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We're hiring a financial associate!

1 month ago

Financial Associate

Who We Are:

Appalshop’s mission is to enlist the power of education, media, theater, music, and other arts to document, disseminate, and revitalize the lasting traditions and contemporary creativity of Appalachia. 

We are telling the stories the commercial cultural industries don’t tell, we are challenging stereotypes with Appalachian voices and visions front and center. We foster a community-centered approach to solving problems in Appalachia, striving to support communities’ efforts to achieve justice and equity and solve their own problems in their own ways.

Appalachia is a diverse, incredibly creative region, and we seek to not only shine a light on that, but to show that Appalachia’s past, present and future are powerfully connected to the creativity and brilliance fostered here. When Appalachians are given the power to decide for themselves what a brilliant Appalachian future looks like, the possibilities are endless.

Appalshop’s staff is a collaborative and creative group that’s wholly committed to this mission. We value doing good, impactful work for our community that is a collective effort, with all voices heard and accounted for. As a democratically structured organization, we leave our ego at the door and come together in a respectful partnership with each other, every day.

We are an equal opportunity employer and we value a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and/or veteran status.

Who You Are:

We’re looking for a detail-oriented and task-driven worker with an interest in finance. You’d be a good candidate for this position if you enjoy office work such as answering phones, helping complete office tasks such as ordering office supplies and processing mail, and other day-to-day office tasks. 

You’ll want to grow your experience in managing finances in the non-profit arts and culture sector and put your spreadsheet managing, and strategic skills to use by working on everything from supporting our Finance Director in their daily and monthly tasks to helping Appalshop continue vital services to the community. 

You’ll be a careful planner and task manager who enjoys being in programs like Excel and Quickbooks often. You’ll also enjoy supporting other Appalshop staff on other administrative needs as we transition through this period after the historic floods in July. 

What You’ll Do at Appalshop:

Complete daily office tasks to support the Financial Office. As financial associate, you’ll be supporting our Finance Director daily with important clerical and administrative tasks such as sales managing, general office purchasing, assisting with visitors and sales, and processing financial transactions. You’ll also be assisting with other accounting needs such as banking and credit card management.

Support Appalshop staff during this transition time. This position will have you helping us get back on our feet after the floods that hit us and our neighbors hard at the end of July. With many moving pieces - including our programs re-evaluating how to best support the community and continue the important work we do as well as Appalshop administrative staff managing high workloads - you may be called on to help support these efforts as needed. 

Have a teamwork mindset. Our team is small but mighty, and depends on all of us pulling our weight and sharing roles as needed. Sometimes you’ll be asked to support projects not necessarily financial in nature but equally as important to Appalshop’s goals. 

What Skills and Experience You Must Have:
  • At least 2 years experience in a general financial setting or educational background in accounting or finance.
  • Have experience with financial transactions.
  • Knowledge of computerized accounting - such as QuickBooks.
  • Have experience with spreadsheets and other digital technologies for organizing and filing.
  • A commitment to participatory decision making. 
  • An ability to work through evolving work environments and change tasks as needed.
  • Have an understanding and appreciation of Appalachian culture and the region.

What Would be Nice to Have (but not required):
  • At least 4 years in a general financial setting or educational background in accounting or finance.
  • Have experience with QuickBooks Premier Desktop (Non-Profit)
  • An Associates or Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or other related fields. 
  • Experience and comfort with GSuite and Google Drive.
  • An appreciation for community-based arts and media institutions.

Pay and Benefits:

This role’s pay rate is $15/hour. This is a part-time non-salaried position with an expected workload of 10-20 hours per week during work hours (10am - 2pm daily). Appalshop’s main offices are located in Whitesburg, KY. This role is not hybrid or flex work eligible and candidates should expect to work in the Appalshop offices daily in Whitesburg, KY. 

How To Apply:

Please submit the following materials to [email protected] by August 31 with the subject line: Financial Associate – Application.

  • Resume
  • Cover letter addressing at least the following questions:
    • Why do you want to work at Appalshop? 
    • Tell us a little about your financial experience.
    • What excites you about this role?
  • List contacts for three references.

We will also accept mail-in applications (P.O. Box 1325, Whitesburg, KY 41858) or hand-delivered applications at 229 E Main Street, Whitesburg, KY (Basement of the Old Post Office) between hours of 10AM and 4PM M-Th. 

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