Chief Financial Officer

American College of Surgeons
Chicago, Illinois
10 Nov 2022
10 Dec 2022
Job role
CFO, Head of finance
Contract type
Full time
Experience level
Manager, Director

With more than 84,000 members globally, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has been dedicated to improving the care of the surgical patient and to safeguarding standards of care in an optimal and ethical practice environment since its inception in 1913.

Working closely with the Executive Director and Chair of the Board of Regents, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will lead ACS’s financial management strategy and ensure it supports and executes on the overarching strategic goals of the organization. The CFO is an integral member of the senior management team who will contribute to the development of the organization’s strategic goals and ensure ACS has a sound financial underpinning.

The incoming CFO will bring a strong focus on data-driven decisions. The CFO will collaborate with senior leaders across the organization to ensure that the finance function is aligned on best practices, provide consultative support on all planning initiatives, and address financial challenges as they arise. The CFO will identify and focus on key metrics and technology systems to drive and scale the organization’s work and impact, assuring that the organization continues to capitalize on the quality programs, which represents its largest revenue source. The CFO will also help make the difficult decisions for resource allocation and sundowning of selective programs based on contributions, support or alignment with organizational goals.

The CFO will advise on all fiscal matters and provide leadership to guide the organization’s financial activities, including annual and long-term planning/forecasting, accounting, budgeting, risk management, compliance, analysis, tax, and the real estate portfolio. This executive will play a key role in ensuring that ACS has the right tools and systems in place to support a dynamic work environment and a culture that supports growth and evolution. The CFO will lead, develop, mentor, and empower their team and be a strong advocate for a culture of equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Candidates with diverse backgrounds will be considered, although ideal candidates will have demonstrated experience and success in many of the following areas:

  • A substantial record of innovation and achievement in complex leadership roles, ideally culminating in experience as a CFO, with rigorous knowledge of accounting, financial planning and analysis, regulatory issues, and tax planning.
  • An understanding of and enthusiasm for healthcare and healthcare delivery is ideal. Experience operating in a non-profit or association structure is strongly preferred but not required.
  • A track record of managing board relationships.
  • Strong people management skills, with a focus on encouraging a culture of enabling, planning, and problem solving, and optimizing resources and driving efficiencies.
  • Strong analytical skills and experience translating a strategic vision into an operational model, with knowledge of data analysis, and performance and operations metrics.
  • A record of institution-wide impact in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Experience building and leading in an inclusive environment.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, or a related Field. An M.B.A., Master’s degree, and/or CPA is preferred.

ACS is being assisted in this process by Spencer Stuart, and it welcomes nominations or expressions of interest. If you wish to submit your own application materials or nominate someone to serve as the next Chief Financial Officer, please send an email message with supporting materials to:

The American College of Surgeons is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities.  If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to or call (312) 202-5000 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

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