May 13, 2022

Finance Associate

$75,000 - $90,000 yearly
  • Margulf Foundation
  • Denver, CO, USA
Full-Time Administration/Operations Finance/Accounting

Job Description

The Margulf Foundation acts in partnership with leaders and teams who are reimagining education with youth, families, and communities to move toward a more just and equitable future. We believe that by working with community-based leaders who are tapped into the strengths and needs of youth and families, we can provide the educational opportunities necessary for all youth to thrive and lead meaningful lives. Through their direct impact on youth and on the people who are redefining learning spaces, Margulf’s grantees are collectively reimagining the educational experience throughout Colorado and beyond. Click on the following links to learn more about Margulf and our hiring process: 

The Finance Associate will have a range of responsibilities related to Margulf’s general business operations, including accounting duties, financial due diligence pertaining to Margulf’s grantmaking, and non-accounting project support as needed. The ideal candidate will frequently communicate and collaborate with other team members, external partners, and grantees to meet their goals and the objectives of Margulf as a whole. We are looking for a highly driven professional who will treat this role as an opportunity to invest in their growth and facilitate a broader positive impact on youth, families, and communities. The role is ideal for someone who is eager to be part of a high-functioning, mission-driven organization and gain exposure to current opportunities and challenges related to education innovation and philanthropy locally and nationally. 

The Person 

You are a skilled and versatile professional. You have a demonstrated ability to take on a variety of accounting and administrative tasks in support of an organization’s goals. You are a “details person” who keeps yourself (and others) well organized, building trust and confidence that you won’t let things fall through the cracks. You understand that this work often involves multiple, competing requests, and you can effectively prioritize for both yourself and others. You enjoy checking things off of your to-do list and making progress towards a clear goal. 

You are committed to high quality. You set a high bar for quality for yourself and others. You ask questions to get a clear understanding of what’s needed and make sure your work product meets those standards. You care as much about substance as you do about form. You are strongly committed to and able to deliver high-quality work on a consistent basis. 

You are a quick learner. You are able to quickly understand the basic facts and nuances of a new situation quickly. You feel confident and knowledgeable enough to act on your understanding, bringing others along with you as needed. You are agile enough to be self-reflective in motion and to incorporate your learnings into your next action. 

You are an excellent communicator. You use clear and concise language, whether via phone, email, or in-person. You present data clearly and accurately so that even non-experts can understand the main idea. Your writing is concrete and actionable. You use examples to back up your claims. You seek to understand the context in which you are communicating and can respond to emails, calls, and requests professionally and effectively, tailoring your message as needed. You fluently read, write, and speak English, and — while certainly not required — you may have skills in other languages as well. 

You embody professionalism and integrity. You deeply understand the confidential and complex nature of your work and approach relationships through this lens. You are a model of professionalism and discretion and hold yourself to the highest ethical standards. You check your ego and your title at the door. People like being around you. You work to create an inspiring, enjoyable environment wherever you are. 

The Role 

The Finance Associate will focus their time on accounting (85%) and other non-accounting, operational responsibilities (15%). They will be expected to exercise discretion and independent judgment over matters of significance to Margulf’s operations and goals. This is a full time, exempt, at-will position. The Finance Associate’s responsibilities will include: 

  • Execute a range of general accounting responsibilities, including journal entries, reconciliation of assets and liabilities and bank accounts, preparation of Board meeting materials, and maintaining vendor relationships 
  • Ensure maintenance of Margulf’s grant projections, including updating projections and reconciling between accounting and grant management systems in partnership with the Grants Lead and the Chief Financial Officer 
  • Assist with grantmaking process, including reviewing and confirming financial details in grant agreements, reviewing grantee financial reports (e.g., tax returns and audits), collecting grantee payment information and preparing payment for approval and processing 
  • Support annual audit activities and tax filing preparations, including completing specific tasks each cycle and working with audit and tax teams to fulfill specific information and data requests 
  • Compare and evaluate possible courses of action related to accounting and audit activities and make decisions affecting the outcomes of those activities or projects 
  • Manage and facilitate non-accounting specific projects aligned with experience and interests 
  • Provide administrative support to the Chief Financial Officer, such as developing contracts for external partners or assisting with the compilation of Board meeting materials 
  • Participate in and facilitate effective cross team coordination and communication as it relates to the Finance Associate’s responsibilities 
  • Suggest more efficient ways to run organizational and accounting processes and troubleshoot issues as they arise. 

Hiring Organization

Margulf Foundation


  • All team members will have a passion for the Margulf Foundation’s vision and mission and be aligned to the team’s core values 
  • 3-5 years experience in accounting required (though a formal degree in this area is not required), along with skills related to administrative support 
  • Familiarity with common equipment, tools, and software used in office and accounting settings (e.g., MS Office, Quickbooks, CRM systems, online calendar, cloud systems, and printers) required 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills required, especially ability to communicate information in a compelling, accurate, and concise manner 
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in non profit accounting, education, and/or philanthropy a plus

Industry/Service Area

Education, Foundation/Grantmaking




Working Environment and Commitment to Diversity 

Margulf Foundation strives for a working environment that honors the unique assets and needs of every member of the team. 

Margulf Foundation does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, pregnancy, gender expression, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff and contractors, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and equitable environment that is welcoming and respectful for all members of our staff, partners, contractors, and vendors. 

At the moment, the Margulf team primarily works remotely from home, with an option to use our downtown Denver office as desired. We will transition back to working in-person more frequently at a new office location in the Denver area as COVID-19 conditions evolve. We are flexible on set business hours in order to meet the needs of our team members, but the role does require a daily (Monday to Friday) presence at predictable times. While not a frequent occurrence, there may be occasional evening, weekend, and holiday obligations for this role. 

Compensation and Benefits 

Margulf Foundation offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience. The salary range for this role is $75,000-$90,000 and includes health insurance (medical, dental, and vision), unlimited paid time off, paid family medical leave, short-term disability, long-term disability and a 403(b) plan. Life insurance, a mental health and wellness benefit, and a parking benefit are also provided but are taxable to the employee. An annual bonus may be paid at the discretion of Margulf’s Board of Directors.

Application Instructions

Please submit an application, including your resume. You can preview the application questions by clicking here. You have two options for submitting your application: 

  • If you have a Google account, you can log in and complete your application as a Google Form by clicking here.
  • If you do not have a Google account, you can download an editable version of the application here. Select “File” > “Download”, complete all questions, and email your submission (including resume and video response) to

Our team will review applications on a rolling basis. If you have any questions about this position or about the application, including questions about needed accommodations or support, please email

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