Controller/Accountant / Employment

March 31, 2022

Organization Name: Gage Academy of Art

Organization Location: Seattle, WA

Type: Employment

Fee: Free



Job Description

Job Title: Controller/Accounting
Status: Full-Time, Exempt, Onsite
Salary Range: $60,000-$65,000 annually
Benefits: Subsidized medical and dental, vacation & sick days
Department: Finance and Administration
Reports to: Executive Director

Gage Academy of Art is one of the region’s most innovative and unique nonprofit arts organizations, offering a rich curriculum in drawing, painting, and sculpting. Built on the philosophy that great artists are made, not born, Gage is dedicated to teaching foundational skills in art to individuals of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. The Gage staff is the most important asset we have in creating this rich environment for learning and experiencing art. Our staff, faculty, and instructors receive outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities in an environment comprised of passion, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and urban vibrancy.

Gage has locations in north Capitol Hill and Georgetown in Seattle. Gage touches more than 8,000 arts-lovers every year through youth and adult classes, workshops, retreats, tours, and various community events – both in-person and online. Guided by a small executive team and a volunteer Board, Gage Academy of Art is reimagining the organization for growth as it enters its next 30 years and a post-COVID world.

Gage is looking for a creative Controller/Accountant that will play an active role in overseeing the institution’s financial health and help ensure our continued viability and resilience. This role reports to the Executive Director and will perform important finance functions including, but not limited to, financial accounting, internal financial controls, financial reporting and analysis, and payroll and benefits administration. The ideal candidate for this position is energized by organizing and tracking accurate financials and analyzing everyday financial activities to inform executive decision-making.

Financial Management 85%
 Comply with all company, local, state and federal accounting and financial regulations, and ensure all financial activities are compliant with 501c3 accounting policies and regulatory requirements
 Manage Gage’s accounting (AR, AP, Payroll, Cash, Banking, etc)
 Enter Gage’s accounting transactions in QuickBooks on a regular basis
 Actively manage Gage cash reserves and cash sweep accounts
 Handle monthly, quarterly, and annual reconciliation and close of financials
 Coordinate necessary tax filing and 1099 forms
 Coordinate all audit activities, liaise with auditors, and resolve any discrepancies
 Prepare timely periodic financial reports (ex. Balance sheets, income statements, cash flow, etc.)
 Prepare budgets, and financial forecasts, for administration, existing programs, and proposed new programs and locations
 Present financial data to leadership, Board, donors, and other entities as needed

Administration 15 %
 Serve as a business partner to the ED on the organization’s financial, budgeting, and administrative processes – with an eye to continuously developing and improving systems
 Attend Finance Committee, Executive Committee and Board Meetings as requested by the ED.
 Supports financial components of student, instructor, donor, and board events as needed
 Performs other duties as requested

We place high value on commitment, trustworthiness, and a growth mindset coupled with professional experience. We’re looking for a candidate with:
 A bachelor’s degree or equivalent educational background in accounting, finance, and/or business administration
 Proven experience as an Accountant or Financial Manager (3+ years of experience in accounting and/or financial analysis)
 Knowledge of robust financial reporting tools, including demonstrated use of Excel, Word, and PowerPoint to communicate financial data and inform decision-making
 Proficient user of QuickBooks finance software
 Attention to detail, and ability to organize financial data into actionable information
 A team player ready to collaborate with the executive team and other internal stakeholders
 Excellent business judgment, analytical, and decision-making skills
 Working knowledge of nonprofit accounting and associated regulation

 Is skilled at managing day-to-day financial operations and accounting in tandem with understanding the broader strategic landscape
 Is self-managing and organized, performing efficiently and effectively with minimal supervision
 Is a team player, willing to step in at any level of work to contribute toward a quality product
 Feels deeply committed and engaged with issues of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusiveness
 Thrives in a dynamic learning environment

HOW TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter and resume to hr at The position is open until filled.

Gage Academy of Art is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information


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