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Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Senior Director of Accounting   

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce


Job Summary


POSITION SUMMARY: Briefly describe this position’s primary purpose or role.

The Senior Director of Accounting provides financial guidance to the Chamber’s management team to support the growth and mission of the organization. The position is responsible for all the general financial functions of the Chamber, the Chamber’s foundation, consolidated affiliates of the Chamber, as well as non-consolidated affiliates, and any other associations supported or organized by the Chamber or Foundation. Primarily responsible for the overall management of the organization’s accounting and financial services, including financial reporting and review with the Chamber’s Finance & Audit Committee as well as the Chamber Board of Directors and the boards of the affiliates. Other financial related responsibilities include business insurance matters, leading and managing outside auditors with annual audits, tax functions, and preparing and/or reviewing various IRS and state-related forms.

Job Responsibilities

Essential Functions
Essential functions should describe supervisory responsibilities and strategic planning responsibilities if applicable
• Responsible for managing and approval of all financial transactions relating to the organization.
• Responsible for staffing of the Finance & Audit Committee for oversight of major financial issues affecting the organization, including budgets, audits, investment policies, fiduciary responsibilities related to large expenses such as employee benefits and other matters of importance.
• Responsible for the hiring, training, and development of the accounting staff, building a team that fully understands the processes and the why behind the processes to identify and mitigate risks of fraud, material misstatements of financial information and operational inefficiencies and redundancy.
• Lead all discussions and planning/coordination with external auditors and other regulatory bodies as it relates to audit for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Nashville Area Public Benefit Foundation, and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Retirement Savings Plan, as well as the responsibility for audit and management reports being issued and discussed with appropriate levels of the organization (Finance & Audit Committee and Board of Directors).
• Prepare or provide oversight for all audit schedules and year-end entries to assure GAAP compliance and proper preparedness for the external audit.
• Prepare monthly financial reports, periodic forecasts and presentations for senior management, Finance & Audit Committee and Board of Directors.
• Ensure various filings required by government agencies, including but not limited to: IRS 990 and 990-T filings, State Franchise and Excise Tax, Election Disclosure forms, Charitable Solicitation permits, etc. are completed on time. This applies for the Chamber and all affiliated entities, including, but not limited to 501(c)4 and Political Action Committees.
• Provide training and guidance to non-accounting team members to improve understanding and management of financial matters pertaining to their area of responsibility and the company.
• Lead the annual budgeting and forecasting processes, including the preparation of budgeting tools, training budget managers on the tools, rolling up the organizational budgets and discussions with senior management regarding appropriate allocation of resources, as well as presentations to Finance & Audit Committee for review of budgets and Board of Directors for approval.
• Responsible for developing and managing the budget of the accounting department and allocating overhead costs into other departments.
• Responsible for aiding as needed in creation of grant applications and managing the financial aspects of grant implementation.
• Oversight for timely payment and management of Accounts Payable of the organization, including reviewing for proper coding and authorization, as well as signing of all AP checks.
• Responsible for treasury management and bank relationships, including establishing new accounts, maintaining authorized signature on all accounts, compliance with cash management policies of the organization and managing funds for the maximum benefit to the Chamber.
• Develop and maintain a deep understanding of Chamber systems and business practices to continually assess processes for risk of fraud, error and efficient use of organizational resources to include both time and money.
• Perform and provide financial, organizational and ad hoc analysis to Chamber leadership to assure a complete understanding of the use and deployment of organizational resources.
• Aid in review of contracts as needed.
• Responsible for adequate business insurance coverage for the organization.
• Maintain confidentiality of organization’s information.

JOB SPECIFICATIONS: What specialized, technical, or practical knowledge, skills, experience or abilities are needed to perform the job. (Include degrees, certificates, licenses, or other bona fide job qualifications.)

• Active CPA license preferred; bachelor’s degree in accounting required
• Requires a minimum of seven-ten years of financial management experience, to include staff supervision, and general ledger accounting & financial reporting. Prior financial systems implementation experience is a plus
• Not-for-Profit experience with 501(c)3, 501(c)4, 501(c)6 entities, Grant Administration, and prior PAC implementation & regulatory reporting experience is preferred.
• Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Prior experience with Abila/MIP Fund Accounting or comparable software a plus.

• Advanced analytical and problem-solving skills, done with a sense of urgency
• A detail-oriented mindset, with an appreciation for the big picture
• Advanced organizational skills
• Engaging presentation skills, a sense of humor.
• Effective, persuasive communications skills, both written and oral
• Systems/project planning and implementation

C. ABILITIES REQUIRED (work characteristics, behaviors, leadership abilities, etc.):
• Ability to lead other members of senior staff in budgeting & other ad-hoc financial tasks
• Ability to establish, maintain and manage multiple priorities
• Ability to inspire trust and respect with others
• Ability to work independently and consistently meet deadlines
• Ability to work collaboratively and establish and maintain effective working relationships

SUPERVISION: Check the most appropriate percentage of time devoted to supervisory duties and ensure supervisory responsibilities are appropriately described as an essential function if applicable:

  • 80% or more
  • 50% to 80%
  • X – Less than 50%
  • This position does not have supervisory responsibilities

Decision Making: Describe the nature of the decision-making ability the position requires versus the extent to which the work is governed by established policies and procedures.
-High degree of decision-making ability for the financial health of company and compliance

Fiscal Responsibility: Describe responsibilities to develop budget information or allocate financial resources.
-Responsible for preparing budget workpapers and other financial tools, consolidation of departmental budgets and providing guidance and oversight to Theater managers and other individuals responsible for developing departmental budgets and forecasts. Responsible for allocation of resources for the accounting & structural departments.

Project Management: Describe this position’s project leadership and/or participant responsibilities including the extent they are expected to develop and lead projects and initiatives, including select participants, make assignments, develop timelines, identify deliverables and track performance and results.
-Position requires ability to lead projects and participants, develop projects, select participants, etc.

Check the estimated percentage of time devoted to project work:

  • X – A consistent and ongoing aspect of the position
  • Less than 25%
  • 25% to 50%
  • More than 50%


PHYSICAL DEMANDS/REQUIREMENTS: Describe the physical demands and normal or usual conditions under which the job is performed.

  • Typically sitting at a desk or table
  • Occasional lifting of light objects (less than 24 pounds)
  • Intermittently walking, standing, bending and carrying
  • Requires use of safe work practices with office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls and observance of fire regulations
  • Able to drive and use a vehicle.
  • Use of equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity
  • Need to distinguish between shades of color


WORKING CONDITIONS: Describe the normal or usual conditions where work is performed by checking as many of the following as apply:

  • Work is performed in an office or computer room
  • Work requires visits to other businesses in the local area
  • Work setting or locations visited may expose employee to loud noises.
  • The Nashville Chamber is observing in-house safety protocols related to Metro Nashville’s Safer at Home policies.

Additional Information


The current benefit package includes basic group life insurance, short term disability, long term disability, and holidays. In addition, the Chamber offers health insurance at standard Chamber rate, dental coverage at the standard Chamber rate, and eligibility for the 401(k) program.

How to Apply

How to apply: To apply to this position, please send a cover letter and resume to


  • Date Posted: January 25, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Accounting / Financial Management
  • Service Area: Community Development
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs a week Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm