Lighthouse Writers Workshop is a literary nonprofit center in Denver since 1997. Our mission is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education, support, and community for writers and readers in the Rocky Mountain Region and beyond. We strive to ensure that literature maintains its proper prominence in the culture, and that individuals achieve their fullest potential as artists and human beings.

Accounting Manager

Full-Time, Exempt Position

The Accounting Manager manages all financial functions, including accounts payable and receivable, day-to-day account reconciliation, trend analysis, finance personnel management, audit preparation, and reporting. This person also develops and maintains organizational and project budgets, grant budgets, and the capital campaign budget.

Specific Responsibilities

Data and Accounts Management:

  • Oversee and maintain all accounts, ledgers, financial software and reporting systems, ensuring policies and procedures are in compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Oversee/manage accounts payable and receivable.
  • Manage organizational cash flow; collaborate to assess the financial health of program operations; establish finance and administrative systems to support program operations.
  • Ensure the maintenance of financial records and recordkeeping systems, including grant/fund accounting and reconciliation with development records to ensure compliance with all regulations, generally accepted accounting practices, and contractual requirements.
  • Monitor investment and cash management accounts and work to maximize return on investments and resources.

Reporting and Budgeting:

  • Work in concert with Operations Manager, Executive Director, and staff to establish an annual operating budget for the organization; also work with Operations Manager and program staff to monitor and control expenditures against budget.
  • Provide staff training in the areas of budget development, budget management, fiscal accountability, finance procedures and more.
  • Assist fundraising leadership in preparing budgets for grant proposals and reports.
  • Working with Executive Director, prepare and present reports to Finance Committee and Board of DIrectors for review.

Forecasting and Financial Analysis:

  • Consistently analyze financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; monitor progress and changes and inform leadership.
  • Develop plans to address areas of opportunity within the organization’s financial health and financial processes.
  • Provide strategic vision, planning and oversight of Lighthouse’s financial outlook.

Annual Audit and Compliance:

  • Work with external auditors to prepare and review annual audit schedules and audit findings. Present audit findings to board of directors, along with Executive Director.

Organizational Support:

  • Manage finance personnel, as applicable. This includes hiring, training, delegation of duties and performance management.
  • Participate in periodic leadership meetings to discuss direction of the organization and present financial data.
  • Manage financially-related organization committees such as Finance Committee, Audit Committee, etc.
  • Attend additional committee and board meetings in an advisory capacity.
  • Oversee the process for identifying and evaluating opportunities for improved financial operations, record-keeping and reporting.

Other duties as assigned.

Skills/Knowledge Required:

  • CPA or equivalent experience is preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in accounting, finance, or business administration, or equivalent.
  • A minimum of three years of progressively responsible work experience managing the accounting functions in a non-profit agency, or equivalent experience.
  • Previous experience with accounting software such as QuickBooks online,, and, as well as financial analysis and reporting software is preferred. 
  • Thorough knowledge of budgeting and accounting practices, processes, and procedures of non-profit organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, direct and coordinate finance-related operations.
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Strong organization and analytical skills.
  • Consistent attention to detail.
  • Advanced knowledge and utilization of Excel.
  • Strong computer literacy to include use of MS Word, Power point, Outlook, and more.
  • Ability to interact professionally with staff, board members, volunteers, and other related partners.

Experience and Education

Candidate should possess at least a bachelor’s degree and several years’ experience supporting large-scale nonprofit organization, or commensurate work history. The candidate should be comfortable working with people in all levels of the organization as well as diverse external partners. The candidate must be able to organize large quantities of data, turning it into usable and functional information for projects and programs. The candidate should have some knowledge of fundraising and how it affects nonprofit program operations. Candidate should be a clear and friendly communicator, and open to frequent collaboration.

The ideal candidate is a flexible, enthusiastic, goal-driven, and organized self-starter who enjoys creating positive and inspiring relationships with all members of the Lighthouse community. The ideal candidate also thrives under casual supervision and will also be prepared to occasionally participate in weekend and night-time activities, such as fundraisers and literary events.

Compensation and Benefits

Benefits include 15 days of paid time off (PTO) which can be used as sick, vacation, or personal time. This position also includes medical and dental insurance for the individual and dependents, a SEP-IRA retirement account, and a flexible medical spending account. Finally, it also includes one free eight-week workshop, and one free one-day workshop per season.

This position pays between $56,000 and $60,000 per year to start and is full time, 40 hours per week.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Lighthouse Writers Workshop is a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace, where all participants, employees, and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feel valued and respected. We value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are heard. To that end, we uphold a commitment to a diverse community by nurturing an inclusive, supportive, and welcoming work environment.

How to Apply
Please submit your resume and cover letter online on our Accounting Manager submission page. The deadline for submitting an application is 12:00 PM on Wednesday, December 8, 2021.

This is a hybrid position, being both remote and in-person, with 16 hours per week required in the office. Lighthouse has instituted a Covid-19 health and safety policy that adheres to City and County of Denver and state of Colorado guidance. That policy can be found here.

Young writers in grades 3-12 who've taken a Lighthouse workshop (either in-house, online, or off-site) from September 2021 through August 2022 are welcome to submit up to three typed, double-spaced pages of creative writing for our annual anthology, And We Created Worlds. Work must have been written or started in a Lighthouse workshop between September 2021 and August 2022.

Learn more about the Young Writers Program

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