Ceres Community Project


Bookkeeper, Sebastopol
Ceres Community Project seeks candidates for the newly-created, half-time position of Bookkeeper.
We are looking for an experienced bookkeeper familiar with QuickBooks to handle basic daily and weekly bookkeeping functions. Hours are flexible but we would prefer someone in the office at least four days each week. This role requires confidentially, personal tact, excellent organizational skills, integrity, judgment, and initiative.
The role is supervised by a contract Senior Accounting Manager who handles the monthly reconciliations, financial reporting, audit, board Finance Committee and other oversight functions.

We will be accepting applications for the position through Monday, March 5, 2018. Candidates should send a cover letter expressing why they are interested in working at Ceres Community Project and how their experience and skills match  
the position, along with a current resume and three professional references with the reference's name, email address and daytime contact info to hr@ceresproject.org
We will acknowledge receipt of your application and, if we would like to speak with you further we will contact you by  March 9. We apologize that we are unable to communicate personally with each applicant.  

A job description for the position follows. Please help us spread the word about this opening at Ceres by passing this email on to anyone you know who may be interested. Thanks so much for your support of Ceres Community Project.   
Warm regards, 
Jake Blehm
Director, Administration
Founded in 2007, Ceres Community Project works to build healthy communities by restoring whole, organic and locally grown food to its place as the foundation of health, empowering youth, and connecting people in heart-centered ways to others and the earth.
Ceres Community Project's main program, Healing Meals for Healthy Communities, provides free and low-cost nourishing organic meals, nutrition education and caring support to people facing serious illness. All of the meals are prepared by teens that learn about growing, cooking and eating healthy whole foods and the connection between diet and health, develop life and work-ready skills, and discover their power to make a difference. The Healing Meals program improves healthy eating behaviors among clients, teens and adult volunteers and educates the whole community about the link between healthy eating and the health of both people and planet.  It also strengthens the social fabric of the community, another factor that is at the root of health.
In addition to operating three program sites in Marin and Sonoma Counties, Ceres has trained thirteen communities nationally to replicate our model. We are also active at the state and national level in advocating for policies that support equitable access to healthy food and health care, including reimbursement for medically tailored meals by insurers.  For more information, please visit www.ceresproject.org

Position Title: Bookkeeper

Location: Sebastopol, CA
Available: March, 2018

Eligible for benefits including health insurance, paid holidays and paid time off after 60 days.

  • Accounts payable processing
  • Processing cash receipts
  • Billing for contract classes, catering, and fee-based portion of meal delivery program
  • Payroll including soliciting timesheets, allocating tips, processing withholding and maintaining accurate employee files and PTO records, generating biweekly payroll, and paying over federal and state withholding and payroll taxes

Core Job Specific Competencies
  • Attention to Detail: Accomplishes tasks through concern for all areas involved; shows concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checks for processes and tasks and follows up in a timely manner with appropriate persons.
  • Continuous Learning: Takes responsibility for own learning and development by acquiring and refining of technical and professional skills needed in job related areas; proactively seeks performance feedback and identifies approaches to improve own performance.
  • Customer Service: Provides internal and external customers with the products and services that match their needs in a timely, efficient manner; follows up on customer complaints, questions, and requests.
  • Dependability: Makes self available for work on a consistent and timely basis with infrequent unplanned absences; completes work in a timely manner; meets commitments with minimal oversight.
  • Flexibility/Adaptability: Understands that the work environment is constantly changing and adjusts own approach and behavior accordingly; adapts to new ideas and initiatives across a wide variety of issues and situations; recognizes and responds quickly to shifting opportunities.
  • Prioritization / Time Management: Assesses multiple tasks or issues which are competing for a limited amount of time or resources and determines the order in which each will be addressed; sets priorities, goals, and timetables to achieve maximum productivity; tracks both completed and incomplete activities.
  • Verbal Communication: Expresses ideas effectively in individual and group situations adjusting style and methods to meet the specific needs of the audience; attentively listens to others to gather data and paraphrase meaning to verify understanding.
  • Written Communication: Uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • At least 5 years of experience in the basic bookkeeping functions outlined above. QuickBooks experience highly preferred
  • Knowledge of office management procedures and practices.
  • Advanced skills operating a personal computer (database systems, QuickBooks, Publisher, Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
Physical Requirements
  • Ability to stand, bend, stoop, sit, walk, twist and turn
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds occasionally
  • Ability to use a computer keyboard and calculator
  • Work environment is indoors. Majority of the time is spent sitting at a desk.
Education and Experience
A combination of education and experience equivalent to a high school degree; and knowledge typically gained through a minimum of five years of experience in basic bookkeeping.

Ceres Community Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer
and strongly encourages members of minority groups to apply. 
All employment decisions at Ceres are made without regard to race, color,
religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, marital & veteran status or any other status protected by laws or regulations.

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