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Governor's Early Literacy Foundation

Finance Coordinator

Governor's Early Literacy Foundation


Job Summary

Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF) equips Tennessee’s children with books and innovative literacy tools that encourage lifelong learning for a brighter future. GELF is a non-partisan 501c3 driven by a mission to strengthen early literacy in Tennessee by acting as a thought leader, advisor, and catalyst for programs across the state. These programs include Birth-5 Book Delivery through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, K-3 Home Library, Caregiver Engagement, Book Buses, and Storybook Trails. GELF was founded in 2004 by former Gov. Phil Bredesen as a public-private partnership to sustain Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Tennessee, giving all birth to age five children the opportunity to receive books in the mail at no cost to families. GELF has grown from solely a book-gifting program partner to an early literacy organization driven by a vision where all Tennessee children have access to the resources, guidance, and support they need to become lifelong learners.  

Job Summary 

Join our team at Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation as a key player in our finance department. The Finance Coordinator reports to the Director of Finance and is primarily responsible for providing support to the financial department by managing daily accounting tasks. In this role, you’ll be a part of a team of professionals working to maintain order and transparency regarding the foundation’s finances. 

The Finance Coordinator is a proactive, independent professional capable of thinking strategically and creatively with a strong desire to learn. This driven, competent individual thrives in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment and has strong written and verbal communication skills. A team player who desires to grow professionally and personally in a dynamic organizational culture. A collaborative decision-maker, the ideal candidate solves problems, keeps track of small details, and appreciates the urgency to strengthen early literacy in Tennessee. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Manage accounting functions including maintenance of the internal general ledger, accounts payable, and accounts receivable.
  • Reconcile monthly bank statements and maintain accurate financial records.
  • Support month-end and year-end close processes.
  • Assist with the creation and review of the foundation’s accounting policies.
  • Assist with the preparation and review of detailed monthly actual to budget variance reports.
  • Assist internal and external auditors during annual routine audits.
  • Assist with the preparation of supporting documents for the annual Form 990 file



  • A bachelor’s degree with a concentration in accounting is preferred.
  • Solid understanding of basic bookkeeping and accounting.
  • Knowledge of non-profit accounting is a plus.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Excellent organizational abilities.
  • Driven, self-motivated, and goal-oriented.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office 365; Salesforce and Accounting software a plus

Additional Information


  • Competitive salary $60-$65,000
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • TN Consolidated Retirement
  • 401K
  • Professional Development allowance
  • Great team and office culture

How to Apply

To apply, please follow this LINK. After you have completed the assessment, please send your resume and cover letter to careers@governorsfoundation.org.

Qualified candidates will be contacted by phone or email for in-person interviews

NOTE: Our foundation is currently working on a hybrid schedule of in-office and remote work. This role will be expected to be in our offices on Wed/Thurs and ‘as needed’.


  • Date Posted: March 26, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Accounting / Financial Management
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Start Date: 05/15/2024
  • Salary Range: $60-$65,000
  • Working Hours: M-F 8:30 am - 5 pm