The American Journalism Project seeks to hire a fully-remote, part-time Accountant / Finance Manager (25-30 hours per week) with significant experience in nonprofit bookkeeping and accounting. This is a role for a strategic, analytical, and collaborative individual that is well-versed in financial management and grant reporting.
Who we are
We’re an entrepreneurial team working to re-shape the future of local news in our country. We’re passionate about journalism, civic engagement, and how local news plays a unique role in shaping our democracy. We help build and grow sustainable local news organizations all over the country — through financial investment, venture support, and movement building — that are governed by, sustained by and look like the public they serve.
Since 2019, the American Journalism Project has committed more than $33M of investment in 32 nonprofit news organizations across the United States. Learn about our grantees.
Our team is deeply connected to our mission and supportive of each other’s goals and overall well-being. We aim to be an organization where everyone feels heard, respected, and valued. We are an entirely remote, distributed team and strive to maintain a healthy, fun, and productive workplace, working alongside smart, energetic colleagues who enjoy one another and the work. Meet our full team.
- Local First: We know that local journalism must serve and be led by local communities. We make a practice of listening to, and making decisions with – not for – those communities, and connecting them to find strength in each other.
- Bold Leadership: We understand the severe economic challenge facing local news and thus democracy, and we embrace a sense of possibility with courage, urgency, and perseverance.
- Constant Learning: We recognize the unknown in front of us. Therefore, we operate with humility and a commitment to continuous improvement and collaboration.
- Commitment to Equity: We commit to creating a better, more diverse, and more inclusive news media that advances human and civil rights. We actively fight against injustice and racism, and that starts with doing the work ourselves.
- Integrity: We accept the responsibility of earning trust every day. We operate with honesty, transparency, dignity, and respect, and without allegiance to party, ideology, profit, or power.
The People & Operations team ensures smooth daily operations overseeing functions including budgeting, accounting, payroll, A/R & A/P, grant management, reporting, and human resources.
The Accountant / Finance Manager will directly report to the Assistant Director of Operations & Finance, but will also work closely with our Chief Financial & Administrative Office (CFAO). The Accountant / Finance Manager will also draw on support from and collaborate with teams and team members across our organization.
Compensation & benefits
Our total compensation package is competitive in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, and we are committed to supporting our team with what they need to show up every day ready to bolster the local press our democracy deserves.
The pay rate for this position is $44.04 – $48.44 per hour. Benefits include paid holidays, paid vacation/personal time, health insurance, 401(k) match, and more. This position is fully remote and offers flexible working hours.
Your role will be instrumental in our efforts to grow and scale some of the most innovative and exciting local news projects in the country. The combination of significant financial investments, intensive coaching, and sustained capacity building that we provide to our grantees consistently leads to durable growth and expansion of newsrooms that will ensure that communities across the country have access to vital, trustworthy and representative information. In this position, you will help us create and support a new generation of sustainable, equitable social enterprises that defend our democracy, hold power to account, and strengthen our communities.
Key elements of this role include:
- Process vendor and grantee payments and ensure all payments are entered and correctly coded in our accounting system (currently Quickbooks Online)
- Record donations, earned revenue, and other income
- Manage payroll transactions and departmental allocations
- Reconcile banking activity for all bank accounts on a monthly basis
- Keep chart of accounts and finance systems up to date
- Make recommendations on improvements to our accounting systems and policies
- Ensure compliance with latest accounting and tax regulations
- Prepare internal and external financial reports including statement of activities, open A/R, income statement, budget vs actuals, cash flow projections, grant balances, contract revenue, etc.
- Track and manage revenue from restricted and unrestricted grants, including releasing revenue from restriction when milestones or conditions are met
- Support in developing budgets for grant applications and ongoing financial reporting for funders
- Support the monthly budget re forecasting process
- Assist with preparation and submission of Form 990 IRS filing
- Assist in annual 1099 filing
- Assist with year-end audit prep
We anticipate this role requiring 25-30 hours per week on average (with some weeks requiring more or less depending on the cadence of the work and the time of year). While we cannot make any promises, this may have the potential to become a full-time role over time.
Who you are
This role is a fit if you are…
- Strategic and operational executor: You know how to get things done in an efficient manner and have an excellent ability to manage to execution with timeliness and a strategic eye ahead for anticipated blockers and risks
- Collaborative and agile: You have a consultative and service-oriented mindset. You know how to quickly jump into different scenarios and projects, to adapt your workstyle to the individual people involved in each project and to approach that work with empathy at the core.
- Fun and supportive: We work hard as a team and take our mission seriously, but also believe it’s important to have fun and find joy in the work we do together.Committed to equity: You’ve worked (either professionally or through volunteer experiences, board service, etc.) with diverse teams and in environments committed to equity. You bring experience working across lines of difference and a fluency that has been shaped by those experiences.
- Comfortable with change: You embrace new ideas and directions and are not easily discouraged by a rapidly shifting environment. You are highly empathetic and can see perspectives and situations from multiple perspectives, while working towards agreed upon goals
- A systems-thinker: You are a research- and analytics-driven strategist with a high capacity for understanding and interpreting nuance
What background and skills do you have? (We know not all strong candidates will have all the skills we list. That’s OK. What else do you bring to the table? Please tell us!):
- Proven background in non-profit accounting and management of restricted grants, with expert knowledge of GAAP (CPA is a plus).
- Experience with Quickbooks Online (and/or other accounting systems) and expertise in designing financial reports for a variety of stakeholders (we use Google Sheets).
- Comfort juggling multiple projects and priorities; experience in startup environments is a plus.
- Ability to understand the details of individual transactions but also see the big picture of our financial goals
- Passion for journalism and belief in its critical role in informing communities and strengthening democracy
- Strong personal responsibility, accountability, and time-management skills.
- Results-oriented, adaptable, and skilled at situational management (including being able to manage up, laterally, and down).
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to synthesize large amounts of information and clearly communicate key information. Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy in documentation and data integrity.
The American Journalism Project is dedicated to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. The American Journalism Project encourages people of all races, colors, national origins, ancestries, creeds, religions, genders, ages, disabilities, veteran status, sexual orientations, and marital statuses to apply.