Colorado Nonprofit Association

Staff Accountant

About the Barton Institute and the Position

The Barton Institute for Community Action is a Colorado nonprofit organization. The Barton Institute supports leaders and their communities who are working to develop and foster places for opportunity, connection, and belonging in the Denver metro area. 

The Barton Institute is the fiscal sponsor for various rapidly-growing local nonprofit organizations. In that role, we provide “back office” operations, including accounting, payroll, benefits, human resources, insurance, banking, and more. We anticipate adding more program partners in the next year or two. In addition, the Barton Institute plans to launch a Pathways Program by the end of 2024. This program will engage social sector leaders with historically marginalized identities (BIPOC, LGTBQ+, and leaders with disabilities) in one-year mentoring relationships with a mentor who shares similar lived experiences and professional expertise.

The Staff Accountant will help this fast-growing nonprofit organization by working with the Controller and Chief Financial Officer to develop and maintain financial systems to support the complex work of the Barton Institute and its partners. The Staff Accountant reports to the Controller of the Barton Institute.

Essential Job Functions

• Perform monthly bank account reconciliations for all accounts

• Support month-end and year-end close activities, including preparation of journal entries

• Process gift transactions, prepare gift acknowledgement letters, and prepare weekly gift reports

• Assist in preparing financial statements and variance analyses, including balance sheet, statement of activities, statement of cash flows, and budget to actual reports

• Assist with accounting functions pertaining to grant tracking and petty cash procedures

• Oversee and coordinate grant tracking and grant reporting for fiscal sponsees

• Assist with the annual audit, single audit, and tax return preparation

• Assist in maintaining and creating well-documented procedures and identify opportunities for procedure efficiencies

• Collaborate in special projects and initiatives

• Support the Controller to ensure tasks are completed to meet deadlines

• Other duties as assigned by the Controller

Education and Skill Requirements

• Deep knowledge of and experience with GAAP and nonprofit accounting practices (minimum of two years of accounting experience)

• Bachelor’s degree in accounting or other related field preferred

• Outstanding organizational and time management skills

• Experience with Sage Intacct, DonorPerfect, and SharePoint preferred

• In-depth understanding of entire Microsoft Office Suite (especially Outlook, Word, and Excel, including Pivot Table and VLOOKUP)

• Ability and desire to connect with people from diverse backgrounds

• Excellent oral and written communications skills

• Excellent attention to detail

• Ability to learn and adapt to new systems and processes quickly

• Discretion and confidentiality when dealing with sensitive matters

Working Conditions

Flexible hybrid position (remote and in-person).


This is a full-time, 40 hour per week position. As required by the Colorado Equal Pay Act, the Barton Institute is providing a good faith salary range for this position (if based in Colorado): $65,000 – $75,000 per year.