Current Openings

Finance Specialist/Accounts Payable & Receptionist

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE:  Working under the direction of the Finance Manager, as an integral part of the Finance Team, responsible for processing Accounts Payable, pledge processing and managing the reception desk.

ACCOUNTABILITY:  Finance Manager

POSITION STATUS:  Full-time, hourly, Non-Exempt

SALARY RANGE: $16.40 – $20.00 per hour


  • Receive, audit and process Purchase Orders to ensure accounting codes are appropriate and follow financial procedures for processing/approving invoices for agency operations, initiatives, and grants/contracts. Ensure budgets have sufficient balances to cover expenditures.
  • Allocate expenses using agency cost sharing allocations.
  • Process disbursements to vendors based on reconciliation of invoices, purchase orders and receiving documents.
  • Ensure that all necessary information is maintained to determine 1099 reporting and generation.
  • Maintain AP and grant filing system (Paperless).
  • Provide support to United Way Initiatives.
  • Responsible for financial accuracy and validity of A/P.
  • Perform monthly financial close procedures in a timely manner, including assigned journal entries, bank reconciliations and other monthly reconciliations.
  • Provide accurate data entry for campaign pledges and credit card payments, designations, etc.
  • Provide customer service.
  • Prepare analysis of accounts and produce Financial Reports and research variances as needed for upper management.
  • Assist with agency audit.
  • Handle reception/front desk responsibilities, including answering phone and directing calls.
  • Receive and distribute packages that are delivered to the office, process packing slips.
  • Create purchase orders for agency operations.
  • Facilitate supply and other orders for members of the staff.
  • Assist in other projects and duties within the Finance Division and other divisions as directed by the Chief Financial Officer or President of United Way. 


Associate degree in accounting or equivalent experience.


  • Experience in Non-Profit accounting is preferred.
  • Experience in account payable required.
  • Desire to continue to grow through ongoing professional development training.


  • Experience and demonstrated skills in organization and management of multiple projects and assignments with the ability to set priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work with individuals from all levels and backgrounds, to work well independently as well as part of a team, and to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience with, and understanding of, Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and databases. Must have the ability and desire to learn new and/or customized software.
  • Excellent planning, evaluation, and research skills. Must have the ability to analyze and manage a variety of data.  Very detail oriented.
  • Strong oral and written English language skills. Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, Excel with ability to learn new and/or customized software.

To apply, please send an email (Subject Line: FINANCE SPECIALIST) with cover letter and résumé to:

The Organization

United Way of Central New York is an innovative and collaborative nonprofit organization that drives solutions to the most pressing human service community needs in the region. Through our advocacy and relevant leadership, we provide options for impactful giving, and we fund programs and initiatives that help create a thriving community. Our engaged staff, board, volunteers, donors, and partnerships distinguish us as a trusted champion for positive change. We are guided by our values of compassion, empowerment, collaboration, leadership, and inclusion.

Our mission is to improve lives in the region by mobilizing the caring power of the community. We believe in the promise and importance of creative thinking, strategic leadership, and strong collaborations to help bring about change. Our intention is to help make measurable progress in improving the lives of others.

This job description is not an exclusive statement of the responsibilities of the position. Other appropriate duties may be required.

United Way is an equal opportunity employer. Diverse applicants are encouraged to apply.

United Way of Central New York is an equal opportunity employer. Diverse applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please note: We welcome resumes from qualified candidates applying for specific open positions, but we do not retain unsolicited resumes submitted for general consideration. We ask candidates to apply separately for each position for which they would like to be considered.