Job Posting: Business Manager

The Church of the Ascension seeks an experienced Business Manager to serve our Episcopal parish located at Fifth Ave and West 10th Street, Greenwich Village, in New York City.

The ideal candidate has at least 3-5 years experience as a manager in a nonprofit, government, academic, religious or corporate setting. They will serve as a trusted advisor to the Rector on finance, personnel, building management and business affairs of the parish. The candidate must have strong supervisory, financial and communication skills plus the ability to establish and maintain collegial and productive working relationships with parish clergy, staff, lay leaders, parishioners and volunteers. The candidate should exemplify values of integrity and discretion, and show commitment to the mission and culture of Ascension, without the expectation that they join the church.

Principal Responsibilities

  1. Finance
    • Supervise the part-time bookkeeper, who reports to the Business Manager
    • Provide management of the church’s operating budget, cash flow, oversight of payroll, accounts receivable and payable, timely payment of invoices, monthly review of bank and investment statements, and management of all accounts and financial workflow, financial controls and record keeping
    • Work with the Treasurer and Finance Committee to develop the annual budget
    • Prepare financial information, analysis and projections, including up-to-date monthly financial reports and other supplemental information, as needed, for the Finance Committee and Vestry. Attend the monthly Finance Committee meetings
    • Track all annual stewardship pledges and donations to the church, and provide support to the Stewardship Committee for the annual stewardship campaign
    • Support the Investment Committee, Finance Committee and Treasurer in relation to the parish’s endowment portfolio and investments
    • Ensure that the annual parish audit is completed on time by the appointed auditor and implement any recommendations resulting from the audit
    • Prepare the annual parochial report in collaboration with the Rector and Treasurer
  2. Building Management
    • Supervise the Sexton staff in close consultation with the Rector
    • Oversee church properties, facilities and inventory together with other church staff
    • In collaboration with church staff, ensure all property maintenance and usage issues raised by users of church space are addressed in an appropriate and timely way
    • Develop long and short-term maintenance schedules, and facilitate compliance
    • Support the Buildings & Grounds Committee, including the planning of long-term improvement projects
    • Negotiate all insurance, long term leases or contracts of one year or more with service providers and users of church facilities and space, in close coordination with the Parish Administrator and with the approval of the Rector and Wardens
    • Vet, and maintain records for, all vendors and maintenance and service providers
  3. Personnel and General
    • Maintain confidential employee files, including salary, employee benefits, and all time-off earned and taken. Work with the Personnel Committee to ensure human resource policies, procedures and employee benefits are current and implemented
    • Onboard new hires, in accordance with church policies
    • Ensure that the church is in compliance with all local state and federal laws
    • Special projects and tasks as assigned to ensure the efficient operation of the church


  • Bachelors degree in business, finance/accounting, or relevant equivalent experience
  • 3-5 years experience as a manager in a nonprofit, government, academic, religious or corporate setting
  • Strong financial, communications skills (written and verbal) and computing skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office and financial accounting software programs
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills, including the ability to collaborate, lead teams and adapt to changing needs and circumstances
  • Candidates who are a certified public accountant, or have familiarity with the Episcopal church or management of a nonprofit organization are a plus
  • Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply

Application Process

  • Submit a cover letter, resume and 3 professional references
  • Send all documents to Church of the Ascension at email:
  • Deadline for applications is Friday, May 28th at 5PM (EDT)

Job Type

  • The Business Manager is a new, full-time/exempt position and reports to the Rector
  • Preferred start date is July 2021
  • The position is thirty-five hours per week Monday through Friday, working out of the church offices
  • Salary is based on experience, plus a generous benefits package
  • COVID-19 precautions are strictly observed, based on state and federal guidelines
  • Church website:
    The Church of the Ascension is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate in hiring, promoting, terminating or in the terms and conditions of employment because of race, religion, color, gender, age, disability, national origin, sexual orientation or any other protected category.