Finance Associate


Job Title: Finance Associate

Department: Finance

Classification: Part time, hourly, non-exempt (16 hours a week)

Job Relationship: Reports to the Director of Finance  

Position Summary: Provides accounting support to the Finance Department.  Supports the department’s mission of maintaining an environment of transparency, accountability, and high ethical and business standards, as well as a solid framework of standard financial controls and procedures, to ensure the integrity of the financial and bookkeeping process and compliance with federal, state, and local legal and reporting requirements.


Essential Job Functions:

Performs deposits and banking activities:

  • Process, reconcile and prepare Shelter bank deposits, including verifying credit card reports against receipts.  Follow-up with appropriate staff with questions and discrepancies.
  • Receive, verify and transmit electronic bank deposits from the Development department.
  • Create journal entries to record Shelter and Development deposits in accounting software.
  • Perform Positive Pay matching check numbers and dollar amounts of checks presented for payment against a list of checks previously authorized and issued by the APL.
  • Create journal entries to record ACH payments.

Performs accounts payable activities:

  • Assist with matching vendor invoices with purchase orders and other supporting documentation.  Follow-up with appropriate staff with questions, discrepancies, and/or with missing purchase orders.
  • Assist with entering vendor invoices in accounting software.
  • Assemble and mail signed/authorized checks to vendors.
  • File invoices and copies of checks in vendor files.

Performs other duties as assigned including, but not limited to:

  • Process monthly Animal Welfare Clinic invoices including assigning invoice numbers, tracking, and mailing.  Create journal entries to record accounts receivable and service revenue.  Notify the Director of Finance of past due invoices.
  • Perform monthly Petty Cash reconciliation. Investigate and resolve variances and discrepancies.
  • Perform other duties and special projects as assigned, including routine calculations, analyses, and creating/generating/maintaining reports and complex spreadsheets.
  • Provide assistance to staff and volunteers when needed.
  • Keep the Director of Finance informed on the above items.
  • Adhere to the APL’s accounting and financial policies and procedures, including cash handling, internal controls, and segregation of duties.
  • Represents the APL in a professional and courteous manner at all times.
  • Provides quality service to clients, volunteers, and staff, recognizing their individual contributions to the success of our organization.
  • Promotes a safe work environment by actively monitoring safety compliance of staff and taking immediate action to correct hazards.
  • Attends necessary meetings and provides feedback.
  • Supports management and discusses differences privately.


  • Pursuing bachelor’s degree in accounting (bachelor’s degree in accounting preferred)
  • Two – three years of non-profit accounting experience preferred
  • Previous experience with Financial Edge preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to perform basic accounting/bookkeeping entries, computations and calculations accurately.
  • Ability to identify and problem solve discrepancies or errors.
  • Ability to thrive working both independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to multi-task and work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment with a variety of people, personalities, noises, and distractions.
  • Ability to promote communication and cooperation between APL departments.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and Office 365.
  • Possess strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Possess attention to detail.
  • Must be able to maintain high level of confidentiality.

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