Accounting Assistant

  • Grantmakers for Education
  • Portland, OR, USA
Full Time Accounting Education Nonprofit

Job Description

Accounting Assistant

Grantmakers for Education (GFE) is seeking a professional who relishes the behind-the-scenes work of supporting a team to join us in achieving our mission of strengthening philanthropy to improve outcomes and expand opportunities for all learners. 

Our Organization:

Grantmakers for Education’s mission is clear: strengthen philanthropy to improve outcomes and expand opportunities for all learners by serving as a trusted partner for all education philanthropists as they adapt to the changes impacting our world. GFE brings together hundreds of private and public philanthropies committed to improving public education, including closing the achievement gap for students from all backgrounds, improving teaching and leadership and fostering innovation and new models for learning. We provide a forum for interaction and engagement for our members that builds upon and deepens the effect of their individual investments by enhancing their knowledge about effective education strategies and high-impact grantmaking strategies.

It is an exciting and inspiring time to join our team as we position the organization to exceed the expectations and needs of its members and continue to develop programs and services that focus on the most critical education matters ahead.

 GFE offers a culture of committed team members working toward a common cause, competitive wage and benefits options, and generous vacation policies. The organization is virtual, but the ideal location for the accounting assistant is Portland, Oregon.

 For more information about our work and results, please visit

 Position Overview:

Grantmakers for Education accounting assistant will support a highly functional environment in which GFE is on track to achieve our mission goals by creating and maintaining high-quality financial records and efficient operational organization. We are looking for a self-starter to handle the day-to-day accounting responsibilities. The clerk will work directly with the controller to provide essential support and outstanding customer service to both internal and external customers.

Essential Functions:

  • Process accounts
  • Process accounts
  • Support
  • Perform light front desk responsibilities including answering phones
  • Provide exceptional customer service to internal and external customers
  • Support annual
  • Support annual conference.
  • Process monthly

Key Qualifications:

We are seeking a professional with strong communication skills, willingness to pitch in, and outstanding attention to detail. Successful candidates will have previous accounting experience and demonstrate that they are a self-starter with the ability to meet deadlines, while maintaining high quality customer service. 

  • 2 years full cycle accounting
  • Experience with QuickBooks preferred.
  • Attention to
  • Excellent communication
  • Outstanding organizational
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office suite (Excel, Word and Outlook).
  • Experience in or knowledge of education reform and/or philanthropy a plus.


GFE currently operates a nationwide virtual organization with a home base in Portland, Oregon. This position is located at our Portland office.

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter detailing your qualifications and interest in the position to All applications should follow the subject line “[Name] Accounting Assistant  Application”. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be open until filled.


Corporate Accounting

Education Requirements

High School Diploma


Competitive compensation, an excellent benefits package (including fully paid health insurance and a generous employer retirement contribution)