The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham is the largest community foundation in Alabama, with assets of approximately $300 million, annual grants of $25 million, and more than 500 component funds representing a variety of donor and charitable interests across the five-county region it serves. Our work serves the Foundation’s vision for a just, prosperous and unified region where every person is empowered to reach their full potential.  We hope to achieve this mission by igniting passion for transformational change in partnership with donors, community members, and civic leaders. The Foundation believes in the power of philanthropy to positively impact communities by guiding donors in leveraging their charitable investments and employing clear strategies to guide its own community investments.

Position: Accounting Manager

Department: Finance & Administration

Reports To: Chief Financial Officer

Position Summary: The Accounting Manager has primary responsibility for the day-to-day accounting and financial reporting of the Foundation.  The goal of the Accounting Manager is to ensure the overall integrity of the Foundation’s financial systems and reports.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Financial Management

  • Develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive set of accounting policies and procedures to ensure effective internal controls.
  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Oversee the daily operations of the finance department.
  • Coordinate and review the month-end close process, analyze financial data, and prepare financial statements for the Foundation’s Board of Directors and senior management.
  • Reconcile bank statements to the subsidiary reports of the general ledger. Investigate any discrepancies and work with financial institutions and staff to resolve problems.
  • Assist the CFO to prepare and monitor the annual budget.
  • Attend periodic Finance Committee meetings.

Investment Management

  • Prepare the monthly and quarterly reconciliations for all the Foundation’s investment accounts.
  • Maintain, monitor, and update the information on the Foundation’s various investment pools and ensure fund transactions are handled properly.
  • Prepare materials and attend the quarterly Investment Committee meetings.
  • Assist the CFO with CFGB’s cash management within operating and investment accounts.

 Annual External Audit/IRS 990 Preparation

  • Assist the CFO with the management and coordination of the Foundation’s annual financial audit and the IRS 990 processes.
  • Provide and prepare schedules, documents, and files requested by external auditors including the preparation of the audited financial statements, footnotes, and the annual 990 tax return.
  • Serve as the liaison to the external auditors during on-site field work.
  • Attend the annual Audit Committee meetings.

Grants/Gifts Management

  • Review, approve, and post grant requests in accordance with state and federal regulations, as well as internal policies and procedures.
  • Review checks for competitive grants, scholarships and select donor advised grants.
  • Collaborate with staff from the Programs and Development divisions during each grant cycle to ensure proper accounting of all grant funding.
  • Record/Review the acceptance and recording of gifts of stocks, bonds, CRAT/CRUTs, real estate, IRAs, pledges etc. and ensure compliance with gift acceptance policies, applicable laws, and internal procedures.
  • Process all IRS 8283 & 8383 for gifts of privately held stocks and provide copies to the CFO.
  • Oversee the process of generating monthly/quarterly donor statements.

Payroll/Human Resources

  • Manage bi-monthly payroll process to include new employee onboarding.
  • Coordinate Benefits Administration and assist with the Human Resources functions, as needed.
  • Manage the 403(b) Retirement Plan disclosure requirement process to ensure compliance with applicable laws.


  • Recommend process improvements for better organizational efficiency.
  • Research and implement new accounting pronouncements.
  • Other duties as assigned by the CFO.

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Integrity, sound judgment and respect for confidentiality/discretion.
  • Ability to communicate and work well with staff, donors, grantees, vendors, trustees, and other stakeholders.
  • Highly organized and attentive to detail, quality and accuracy.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and efficiently as well as long term projects.
  • Ability to work within deadlines and under pressure.
  • Commitment to continually learning and implementing best practices.
  • Strong work ethic and positive attitude.


  • Bachelor’s degree (Accounting degree). CPA certification preferred.
  • Five years of progressively responsible accounting experience. Nonprofit experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of GAAP and FASB pronouncements for nonprofits.
  • Ability to develop a working knowledge of the Foundation’s information management system and assist the CFO in maintaining its databases.
  • Commitment to the Greater Birmingham community.
  • Proficient knowledge of Office 365 (especially Excel) and general ledger financial systems.

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham follows an equal opportunity employment policy and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, pregnancy, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter, including salary expectations, to