Community Foundation of Northern Colorado
Fort Collins
16 Oct 2019
25 Oct 2019
Job role
Contract type
Full time

The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado is seeking an Accountant to join its collaborative, dynamic, and innovative team. This position will provide a unique opportunity to connect with the most philanthropic aspects of the Northern Colorado region by working with donors, board members, and community leaders to do something meaningful and lasting for our region.

This staff member furthers the Foundation's mission and achieves organizational goals related to accounting and donor services by overseeing the daily accounting functions. He/she should be able to work with both internal and external stakeholders effectively and collaborate with team members to further the CFNC mission. The Accountant ensures that the Foundation meets its financial obligations in a timely manner, that it complies with generally accepted accounting principles and meets audit standards.

Key Responsibilities

Team Collaboration

  • Promote trust, demonstrate integrity, provide leadership, and support Foundation priorities as they arise.
  • Approach deliverables in a proactive, versatile, and efficient manner. Be aware that projects and communication will often be of a sensitive nature and require the highest level of confidentiality.
  • Use technology tools that play a key role in juggling multiple projects with varying deadlines.
  • Assign relevant projects to interns, and provide feedback and teaching opportunities.
  • Provide back–up support to the Office Coordinator and our intern team to greet visitors, answer calls to the main phone line, and ensure adequate staff coverage during regular office hours.
  • Assist with donor–related events/programs as requested, including the Annual Celebration.
  • All other duties as assigned by the management team.


  • Review accounts payable and grants.
  • Review gift entry and post gifts.
  • Monthly account reconciliation, including checking, sweep, and all other bank accounts.
  • Assist Controller with other month end close procedures.
  • Assist with coordination and oversight of the annual audit and tax return preparation process.
  • Stay abreast of trends and changes in GAAP requirements and best practices through continuing education.
  • Respond to donors and nonprofits that have questions about their funds.
  • Assist Controller with accounting for unusual gifts and complex assets.


  • Reconcile the individual and pooled investment accounts.
  • Assist CFO and Controller with Board and Investment Committee activity.
  • Maintain positive relationships with banking contacts.


  • Meet the financial reporting and analysis needs of staff, donors, and boards/committees.
  • Maintain registration and licensing requirements of the Secretary of State.

Applicants must have at least two years of accounting work experience and a bachelor's degree in Accounting. Experience in both non–profit and fund accounting are preferred. Experience with Blackbaud or similar systems strongly preferred.

We are specifically seeking applicants that have demonstrated exceptional attention to detail, unwavering integrity, and an extraordinary commitment to confidentiality. The successful candidate will be a flexible, forward–looking thinker who actively seeks opportunities for improvement and proposes solutions. Applicants should have both an aptitude for, and ability to effectively utilize, technology tools and services that allow our team to operate in a highly efficient environment (examples include Raisers Edge, Financial Edge, Asana, G–Suite, and Dropbox).

This employee must embrace our team's Statement of Values, which emphasizes servant leadership, positivity, trust, and confidentiality. Applicants should also be personable, energetic, engaging, polished, and have the knowledge and demeanor required to interact with constituents in a manner that demonstrates the benefits of having a relationship with the Community Foundation.

The Foundation offers a competitive salary and benefits package. An offer of employment will be subject to a positive reference from the applicant's most recent employer, a signed Confidentiality Policy acknowledgement, and a standard background check. The Foundation owns an office building in southeast Fort Collins, which is easily accessible from surrounding communities such as Loveland, Windsor, Timnath, and Severance.

Applicants should carefully review the job description, visit, explore, and read our Annual Report prior to submitting a cover letter and resume as one combined PDF file using the form available at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until October 25th or until the position is filled.

About the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado:

The Foundation celebrated its 44th anniversary in 2019 and currently manages more than 500 charitable funds and $120 million in assets. We distribute millions of dollars each year in grants and programs, and more than 60 nonprofit organizations have entrusted their permanent endowment funds to the Foundation. While we serve donors throughout the state, our service area focuses on Larimer County and the eastern plains of Colorado. We employ 13 FTEs, and in 2014 we were recognized as Colorado's "Foundation of the Year."

The Foundation's mission is to inspire and unify the communities we serve, and we do this by serving as a thought leader, a nonpartisan convener, and a catalyst for community initiatives. The Foundation's leadership projects include:

  • Serving as an advocate and funder for downtown revitalization in Loveland.
  • Raising and distributing millions of dollars for mid–range and long–term recovery needs related to the fires of 2012, the floods of 2013, and the hurricanes of 2017.
  • Serving as the Regional Champion for Colorado Gives Day in Larimer County.
  • Strengthening the local nonprofit sector by providing coaching and consulting.
  • Supporting regional discussions about water – a central issue related to conservation, regional planning, agriculture, and economic development.

Serving as the long–term steward for charitable funds is a multifaceted role that requires our employees to efficiently manage multiple projects and priorities, be knowledgeable about evolving needs in our region, and successfully prepare for and complete follow–up actions.

Similar jobs

Similar jobs