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Finance/Accounting Specialist (PAID, part-time)

Job Title: Finance/Accounting Specialist

Reporting to: Chief Operations Officer

Status: Non-exempt (Hourly)

Organization Overview

United Way of San Luis Obispo County is a community change organization that works to improve the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community. United Way fosters structural change by addressing root causes in order to safeguard the future of our community and we focus on work that will erase divisions, bridge divides, and right inequities. We connect people with resources that change lives and transform our community.

United Way of San Luis Obispo County (UWSLOC) works to advance the common good in our local communities. We mobilize the caring power of our communities to address underlying problems, improve lives and build a healthy vibrant community by focusing on issues surrounding education, income and health.

Position Overview

The Finance/Accounting Specialist is a self-motivated team player, who will be responsible for processing Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, cash reconciliation, and other accounting functions as needed. Performs general accounting tasks and duties, with an emphasis on bookkeeping, to support the financial functions of UWSLOC.  This position performs work that is critical to the staff team’s ability to focus its efforts outward and spend more face-to-face time with volunteers, donors and corporate partners, and to the organization’s effectiveness in collecting, maintaining, and utilizing data effectively. 

The Finance/Accounting Specialist will foster a culture of philanthropy across the organization and will ensure that the organization’s philanthropic culture, systems, standards and procedures are implemented. He/she will also provide leadership when appropriate and creative input in developing and implementing all fundraising efforts, as well as participate in on-going professional development-related trainings to support organizational goals. 

Work Schedule

Part-time, 20 hours per week. Core hours of Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 1:00pm (flexible). 

Key Responsibilities (Essential Functions):    

The following duties are representative of the responsibilities of this position. These assignments may change as the needs and priorities of the organization evolve.

Responsible for the overall maintenance and of the Andar database for UWSLOC including, but not limited to updating and adding customer data and accounts in Andar database, producing reports as requested by the Management and Finance Team, and utilizing database for more customization opportunities for constituents.

Receive incoming payments and apply donor pledges and payments in Fundraising Database (Andar 360)

Responsible for ePledge campaigns including updates to messaging and layout to bring sites to production and software support to donors, companies and staff.

Manage the acknowledgement process of donors, including Futures in Bloom legacy program.

Manage resource development inventory and supply orders.

Responsible for campaign supply assembly, files (including website) and distribution as needed.

Support United Way organization with annual campaign and resource development activities as needed.

Provide support services in coordination of direct mail projects and other projects as assigned. 

Support, as needed, all corporate engagement activities.

Seek out and demonstrate strategic thinking and initiative to effectively analyze results and drive quality improvements.

Maintain and support the current fundraising model, while enhancing the development of innovative methods for successful fundraising including technology solutions and web-based fund development systems.

Attend staff, committee and community meetings as necessary or directed by supervisor.

Reconcile cash logs with bank deposits and entries to in Andar 360 Database

Weekly processing of Accounts Payable in MIP/Sage; ensure accurate and timely processing of vendor invoices for payment; confirm invoices have proper approval; audit invoices to ensure proper coding; and maintain vendor accounts.

Work with program staff to process program-specific contractor and grant payments.

Perform other duties as assigned

Education, Experience, and Requirements

Passionate about UWSLOC’s mission

Associate’s Degree; or a comparable combination of experience and education   

Two (2) years’ experience in a business/corporate environment

Fund raising experience a plus

1-2 years’ experience performing accounting functions – college-level accounting courses a plus

Experience with computerized accounting software, specifically accounts payable functions. Must be proficient in MS Office applications, including Word, Excel, and Outlook. Quickbooks or other GL software experience and Andar 360 or donor database software experience desirable.

Ability to operate general office equipment, including copiers and printers and telephone systems

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Excellent problem solving and follow-through skills

Capable of handling multiple projects with competing priorities

Ability to meet deadlines while anticipating quickly changing needs

Attention to detail and accuracy

Work both independently and as a collaborative organizational team member

Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality, a professional demeanor, and to represent the organization in a positive manner at all times

Must have ability to perform work that requires sitting, walking, stooping, bending and lifting up to 25 pounds

Commitment to excellence and to providing exemplary customer service   

Flexible; can change focus and priorities easily; able to prioritize and multi-task in a fast-paced environment            

Proactive, able to anticipate problems and plan solutions

Strong organization and planning skills

Proficiency with customer relationship management systems and electronic giving platforms preferred

Proficiency with social media platforms and strategies preferred

Professional Competencies:

Mission Focused – The United Way’s top priority is to create social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities.  This drives their performance and professional motivations.

Relationship-Oriented – The United Way Finance/Accounting Specialist understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal. 

Collaborator – The United Way Finance/Accounting Specialist understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement. 

Results-Driven – The United Way Finance/Accounting Specialist is dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good:  creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.

Brand-Steward – The United Way Finance/Accounting Specialist is a steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network. 

United Way of San Luis Obispo County is committed to advancing equity in its work. Equity seeks to undo discrimination and bias to create a just and fair society in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. We invite applications from underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. People of all protected classes including race, ethnicity, gender, and all ability levels are encouraged to apply.

To apply: email a cover letter and resume to United Way of San Luis Obispo County, c/o Linda Wingert (lwingert@unitedwayslo.org) by February 7, 2020.



Born Learning Academy - Facilitator (PAID, part-time)

United Way of San Luis Obispo County


United Way of San Luis Obispo County (UWSLOC) is focused on creating long-lasting change in our communities by focusing on the building blocks for a good quality of life –education, income and health. 

The Born Learning Program is a public engagement campaign that helps caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities (www.bornlearning.org), and by implementing this program locally, parents will be given the chance to make connections with school staff. The Academy Facilitator will assist in organizing workshops and work directly with the program coordinator. The right candidate will be motivated, school personnel with strong verbal communication skills, and an interest in building a platform for change in the community starting with education. 

With direction from Born Learning program staff, this paid position will provide the opportunity to learn about the United Way system; with a specific focus on implementing material and guiding parents and caregivers through the Born Learning workshops. 

As a Facilitator in this nationally recognized program, this is an excellent opportunity for a candidate to make caring connections with families and utilize skills in delivering informative early learning curriculum via child development sessions. 


The main role of the facilitator is to:

Become familiar with the Born Learning curriculum

Utilize creative skills in making sessions accessible and fun

Review all training modules, the Facilitator guide and additional program material

Observe skills of the participants and provide support as necessary

Work with the coordinator to distribute and collect pre/post surveys 

Commit to using data to inform future sessions 

Record number of children who are entering Kindergarten the following school year. Names of Students are not necessary but rather the number of participants entering Kindergarten and cumulative results of their kindergarten readiness screen. 


The academy consists of six workshops and/or 6 networking sessions occurring over a set period.  This project has been funded for 4 academies (each at least 6 weeks in length, no more than 12 weeks). The Facilitator must commit to being available for each workshop in a specific academy including prep time and clean up time.

The Facilitator must enroll in and complete the 6-hour online training course before the first parent session.


REQUIRED: Bilingual in Spanish

Proficiency in organizing educational workshops

Experience working with parents and families

Familiarity with data collection (administering pre/post surveys and track outcomes)

Ability to creatively engage an audience and communicate with caregivers, certified educator preferred

Project Management and strategic planning skills

Knowledge of Early Childhood Development and effective parenting practices

Knowledge of child, parent, health and social support systems in SLO County 

Cultural competency to meet the needs of linguistically diverse and under-represented populations

Computer and internet skills to communicate electronically 

Ability to creatively engage an audience and communicate with caregivers

Available to attend all workshops over the set period

Strong interest in learning more about United Way’s Born Learning Academy 

Minimum of Associate's degree, with Bachelor's degree and Teaching Credential, preferred 


The Born Learn Academy Facilitator will gain local academic and community contacts, build resources, and gain valuable skills in community service programs working with nationally recognized programs in a local setting. 

This is a project-based part-time position that will be hired as an independent contractor. Hourly pay rate is between $25 - $35 per hour, DOE.

How to Apply 

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Linda Wingert, Director of Community Engagement at lwingert@unitedwayslo.org  or call (805) 541-1234 for more information. 



Current Openings at Other Organizations:

When available, United Way of San Luis Obispo County will also post positions available at other nonprofit organizations. Please see our Agency Resources page for more information about sharing your open position.

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