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Posted: 09/17/2020

Norman Bird Sanctuary

The Norman Bird Sanctuary (NBS) in Middletown, Rhode Island welcomes 20,000 visitors each year to our 325-acre campus. Visitors of all ages and backgrounds explore seven miles of trails and participate in hundreds of educational programs throughout the year, from school-based environmental education and field trips for thousands of children in every school district in Rhode Island; to 40+ programs for adults, children and families; to 10 camp programs for 600+ children; to a Harvest Fair that attracts more than 10,000 adults and children. With a fun and team-oriented staff, a highly engaged Board of Directors, and an operating budget of $1 million, we work to fulfill the mission of our founder, Mabel Norman Cerio, who created the Norman Bird Sanctuary through her will in 1949. Our mission is to protect and steward the diverse habitats in our care, while providing opportunities for people from all walks of life to learn from and enjoy the largest contiguous open space on Aquidneck Island. In the 70 years since our founding, the property in our care has expanded to more than 325 acres of thriving wildlife habitats from grasslands, forests, rocky ridges, salt marsh, and dunes to sandy beach. NBS created the Coastal Education Center in 2009 and restored Paradise Farmhouse for overnight guests in 2013. Our facilities include the artistís studio of founder Mabel Norman Cerio, several classrooms, an upgraded historic barn with exhibits, and a raptor aviary. The rich landscapes of Paradise Valley combined with experiential education programs, provides visitors of all ages and backgrounds with access to the natural world and opportunities to learn about the environment and our cultural heritage. As we continue to grow, we seek to enhance our staff team with the highest quality talent dedicated to the mission and success of the organization.

Business Manager
Professional Opportunity
$Commensurate with experience
Open Until

The Norman Bird Sanctuary seeks a Business Manager to administer the finance, human resources, and operations of this highly successful, well-regarded nonprofit that embraces best practice and the communities it serves. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Business Manager is a newly-created position responsible for financial reporting, accounting, budgeting, compliance, and human resources. The Business Manager handles the financial and administrative operations of the organization by maintaining financial records, managing all bookkeeping and tax documentation, streamlining administrative systems and technology, and performing data analysis and forecasting.

Financial Management: Provide accurate and timely financial recordkeeping and reporting in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles. Stay current with all Federal and State regulations regarding grants administration and audit requirements. Prepare and maintain all the schedules and reports required to ensure that all financial audits and tax filings are well-prepared, accurate, and on-time.

Human Resource Management: Maintain accurate personnel records and provide support to all employees regarding employment and benefit issues.

Information Management: Provide financial and operational oversight to ensure smooth, transparent collaboration across the organization. Assess cost-effective enhancements to Norman Bird Sanctuarys administrative systems to improve the organizations productivity, effectiveness, and security.

Ambassadorship: Represent Norman Bird Sanctuarys mission and programs accurately to a variety of community stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage bookkeeping, budgeting, financial forecasting, and cash flow.
  • Track and oversee accounts receivable and billable.
  • Process payroll and manage time reporting.
  • Coordinate all audit activities.
  • Conduct monthly, quarterly, and annual reconciliations of all accounts.
  • Produce financial statements.
  • Maintain an organized accounting filing system.
  • Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to oversee the organizations financial and administrative processes including human resources, payroll, and benefits with an eye toward continuously developing and improving systems.
  • Manage the organizations administrative systems (phone, IT, security, cleaning, supplies, etc.) in coordination with the Properties Director and Office Manager.

Skills and Experience

†††††††††† BSc or MSc in Finance, Accounting, Business, or relevant field

†††††††††† At least five years of finance, accounting, and human resources experience in a nonprofit organization

†††††††††† Expertise in MS Excel and QuickBooks

†††††††††† Excellent data analysis, risk management, and forecasting skills

†††††††††† Thorough knowledge of accounting and financial best practices

†††††††††† High ethical standards

†††††††††† Ability to handle sensitive information with discretion and confidentiality†††

†††††† ††† Highly organized with excellent communication skills

†††††† ††† Exceptional deadline management skills with a strong sense of responsibility

†††††† ††††Efficient self-manager and committed team player

†††††††††† Detail-oriented, systems thinker with the ability to analyze and recom

How to apply
E-mail a letter of interest and résumé to Application review will begin immediately. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.
Phone: 4018462577
583 Third Beach Road
Middletown, RI 02842

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