Oakland, California
Position is non-exempt and pays between $26.44 - $28.84 per hour w/generous benefits
Feb 23, 2021
Mar 25, 2021
Job Function
Accounting / Finance
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Some college
Willingness to Travel
Not willing to travel
Experience Level

Position summary: 

The Bookkeeper position processes the majority of Common Counsel’s financial transactions in accordance with the organization’s policies and procedures. They are responsible for a high quantity of financial data entry and for ensuring the accuracy of that data. The bookkeeper reports to the CFO and works closely with a number of Common Counsel Foundation staff and partners. 

Responsibilities include: 

Processing financial transactions (85% of time) 

● Processes accounts payable in 
● Enters deposits, credit card charges, and accounts payable in FundEZ accounting software 
● Tracks on and processes data entry related to Electronic Fund Transfers 
● Supports the CFO in processing grants checks 
● Conducts all work in accordance with organizational policies and procedures 
● Researches questions and inquires as needed 
● Support monthly bank reconciliation processes
● Verifies the accuracy of accounting data 
● Generates reports as needed 

Systems and relationship management (15% of time) 

● Maintains support documentation, files and accounting records 
● Works with and productively communicates with staff, vendors and partners regarding financial transactions 
● Manages the finance department’s email account 
● Works with the grant teams to reconcile the grants GL detail 
● Collaborates with staff on projects as needed 

Candidates for the Bookkeeper position typically have /are: 

● Either formal accounting training and / or an accounting degree, or 3+ years of experience working in a bookkeeper role 
● Knowledge of and experience working with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles 
● Ability to pass an a bookkeeping test 
● Comfort and experience working in Excel and Google Sheets 
● Experience working in accounting software required 
● Experience with Fund EZ accounting software desirable, but not required
● Ability to work well independently 
● Close attention to detail 
● Strong communication and relationship skills 
● Experience working in a nonprofit or philanthropic organization is helpful but not required 
● Ability to work in the office, in downtown Oakland 1-2 days per week when it is safe to do so helpful but not required 


Common Counsel provides equal employment opportunities to all employees, volunteers and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. All positions at Common Counsel involve frequent use of a computer and telephone. This position at times, may need to lift boxes and equipment. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with differing abilities to perform the essential functions of their position.