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Director of Finance

Manchester Community Music School

Manchester Community Music School serves over 1,200 students each year through a wide array of high quality music education programs, including private lessons, music therapy, early childhood, Suzuki, NH Youth Ensemble Program, summer camps and community music programs. Committed to serving our community, nearly all of our concerts are free and open to the public and we have awarded over $1million in financial aid to over 5,500 students since our founding in 1983. Our mission is changing lives through the power of learning, sharing and making music.

Manchester Community Music School, a non-profit organization located in Manchester, NH, is seeking highly qualified candidates for the Part-Time position of Director of Finance and Administration. The ideal candidate should be mission-minded and possess great people skills, a strong work ethic, high energy, the desire to work in a dynamic fast-paced environment, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Additionally, the candidate must be an independent worker who values initiative and is a creative, strategic thinker. Due to the sensitive nature of the position, the ideal candidate must be willing to maintain and promote a highly confidential, discrete environment for this very rewarding work.

The Director is committed to the service of the school community through the application of recognized and approved business and accounting principles. The Director acts as the Chief Financial Officer, responsible for the monitoring and coordination of the school budget. The Director is essential to keeping the administration, Finance Committee and Board of Directors fully informed of the financial status of Manchester Community Music School on a regular basis.

  • Two to five years’ experience in a setting with similar responsibilities.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.
  • Experience with computer-based accounting software platforms (QuickBooks, an advantage).
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word and its integration into presentation to the administration, Finance Committee and Board of Directors.

Desirable Traits and Attitudes:

  • Thorough understanding of generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Will possess good organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Conducts him/herself in a professional and ethical manner.
  • Respects the values of confidentiality and integrity.
  • Has the ability to work independently, organize, and use time effectively.
  • Able to work with frequent interruptions and adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Shows initiative, but is also willing to take and follow directions.
  • Works within the procedures and systems of the school community.
  • Demonstrates good stewardship in his service to the school.
  • Has an understanding of computers and related business programs.
  • Adheres to the principles of the school and supports its mission statement.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

School Finances

  • Responsible for the accuracy of all internal and external financial reporting. Prepare and present monthly financial reporting to the Finance Committee. Finance reporting includes balance sheets, income statements and cash projections.
  • Responsible for the annual audit of the School’s financial statements.
  • Responsible for preparing, monitoring, communicating and meeting annual budget objectives. Handle non-budgeted items in conjunction with the Executive Director.
  • Reconcile all balance sheet accounts monthly.
  • Execute accounts payable and authorize purchases in accordance with approved budgets and procedures.
  • Enter all month end journal entries.
  • Supervise tuition billing and accounts receivable, payroll and bank deposits.
  • Controls credit card use.
  • Confer with the Executive Director and the Finance Committee to keep them informed of any issues concerning the financial health of the institution.
  • Responsible for the accurate preparation and timely filing of the annual 990 tax form in collaboration with CPA firm.
  • Responsible for the accurate preparation and timely filing of annual 1099 tax forms.
  • Collaborate with the building engineer regarding building maintenance expenditures within budget.
  • Reviews and tracks all restricted accounts and their use.
  • Reconciles all endowment accounts on a regular basis, ensuring that restricted funds are maintained in accordance with their restricted purpose.
  • Coordinate all processes related to insurance including claims (if any) and certificates of insurance.

Performance Assessment

  • Preparation of accurate annual budgets, and budget monitoring via Budget v. Actual year-to-date reporting.
  • Accurate preparation of annual financial statements and timely completion of Annual Audit.
  • Accurate completion and timely filing of all tax documents.
  • Maintenance of effective internal controls.
  • Documentation of performance evaluations for all staff under supervision in accordance with Handbook.
  • Effective action on all outsourcing issues including consultation, selection and communication.
How to Apply:

Cover letter, resume and accompanying references (three preferred) can be addressed to the Executive Director, Manchester Community Music School, 2291 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03104 or emailed to

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Date Added: January 2, 2020

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