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The Newport Festivals Foundation, the non-profit corporation that produces and preserves the Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival, is hiring a full-time Accounting Assistant.

The position is full-time, salaried, and comes with benefits.

The Newport Festivals Foundation provided What’s Up Newp with the following information about the position, those interested in the position should email

Position: Accounting Assistant 


The Accounting Assistant at Newport Festivals Foundation (“NFF”) will report directly to the  CFO / COO and offer unique 1-on-1 mentorship. This position will be responsible for assistant accounting and human resources responsibilities for Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz  Festival as well as the Foundation’s year-round music education programs as a 501c3 non profit corporation. This role will interact with most areas of our business including senior  leadership and have opportunities to explore new projects. 

• Assist with vendor management 

• Process accounts payable 

• Enter transactions into QuickBooks 

• Assist in preparation of annual 1099’s  

• Reconcile bank and general ledger accounts 

• Process payroll 

• Assist with employee benefits 

• Process staff expense reports monthly 

• Make deposits at bank and electronically 

• Digitally catalogue and process financial and legal documents 

• Perform professional errands such as going to the post office and bank • Provide other administrative support to human resources, legal and general operations • Other ad hoc projects as needed to support all areas of the business 

• Perform assistant accounting and human resource duties on-site in Newport, RI for two  weeks per Summer during our annual music festivals, including processing payments for  festival artists and vendors 


We are looking for an enthusiastic self-starter and creative problem-solver with the following  experience: 

• Prior experience as an assistant accountant and/or office manager 

• Highly organized  

• Impeccable attention to detail 

• Ability to prioritize and multitask in a fast-paced environment 

• Self-starter mentality 

• Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills 

• Collaborative team player who is self-motivated to manage projects independently • Experience with Quickbooks 

• Experience with Google Suite and Microsoft Excel 

• Passion for the arts & music is a plus

• Ability to work on-site in Newport, Rhode Island for 12-14 days annually (lodging and  meals provided) during NFF’s music festivals the last week of July through the first week of August 

About Us: Newport Festivals Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in 2010 to produce  and preserve America’s premier music festivals, Newport Jazz Festival (est. 1954) and Newport  Folk Festival (est. 1959). Newport Festivals Foundation’s mission is to expand the impact of its  festivals by supporting music education programs year-round, across the country. In 2019,  Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals celebrated their 60th and 65th anniversaries with performances  by Herbie Hancock to Common and Dolly Parton to Kermit the Frog. In early 2020, Pollstar  named Newport Folk Festival, “Music Festival of the Year.” As perpetual trailblazers, the  Newport Festivals Foundation team looks ahead to the next six decades of folk and jazz.