Accounting Assistant

Accounting Assistant
Organization Name: 
Foundation for Appalachian Ohio
Nelsonville, Ohio
Application Deadline: 
Monday, February 7, 2022
Position Attachment: 

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) is a rapidly growing regional nonprofit organization, seeking an Accounting Assistant to join our dynamic team and transformative mission. Finances are the backbone of our work as the region’s foundation, and in this role, you will play an integral part in the stewardship of resources entrusted to our care and management. You will contribute to all areas of FAO’s finances, including grants and scholarships, investments, invoicing, accounts payable, gifts receivable, pledges receivable, general ledger maintenance, audit preparation and back office services.

You will serve as a key contributor to the accuracy and completeness of finance records, timely distribution of gift receipts and grant and financial vouchers. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to support the expansion of technology as FAO continues to grow, along with the streamlining and updating of processes and procedures to ensure world-class service to our donors. You will have the benefit of working daily with FAO’s Accountant, Controller and Director of Finance to help advance our goal to grow $1 billion in new, permanent philanthropy for Appalachian Ohio.

We are in search of a team member exemplifying our core values and sharing our passion for FAO’s mission – a self-motivated and detail-oriented individual, who acts with the highest ethical standards, integrity, compassion and humility. We seek someone driven, striving to continually improve and who flourishes as a team player. We are looking for someone who upholds our value of creating a positive and supportive workplace – FAO is a special place, and you will be joining a team of amazing individuals who will support and help you grow!


FAO is a nimble and team-oriented organization, requiring all staff members to contribute to a variety of responsibilities and mission-related tasks. Position-specific duties for the Accounting Assistant include:

  1. Accounting: maintain records of investment activity, deposits, and invoices; prepare vouchers and initial entry of disbursements for vendors, grantees, and partners.
  1. Data Entry: enter data associated with a variety of financial transactions, including accounts payable, gifts receivable, pledges receivable and grant and scholarship information.
  1. Filing: maintain organized files, including those associated with FAO revenue and expenditures, grant reports, investments and invoices; maintain current W-9 Forms and pledge documentation.
  1. Administration: lead gift entry and preparation of gift receipts, processing and mailing acknowledgment letters to donors within 24 to 48 hours; mail pledge invoices; oversee the printing and mailing of checks.


Our ideal candidate is committed to FAO’s mission and the region, and has the following qualifications:

  • Passion for FAO’s mission.
  • One to three years’ experience in a financial and/or accounting position, bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred.
  • High accuracy of data entry is required.
  • Self-motivated with impeccable attention to detail; outstanding analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills to identify, research, and resolve issues; and the ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously while managing day-to-day responsibilities.
  • Experience in use of technology and ability to learn new technologies quickly; and proficient in Microsoft office products, with demonstrated knowledge of working with financial software packages (Financial Edge or other nonprofit financial software programs is a plus).
  • Ability to work autonomously and collaboratively in a complex environment; outstanding communication skills and the ability to respond to inquiries in a timely manner.


The mission of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) is to create opportunities for Appalachian Ohio’s citizens and communities by inspiring and supporting philanthropy. Founded in 1998, we have helped donors establish more than 600 separate funds and supported all 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio with grant and scholarship awards. FAO has also reached out to the most underserved parts of the region to help local leaders in thirteen communities develop community foundations. FAO is proud of all that has been accomplished but understands placing Appalachian Ohio on a level playing field requires further, significant investment in its philanthropic infrastructure.


  • 40-hour work week; occasional travel required.
  • Salary commensurate with education and experience.
  • Benefits package inclusive of vacation and sick leave, short and long-term disability, health insurance, life insurance and retirement plan.


Please send a cover letter and resume to, applying no later than February 7, 2022. Submissions will be reviewed as they are received, with interviews scheduled accordingly.