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DEPARTMENT: Executive
POSITION: Legal Counsel (Part-time)

The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) is seeking a Legal Counsel. The ideal candidate for this position should be an experienced, take charge professional with the ability to manage the legal function for an active and prominent professional Society. This person must be able to anticipate and manage risks, meet deadlines, stay abreast of not for profit and employment law, and manage internal and external relationships.

The NYSSCPA aims to educate, connect, and grow our membership within the CPA profession. Since our inception in 1897, CPAs and financial professionals have achieved great success in their careers through our membership and programs. Today, our membership population consists of 26,000+ CPAs, lawyers, bankers, and other professionals from associated industries, and we have a staff of approximately 55 employees.

If interested in applying for this position, please submit cover letter with salary requirements and resume. Please include “Legal Counsel” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

Primary Purpose of Position:

This position oversees the legal matters of the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA) and its related entities (the Organization), advises the CEO/Board on organizational and operational risk issues, assures compliance with the NY State not-for-profit law, as well as state, federal and city employment laws; and also oversees the governance functions of the Organization. The position works in conjunction with external legal counsel, as appropriate.

Essential Functions

1. Responsible for analysis and interpretation of general business and legal contracts for the Organization. Drafts and reviews agreements, contracts, and other legal documents to ensure the Organization’s legal rights.

2. Oversees governance functions of the Organization to ensure compliance with the Organization’s bylaws and Federal and New York State not-for-profit law.

3. Ensures conformity with Federal, NY State and NYC employment laws.

4. Monitors compliance with internal governance policies.

5. Oversees the risk management and compliance activities of the Organization and assists in the development of related legal policies and other initiatives to manage risk and compliance.

6. Provides accurate and timely counsel to the Organization’s senior management on a variety of topics including employment law, not-for-profit law, liability risk, etc.

7. Drafts and updates corporate documents including affiliation agreements, bylaws, etc.

8. Acts as resource for board of directors and senior management providing advice on all aspects of the not for profit legal sector.

9. Oversees activities related to the Political Action Committee including compliance with filing lobbying reports.

Requirements

  • Juris Doctor degree required.
  • Admitted to the New York bar.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Proven experience as a legal counsel in a not-for-profit environment with knowledge of 501(c)(3), 501(c)(6) and 527 entities.
  • Strong regulatory/compliance legal expertise within the not-for-profit sector.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and strategic thinking skills.
  • Overall broad legal knowledge (corporate law, litigation, labor law, etc.).
  • Effective project management, supervisory, presentation and communication (written and oral) abilities.
  • High degree of professional ethics and integrity.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has two direct reports.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as laptop computers, photocopiers and smartphones.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a part-time position. Days and hours of work are to be determined. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

Travel

Some travel is expected for this position.

The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants is an equal-opportunity employer and offers competitive salaries, professional growth opportunities, and a comprehensive selection of benefits.


DEPARTMENT: FAE
POSITION: Virtual Learning Coordinator

Primary Purpose of Position:

The primary role of Virtual Learning Coordinator is to manage the online learning product offerings for the Foundation for Accounting Education (FAE). This position is responsible for maintenance and expansion of the online continuing professional education (CPE) course catalog and the sales of these products and services. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with the FAE team to create customized instructional content that engages learners including webinars.
  • Work with NYSSCPA committees to coordinate setting up and running Committee CPE Sessions.
  • Coordinate process for timely conversion of live web-based events to on-demand self-study.
  • Maintain, monitor and track status of on-demand conversion schedule.
  • Coordinate with the relevant Professional Education Specialists and Committees to ensure timely development, review and edit of the on-demand self-study exam questions.
  • Develop product descriptions for online CPE Catalog pages.
  • Set up, activate, maintain, and update product descriptions in the online CPE Catalog.
  • Prepare and monitor weekly registration reports and ensure data is accurate.
  • Communicate regularly with marketing team on status of program and product development to ensure timely promotion.
  • Provide staff support to one or more Society committees. Staff support includes facilitating the creation of timely meeting agendas by committee chairs, attending meetings and taking minutes, writing articles for Society publications regarding newsworthy matters of interest discussed at committee meetings, and additional support as needed.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Certification such as Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM), etc., preferred, but not required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of member- or/and customer services experience.
  • Understanding of continuing professional education and adult learning.
  • Detail oriented, well organized and capable of meeting in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong written communication skills with the ability to proofread and copyedit.
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and independently.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and database management.
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.

Problem Solving/Decision Making:

The Virtual Learning Coordinator is expected to inform the Business Development Specialist immediately whenever a potential or active problem or situation arises which could adversely affect the department or the Society/FAE.

Communications:

The Virtual Learning Coordinator primarily interacts with members, committees, speakers, trainers, vendors and staff.


This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position.  Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested by their director, manager or supervisor.

Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities.  To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently.

This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” employment relationship.


DEPARTMENT: Marketing
POSITION: PR and Media Manager

Primary Purpose of Position:

The PR and Media Manager develops and implements outreach programs to promote the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA) and its members, chapters, committees, events and agenda. Programs target audiences including the financial and general press, and legislators, and other audiences important to accomplishing the organization's agenda. Position also supports the NYSSCPA related entities including the Foundation for Accounting Education, the Moynihan Scholarship Fund and the Political Action Committee.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create and implement strategic public relations plans to enhance the image of the profession, launch new initiatives, publicize the NYSSCPA, its members and chapters, and promote the events of the NYSSCPA and its educational foundation.
  • Develop and maintain relations with the media. Serves as resource and a vehicle to facilitate press coverage. Nurture relationship to create opportunities for breaking news coverage.
  • Provide counsel and assistance on issues, crisis management, positioning, institutional image enhancement, and community/public affairs.
  • A high comfort-level with pitching to an aggressive media market.
  • Develop a proactive media relations strategy that includes events such as quarterly press briefings, tax hotlines and financial media seminars as needed.
  • Provide media training for staff, officers, chapter officers and committee chairs as needed.
  • Ensure listings of media contacts stay current in conjunction with assistant manager
  • With help with external agency, develop and implement Government Affairs Communications program, including the launch and promotion of the NYSSCPA’s Key Contact Program to NYSSCPA membership.
  • Develop and implement innovative and creative communications programs designed to position the advocacy initiatives of the Society and the profession.
  • Develop and execute strategies for legislative media exposure working in conjunction with the Executive Director and external lobbying firm, including drafting talking points, op-eds and developing PAC and Government Affairs marketing and communications materials.
  • Create and evaluate strategies to improve the effectiveness of print-based and online advocacy communications campaigns.
  • Convert complex and/or technical material into clear, concise, and reader friendly formats.
  • Develop interactive features, such as polls, to gauge opinion on site features and current issues affecting the profession.
  • Help develop the NYSSCPA legislative agenda in conjunction with leadership.
  • Stay informed on the legislative environment, issues in other states and with the AICPA that might have implications for NY's legislative agenda.
  • Maintain relationship with the state board, State Board of Regents, State Education Department as appropriate.
  • Produce and disseminate the NYSSCPA’s NYS and Federal Legislative Alert electronic newsletters on a quarterly basis.
  • Management of one staff member including skills development.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public policy or related field is required
  • At least five years of experience in PR and media.
  • Government Relations experience a plus.
  • Exceptional writing and communication as well as demonstrated research skills
  • Candidate required to develop and maintain solid relationships with the press.
  • Demonstrated record of successful national, regional and local media relations planning, implementation and placement.
  • Ability to work independently and set priorities while exercising flexibility, initiative and self-motivation.
  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate public events that can be used to advance organizational objectives.
  • Extensive media contacts at key New York, national and financial media and ability to work with journalists at all skill levels.
  • Must be very detail oriented, able to multi-task, have a high level of problem-solving skills and thrive in a deadline driven, rapid pace environment.


This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position.  Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested by their director, manager or supervisor.

Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities.  To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently.

This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” employment relationship.


DEPARTMENT: Membership
POSITION: Outreach & Development Manager

The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) is seeking an Outreach & Development Manager. The ideal candidate for this position should be an experienced, take charge professional with the ability to create awareness and increase participation in Society programs, initiatives, and fundraising. This person must be able to anticipate and discern work priorities, meet deadlines, and develop and foster relationships with leaders, members, donors, and prospects.

The NYSSCPA aims to educate, connect, and grow our membership within the CPA profession. Since our inception in 1897, CPAs and financial professionals have achieved great success in their careers through our membership and programs. Today, our membership population consists of 26,000+ CPAs, lawyers, bankers, and other professionals from associated industries, and we have a staff of approximately 55 employees.

Primary Purpose of Position:

The purpose of this is to develop and execute the department’s outreach and development strategy (including fundraising). The Outreach & Development Manager will work to increase awareness of and participation in Society outreach and development (fundraising) programs and initiatives, to include NextGen; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Initiatives and Moynihan Scholarship Fund. This person will oversee the Society’s initiatives to recruit and retain students, young professionals and those from underrepresented groups through strategic initiatives outlined by senior leadership. They will also work with the marketing and communications teams to develop and deploy appropriate marketing campaigns and communication plans to foster growth, retention, awareness and donor support.

Essential Functions

1. Develop and implement recruitment strategies and initiatives to help attract and retain Next Gen and student members.

2. Manage and enhance high school and college outreach through Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP) and other NextGen initiatives.

3. Manage recruitment, retention and engagement of education professionals at colleges and universities for Campus Liaison Program, with assistance from Recruitment and Retention Associates.

4. Cultivate, manage and enhance The NYSSCPA Young Professional Leadership Institute to develop the profession’s and Society’s leadership pipeline.

5. Create and execute outreach and special events, to include career fairs, networking socials, etc.

6. Develop, enhance and manage Society’s mentoring program, to include mentor recruitment, mentor/mentee pairing and technological platform enhancements.

7. Develop and execute fundraising strategy for Moynihan Scholarship Fund (MSF) and MSF Gala, to include individual and corporate donations, sponsorships and grants.

8. Partner with marketing and communications team to develop a marketing and communications plan to increase awareness of the MSF and write reports and prepare presentations to communicate fundraising program data.

9. Monitor budgets and other financial data for program initiatives.

10. Provide staff support to NextGen and DEI Committees and Moynihan Scholarship Fund. Staff support includes:

a. Facilitating the creation of timely meeting agendas by committee chairs
b. Attending meetings and taking minutes, if required
c. Writing articles for Society publications regarding newsworthy matters of interest discussed at committee meetings
d. Additional support as needed

Requirements

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Professional designation/certification such as Certified Association Executive (CAE), Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Institute of Organizational Management (IOM), etc. preferred, but not required Knowledge and Skills
  • Excellent communication, presentation writing and project and time management skills
  • Ability to think and plan strategically
  • Ability to work well independently and as a team member
  • Experience in obtaining donations, sponsorships and grants
  • Requires relationship management experience
  • Ability to work independently and set priorities while exercising flexibility, initiative and selfmotivation.
  • Must be very detail oriented, able to multi-task, have a high level of problem-solving skills and thrive in a deadline driven, rapid pace environment.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has no direct reports.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as laptop computers, photocopiers and smartphones.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

Travel

Some travel is expected for this position.

If interested in applying for this position, please submit cover letter with salary requirements and resume. Please include Outreach & Development Manager in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants is an equal-opportunity employer and offers competitive salaries, professional growth opportunities, and a comprehensive selection of benefits.