenue, expense, and capital items.
  • Creates a long-term financial sustainability plan and manages short-and long-term funding reserves.
  • Ensures compliance with all federal, state and local regulations. Stays abreast of trends in the financial industry through professional development and information sharing with team.
  • Builds and develops a top-tier finance and accounting team by actively recruiting, training and developing talented staff.
  • Manages Banking and Treasury needs, ensuring adequate liquidity to meet cash needs; safeguarding cash assets; managing commercial bank accounts; overseeing investment accounts; and maintaining relationships with bankers and investment managers.
  • Oversees insurance policies to ensure effective coverage is in place.
  • Oversees Human Resources, including reviewing salary administration and spending versus budget; evaluating benefit revisions and enhancements; participating in staff culture improvement efforts; developing appropriate Human Resource policies; and participating in talent and organizational development. Supports staff recruitment process.
  • Directly supervises the Controller, Manager, Human Resources and Supervisor of Administration.
  • Collaborates on new business initiatives.
  • Works with outside advisors to manage pension liability. Provides fiduciary oversight pension and 401k plans.
  • Reviews and evaluates potential significant contracts for ASSP, the Foundation, chapters, and regions.
  • Provides financial training and support to chapters and regions.
  • Oversees management, maintenance and operations of office building and grounds; reviews capital expenditures for maintenance and improvements; manages vendors.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and/or Finance. MBA and/or CPA preferred
  • 10+ years of accounting and finance experience in corporate environment or accounting firm; 5+ years of non-profit and/or association experience
  • Demonstrated experience managing complex budgets and organizations
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of accounting and compliance
  • Experience with HR leadership to develop strategies for future success and provide day-to-day oversight
  • Exceptional consensus building skills, and a collaborative team player
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills; ability to make effective presentations on complex topics to top management and boards of directors
  • Demonstrated supervisory, coaching and staff leadership development skills
  • Experience with change leadership and change management
  • Sound ethical character with unquestioned integrity, honesty, and transparency, and a commitment to ASSP principles and ethics
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products and knowledge of accounting software programs
  • Travel required to education events, meetings and annual conferences


  • Strong, confident and inspiring leader
  • Thrives in entrepreneurial, “roll-up-your-sleeves” environment
  • Driven by results
  • Creative self-starter able to work both individually and as a member of collaborative teams
  • Ability to interface and maintain effective relationships with all levels


This search is being conducted by Mary McMahon, Associate, Tuft & Associates, Inc. Qualified candidates should submit, in confidence, a resume and a cover letter that outlines relevant personal qualifications to:

  • Complete the resume submission form below, and include your resume and cover letter.
  • Email your resume and cover letter to Tuft & Associates, Inc. at

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