Director of Accounting

AP Professionals of Rochester
September 16, 2021
United States of America
Job Type
Work Hours
8 am-5 pm plus additional hours as needed to meet requirements of the position
Salary Range
$81K - $100K, $101K - $130K
Base Salary
Street Address
500 Linden Oaks
Rochester, NY


Fast-growing publicly held company headquartered in Rochester is seeking a Director of Accounting.  This newly created position is the result of growth and expansion of the accounting team.

The role will be responsible for the Company’s financial reporting requirements, including SEC filings, and addressing technical accounting issues arising from business transactions or the implementation of new accounting pronouncements. In so doing they would ensure that financial information is accurately reflected in the financial statements in accordance with US GAAP. The individual will also be responsible for ensuring compliance with internal controls over various aspects of the financial reporting process. The successful candidate will also be highly organized and have an ability to meet financial reporting deadlines and deliver high quality. This role will report to the Chief Financial Officer.


  • Lead external SEC financial reporting process, including:
    • Creating, maintaining and communicating SEC calendar in line with the close and other dependent activities and executing to timelines
    • Preparing and publishing 10Q and 10K filings
    • Writes high quality MD&A and footnote disclosures, manage tie-outs and internal and external review of all documents
    • Ensuring controls are in place around the accuracy and completeness of the disclosures made (SOX404)
    • Completing GAAP checklists and ensuring financial statements are presented in accordance with GAAP guidelines
    • Prepare quarterly earnings release tables and assist in the review of texts and scripts for earnings releases
    • Assist in the preparation of the proxy
    • Establish and manage processes to ensure that senior management performs their financial disclosure related obligation and on a timely basis.
  • Complete and submit timely all related SEC and FINRA reports associated with the Company’s growing securities business.
  • Research accounting literature and apply technical standards and analysis to complex or non-recurring business issues and transactions. Prepare written accounting memos documenting such issues/transactions for review by management and external auditors in a clear, logical and comprehensive manner.
  • Monitor the activities of all accounting standard setting bodies, including FASB, SEC, and evaluate the accounting and reporting impact of new standards. Additionally, monitor trends among other SEC filers to ensure the Company's reports are in line with industry and overall practices and standards
  • Develop accounting positions and transition plans for all newly implemented accounting guidance or changes in guidance or methodologies. Document the positions and conclusions in a clear, logical and comprehensive manner
  • Recommend, implement, maintain and communicate accounting policies, practices and procedures to improve and ensure financial control and integrity of the Company’s financial statements and accounting practices
  • Manage outside agencies, such as the SEC, as needed, and provide timely responses to notices, letters or requests
  • Maintain relationships and work closely with external auditors
  • Manage and complete special projects as necessary
  • Assist with preparation of close and the Company’s financial statements
  • Collaborate with others regarding preparation of quarterly financial reporting packages


This position requires a minimum of a bachelor's degree.  In addition, an MBA is preferred and a CPA is required.


  • A minimum of 6 years' related direct experience with SEC reporting.  This experience can be within a publicly-traded accounting department working directly on SEC reporting or with the assurance team of a public accounting firm that is providing an opinion on a publicly-traded company's financial statements.
  • Experience with preparing financial statements

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics

  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and work in an extremely fast-paced environment
  • Ability to act and operate independently to accomplish objectives and meet deadlines
  • Outstanding knowledge and application of US GAAP, SEC and SOX404 regulations and guidelines
  • Strong written and verbal communication with the ability to effectively present to and engage with a wide range of internal and external audiences, including external audit firm, external law firm, regulators and key internal decision makers
  • Strong analytical skills coupled with good decision-making skills
  • Excellent working knowledge of financial statements and good understanding of tools to benchmark disclosure practices
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