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Assistant Controller

American Society of Clinical Oncology
Alexandria, Virginia
Based on experience
Closing date
Feb 21, 2022

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Full Time
Level of qualification
CPA, Experienced
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Are you interested in making a world of difference in cancer care?

Cancer strikes more than 10 million people worldwide each year. As the leading medical society representing doctors who care for people with cancer, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is committed to conquering cancer through research, education, and promotion of the highest quality, equitable patient care.

Who we are:

ASCO is a stable, forward-thinking membership organization that operates in a results-oriented work environment in which employees’ evaluation emphasizes performance outcomes over presence or time. ASCO offers competitive salaries, an excellent benefits package, and opportunities to participate in professional development programs. To learn what it’s like to work at ASCO, click here.

Who we are looking for:

ASCO has a new and exciting role for a high-performing and experienced Assistant Controller to join our growing Finance Department.

Remote candidates welcome or primary location in Alexandria, VA.

What you will do:

  • Manage, coach, and develop team responsible for the general ledger and financial reporting
  • Assure primary responsibility for maintaining chart of accounts, allocation methodologies, consolidating entries, and financial statement mapping; and assist in the preparation of financial statements
  • Ensure compliance with accounting policies and with GAAP for reporting and recording transactions
  • Manage the month-end close through preparation of financial statements to assure timely reporting
  • Interface with external auditors and assist with preparations for audits
  • Review and assure follow-up on account reconciliation of balance sheet accounts and develop processes to capture and correct transactions that do not process properly in a timely fashion
  • Review the company’s accounting information to identify and resolve inaccuracies or imbalances
  • Assist in the generations of financial information for IRS Form 990 filings in compliance with official guidelines and requirements
  • Contribute to the implementation of new business processes including testing of new systems, validation of data transferred to the new systems, and other tasks related to transitioning to the new enterprise business solution, and become the general ledger super user for the new ERP
  • Assist with trouble shooting errors and developing internal controls to assure all transactions are properly recorded
  • Manage bank relationship for operating account issues

What you will need in order to be successful:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, Accounting, or Business Administration
  • At least 8+ years of progressive accounting experience within a multi-entity organization
  • 5+ years of increasing responsibility for not-for-profit accounting and reporting
  • 3 - 4+ years of supervisory experience
  • Experience with enterprise resource system configuration and operations

Ideal candidates will also contribute: 

  • An active CPA
  • Experience implementing a new accounting module or ERP
  • Managing programs of high priority projects and project management initiatives related to key accounting activities


  • Ability to challenge, motivate, and coach team to meet departmental goals and build team capabilities in order to adapt to changes in the product offerings, systems, and accounting guidance
  • Ability to evaluate system functionality and adopt functionality to automate and enhance operational processes
  • Able to work collaboratively with diverse business leaders, communicate ASCO vision and strategy across all levels of the organization, and build consensus around key initiatives and projects
  • Comfortable with ambiguity; able to handle the unexpected with flexibility, ability to apply accounting guidance to specific ASCO situations
  • Experience leading complex change initiatives; demonstrated skills in change management
  • Highly effective verbal, non-verbal, and written communication methods for external and internal audiences
  • Management and organization skills to assure accuracy and timeliness of transaction capture as well as ability to meet deadlines
  • Possesses outstanding business acumen, analytical and problem-solving abilities
  • Technologically savvy including proficiency in Excel to be able to develop queries to assist in reconciliations and identify issues
  • Strong customer service skills


ADA/Physical Requirements

Fast-paced work setting with extended periods seated or standing at a computer and monitor

High usage of office technology equipment and enterprise business systems


5-10 days/yr

At ASCO, our goal is to foster and encourage a diversity of thought, experience, and background in our workplace. Our organization’s culture is multi-dimensional, and we encourage our employees to leverage their unique perspectives and ideas. ASCO is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).


Founded in 1964, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (ASCO®) is committed to making a world of difference in cancer care. As the world’s leading organization of its kind, ASCO represents nearly 45,000 oncology professionals who care for people living with cancer. Through research, education, and promotion of the highest-quality patient care, ASCO works to conquer cancer and create a world where cancer is prevented or cured, and every survivor is healthy. 

ASCO furthers its mission through Cancer.Net and Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation. Cancer.Net brings the expertise and resources of ASCO to people living with cancer and those who care for and about them. All the information and content on Cancer.Net is developed and approved by members of ASCO, making Cancer.Net an up-to-date and trusted resource for cancer information. Conquer Cancer funds research into every facet of cancer to benefit every patient, everywhere. Conquer Cancer helps turn science into a sigh of relief for patients around the world by supporting groundbreaking research and education across cancer’s full continuum. 

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