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Accounting Manager, Social Ventures

Tides Foundation

Position Summary

Tides is seeking an experienced Accounting Manager who is passionate about accelerating the pace of social change. The ideal candidate will be comfortable collaborating with cross-functional teams to achieve the organization’s strategic goals and has the ability to thrive in an action-orientated, agile working environment.

The Accounting Manager – Social Ventures is primarily responsible for the organization’s client facing financial service functions, including financial reporting, budget review and guidance, grants management, financial forecasting, and general financial oversight. 

This position oversees a team of social venture accountants who collectively support Tides 150+ fiscally sponsored social ventures, as well as personally supports a caseload of social venture clients.  This role will drive impact and foster a culture that is grounded in Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) and Tides core values – Respect, Accountability, Creativity, Equity and Empowerment. 

Working at Tides connects you with world-class teammates, enduring relationships, and an inspired sense of purpose—while our employee benefits support our team's talent and well-being. This is an exciting time to join Tides. In the past, Tides staff have worked predominantly from our offices in San Francisco and New York. Today, our hybrid work model supports staff with remote work from anywhere in the United States. We will be reopening our offices in the future, date to be determined.

The Accounting Manager – Social Ventures is an exempt position. Exempt employees are expected to work the appropriate and necessary time in order to complete key assignments and related tasks on schedule.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Manage and mentor a team of senior accountants

  • Assist the Director of Finance in developing departmental goals and support staff in developing their individual development plans and meeting their professional development goals.

  • Collaborate with the Client Services Department and Accounting Operations and other Tides staff to ensure consistent and high-quality customer service, and that the social venture accountants are actively contributing to organization goals.

  • Ensures that the daily financial and accounting functions are in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and all applicable regulatory requirements including those set forth by the Federal Accounting Standards Board, and legal rules and regulations for non-profit operations designated as IRS 501(C)(3) and 501(C)(4) organizations

  • Provides documentation for the federal and state tax return preparation and supports annual financial audits and single audits (OMB A-133) as needed including agency monitoring visits and ensuring “audit readiness” of assigned grants. Prepares the annual schedule of expenditures for federal awards.

  • Reviews and monitors grant agreements for accurate revenue recognition; prepares annual entries to release net assets from restrictions and prepares an annual reconciliation of Net Asset Balances.

  • Collaborates with the Director of Finance to calculate and submit negotiated indirect cost rate agreement proposals.

  • Implements, improves and documents accounting procedures to ensure efficiency and accuracy, including administering training on the NetSuite financial system for internal staff and client stakeholders.

  • Maintains financial report integrity in the NetSuite Financial system and keeps transaction templates and forms up-to-date with evolving processes and fiscal year roll-overs.  

  • Holds direct reports accountable to providing excellent customer service and maintaining accurate financial information and assigns caseload of social venture clients to social venture accountants based on skill sets, expertise, location and capacity to ensure smooth transitions and client support.

  • Prepares monthly journal entries to record administrative fee and licensing revenue.

  • Reviews and approves journal entries prepared by social venture accountants.

Manages caseload of fiscally sponsored social venture clients

  • Delivering high quality customer service related to accounting, reporting, grant management, budgeting, and analysis including consistent accounting treatment of all transactions and timely, accurate reporting.

  • Approves all cash disbursements for project caseload and monitors project cash flow to ensure compliance with funder regulations and Tides cash management policies.

  • Summarizes and forecasts project revenues, expenses, and cash flows based on past, present and expected results.

  • Prepares and presents financial statements and related reports, including balance sheets, income statements, cash-flow reports, budgets, and variance analysis to projects, and external and internal management team as required.

  • Prepares financial transactions to record revenue and administrative fees, and to reclassify expenses between funding sources.

Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Exceptional knowledge of GAAP/FASB standards, experiential knowledge of FAR, CFR and relevant OMB circulars.

  • Proven track record of maintaining effective internal controls and developing efficient financial policies and procedures.

  • Demonstrated commitment to meeting the needs of internal and external clients; ability to effectively work with a diverse team and working collaboratively toward solutions that generally benefit all involved parties.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills as well as the ability to see the big picture while understanding the details involved and the ramifications of the decisions made.

  • Demonstrated ability to hold information confidential with excellent judgment.

  • Demonstrates ability to maintain high-level and consistent work ethic in working relationships and all work-related duties.

  • Self-motivated and organized with attention to detail.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to be both diplomatic and confident.

  • Proficient in enterprise-wide accounting systems such as NetSuite, Blackbaud Financial Edge or Microsoft Dynamics.

  • Proficiency with MS Office suite of products.

  • Proven ability to organize and support work-flow processes that ensure high degrees of accuracy and accountability within team members.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Accounting or related field or equivalent is required. CPA, CMA, MBA or MPA with emphasis in accounting is strongly preferred.

  • 5+ years of increasingly responsible experience in financial and accounting oversight. 

  • 2+ years of supervisory and accounting function management experience. 

  • Non-profit accounting and government grant management experience strongly preferred.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a resume and a thoughtful cover letter online. Your cover letter should express your interest in working for Tides and your qualifications for the role. You may also share your detailed LinkedIn profile with us. Tides is an Equal Opportunity employer. We value diversity and inclusion and we look forward to reviewing applications from all who are qualified to apply.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Tides is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions. Also pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we encourage and will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Applicants with Disabilities:

Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. If you seek an accommodation, please advise in writing at the time you apply.

United States

Full-time
Experienced (Non-manager)
Investing/Finance
Social Sector