Accountant, Grand Haven Area Community Foundation

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.

Specific Duties:                                      
•    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.

Investment Duties:
•    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.


General Responsibilities:

  • 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. 
Salary & Benefits: 

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.

Hiring Organization: 
Grand Haven Area Community Foundation
City and State: 
Grand Haven, MI
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