Carolina Raptor Center – Finance Manager

Categories: Job Opportunities

Position Description:
Finance Manager

Part time (20-25 hours/week) with the potential to move to full time within 2 years



Carolina Raptor Center

6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC 28078

Founded:  1981

Reports To: Executive Director


Join a growing non-profit team in a key role overseeing the organization’s accounting, payroll processing and financial reporting. This part time position provides flexibility and has the potential to grow to full time over the next two years.


Must be a QuickBooks wizard,  have a command of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and be able to communicate timely financial information to CRC Leadership and Board. If you have impeccable organizational skills, an independent work ethic, are detail driven and thrive as a member of a team, we are interested in talking with you. We are seeking a self-starter who demonstrates the ability to balance priorities well and the intellectual curiosity to stay abreast of business best practices and trends.


Carolina Raptor Center — Organizational Description

A Charlotte institution for nearly 40 years, Carolina Raptor Center is at the precipice of amazing change as it gets set to move into Quest – a state-of-the-art environmental education center located at Latta Nature Preserve. The organization is seeking an organized, experienced financial professional to assist with the management of this new cultural asset and further establish the Raptor Center as a top Charlotte destination for hands-on STEM engagement.


Carolina Raptor Center ignites imaginations and inspires engagement in the natural world through the exploration and rehabilitation of birds of prey.



When the first raptor – a Broad-winged Hawk — was brought to UNC-Charlotte ornithologist Dr. Richard Brown in 1975, the concept of Carolina Raptor Center was “hatched.” In 1979, six additional birds were admitted into a makeshift clinic in the basement of UNCC’s biology building.

In 1981, Carolina Raptor Center was co-founded by Dr. Brown and Deb Sue Griffin and incorporated as a non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation.  By 1984, CRC had outgrown its modest accommodations at UNCC and an effort was made to find a new site. The Latta Nature Preserve proved a suitable site, though the Center would not have a permanent facility until the Environmental Education Center was built in 1992.

Though raptor rescue was the original reason for its founding, CRC’s public-facing education trail soon became a primary way most local residents come to learn about the organization.  From the early-1990s to today, CRC has increased its capacity to serve both raptors and the public, becoming one of the state’s most well-known science centers.


Carolina Raptor Center ignites imaginations and engages people in the natural world through the exploration and rehabilitation of birds of prey. Nearly 1,000 raptors are rehabilitated by the organization each year, making it one of the largest volume raptor rehabilitation centers of its kind in the world.  Carolina Raptor Center is also home to 85 permanent resident birds – eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, vultures, and corvids. The role of these animals and the staff that care for them is to educate the public about birds of prey, the environment and impact we have on these as humans with the ultimate goal of inspiring the public to protect wildlife and preserve habitats. More than 30,000 people visit annually to walk the Raptor Trail and get nose to beak with the birds.

Each year, more than 27,000 school children explore natural history, biology, physics and math concepts in formal education programs run by Carolina Raptor Center. Programs are held on campus at in classrooms throughout the region. Though the organization is based in Mecklenburg County and serves many local children, the organization’s education footprint extends throughout North and South Carolina.



Following nearly a decade of discussion and visioning, Carolina Raptor Center, in partnership with Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation, is building a new state-of-the-art Center at the Latta Nature Preserve. This once-in-a-generation project, “Quest,” promises to increase Carolina Raptor Center’s impact across a wide spectrum of audiences to include expanded conservation efforts, increased educational programming, access for underserved communities, and significant economic impact in the region.

The Quest project includes the design and construction of a modern, 13,000+ sq ft Center with interactive indoor exhibits, expanded learning spaces, increased administration space and improved amenities for guests. In addition to the new facility, Carolina Raptor Center is constructing a new Raptor Trail system to include aviaries for more than 35 species of raptors and a technologically-advanced amphitheater. The project also includes a renovated Raptor Medical Center to include increased capacity for the care and treatment of injured raptors.

More than 100,000 visitors are expected to visit Quest annually when the doors open in 2021. Carolina Raptor Center intends to capitalize on being one of the most visited cultural assets in the region, expanding awareness of the organization’s mission and exhibits, and deepening relationships with constituents new and old.


The Role

The Finance Manager is a key member of the Carolina Raptor Center Management Team, overseeing the organization’s general ledger accounting, payroll processing and financial reporting for decision making. The position is now part-time with the potential to grow to full-time over the next two years.


The organization is seeking an experienced professional with extensive QuickBooks experience, understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and the ability to communicate timely financial information to CRC Leadership and Board. The successful applicant will be organized, able to work independently, be detail-oriented and function as a member of the team. The Finance Manager is a self-starter, has an affinity for balancing priorities well, and stays abreast of business best practices and trends.


Professional Responsibilities


MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:                                        % of Time Spent

  1. Managing General Ledger                                      70%
  2. Payroll  / Personnel records                                    25%
  3. Business Office                                                       5%



  • Manage all accounts receivable and payable
  • Prepare deposits
  • Reconcile bank statements for multiple bank accounts
  • Manage Capital Campaign payments in QuickBooks and maintain records
  • Create Monthly Financial Reports
  • Participate in monthly Finance Committee meeting to discuss financial status
  • File and pay NC and SC Sales taxes
  • Monitor Endowment Activity
  • Assist with development of organizational budget
  • Prepare for annual audit and assist auditor as needed



  • Maintain personnel records
  • Process Payroll



  • Maintain records related to banking accounts, vendors, licenses, contracts, and insurance policies


    1. Executive Director
    2. Associate Executive Director
    3. Director of Advancement
    4. Visitor Experience Manager
    5. CRC Department leaders
    6. Board Finance Committee / Treasurer
    7. External Auditor




  1. Minimum of Associate’s degree in business, accounting, finance, management, or other like program.
  2. Minimum of 5 years’ experience in bookkeeping required, non-profit experience preferred
  3. Computer skills: QuickBooks, Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) with strong Excel skills, and online payroll processing
  4. Valid North Carolina Drivers’ License
  5. Impeccable organizational skills
  6. Good oral and written communication skills
  7. Ability to perform to high standards with tight and demanding time schedules.
  8. Demonstrate ability to work effectively with staff, Board and vendors.
  9. Ability to effectively prioritize work/goals.
  10. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and manage time appropriately.
  11. Professional manner
  12. Understanding of CRC mission


Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

POSITION CATEGORY: Non-exempt, part-time (20 – 25 hours per week, ability to work remotely several days per week)

STARTING SALARY RANGE: $20 – $22 per hour based on experience


To Apply

Carolina Raptor Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its work and staff. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal law. Carolina Raptor Center encourages candidates of all groups and communities to apply for this position.


Now and running through July 25, 2020 all inquiries, nominations and applications are to be directed via email to Jim Warren:  Applications must include a custom cover letter and CV / Resume to be considered.  Please indicate in the subject line of your email the position and organization to which you are applying and where you learned of the opportunity. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.


Please note that only those candidates invited for screening will be contacted. A background check will be performed before a final offer is made.