Accounting directors of non-profit organizations are among their chief financial controllers and executives, and are generally responsible for overseeing accounting operations. They must ensure that all financial transactions are documented, whether they involve the intake of funds through donations or the outlay of funds in accordance with the group's stated goals. They also work to ensure transparent practices which conform to accepted accounting principles within the organization.
These accounting directors typically oversee a team of a range of employees, from licensed accountants to volunteer workers. They must establish procedures for the thorough documentation of all financial contributions and donations accepted by the organization; these systems involve noting all credited contributions and issuing tax-related documentation to contributors. They also receive reports generated by this activity and review them regularly for accuracy.
Those in this position generally supervise the documentation of all money utilized/spent by the organization, ensure accurate and proper reporting of these transactions, and record them in report-form for executives and board members. Because of the non-profit nature of these organizations, their accounting directors may perform frequent audits of all areas related to the handling and documentation of funding. Many contributors require the results of such audits as a prerequisite for continued involvement with the organization.
Candidates for this position should have an accounting degree, and most employers prefer those with a degree and practical experience in both for-profit and non-profit corporate accounting, perhaps at a supervisory or managerial levels. Applicants should expect to work in an office environment during regular business hours.
Accounting Director, Non-Profit Organization Tasks
Establish internal controls for organization and ensure compliance with organizational and government regulations.
Prepare financial reports and statements detailing the status of organization funds.
Oversee organization budget and financial transactions, including payroll, contracting, and accounts.
Participate in organization’s financial and business planning.