American Federation of Musicians and Employers’ Pension Fund

Director of Finance

To Apply

The American Federation of Musicians and Employers’ Pension Fund has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to:
Anne McCarthy, Chief Operating Officer
Harris Rand Lusk
260 Madison Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY  10016

Email cover letter and resume to: amccarthy@harrisrand.com

Please include “AFM-EPF DoF” in the subject line of the email

The American Federation of Musicians and Employers’ Pension Fund (“AFM-EPF”) is a multi-employer fund established for the exclusive purpose of providing certain pension and related benefits to qualified members of the American Federation of Musicians, a labor union representing professional instrumental musicians in the United States and Canada with more than 70,000 members.

The Position:
The American Federation of Musicians and Employers’ Pension Fund is seeking a dynamic individual to serve as its new Director of Finance.  Reporting to the Executive Director, this person is responsible for leadership and oversight of receiving and allocating all contribution payments, musician engagement detail and agreement information, customer service management and document and data entry and processing and accounting functions. The Director oversees and manages the three departments and their respective responsibilities. This person plays a key role in organizational decision-making by providing a balanced picture of the organization’s finances, identifying where the problems might lie, and what actions may need to be taken.

The successful candidate must be able to work closely and collaboratively with the Executive Director, Co-Director, staff, Plan Professionals and the Board of Trustees, and be able to integrate smoothly into the senior management at AFM-EPF, fitting into the organization’s culture.  They must be able to quickly become knowledgeable about AFM-EPF’s work, and be able to work in a collegial, supportive, and direct manner with their three direct reports and the supervisor in a spirit of mutual trust.

The Director of Finance must be a highly skilled and experienced financial executive who has held significant management positions for a number of years, particularly for nonprofits or Taft-Hartley multi-employer funds.  This person will be a strategic thinker with a collaborative management style who is thoroughly familiar with generally accepted accounting principles.  The Director of Finance has strong interpersonal skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability to address and solve problems or issues as they arise. In addition, this person will be diplomatic, of the highest integrity, and possesses sound judgment as well as a good sense of humor and of self.

Specific Responsibilities include:

Documents & Data, Signatory & Customer Service Department

  • Oversee the maintenance of the Fund’s database of collective bargaining agreements requiring contributions to the Fund
  • Build and maintain relationships with Bargaining Parties (AFM Locals and Employers)
  • Oversee the database of Employer contact information
  • Oversee collection and processing of Remittance Reports and maintain their historical database
  • Supervise the data collection and processing systems and teams
  • Develop and oversee customer service processes and systems

Audit & Collections Department

  • Oversee, design, and implement the Fund’s Employer Compliance Audit program and Delinquency Procedures
  • Supervise the management and execution of settlement agreement and Employer terminations
  • Oversee and manage the completion of industry specific compliance programs
  • Design and implement audit and collections procedures

Accounting Department 

  • Oversee and manage day to day accounting functions
  • Oversee the distribution and execution of finance department mail
  • Review and manage the execution of an up-to-date General Ledger
  • Monitor and maintain banking relationships
  • Oversee, design, and implement the Fund’s cash receipt procedures
  • Supervise the Fund’s AR and AP programs.
  • Create and monitor the Fund’s annual operating budget
  • Report and monitor the Fund’s investment portfolio
  • Develop and manage relationships with Plan professionals including but not limited to OCIO, Attorneys, Actuaries and Auditors
  • Oversee the Fund’s annual financial statement audit and tax return Form 5500.

Leadership Responsibilities

  • Work with Executive Director, Fund Directors, and Plan Professionals to set Fund policies and procedures
  • Develop staff and participate in the recruitment and hiring processes for the department
  • Provide leadership and coaching to managers and staff in the department
  • Work and engage with Board of Trustees (BOT) on all finance related projects
  • Prepare and present BOT documents and reports
  • Attend Quarterly BOT and periodic Plan Professionals’ meetings


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance Business Administration, or related field of study
  • 10-15 years of experience in finance, accounting, and customer service
  • 5 years as a senior manager or director in a similar organization
  • Strong experience with accounting software packages and other related financial and administrative applications
  • Expert level Excel skills
  • Experience working with Office 365 (Outlook, Teams, Word, etc.)
  • CPA eligible


  • Master’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or related field of study
  • Registered CPA
  • Relevant certifications or memberships (examples: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Society of Certified Public Accountants, Certified Employee Benefit Specialist)
  • Experience working in a nonprofit, financial organization, or private pension fund.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Dynamics Business Central

Other Information:

Projected salary range is:  $210,000 to $225,000.  Hybrid work environment.  Exceptional benefits.

All positions at AFM-EPF are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  All are encouraged to apply.

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