About the CRA & CRF

Founded in 1933, the Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA) is the leading trade organization for the state’s dynamic foodservice industry, which is a driving force for the Colorado economy. Our sole purpose is to protect restaurant businesses and help them thrive. The CRA is run by restaurateurs, for restaurants.

The Colorado Restaurant Foundation (CRF) was established in 1987. As the philanthropic foundation of the CRA, the CRF’s mission of service is dedicated to enhancing the industry’s workforce training and education, career development, and the overall well-being of the industry and its employees.

The CRA/CRF is an equal opportunity employer, offering competitive salaries and benefits in a supportive, fast-paced working environment.

Controller

Reports to: CRA President & CEO
Job type: Exempt Full-time Position
Direct reports: Office Manager/Accounting Assistant

SALARY RANGE:

$85,000-$105,000 plus bonus potential and benefits

BENEFITS:

The CRA offers competitive salary, vacation and PTO leave, health insurance, dental benefits, vision benefits, 401K, discretionary retirement contribution, short and long-term disability, life insurance, private office, and free parking. $50/mo. in cell-phone reimbursement. Corporate credit card provided for work-related expenses.

Approximately 50% remote work is allowed.

POSITION SUMMARY:

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Controller plays a central role in the development, maintenance, direction and oversight of the organization’s (CRF, Host Pac and HI-Pac) finance and accounting activities. The controller works independently and collaboratively with staff, the President & CEO and Board members.

The Controller will lead all day-to-day finance operations and either perform or oversee team members with functional responsibilities including accounting, payroll, employee benefit administration, limited HR functions, office, IT, and building management.

The Controller is accountable for the accounting operations of the company, to include the production of periodic financial reports, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, a comprehensive set of controls and budgets designed to mitigate risk, enhance the accuracy of the association’s reported financial results, and ensure that reported results comply with generally accepted accounting principles.

As a member of the senior leadership team, the Controller will work closely with fellow leadership and their staff, not only to educate them regarding finance and accounting procedures but also to explore how the finance function can support program operations.

PRIMARY DUTIES

FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING LEADERSHIP:

  • Continuously monitors critical areas of internal financial controls, identifies problems, and implements corrective action.
    • Ensures annual audits are performed; coordinates all audit activity including scheduling, preparation of requests, review of financial statements and 990 and 990T tax returns.
    • Coordinates the annual budgeting process for all CRA organizations, collaborating with staff on preparing final budgets to be presented to Boards of Directors.
    • Manages relationships with external and internal entities including banks and investment advisors.
    • Reviews and advises on all contracts that have a financial impact on the organization and assures that management is well-aware of the financial implications of entering into those contracts.
    • Communicates financial and compliance matters to executive and management team.
    • Supervises the processing of all accounts payable and receivable activities.
    • Prepares bank reconciliations, performs all general ledger activities including journal entries, reconciliation and analysis
    • Consistently analyzes financial data and presents financial reports in an accurate and timely manner and provides feedback to appropriate staff regarding budgetary status; ensures that accounting practices comply with GAAP standards
    • Works with the organizations’ financial advisors to track performance of investments in keeping with policies and investment guidelines.
    • Facilitates filing of tax returns for all CRA Chapters, liaising with Chapter leadership as needed.
    • Ensures all government-required reports are filed in a timely manner (PAC filings, SOS filings)
    • Represents CRA at meetings as directed by President & CEO.

PAYROLL, HUMAN RESOURCES, AND EMPLOYEE BENEFIT ADMINISTRATION:

  • Processes semi-monthly, commission and any special payrolls
    • HR recordkeeping (payroll, benefits, employee 401k and retirement plan)
    • Performs Human Resources duties as assigned by President & CEO
    • Serves as a benefit administrator for employee benefit programs (including insurance and employee retirement plan)

OTHER DUTIES

  • Oversees Office, Building and IT Management functions of the Office Manager
    • Oversees Association Management Software for the Association (currently Atlas)
    • Other duties as assigned by President & CEO.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance-related area.
    • Solid experience in coordinating audit activities, financial reporting, budget development, A/P, A/R, general ledger, payroll, benefit administration
    • Advanced knowledge of accounting and reporting software as well as experience with Membership databases in terms of extracting financial information
    • Excellent attention to detail, problem-solving skills, communication, organizational and computer skills.
    • Ability to exercise professional discretion and discernment, independent judgement and business acumen.
    • Integrity, personal accountability and exceptional ethics.
    • Acumen in maintaining accurate financial records and preparing clear and accurate reports for informational, auditing, and operational use.
    • Comfortable with presenting to large groups, including Boards of Directors and Committees
    • Proficiency in clearly communicating information about finances and accounting issues to non-accountants and individuals with varying levels of financial expertise
    • Familiarity with specialized nonprofit industry accounting practices, reporting requirements, and procedures required.
    • Direct experience working in a non-profit environment, with a similar level of responsibility
    • Provide leadership in strengthening internal communications with staff at all levels throughout the organization; create and promote a positive and supportive work environment.
    • Working knowledge of Quickbooks, Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel
    • Ability to work overtime as needed.

TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter along with your resume and salary requirements to jobs@corestaurant.org. All submissions received will be kept confidential. Only complete submissions will be considered for the position.

Office Manager/Accounting Assistant

Reports to: CRA President & CEO and Accounting Manager
Job type: Exempt Full-time Position
Direct reports: None

SALARY RANGE:

$55,000 – $62,500/year plus potential year-end bonus

BENEFITS:

The CRA offers competitive salary, vacation and PTO leave, health insurance, dental benefits, vision benefits, 401K, discretionary retirement contribution, short and long-term disability, life insurance, private office, and free parking. $50/mo. in cell-phone reimbursement. Corporate credit card provided for work-related expenses.

Approximately 50% remote work is allowed.

POSITION SUMMARY:

Assists the Accounting Manager with Accounting and Bookkeeping tasks. Oversees day to day Building and Office management and maintenance. Greets walk in visitors, answers telephones and runs reception.

PRIMARY DUTIES

ACCOUNTING:

  • Administer the entire Accounts Payable process including invoice approval, voucher entry and issuing payments
    • Prepare tax information related to the A/P process including W-9 forms and 1099 forms
    • Process receipts: post all credit card, cash and check receipts to appropriate system.
    • Prepare and file sales & use tax returns
    • Make bank deposits as needed
    • Prepare journal entries as assigned
    • Manage the installment billing processes
    • Responsible for membership billings and invoicing for miscellaneous products and services
    • A/R follow-up
    • GL reconciliations as assigned
    • Prepare cash bank, credit card terminals, etc. for events
    • Assist in budget process and annual audit preparation

BUILDING AND OFFICE MANAGEMENT:

  • Act as liaison and manage contracts with vendors relating to:
    o building cleaning, maintenance, and repairs
    o office equipment such as telephone, postage meter and copiers
    o computer and network equipment
    o service providers such as document shredding, office supplies and refreshments

OTHER DUTIES

  • Assist CEO by prioritizing mail, communicating with board and membership as needed, coordinating travel, etc.
    • Answers telephone, greets walk-in visitors
    • Makes bank deposits
    • Sorts mail
    • Assist as needed at association and foundation events, primarily with registration
    • Other duties as assigned

CONTACT WITH OTHERS

  • Frequent interaction with association staff, members, and outside vendors

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:

  • Associates Degree in Accounting, Business or related field or equivalent experience
    • 5 years relevant professional experience
    • Understanding of fundamental accounting principles.
    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and QuickBooks or other widely used accounting software package
    • Experience with Association Management database software
    • Self directed, results-oriented work style with ability to work in close harmony with others and willingness to accept responsibility and personal accountability
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to work with a diverse group of people required
    • Good organizational skills and detail-oriented work style

TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter along with your resume and salary requirements to jobs@corestaurant.org. All submissions received will be kept confidential. Only complete submissions will be considered for the position.

Accounting Manager

Reports to: CRA President & CEO
Job type: Exempt Full-time Position
Direct reports: Office Manager/Accounting Assistant

SALARY RANGE:

$75,000-$90,000 plus bonus potential and benefits

BENEFITS:

The CRA offers competitive salary, vacation and PTO leave, health insurance, dental benefits, vision benefits, 401K, discretionary retirement contribution, short and long-term disability, life insurance, private office, and free parking. $50/mo. in cell-phone reimbursement. Corporate credit card provided for work-related expenses.

Approximately 50% remote work is allowed.

POSITION SUMMARY:

This position has growth potential to Controller. Reporting to the President and CEO, the Accounting Manager plays a central role in the development, maintenance, direction and oversight of the organization’s (CRF, Host Pac and HI-Pac) finance and accounting activities. The Accounting Manager works independently and collaboratively with staff, the President & CEO and Board members.

The Accounting Manager will lead all day-to-day finance operations and either perform or oversee team members with functional responsibilities including accounting, payroll, employee benefit administration, limited HR functions, office, IT, and building management.

The Accounting Manager is accountable for the accounting operations of the company, to include the production of periodic financial reports, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, a comprehensive set of controls and budgets designed to mitigate risk, enhance the accuracy of the association’s reported financial results, and ensure that reported results comply with generally accepted accounting principles.

FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING LEADERSHIP

  • Continuously monitors critical areas of internal financial controls, identifies problems, and implements corrective action.
    • Ensures annual audits are performed; coordinates all audit activity including scheduling, preparation of requests, review of financial statements and 990 and 990T tax returns.
    • Coordinates the annual budgeting process for all CRA organizations, collaborating with staff on preparing final budgets to be presented to Boards of Directors.
    • Manages relationships with external and internal entities including banks and investment advisors.
    • Assists CEO in review of all contracts that have a financial impact on the organization and assures that management is well-aware of the financial implications of entering into those contracts.
    • Communicates financial and compliance matters to executive and management team.
    • Supervises the processing of all accounts payable and receivable activities.
    • Prepares bank reconciliations, performs all general ledger activities including journal entries, reconciliation and analysis
    • Consistently analyzes financial data and presents financial reports in an accurate and timely manner and provides feedback to appropriate staff regarding budgetary status; ensures that accounting practices comply with GAAP standards
    • Assists with CEO in working with the organizations’ financial advisors to track performance of investments in keeping with policies and investment guidelines.
    • Facilitates filing of tax returns for all CRA Chapters, liaising with Chapter leadership as needed.
    • Ensures all government-required reports are filed in a timely manner (PAC filings, SOS filings)
    • Represents CRA at meetings as directed by President & CEO.

PAYROLL, HUMAN RESOURCES, AND EMPLOYEE BENEFIT ADMINISTRATION

  • Processes semi-monthly, commission and any special payrolls
    • HR recordkeeping (payroll, benefits, employee 401k and retirement plan)
    • Performs Human Resources duties as assigned by President & CEO
    • Serves as a benefit administrator for employee benefit programs (including insurance and employee retirement plan)

OTHER DUTIES

  • Oversees Office, Building and IT Management functions of the Office Manager
    • Oversees Association Management Software for the Association (currently Atlas)
    • Other duties as assigned by President & CEO.
    • Limited travel required.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance-related area.
    • Solid experience in coordinating audit activities, financial reporting, budget development, A/P, A/R, general ledger, payroll, benefit administration
    • Advanced knowledge of accounting and reporting software as well as experience with Membership databases in terms of extracting financial information
    • Excellent attention to detail, problem-solving skills, communication, organizational and computer skills.
    • Ability to exercise professional discretion and discernment, independent judgement and business acumen.
    • Integrity, personal accountability and exceptional ethics.
    • Acumen in maintaining accurate financial records and preparing clear and accurate reports for informational, auditing, and operational use.
    • Comfortable with presenting to large groups, including Boards of Directors and Committees
    • Proficiency in clearly communicating information about finances and accounting issues to non-accountants and individuals with varying levels of financial expertise
    • Familiarity with specialized nonprofit industry accounting practices, reporting requirements, and procedures.
    • Experience with non-profit accounting a plus.
    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel required
    • Working knowledge of Quickbooks a plus
    • Ability to work overtime as needed.

TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter along with your resume and salary requirements to jobs@corestaurant.org. All submissions received will be kept confidential. Only complete submissions will be considered for the position.

CRA Events & Sponsorship Coordinator

Reports to: CRA Events & Sponsorship Director
Job type: Exempt Full-time Position
Direct reports: Event Coordinator

SALARY RANGE:

$45,000-55,000 annually, plus potential for bonus

BENEFITS:

The CRA offers competitive salary, vacation and PTO leave, health insurance, dental benefits, vision benefits, 401K, discretionary retirement contribution, short and long-term disability, life insurance, private office, and free parking. $50/mo. in cell-phone reimbursement. Corporate credit card provided for work-related expenses.

Approximately 50% remote work is allowed.

RESPONSIBILITES:

  • Assisting the Events & Sponsorship Director in planning and executing all events for the CRA and CRF, including the Colorado Restaurant & Bar Show, the Restaurant Advocacy Fund Golf Tournament, the Annual Blue Ribbon Legislative Reception, the Industry Spotlight Awards, Denver Food + Wine Festival, Drink Red Wear Red, the CO ProStart Student Invitational, scholarship awards celebration, fundraising events, and other events as necessary
  • Supporting meetings, programs, and events for all boards and committees of the CRA & CRF as needed
  • Assisting with all sponsorship fulfillment
  • Overseeing ServSafe program, including scheduling classes with trainer(s), handling all registrations for classes, working with the Communication Director on marketing classes, ordering supplies as needed and mailing out class materials. Proctor exams as needed.
  • Working with the Communication Director to support and assist in developing written communication surrounding events/program and presentations for a diverse audience including restaurants, CRA members, CRF program participants, sponsors, providers, partners, media, and staff
  • Cultivating and maintaining strong working relationships
  • Other duties as needed

The ideal candidate is an energetic, polished professional who thrives on multi-tasking, problem solving, and providing incomparable external and internal customer service, while using discretion and maintaining strict confidentiality in dealing with a diverse assortment of individuals and issues. Ability to be flexible, proactive, resourceful, and efficient is crucial to this position.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) plus some experience in events or meeting coordination
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication, organization, and presentation skills; expertise in diffusing pressure situations
  • Self-directed, results-oriented work style with strong decision-making skills and the ability to work independently or in close harmony with a small team
  • Discriminating attention to detail, setting priorities, and meeting deadlines
  • Demonstrated success in addressing the needs of a diverse group of individuals
  • Strong aptitude with desktop and network-based software applications, including expert level proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Basic HTML and website experience preferred
  • Experience with database management; experience with membership database software preferred
  • Experience in graphics programs a bonus, including Adobe InDesign and Photoshop
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English is a huge plus

TRAVEL:

Some travel in Colorado required

CONTACT WITH OTHERS:

Considerable interaction with CRA staff and members, NRA staff, CRA Chapters, speakers and trainers

TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter along with your resume and salary requirements to jobs@corestaurant.org. All submissions received will be kept confidential. Only complete submissions will be considered for the position.

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