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Finance Manager

About L.A. Works:

L.A. Works unites Angelenos and inspires action for an equitable LA. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer action center, we create and manage hands-on community service projects to mobilize volunteers throughout the greater Los Angeles area. We are looking for enthusiastic, experienced individuals who share in our passion for service and our civic pride.


  • Our work matters and has a direct positive impact on our neighbors.

  • We enjoy a casual, but focused office atmosphere (we roll up our sleeves and get to work).

  • We work on a hybrid model: mostly remote with the occasional in-person meeting or event.

  • As an organization that specifically serves the Los Angeles community, preference in hiring goes to candidates who live locally.

About the role:

The Finance Manager has primary, day-to-day responsibility for all financial-related activities for the organization. This includes developing and monitoring budgets, as well as managing cash flow, forecasting, reporting, and all bookkeeper related functions like managing payroll. Working directly with our part-time Controller, Director of Operations, and Executive Director, the Finance Manager will ensure that we manage our resources in the most beneficial way to maximize our funding to meet our mission. We are seeking someone with experience in nonprofit accounting and financial management software and who has an entrepreneurial mindset.

Essential job functions:

The list that follows is not intended to be comprehensive; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major responsibilities of the position. Incumbents may not be required to perform all roles listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks.

  • Assist the Executive Director in preparing and managing annual, grant, and program budgets, along with supporting financial models, e.g., for revenue projections. 

  • Provide ad-hoc and monthly financial reports and forecasts to the Executive Team and Board of Directors.

  • Manage accounts receivable, payable, and expense report processes - including invoice review, W-9 collection, coding, data entry, and processing payments.

  • Reconcile company credit cards, collect receipts, and assess descriptions for coding and then input into QuickBooks.

  • Process organization’s payroll bi-weekly in the Gusto system.

  • Maintain files for all grants and perform draw downs on grants and submit quarterly financial reports for all federal grants in coordination with the Controller.

  • Prepare journal entries and provide proper supporting documentation.

  • Assist Controller to reconcile bank accounts.

  • Manage the improvement and implementation of financial policies and procedures as recommended in the recent review by the auditors.

  • Liaise with the auditors for the annual audit.

  • Support Executive Team in financial decision-making and systems development and improvement.

  • Support Controller in preparation for and completion of the annual tax returns.

  • Assist Controller in ensuring legal and regulatory compliance of the financial functions.

About you:

  • Collaborative, humble, responds well to constructive feedback, and is a team player.

  • Positive attitude with a customer service mindset, excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to relate and interact with a diverse team.

  • Ability to explain financial jargon in layman's terms.

  • Excellent judgment and sound decision-making skills.

  • Motivated self-starter who is able to identify initial and next steps needed and performs well with minimal day-to-day oversight.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Extremely organized and detail-oriented.

  • Ability to balance multiple competing projects and priorities.

  • Flexible with a strong desire to learn.

  • Exceptional time management and prioritization skills.

Additional requirements:

  • Meet baseline responsibilities and requirements within a set schedule.

  • Demonstrate Mac computer and program skills, including Quickbooks desktop and online, Microsoft Office Suite, Salesforce (or equivalent) database management, presentations.

  • Initiate NSWOP and criminal history check prior to hire.

  • Participate in an L.A. Works Taskforce (an organization-wide, collaborative team).

  • In-person support at L.A. Works’ large-scale signature events and other organization-wide commitments when necessary.

  • Any and all other duties assigned by the supervisor.

Required education and experience 

  • 5+ years of professional experience with finance and fund accounting (CA 501(c)(3) preferred) for an organization with a $4 M+/year budget.

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in accounting or finance.

  • Federal and/or public agency grant reporting.

  • Thorough knowledge and experience implementing GAAP and strong internal controls.

  • Knowledge of non-profit government funded accounting and Uniform Administrative Requirements, cost principles and audit requirements for federal awards.

  • Proficiency in accounting software (particularly QuickBooks).

Classification and salary: The Finance Manager is a full-time exempt employee of L.A. Works, is employed at-will, and reports directly to the Executive Director.  As an employee of L.A. Works, the Finance Manager is subject to the policies and procedures outlined in the Employee Handbook. Targeted hiring salary is $85,000. 


Salary is commensurate with experience and internal equity. L.A. Works offers a competitive benefit package including health insurance, professional development opportunities, a non-match 401k, and an open vacation policy - we believe you should take the time you need, when you need it! This job description doesn't constitute a contract of employment and that the company may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.


COVID-19 safety: L.A. Works requires its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to certain exceptions as required by law. All employees are also required to submit to additional masking and social distancing requirements.

To apply: Please email a cover letter describing why you are a good fit for this role, along with your resume and a list of references, as a single PDF document to


Background check: As a finalist for a job, you will be subject to a routine background check. The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with L.A. Works. Qualified Applicants with Criminal Histories will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with the requirements of the California Consumer Reporting Agencies Act and Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.


L.A. Works is an Equal Opportunity Employer

L.A. Works encourages all applicants to apply and seeks to hire qualified staff who reflect the rich diversity of the communities we serve.  We define diversity in broad terms to include race, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, geography, socio-economic status and other unique attributes that make us who we are.

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