Accounting Manager

Posted by
Americans for the Arts
Washington, DC
Published 14 days ago


Americans for the Arts builds recognition and support for the extraordinary and dynamic value of the arts and serves, advances, and leads the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. The vision of Americans for the Arts is that the arts are recognized as integral to the lives of all people and essential to healthy, vibrant, and equitable communities across the nation. Founded in 1960, Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. Americans for the Arts has headquarters in Washington, DC and a second office located in New York, NY.


The Business Operations Pod works to advance the operational sustainability of the organization and its ability to be nimble and innovative when responding to opportunities and challenges. It is specifically responsible for managing institution-wide business functions including contracting, finance, human resources, office services, systems engagement strategy, technology, web strategies, and the execution of all the organization’s meetings and events. These resources are an essential foundation to ensure the delivery of high-level business processes to our stakeholders both internally and externally.


The Finance Team is integral to the operational stability of Americans for the Arts and its affiliated organization. It is responsible for the full range of financial operations from cash receipts, cash disbursements, financial reporting, expense management, budgeting, endowment management, and corporate insurance. These functions are essential to help ensure that the organization continues to have the resources available to carry out its mission.


The Accounting Manager will manage all day-to-day finance operations and supervise three (3) Finance team members including functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and grants administration. The Accounting Manager will ensure that Americans for the Arts and related organizations has the systems and procedures in place to support effective program implementation and conduct flawless audits. The Accounting Manager will work closely with program leaders and staff, not only to educate them regarding finance and accounting procedures but also to explore how the finance function can support program operations.

The Accounting Manager will be charged with identifying new opportunities to improve efficiencies, eliminate backlogs, and respond proactively to other team needs. They will need to analyze the existing processes and systems and work closely with the Vice President of Finances to streamline current systems, leverage new information technology, and establish standard operating procedures. The Accounting Manager will execute strategies under the direct supervision of the Vice President of Finance and supervises the Staff Accountant, Accounts Payable Specialist, and the Accounts Receivable Specialist.


Key duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Manage all accounts, general ledgers, monthly financial statements, cash management and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements as well as all requirements specific to federal government contracts and cooperative agreements, federal procurement, and Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).
  • Supervise all accounting functions and systems, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, and cash receipts and ensure the timely processing of all payments.
  • Complete monthly close no later than the 20th of each month. Maintain checklist and assignment of duties for closing entries.
  • Ensure financial statements are prepared based on current FASB standards.
  • Track bank deposits and payments and reconcile bank statements.
  • Oversee all financial, project/program, and accounting of grants and sponsorships.
  • In case of externally funded projects/programs, ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with grant and sponsorship budgets for the duration of the period of external support.
  • Collate all financial materials needed to comply with the reporting requirements associated with government, corporate, individual, and foundation grants and sponsorships.
  • Clearly track multi-year temporarily held and permanently held net assets for budgeting, reporting, and auditing needs.
  • Understand application of federal and state government grant regulations, reporting, audit, and management requirements according to FFATA.
  • Oversee all financial accounting and management of contracts and cooperative agreements and produce all required materials needed to comply with reporting requirements.
  • Responsible for all corporate and charitable registrations, licensing, and reporting to the IRS and in all relevant jurisdictions for the consolidated organizations.
  • Coordinate production of the annual 990s and tax returns for all organizational entities.
  • Ensure quarterly tax payments are made in a timely manner as applicable.
  • Maintain copies of all state solicitation and charitable registrations.
  • Understand 501c3, 501c4, and PAC financial standards, tracking, and processing requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.


As a Supervisor you are responsible for the performance of your direct report(s). You should guide, train, support, and motivate your team member(s) to help them accomplish their job-specific goals. As a supervisor, it is your responsibility to be knowledgeable of your direct report(s) responsibilities and know how to get the tasks accomplished in their absence. You should continually work to earn the respect and credibility of your direct report(s) by building an inclusive and supportive learning environment. As such, building trust with your team members is vital to a healthy work relationship. Specifically, you will:

Performance Management

  • Meet with direct report(s) on a weekly basis to discuss progress on projects, priorities, and goals
  • Assist direct report(s) with workflow/bandwidth management, and ensure that direct report(s) understand their duties and delegated tasks.
  • Provide timely and ongoing constructive feedback, including soliciting feedback from colleagues from other teams with whom direct report(s) collaborate.
  • Document progress of individual direct report(s) goals by administering annual performance review and quarterly review of performance goals in compliance with AFTA’s strategic plan.
  • Support and assist in planning direct report(s) professional development activities; assist with finding professional growth and education opportunities.


  • Maintain a safe and healthy work environment by establishing and enforcing organization standards and adhering to legal regulations.
  • Develop and update employee job descriptions, as necessary.
  • Approve timekeeping records prior to each pay period’s deadline.


  • Assist direct reports with ongoing coaching and counseling.
  • Provide quick and appropriate resolution of all challenges, discrepancies, and miscommunications.
  • Share, support, and carry out decisions made by the organization’s management.
  • Ensure adherence to Americans for the Arts’ personnel policies and practices.
  • Focus on creating a culture where accountability and fairness are present in every situation.
  • Support an innovative workplace that fosters creativity, encourages new ideas, and supports examining different approaches to existing initiatives.
  • Recognize the contributions of your direct reports in ways that are meaningful to them.


  • Ability and desire to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including finance and non-finance managers.
  • A positive attitude and an earnest interest in providing quality customer service to our members, stakeholders, and partners.
  • Ability to maintain healthy interpersonal relationships.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • At least 10 years’ experience of organizational finance experience, at least 5 of which should be in senior level positions in a nonprofit environment.
  • B.S./B.A. in business administration/finance and accounting or related field; C.P.A. or M.B.A. is preferred.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience with Dynamics/SL, Sage Intacct and Vena Solutions preferred.
  • Keen analytic, organization and problem-solving skills which allow for strategic data interpretation versus simple reporting.
  • Solid experience coordinating complex audit activities and managing reporting, budget development and analysis, accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll, and accounting for investments
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple projects.
  • Strong Personal Computer (PC) skills including Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Internet research experience, a basic knowledge of any Content Management System (CMS) and basic PC troubleshooting.

SALARY: Starting at $65,000.00; Commensurate with experience


  • This position works 37.5 hours per week Monday through Friday around core business hours (10:00 am – 4:00 pm ET)
  • Some travel may be required


Americans for the Arts acknowledges the existence of systemic and structural biases and believes it is necessary to be strategic and intentional in pursuing cultural equity in all aspects of governance, operations, and programming. As an employee, you are expected to:

  • Pursue substantive learning to achieve greater cultural consciousness by attending at least one Americans for the Arts Learning Lab per quarter and/or other professional development opportunities.
  • Support adoption of best practices to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive work experience for colleagues and external partners.
  • Strive to consider the people, places, and cultures that might be missing from your work and look for opportunities to increase inclusivity in all the work you do.
  • Support the mission and vision of Americans for the Arts in all interactions with colleagues, members, and stakeholders.
  • Encourage colleagues and external stakeholders to advance cultural equity by adhering to the standards outlined in the Staff Values & Behavior Agreement in all interactions.


Americans for the Arts believes that one of its greatest strengths is the rich diversity of its staff.

We provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, creed, gender and gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, including pregnancy and childbirth, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, genetic information, political belief or activity, veteran or military discharge status, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law and regulations under Title VII.

The policy applies to all employment practices, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, transfer, termination, layoff, compensation, benefits, social and recreational programs, and all other conditions and privileges of employment in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

All employees have the right to work in a workplace that is free of discrimination. Any person who believes they have been subjected to discrimination of any kind should contact their immediate supervisor or Human Resources. All complaints will be thoroughly investigated and any person violating this policy may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. The law prohibits retaliation against any employee for reporting discrimination or perceived discrimination, or for participating in an investigation of incidents of discrimination or perceived discrimination.


Americans for the Arts builds recognition and support for the extraordinary and dynamic value of the arts and serves, advances, and leads the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    May 14, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


At least $65,000



  • Twelve days paid vacation first two years of employment, 15 days in third year and 20 days in fifth year and beyond with the ability to carryover your full years vacation to the following year
  • Twelve sick days per year with the ability to maintain up to 20 days in your accrual balance
  • Paid Volunteer time off 
  • Individual HMO Advantage health insurance, dental and optical with option to upgrade to a PPO or add dependents 
  • Healthcare, Dependent Care and Transportation pre-tax flexible spending accounts

A full list of benefits can be found on our website at:


  • Twelve days paid vacation first two years of employment, 15 days in third year and 20 days in fifth year and beyond with the ability to carryover your full years vacation to…


Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in the world
Associated Location
Washington, DC, USA

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