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Finance and Business Manager 

About the Organization Circus Smirkus is a nonprofit arts and education organization based in Greensboro, Vermont. Our mission is to promote the skills, culture and traditions of the traveling circus, and to inspire youth to engage in life-changing adventures in the circus arts.  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

TITLE: Finance and Business Manager

Reports To: Executive Artistic Director

Classification: Regular Part Time (32hrs/week)

FLSA Status: Exempt

Location: Smirkus HQ in Greensboro, VT and remote

Department: Administration

Last Updated: January 2022

JOB SUMMARY: (What is done and why.)

The Finance and Business Manager oversees Circus Smirkus's administrative and financial functions including accounting, workflows, and software functions. This individual works closely with Smirkus department heads and directors on the implementation and management of a variety of projects to improve the financial efficiency and sustainability of the organization and to strengthen its infrastructure. This role can be partially remote for candidates in NH, VT, or MA.

(Majority of duties, but not meant to be all-inclusive nor to prevent other duties from being assigned as necessary.)

  • Develop and manage the organization's budget, forecasts, and cash flow projections
  • Manage the entire accounting and finance function from transactional to month end close and reporting. The business manager is responsible for monthly and annual financial reports.
  • Oversee and coordinate Smirkus' IT functions, databases, hardware, software, policies and procedures, including ongoing improvements and upgrades as appropriate. Work within multiple software platforms, including ticketing, concessions, program registration, payroll, and donor database.
  • Manage all internal audit processes and responses to requested external audits.
  • Implement risk management and legal compliance with federal, state, and local regulations, business and financial policies and accounting practices.
  • Negotiate with vendors and/or consultants; procure, monitor, and manage business services. Review letters of agreement, contracts, leases, and other legal documents and agreements.
  • Prepare ongoing sales tax and payroll reporting in five-plus states.
  • Review and prepare annual insurance budgets and manage multistate audits.
  • Provide supervision, support, and guidance to all operations and business office staff
  • Promote and maintain an organizational culture that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse top-quality staff. Ensure the organizational environment is centered on excellence, innovation, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Act as primary staff liaison to the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors
  • Continue to streamline and professionalize business operations across the company

Position Requirements

(Minimum education, experience, technical and communication skill levels and licenses/certificates normally required to perform the duties of this position.)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, Management, or Finance strongly preferred. Advanced degree or CPA license ideal. Various combinations of education and experience may be considered as appropriate. Minimum of five years of Accounting/Finance experience that includes budget development, accrual basis bookkeeping, nonprofit accounting, and QuickBooks Online. Must be proficient in Microsoft Excel and adept at picking up various cloud systems and generating data for import for journal entries and month-end reconciliation process.
  • Excellent people skills and experience collaborating with a diverse and dynamic team.
  • Flexible and a self-starter. Able to set priorities and multi-task while also being highly detail-oriented.

(Typical working conditions associated with this type of work and environmental hazards, if any, that may be encountered in performing the duties of this position.)

  • Internal: Work is performed in an office environment or remote. Some work may be performed in areas where there is circus equipment, in a gymnasium, or in a circus tent.
  • External: Work may require limited travel throughout New England as well as within the Greensboro and Craftsbury area.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (The physical effort generally associated with the position.)

Work involves standing, walking, bending, kneeling, reaching, stooping, and other physical activities consistent with an office environment. Infrequently, the work may include lifting, carrying and delivering products and equipment to the programs.


Supervision is received from the Executive Artistic Director. Direct supervision is provided to the Bookkeeper and Administrative Coordinator.


Circus Smirkus celebrates all types of peoples, cultures, and skills to showcase the multifaceted triumph of human abilities, particularly among our youth population. Joining Circus Smirkus – as a participant, an employee, a volunteer, or an audience member – means you belong. And to all who join, Smirkus asks for you to embrace our values and to help us create joy and magic for everyone who encounters a Smirkus program. We commit to providing everyone equal opportunity to shine— both in and out of the ring..


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