Business Manager

  • Full-time

Company Description

American Composers Forum (ACF) supports and advocates for individuals and groups creating music today by demonstrating the vitality and relevance of their art. We connect artists with collaborators, organizations, audiences, and resources. Through storytelling, publications, recordings, hosted gatherings, and industry leadership, we activate equitable opportunities for artists. We provide direct funding and mentorship to a broad and diverse field of music creators, highlighting those who have been historically excluded from participation.

Founded in 1973 by composers Libby Larsen and Stephen Paulus as the Minnesota Composers Forum, the organization continues to invest in its Minnesota home while connecting artists and advocates across the United States, its territories, and beyond. ACF frames our work with a focus on racial equity and includes within that scope, but not limited to, diverse gender identities, musical approaches and perspectives, religions, ages, (dis)abilities, cultures, backgrounds, sexual orientations, and broad definitions of “American.” Visit for more information. 

Job Description

The Business Manager reports to the Director of Development and Operations and is a member of the operations team that includes a Systems & Technology Manager and Development & Operations Associate. The Business Manager acts as the in-house bookkeeper and manager of the organization’s business accounts, including employee benefits management, payroll, vendor contracts, and physical office management. The Business Manager will work closely with the senior staff, including the Executive Director, as well as an external financial consultant to ensure strong recording and reporting systems. They play a key role in supporting all business activities.

Financial Management

  • Manage all financial operation systems, records, procedures, and filings.
  • Prepare and present timely financial statements, in an accurate and timely manner, to appropriate levels of the organization and board, at agreed-upon intervals.
  • Maintain general ledger accounts and oversee weekly accounts payable function.
  • Manage bi-monthly payroll, including all employee benefits.
  • Reconcile bank statements and monitor cash flow and investment activity.
  • Manage ACF’s overall budget, working with staff on annual budget preparation and quarterly reforecasts.
  • Develop budgets and reports for grant proposals and reports in coordination with the development department; track restricted income.
  • Oversee annual audit process and providing audit schedules as needed.       

Business Operations

  • Manage Innova Recording and ICIYL schedules, statements, and payments.
  • Maintain relationships and tracking for all fiscally-sponsored projects.
  • Open all physical mail and scan/distribute to appropriate parties.
  • Deposit all incoming checks and coordinate data entry with development and accounting teams.
  • Manage physical office space, maintaining office supplies and inventory of printed materials as needed.
  • Acts as main point of contact with building administration.

The salary for this full-time, exempt position is $65-70,000/year, depending on experience, plus a competitive benefits package including health insurance, dental insurance, FSA, flexible vacation time, and 403(b) retirement matching plan. We value the artistic and other life activities of our staff and operate in three different time zones; we welcome flexible work hours. ACF will remain a permanently hybrid working environment.


A successful candidate is extremely detail oriented and enjoys spreadsheets. They are knowledgeable about non-profit accounting principles and practices and are excited to help a hybrid staff gain financial understanding and skills. 

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Minimum of three years accounting / business administration experience
  • Experience in nonprofit accounting strongly preferred; arts background encouraged
  • Familiarity with Quickbooks (online) or comparable accounting system
  • Focus on details with strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Experience with creating, tracking, revising, and reporting on budgets
  • Interest in supporting a team of 12 staff members living around the country
  • Enthusiasm about ACF’s mission and supporting music creators
  • Commitment to racial equity and ACF’s core values of leadership, anti-racism, courage, support, and curiosity
  • Discretion with sensitive/confidential information

This job operates at least part-time in an office environment (and otherwise remote). This role routinely uses standard office equipment. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk or hear.

A national organization, we value the opportunity to be based in Minnesota while operating as a hybrid staff living around the country. This role includes oversight of our physical location, so we invite applicants outside the Twin Cities to only apply if they are willing to relocate to a commutable distance to St. Paul, Minnesota. ACF is able to offer a modest moving package for those who would need to relocate. (Read more about the beautiful landscape and offerings of Minnesota – it’s more than snow!)

Additional Information

Submit resume and cover letter describing why you are interested in this role at ACF on We recommend uploading your cover letter as a PDF but it can be submitted as an email on this portal.

Please only contact ACF if you have difficulty with submitting your information.

Position is open until filled. Applications received before September 22, 2023 will be reviewed first. Three references will be requested from those invited to interview.

A national organization, ACF is based in the state of Minnesota and continues to operate from a physical office there. More than half of the staff lives in other parts of the country so primary work is done through virtual platforms, with occasional full-staff in-person retreats and board meetings. In addition to a third-party financial advisor, ACF works with an independent auditing firm as well as HR support. ACF’s Board Finance Committee oversees and advises the organization’s financial practices and policies.