About Us

More than four decades of evidence-based initiatives


Our Story

WAP was born out of a discussion between labor leaders who were seeking to combat alcoholism and drug use among union members. In 1977, WAP was incorporated as a nonprofit in Austin, TX and secured its first contract with a union that same year. Terry Cowan became CEO in 1984 and introduced the nonprofit enterprise model, acquiring the PAL program in 1987 and winning the HIV Connection contract with the State of Texas in 1992.

By this time, WAP’s original services for union members had blossomed into a full-service Employee Assistance Program for enterprise customers named WAP EAP. The nineties saw the opening of satellite offices in Houston, Arlington and Oklahoma City. The latter serves as a base of operations for the Child Care Food Program contract with the State of Oklahoma, which was awarded in 1999.

In the early 2000s WAP acquired additional EAPs and merged them with WAP EAP, forming Alliance Work Partners. The Youth Advocacy program was acquired by WAP in 2004, and the Coordinated Training Services contract was awarded by the State of Texas the following year. In 2020, Dwayne Smetzer became the new CEO of WAP.

Culture and Values

We demonstrate the highest level of integrity in all of our business relationships, and total client satisfaction is the cornerstone of our service delivery.

Our workplace culture is driven by the business philosophy of Servant Leadership, which focuses on the growth and development of staff as the key to success.

We value the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our staff and encourage open dialog at all levels of the organization. Our long-standing Open-Door Policy provides a channel for new ideas to circulate, ensuring our continued relevance as an organization during times of change.

Job Opportunities

Vice President of Accounting


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or business administration with eight years of experience in accounting.
  • CPA strongly preferred.
  • Supervisory experience required.
  • Experience with nonprofit organizations strongly preferred.
  • Must have knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, audit administration; budgeting; monthly financial reporting; monthly reconciliations; and subledger maintenance.
  • Requires ability to plan, coordinate, and direct complex financial operations; ability to perform complex calculations and analysis; implement accounting policies and procedures; and interpret and apply appropriate laws and regulations.
  • As a member of the Executive Management Team, this position also requires effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Must possess personal qualities of integrity, credibility, a strong work ethic and an unwavering commitment to the mission.
  • Experience required in accounting software (Microsoft GP preferred), Microsoft Dynamics 365, and Excel applications.


Under the general direction of the CEO, the Vice President of Accounting will be responsible for the following areas:

Leadership & Department Management:

  • Provide direct over-site of the accounting staff.
  • Review staff work product.
  • Provide support for attracting, developing, and retaining competent, highly motivated, and results-oriented employees within the department.
  • Complete employee evaluations in a timely manner as well as provide feedback in an ongoing basis.
  • Demonstrate ongoing commitment to continuous improvement by implementing systems, structure, and process enhancements that improve quality of the accounting department’s products, services and efficiency.

Accounting and Administration:

  • Ensure on-time fulfillment of all financial obligations
  • Ensure timely and accurate reporting in accordance with IRS regulations and established policies and procedures.
  • Maintain oversight of the monthly financial reporting process including:
    • Journal entries
    • Balance Sheet Reconciliations
    • Subledger maintenance
    • Calculation and review of all material estimates
    • Internal financial reporting
    • Other areas as needed
  • Manage the full-cycle payroll function, including accuracy and timeliness of employee pay and other benefits impacting payroll.

Reporting and Audit Compliance:

  • Prepare accurate, comprehensive, timely monthly/quarterly financial reports and information in support of WAP’s internal and external reporting requirements.
  • Ensure that annual audit preparedness working papers are prepared and the annual audit is completed in a timely manner and without findings.
  • Serve as liaison to the external audit team throughout the annual audit life-cycle, ensuring timely and accurate fulfillment of obligations and responsibilities as set forth for the fair presentation of the financial statements in accordance with law.

Planning and Forecasting:

  • Managing the annual revenue, expense and capital budgeting process, including providing management with budget guidance, timeline, tools, training, and hands-on assistance.
  • Conducting revenue and expense trend analysis.
  • Stay informed of relevant accounting standards and ensure the timely implementation of new or modified accounting standards.
  • Prepare budget and present to the CEO, and Board of Directors.

Risk Management:

  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining a system of policies and procedures to prevent and detect fraud waste and abuse within the organization.
  • Ensure compliance with grant agreements and contractual obligations
  • Facilitate compliance audits
  • Provide analysis on risk associated with business decisions made by the Executive Management Team.

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