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Accounting Clerk

Employer
Margaret A Cargill Philanthropies (MACP)
Location
Minnesota, United States
Salary
Competitive Salary
Closing date
May 22, 2024

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SUMMARY
Are you interested in an accounting role and are someone who is detail-oriented, collaborative by nature, a quick learner, a self-starter, and looking for your next career opportunity? If so, we’d love to learn more about you!

kpCompanies is leading the search for an Accounting Clerk at Margaret A Cargill Philanthropies (MACP). This is a key position on the Finance Team helping ensure accurate and timely processing of accounts payable, employee expense reports, and supporting various key finance processes. This hybrid position offers you the opportunity to experience in-person team collaboration 3 days a week and work from home 2 days a week with a 36 hour per week schedule. 

 

ABOUT MARGARET A. CARGILL PHILANTHROPIES
Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) is the umbrella over the grantmaking foundations created by the late Margaret Cargill: Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation. MACP provides meaningful support through long-term relationships with strategic grantee partners across seven program domains: Environment, Disaster Relief & Recovery, Arts & Cultures, Teachers & Students, Animal Welfare, Quality of Life, and Legacy & Opportunity. The collective assets of MACP place it among the 10 largest philanthropies in the United States.

The two foundations have separate boards and investment portfolios but share a common mission of providing meaningful assistance and support to society, the arts, and the environment.

Margaret A. Cargill Foundation is a private foundation that came into existence upon Ms. Cargill’s death in August 2006. At year-end 2022, MACF’s assets are approximately $3.3 billion. 

Anne Ray Foundation is a supporting organization, which may make grants only to beneficiary organizations specifically named by Ms. Cargill. Year-end 2022, ARF’s assets are approximately $4.7 billion. 

MACP’s Philosophy of Grantmaking underscores the values and guiding principles of Margaret A. Cargill by: using education and innovation as a means to achieve core purposes; empowering people to be self- sufficient; maintaining a low profile while meeting the needs of others; supporting programs that could have a broad impact, having socially redeeming values and standards, and that value life; and relieving suffering in times of disaster. As a core element of its philosophy, MACP invests in long-term relationships with key grantee organizations in order to find solutions that are consistent with the values of both parties.

To live more fully into our philosophy of grantmaking, we adopted a DEIJ vision statement to guide our work; view it online here. The motivation and guidance for this diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice work is drawn from our mission and vision, our direction from Margaret Cargill, and the caring and compassionate culture we strive for through work with grantees, partners, and each other. Embracing this vision will have a transformational influence on our organization, our partnerships, the work we do, and the impact we ultimately seek.

MACP’s DEIJ Vision and the commitments embodied within are a living document, a guidepost, and they will evolve as we learn and grow. This statement is intended as a framework to guide our shared efforts as we develop the action steps and accountability measures necessary for the next phase of our work.

 



ABOUT THE POSITION
This position provides support to finance operations by processing accounts payable, employee expense reports, maintaining accurate general ledger records, and assisting with various finance tasks such as tax compliance, financial planning, and audit preparation. This position requires attention to detail, confidentiality, and collaboration with other team members. 

The position reports to the Accounting Manager and is a member of the Finance team.

Responsibilities:

  • Process accounts payable ensuring the timely and accurate payment of invoices.
  • Process employee expense reportensuring timely and accurate processing.
  • Maintain accurate general ledger records related to accounts payable and cash transactions; post journal entries as necessary.
  • Perform data entry to support various finance processes, examples include:
    • Identify and aggregate tax compliance data on alternative investment funds.
    • Gather peer benchmarking data for use in financial planning and analysis.
    • Compile investment statements and related data for use in annual audit preparation.
    • Assist with preparation of fair market value information for invested assets and other tax support as directed.
  • Research and correct account discrepancies as directed.
  • Assist with preparation and distribution of financial reports.
  • Support record management and organization.
  • Provide light administrative assistance for the finance team.
  • Support MACP’s vision and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) by contributing to team and organization wide DEIJ goals and efforts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and commitment to intercultural understanding and sensitivity and awareness of systemic racism and other forms of structural injustice.

Education, Experience, & Other Qualifications:

  • An Associate degree in accounting, with relevant work experience preferred; or high school degree or equivalent with 2+ years of experience directly related to the listed duties and responsibilities.
  • Strong technical proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel, with the ability to learn various financial systems.
  • Detail oriented with excellent follow-up and follow-through capabilities.
  • Highly organized and motivated; ability to prioritize, manage multiple tasks and work independently.
  • Ability to interface well with internal and external business associates in a professional manner and to maintain the highest level of confidentiality in both internal and external relationships.
  • Adaptable to various competing demands and a resourceful team-player.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both verbal and written form.

 

ABOUT OUR WORKPLACE
Our community of 115 employees brings expertise from a variety of professional and personal experiences. We are inspired by a common mission, shared values, and the difference we can make by working together.

We are proud to offer a welcoming workplace that supports our employees’ careers, health, and overall wellbeing. We supplement that environment with activities throughout the year that promote collaboration, learning, and fun. Reflecting our investment in staff wellbeing, we have deepened our commitment to flexible work schedules and have implemented an innovative new approach to work arrangements. All MACP staff have a reduced workweek, with half-day Fridays, year-round, with the option of working remotely up to two days per week.

MACP’s home in Eden Prairie, Minnesota is a foundational aspect of our identity, reflecting an organizational commitment to sustainability, balance, and collaboration. In spring 2016, MACP completed a major building expansion, and our LEED Platinum certified building features include sustainable materials, outdoor meeting areas, a fitness room, and unique art and keepsakes from Ms. Cargill’s personal collection and others, that reflect our grantmaking and the communities where we work. Our space is a living reminder of our values.

Eden Prairie is part of the Twin Cities metro area including Minneapolis and St. Paul, which has over 3 million residents and together make up one of the metropolitan areas in the country. A unique blend of small town and major cosmopolitan hub, both urban cores boast a thriving business atmosphere.

For more information about MACP, please visit our website: www.macphilanthropies.org.

 

TRAVEL
Less than 10%


 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment is an office setting with a designated office or workstation at the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies office in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

  • We practice a hybrid work schedule with the expectation that employees will work in-office 3 days per week with the option to work remote up to two days per week. This includes working in the office Tuesday and Wednesday and either Monday or Thursday; all employees work remotely on Friday.
  • There may be occasions where it is required to be in-office more than 3 days in a week or on a day normally scheduled as a remote workday, depending on the role.
  • We practice shared in-office workdays on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and shared work hours between 9am-3pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-12pm Friday.
  • Occasionally, the person in this role may be required to adjust to time pressures and frequent changes. This role may require an irregular schedule.
  • This position is primarily a sedentary role with an adjustable sit/stand desk.
  • The person in this position needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office equipment, attend meetings or events, etc.
  • Occasional or intermittent physical activities may include bending, reaching, twisting, stooping, or climbing.
  • This position requires regular use of a computer to complete work responsibilities. It also includes regularly working with other office equipment and communication technology, such as a videoconferencing, telephone, copy machine, and printer.
  • This role also frequently performs multiple tasks simultaneously and works closely with others as part of a team.

The above statements are not intended to encompass all functions and qualifications of the position; rather, they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position. Job incumbents may be required to perform other functions not specifically addressed in this description.


 

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
MACP has identified a salary range of $52,000- $58,000 for this role. In addition to its compensation offering, MACP provides a comprehensive benefits package consisting of generous health and welfare benefits, PTO, and retirement wealth accumulation offerings to support employees’ careers as well as their lives outside of work. The actual starting salary of the candidate will be commensurate with years, breadth, and depth of relevant experience, education, certifications, credentials, special skills, accomplishments, and other factors relevant to the position. 

 

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, AND ACCESSIBILITY
We know that engaging, building trust, and making a difference relies on the collective wisdom and strength of a truly diverse organization. With this in mind, we strongly welcome the interest of people who bring a variety of lived experiences, including people of color, all gender identities, people from the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, and others who are excited to contribute their skills to our work.

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies is an equal opportunity employer, and we consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

MACP is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations.

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