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Chief of Finance and Operations

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Golden, CO


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Feb 2, 2022

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Chief of Finance and Operations

at the American Alpine Club


Reports To: CEO

Location: Golden, Colorado

FLSA Code: Exempt

Salary Range: $90,000-$120,000 plus a generous benefits package


Chief of Finance and Operations Job Summary

The AAC, centered around people and communities, is seeking a financial leader with a breadth of experience and a deep commitment to the mission and values of the American Alpine Club. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in managing the finances and budgeting in either the for-profit or non-profit sector


Informed by the mission, vision, and values, along with strategic and annual objectives, the Chief of Finance and Operations will report to the CEO and partner with the leadership team as an active participant in directing the AAC’s day to day operations and people management. They will be a strategic partner in envisioning AAC’s future.


As the Chief of Finance and Operations, you will:


Finance and Accounting, Facilities, Compliance, Technology, Legal / Risk, HR, Operations:

  • Oversee and document day-to-day financial operations of the American Alpine Club, including accounting and finance, and legal/risk management.
  • Oversee and provide fiscal management. Track P&L, develop, analyze, and present financial statements and reports. Highlight areas of concern and focus to the leadership team.
  • Oversee accounting functions. Ensure appropriate controls are in place and maintained for payroll, granting, payables, receivables, investments, deferred revenue, and cash management.
  • Ensure compliance with external requirements and regulations, including all state and local filings, annual audit, tax filings, and reporting.
  • Manage AAC’s endowments and investments. Informed through and in partnership with AAC’s Investment Committee, monitor and manage AAC investment portfolio.
  • Oversee and manage the annual budgeting and planning process. Partner with the CEO and leadership team to develop and oversee budgets and plans that result in the actualization of the AAC mission and strategy. Prepare and present budgets for the Board of Directors.
  • Oversee vendor and contractor relationships.
  • Manage insurance policies and vendors.
  • Monitor, update, and implement business policies and accounting practices as needed.
  • Oversee the CRM data management, including a possible transfer from the current in-house database to commercial CRM system.
  • Oversee the operations and maintenance of the current American Mountaineering Center facility.
  • Manage departmental staff including Accounting, HR, IT, and Operations.


  • Strong passion and desire to advance AAC mission and vision.
  • Strong passion and desire to advance equity and inclusion.
  • Strong passion and desire to build community.

You are a strong fit for this role if you:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration, or related field; MBA preferred.
  • CPA preferred.
  • Preferred 8+ years of accounting experience in a managerial position; experienced in Quickbooks.
  • Excellent self-awareness and ability to work with diverse communities, leaders, and staff.
  • Ability to think strategically, develop plans and actualize visions.
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills, ability to work collaboratively and promote a positive and supportive organizational environment.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and ability to work on and direct multiple projects concurrently, both independently and as a member of teams.
  • An impulse towards mentoring and coaching others.
  • Strong sense of discretion and a high degree of professionalism.


The AAC currently offers a comprehensive benefits package including Club-paid medical, dental, vision, life, and AD&D insurance, an HRA medical reimbursement plan, a wellness program, a matching 403(b) retirement plan, flexible schedule, pro deals, generous paid time off, and maternity/paternity leave. Benefits are reviewed annually and change as needed and team members are notified when they occur.


How to Apply

All who love the AAC mission are encouraged to apply, including people of color and Black, Indigenous, transgender, and non-binary people.

Please email your resume and cover letter to


No phone calls, please. Priority will be given to applications submitted before February 20, 2022. The position will remain open until filled with an exemplary person. Only potential interviewees will be contacted. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

The AAC is an equal opportunity employer. Your gender, religion, sex life, skin color, first language, and size and ability of your body do not factor into employment decisions here. Neither do your friends in high places. If you love our mission and are good at what you do, come as you are.


About the AAC

Founded in 1902, the American Alpine Club (AAC) envisions a united community of competent climbers and healthy climbing landscapes. For more than a century, the AAC has inspired climbers to dream and reach further, to push themselves and the boundaries of climbing. The AAC supports the climbing community through education and resources, community building, policy and advocacy, and through memorializing and archiving climbing history. The AAC represents the interests of its more than 25,000 members from across all disciplines of climbing.


Located in Golden, CO, the AAC jointly own and operate the American Mountaineering Center (AMC) and the American Mountaineering Museum with the Colorado Mountain Club. The American Alpine Club Library is North America’s largest collection of books and artifacts dedicated to climbing and climbing history with over 190,000 volumes. Additionally, the American Alpine Club operates campgrounds and lodges supporting climbers across the country.

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