Finance Director

  • Nonprofit Full Time
  • North Carolina
  • City: Brasstown

Website John C. Campbell Folk School

Position Summary
The Finance Director will be a hands-on and participative manager who will lead and develop
an internal team to successfully direct and manage the financial programs, to include budgeting,
receipt of revenue, expenditure of funds, and conservation of assets. The Finance Director will work
with the senior leadership team in strategic decision making and operations as the Folk School
continues to enhance its quality programming and build long range sustainable plans. This is a
full-time, exempt salary and benefits eligible position. This position will report to the Executive

John C. Campbell Folk School (“the Folk School”) was founded in Brasstown, North Carolina in
1925, as an experiment in progressive education. As of 2021, the Folk School offers over 850
week and weekend classes for adults each year in craft, music, and dance. The Folk School also
hosts a full calendar of events, including an annual Fall Festival and weekly concerts and dances.
Listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places, the 270-acre campus
includes fifteen studios, fourteen student houses, a dining hall, a community house for student
gatherings and events, and a History Center. The Craft Shop, a fine craft gallery, showcases a
diverse selection of traditional and contemporary Appalachian craft. John C. Campbell Folk School
operates as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with support from individuals, foundations, and
other organizations.

Position Responsibilities
• Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate
monthly and annual financial statements; and oversee all financial, project/program, donor, and
grants accounting.
• Accurately post cash receipts/bank deposits, disbursements, payables, receivables, donations, and
general ledger entries.
• In collaboration with budget mangers, track income and expenses for Olives Porch, grants,
scholarships, capital, and restricted funds. Additional responsibilities will include a Capital
Campaign projected to start in 2022.
• Oversee and maintain reports and financial data for investment accounts.
• Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the Executive
Director; administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes;
and keep senior eadership team abreast of the organization’s financial status.
• Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; develop the
finance department’s overall policy and procedure manual.
• Preparation and distribution of month end financial reports for Board and budget managers once
closed out.
• Effectively communicate and present critical financial matters to the Executive Director and board
of directors.
• Coordinate and lead the annual audit process with external auditors.
• Coordinate and lead the annual Workers Comp audit process with external auditors.
• Oversee and lead year end closings: W-2s and 1099s and file reports with Federal & State
• Manage and lead organizational cash flow and forecasting.
• Research all areas of the company for ongoing cost reduction.
• Maintain banking and investment relationships.
• Manage all aspects of the insurance programs, incident management and claims reporting.
• Oversee payroll process.
• Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Education and Experience Requirements
• Minimum of a BA, an MBA/CPA or related degree preferred.
• Minimum of five years of financial and overall professional experience.
• Experience with final responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data, reporting and
audit coordination, preferred.
• Experience with grants and donor management.
• Technology savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing
relationships with software vendors; knowledge of accounting and reporting software. Possess
skills or proficiency in QuickBooks and Excel.

Position Skills/Aptitudes
• Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate,
and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
• Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of the Folk School.

Physical Demands
The position requires that the employee be able to walk unaided up and down hills and over uneven
terrain, bend, stoop, and have use of fine and gross motor skills. While performing the duties of this
job, the employee is regularly required to sit and to work at a computer. The employee is frequently
required to use hands to finger, handle, or touch objects, tools, or controls and to talk fluently. The
employee must occasionally lift and/or move heavy boxes up to 30 pounds. This position requires
fluency in English.

To be considered for this position, please submit the following materials by e-mail to,
or by USPS to:

Human Resources Manager
John C. Campbell Folk School
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902

1. Cover Letter that details your experience and knowledge in finance
2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
3. Contact information for three professional references

Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.
John C. Campbell Folk School is an EEO Employer. EEO employers are committed to hiring a diverse
workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual
orientation, or veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.

At the Folk School, the health and safety of our team is our number one priority. That’s why all offers of
employment are contingent on the candidate showing proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19
to pass the pre-employment requirements. The Folk School complies with all federal, state, and local laws
with regard to accommodations related to this policy.

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