Accounting Manager Job Opening

Accounting Manager Job Description

Ventura Land Trust is a local, private, non-profit land trust working to protect the land, water, wildlife, and scenic beauty of the Ventura region for current and future generations. The organization strives to create a fun, inspiring and team-oriented work environment with flexible work hours.

The Accounting Manager reports to the Deputy Director and is responsible for a full range of periodic accounting and financial reporting, and for overseeing accounting staff on delegated bookkeeping tasks. The Accounting Manager must understand the organization's financial performance in order to provide key information to department directors and Board of Trustees in order to make important decisions.


  • Balance and maintain accounting functions in QuickBooks. Prepare, verify, allocate, and post journal entries in accordance with GAAP standards.
  • Gather and monitor the organization’s financial data, including donations, grants, contract and sales revenue, cost of goods, and other expenditures. 
  • Prepare financial documents, such as balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements. Provide notes to Deputy Director, Executive Director, and Treasurer to correspond with reports. Attend Finance Committee meetings and some Board meetings to present financial reports.
  • Ensure the organization’s financial well-being by tracking revenue and expenses, consolidating and analyzing financial data, preparing special reports, and other best practices. Present reporting activity on a monthly basis to department directors and make recommendations as needed.
  • Prepare budget templates for the organization and provide support to department directors in creating departmental budgets.
  • Work with independent accounting team to provide financial data and reports needed for annual audit and tax returns.
  • Confirm financial status by monitoring revenue and expenses; coordinating the collection, consolidation, and evaluation of financial data; and preparing special reports.
  • Maintain accounting controls by establishing a chart of accounts and defining accounting policies and procedures.
  • Prepare financial records for reconciliation of all bank and investment accounts monthly. Work with the Board Treasurer to complete monthly reconciliation.
  • Establish internal controls and oversee bookkeeping entries by accounting staff to ensure accurate input of income, accounts payable, payroll data, and cash receipt transactions; review entries for accuracy, including consistency with grant agreements, budgets, classes, donor database, and other sources. Occasionally implement data entry as needed. 
  • Work with the Development team to implement monthly audit/reconciliation of donor database accounting reports with QuickBooks.
  •  Lead the accounting team to provide accurate, timely data and recommendations. Develop action plans, audit operations, and propose efficiency improvements.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in accounting/finance
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in nonprofit accounting
  • Experience with financial reporting requirements
  • CPA a plus
  • Ability to sit or stand at a desk for up to 8 hours with breaks
  • Ability to walk up one flight of stairs to VLT office


  • $35-$39 per hour
  • 40 hours per week
  • Eligible for full-time holiday, vacation, and sick time
  • Employer-sponsored medical benefits
  • Employee-contributed 401(k)

Application Details

To be considered for this position, please email resume and cover letter to [email protected] with "Accounting Manager Application" in the subject line.

The application deadline for this position is October 15, 2023.

View a PDF of the job description here.

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