First United Methodist Church, Gastonia, is seeking a full-time accountant to join our team.  

Job Summary/Purpose
Safeguard finances and financial records, assuring accuracy and timely recording of all transactions by utilizing internal controls and checks.  Prepare payroll, monthly financial statements, weekly deposits, and serve as a resource to Staff and Church Members, with minimal supervision.
Duties and responsibilities
   Fund Receipts, Accounting, and Disbursement:

  • Receipt, counting, recording, and depositing all church funds
  • Record pledges made for operating and other funds
  • Post pledged, non-pledged, and other contribution receipts
  • Prepare and mail quarterly (and 11/30/xx) contributions statements
  • Oversee the acknowledgment of memorials and honorarium receipts (to donor and/or family/honoree)
  • Bank drafts: prepare and initiate member pledge drafts and disbursements drafts
  • Payables:  record and pay approved monthly invoices
  • Check requests: issue checks per approved request
  • Petty Cash:  maintain, disburse, and reconcile petty cash.  Replenish as necessary
  • Maintain General Ledger and Chart of Accounts
  • Prepare and post Journal Entries
  • Prepare monthly Income Statement and Balance Sheet for the church, WPS, and kitchen
  • Answer questions and prepare reports for staff members and church members as requested
  • File semi-annual sales tax refund forms
  • Schedule and assist CPA with review
   Payroll and HR:
  • Calculate time worked for hourly paid employees
  • Record time worked for church staff, WPS, kitchen, childcare (and others as necessary)
  • Enter payroll information for transmittal to payroll service; distribute paychecks
  • Maintain employee payroll records and deductions
  • Prepare “manual” checks for those paid on 1099 basis
  • Address and answer payroll and HR questions and concerns from employees
  • Distribute W-2s and 1099s at year-end
   Finance and Finance Committee:
  • Prepare and maintain monthly Financial Statements and distribute to committee members
  • Prepare financial reports as requested for Finance Chair, Committee Members, or others
  • Assist in the preparation of stewardship materials
  • Mail stewardship materials
  • Record pledges made for operating and other funds
  • Answer phones as needed
Any other tasks or projects assigned by the Business Administrator which may supplement these duties; and further the mission of the church.
Education:   B.A. or B.S. in Accounting, A.A. with experience
Specialized knowledge:  Non-profit accounting; Desirable: Working knowledge of Shelby Systems Financial/Membership software.
Skills/Abilities:  Attention to detail; deadline-oriented; self-starter; ability to maintain strict confidentiality; time management; data entry management and accuracy; general math skills; basic working knowledge of essential office equipment
Personal Characteristics: Must be friendly, personable and honest. 
Experience required: At least two years experience as lead accountant in a non-profit setting, or similar experience
Professional certification:  B.A. or B.S. in Accounting, A.A. with experience
Working conditions
  • Monday – Friday; 8 am – 5 pm; 40 hours per week, with few exceptions, (usually due to monthly Finance Committee meetings scheduled in the evenings).   Required attendance during year end contribution season, and flexibility to work late until all year end contributions are processed, as determined by the Business Administrator.
  • Normal business office environment.
  • Ability to sit in artificial light for extended periods of time.
Physical requirements/Essential Functions
  • Operation of a Personal Computer and viewing information on a monitor.
  • Must be able to sit for many hours each day.
  • Must be able to communicate via telephone and possess dexterity to include filing document, reaching, and bending.
  • May be required to stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to lift or carry up to 20 pounds
  • Ability to speak English, express ideas and have difficult conversations in person and over the phone
  • Ability to listen and comprehend speech.
  • Ability to problem solve, make decisions, interpret data and information, read, write, and organize information in an orderly manner.

Contact: Dave H. Davis, Business Administrator

Church/Org/Business Name: First United Methodist Church, Gastonia

Address: P.O. Box 218 190 East Franklin Blvd Gastonia NC 28053

Phone: 704-864-4371

Email: Click to email


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