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Staff Accountant

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Full Time
Posted August 27, 2020

Job Title: Staff Accountant

Reports To: Deputy Director
Position Status: Full-time salary, individual contributor
Compensation: $52,000 – $55,000 per year, commensurate with experience

Email CV and Resume to jobs@mcadenver.org no later than 5pm on Friday, September 4, 2020

POSITION SUMMARY: The Staff Accountant is primarily responsible for maintaining financial records and reports in accordance with GAAP and non-profit accounting standards, performing account reconciliations and close processes, assisting with annual budgeting and audit cycles.   This position reports directly to the Deputy Director and works closely with staff members in all departments to ensure timely and accurate financial statements and reconciliations occur. A successful candidate is one that exhibits excellent communication, organizational and analytical skills while supporting a team of creative museum professionals.


  1. Maintain financial reports, records, and general ledger accounts.
  2. Prepare journal entries, analyses and account reconciliations contributing to an on-time monthly close process.
  3. Process accounts payable and conduct monthly statement review to resolve any billing issues.
  4. Ensure compliance with GAAP and non-profit accounting standards.
  5. Partner with external auditors to provide impeccable documentation for all information requests.
  6. Coordinate with the Database Manager to reconcile pledge and donation revenue with donor database records.
  7. Track and complete all financial reporting for grant awards.
  8. Assist with annual and quarterly strategic budgeting and forecasting modeling and inputs.
  9. Process 1099 forms as required.
  10. Act as a liaison to external administrative partners including HR benefits, payroll, retirement plans, insurance brokers and others as required.
  11. Create, maintain, and regularly update all accounting procedural manuals and process documentation.
  12. Consistently review and make suggestions for operational process improvement.
  13. Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance preferred.
  • A minimum of three years’ professional experience in accounting or finance required.
  • Non-profit accounting experience and FASB 116 & 117 preferred.
  • Superior proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Demonstrated ability to adhere to deadlines and successfully manage ad hoc projects independently.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to represent the museum with a high level of integrity and professionalism, interact in an effective, tactful and professional manner with staff members, donors, board members, volunteers and external partners.
  • Display a positive, collaborative attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate a professional demeanor, common sense and good listening ability.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team with a proactive attitude to achieve individual and team goals.
  • Passion for and knowledge of contemporary art a plus.


The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to travel independently within museum office and spaces, and in the communities served. The position requires verbal and written conversation with others, sitting, moving throughout the museum, reaching, lifting/moving objects up to 25 pounds, and use of hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The position occasionally requires speaking for an extended period. Vision abilities required by the job include close vision.


The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) explores the art and culture of our time through rotating exhibitions and public educational programs. Featuring international, national, and regional artists, MCA Denver exhibitions impact the field of contemporary art and enrich our community. Through dynamic adult and youth education programs and other creative events, the museum cultivates a culturally engaged community and a healthy, creative place of belonging for teens.

We believe we are paving a new path for a 21st century museum that is Both/And: We are both advancing the field of contemporary art and providing a platform for creative expression, in the broadest sense of the term. We present both world-class exhibitions and quirky events, serious lectures and epic parties. We are both sophisticated and unpretentious. By continually breaking conventions ourselves, we promote the values of risk-taking and newness in the hearts and minds of Denverites.

MCA Denver was founded in 1996 by philanthropist Sue Cannon and a group of committed volunteers and artists who responded to the community’s desire for a contemporary art museum in Denver. For seven years, MCA Denver occupied a renovated fish market in Sakura Square in lower downtown Denver. In 2003, Mark Falcone and Ellen Bruss, members of MCA Denver’s Board of Trustees, donated a gift of land in Denver’s Central Platte Valley in order to realize the organization’s goal of building a permanent home for contemporary art in Denver. In October 2007, MCA Denver opened its new, 27,000-square foot, environmentally sustainable facility in the Riverfront neighborhood of lower downtown Denver, designed by acclaimed architect David Adjaye. The building has five galleries on two floors as well as dedicated education spaces, a gift shop, an innovative art lending library, and a rooftop café.

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