Chief Operating Officer

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.


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 AAA serves more than 7,000 members who are accounting faculty and those interested in furthering the profession through educational and research initiatives.


The Chief Operating Officer recruited for this position will be responsible for the overall operational and financial success of the organization; and, the COO 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.


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 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 includes knowledge, and skills include excellent project management, interpersonal and leadership skills; a 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. For a full position description, click here ( 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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