The Accountant supports the mission of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, and its affiliates, Coopersville and Allendale, as well as two Supporting Organizations, by assisting the V.P. of Finance & Administration with the financial and investment activities of the Foundation. This position includes duties in accounting, budgeting, investment administration, audit process, and legal compliance.
• Assists with fund accounting functions: accounts payable, accounts receivable, quarterly fees, general ledger accounts, fiscal year-end accounting, bank reconciliations, etc.
• Assists with running financial statements and reports in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and in compliance with internal financial and accounting policies and procedures.
• Prepare for Audit Committee meetings – this may include meeting agendas, materials, and minutes.
• Support the annual audit process and assist external auditors as necessary.
• Gather all supporting information for 990 and other annual tax filings in partnership with the V.P. of Finance & Administration.
• Help preparing cash transfers and disbursements for operations and grants.
• Participate in the annual operating budget process and monitor monthly with the V.P. of Finance & Administration.
• Calculate annual spending amount for all endowed funds and work with the Grants and Program department to notify fund holders.
• Manage quarterly fund statement preparation and distribution with the Administrative Specialist.
• Complete monthly reconciliation of checking account and investment accounts.
• Monitor, reconcile statements and report on investment activity, performance, and fees monthly.
• Participate with the Investment Committee - including meeting agendas, materials, and minutes.
• Work with the V.P. of Finance & Administration to allocate investment activity to funds quarterly.
• Establish working relationship with Investment Advisors.
• Report quarterly data for national data comparisons through the investment return survey.
National Standard Compliance Compilation and Surveys:
• Assist with the submission for the Foundation’s compliance with the Council on Foundations National Standards for Community Foundations and facilitate related aspects of policy, procedures, and reporting.
• Assist with National and Michigan related surveys as needed.
- Review vendor records to identify cost saving measures.
- Maintain the Foundation’s system of checks and balances to ensure accuracy of all financial records.
- Other tasks as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
- At a minimum, completion of a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in accounting or finance. CPA a plus.
- Three to five years of related work experience, with proven results in accounting with nonprofit finance preferred.
- A passion for non-profit organizations, and best practices.
- Working knowledge of Northwest Ottawa County preferred.
- Ability to collect and analyze information, make decisions, generate creative ideas, and implement them within the organization.
- Must be able to organize, prioritize and manage multiple tasks with short deadlines while maintaining close attention to detail.
- High level interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to effectively interact with partner organizations, grant seekers, donors, fellow team members, the Board of Trustees, committees, and the community-at-large.
- Demonstrated ability to exercise a high level of insightful judgement, diplomacy, cultural awareness, and respect when interacting at all levels inside and outside the Foundation.
- Ability to handle confidential information in a professional manner.
- Maintains a professional image, positive, upbeat, and enthusiastic with willingness to help in a team environment.
- Takes initiative to continue professional development.
- Strong writing, editing, and critical thinking skills.
- Demonstrated proficiency in relevant software programs to include Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Microsoft Power Point. Database systems – Blackbaud preferred.
Work Hours: This position will be 20-24 hours a week with some flexibility for a set weekly schedule. The office is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with 1-hour lunch breaks.
Pay Rate: Commensurate with education and experience. Some benefits will apply to this part time position including paid time off and 403(b) Retirement once qualified.