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Career Opportunity for a Finance & Administration Coordinator

Career Opportunity for a Finance & Administration Coordinator

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The Willa Cather Foundation seeks an organized and detail-oriented individual who values literature and the arts to fill a Finance & Administration Coordinator role. This position is an excellent opportunity for a finance professional to contribute to the operations of a collaborative and visionary nonprofit organization. 

Finance & Administration Coordinator

Summary/Objective: The Finance & Administration Coordinator will oversee financial transactions and provide administrative support in a busy nonprofit environment. This position will work closely with the Executive Director and support the entire team in fulfillment of the organization’s mission.

About the WCF:  The Willa Cather Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that promotes the legacy of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather through education, preservation, and the arts. Since its founding in 1955, the WCF has been located in Red Cloud—a small and vibrant community in south-central Nebraska.

Financial Management Essential Functions:

  • Reconcile bank, credit card, and investment accounts
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports 
  • Review and analyze all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards
  • Maintain internal control safeguards for the receipt of revenue and expenditures
  • Monitor budget progress and present financial metrics to team members
  • Perform accounting functions such as receivables, payables, adjustments, deposits, wires, etc.
  • Assist with the annual audit process, including preparation of workpapers and preparing data for the accounting firm
  • Prepare and submit monthly sales tax and lodging tax filings to the Nebraska Department of Revenue
  • Keep accurate records of bookstore inventory, purchase orders, and quantities on hand

Administrative and Other Essential Functions:

  • Keep records for employee benefit and PTO programs
  • Maintain accurate HR files on all employees
  • Assist with grant administration, general compliance, and timely reporting
  • Maintain corporate documents, meeting minutes, policies, procedures, etc.
  • Provide organizational support for events and meetings
  • Coordinate IT services with outside provider

Education and Experience:

  • Associate's or Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, Finance, or related field
  • 1-3 years’ experience in bookkeeping or finance is preferred, but not required
  • Prior experience in non-profit accounting is preferred, but not required
  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel and fund accounting systems

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Detail-oriented and the ability to problem-solve
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships and communicate effectively and professionally 
  • An interest in literature, the humanities, and the arts
  • The ability and desire to work cooperatively with others on a team
  • A life-long learner who embraces opportunities to continue to grow professionally
  • Adeptness to reprioritize projects as new assignments arise
  • The flexibility to work as part of a small team that often wears multiple hats

Schedule and Work Environment: Generally eight-hour days, Monday through Friday, and occasional weekends as needed for events. Candidates must be available to work on site at least 3 days each week; flex time and/or remote work will be available after a 30-day onboarding. 

Salary and Benefits: A competitive wage will be based on experience. Benefits, including health insurance, IRA, paid holidays, and paid time off (PTO) are available. Housing and relocation support are also available.

This job description may evolve over time. Duties and the position status are subject to periodic updating. At management’s discretion, the employee may be assigned different and/or additional responsibilities. 

To apply, send cover letter, résumé, and three professional references to:

The Willa Cather Foundation 
Attn: Human Resources
413 North Webster Street
Red Cloud, NE 68970

DEADLINE:  Applicants are encouraged to apply by Monday, January 11. The position will remain open until filled.