Accounting Manager

Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS)
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Location: Chittenden County,
About the Job

If you’re looking for an opportunity to do meaningful work in your community, join the passionate, community minded team at the Committee on Temporary Shelter!  COTS, a nonprofit recognized nationally as a model for innovative programs, provides emergency shelter, services, and housing for those who are without homes or who are at risk of homelessness.  For almost 40 years we have been working in Chittenden County to creatively find solutions to end homelessness; we aren’t afraid to try new things.  We are looking for team members with a passion for doing good and creative thinking.

Join us on our mission to end homelessness!


COTS is seeking a senior level accounting professional to support our Finance Department.  Our Accounting Manager partners closely with the senior leadership team, including the Executive Director, to ensure COTS accounting is accurate, timely and in compliance with all regulations.  We are looking for someone with the ability to think strategically about the accounting and finance functions of the organization, identifying opportunities for efficiency building and optimization.  This role will be responsible for overseeing all accounting functions within the organization, including but not limited to: general ledger management, GAAP compliance, timely month, quarter, and year end closings, grant management and reporting, overseeing the annual independent audit, annual budgeting and tax reporting.  This position also manages the Accounting & Payroll Specialist, so familiarity with payroll, including payroll taxes, fringe benefit treatment, etc. is strongly desired.

COTS Accounting Manager partners closely with the Board Finance Committee to prepare monthly finance statements/reports, support and provide financial information as requested for project consideration, budgeting, etc. and ensuring compliance with all local, state and federal regulations.

This is an opportunity to join a small but mighty finance team and have an immediate impact on the organization.  The right candidate for the role will be someone ready to jump in and work hard, while also having fun, from day one!

  Education & Experience Requirements:

A Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Business required, Master’s preferred.  A minimum of five years of accounting experience is required; experience with nonprofit accounting is strongly preferred.  An equivalent combination of experience and education will be considered in lieu of a degree.   At least 1 year of supervisory or leadership experience preferred.  Prior experience with Quickbooks and at least intermediate Excel skills are required. Must be comfortable collaborating across all levels of the organization and with the Board as needed, comfort with presenting financial data is a plus.  Reliability, independent decision making and strong communications skills are required.

All positions at COTS require a commitment to our mission: Advocating for long-term solutions to end homelessness and provide emergency shelter, services, and long-term housing for Vermonters who are experiencing homelessness or are marginally housed.

This is a full time position with benefits.  To apply, submit a cover letter explaining why this position is of interest to you and your resume to

COTS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We embrace diversity and encourage all to apply.

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

One of our core values is our belief in the value and dignity of every human life. That applies not just to those we serve, but those we are privileged to call part of our team as well. Our goal is to provide a safe, welcoming space for all. We have been in the process of recruiting for a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion specialist to join our team. The role is intended to focus on evaluating our current policies, procedures and practices through the lens of DEI, and recommending and implementing changes to enhance our organization. Additionally, this role will be tasked with creating and facilitating a DEI Committee consisting of active COTS team members. In the interim, we have started to reach out to local consultants in this area of work to assist with jump starting the work.

Wage or Salary
$65,000 - $70,000