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Job Overview

Job Posted
8 days ago
$30-40 per hour

Job Description

Title/Role:  Bookkeeper
Purpose:  Create and manage financial structures, processes, and procedures.
Type:   Part-time/contract
Location: Virtual (ideally with some onsite support in Berkeley, CA)
Hours:  10-20 hours upfront, 5-10 hours a month ongoing.
Pay:  $30 - $40/hour (DOE)
Benefits:  This is a non-exempt, part-time/contract position.
Vacation:  Unpaid. We often take 2 weeks off during the winter holidays and go on weeklong retreats throughout the year. You are welcome to keep a similar vacation schedule or create your own, so long as we do advanced contingency planning. We’re also open to you working from the road, so long as we can ensure quality work will be done.
Flex time:  We generally work from 10-5:30, M-F, with Tu, W and Th available for calls and meetings. You are welcome to set your own hours so long as the job gets done and our collaborative working needs are met.
Reports to:  J. Miakoda Taylor, Founder and CEO.
Start Date:  When position is filled.


J. Miakoda Taylor is the founder of Fierce Allies, providing intensive training, coaching, and consulting services to individual and organizational clients that want to foster deep partnerships across divides of power and privilege.

Fierce Allies, founded in 2009, is currently reinventing itself as a streamlined solo consulting practice with support from an Executive Assistant and various advisors. As we continue shifting our business model, our primary consultant, Miakoda, is in need of a rock-solid, no-drama Bookkeeper to join our team.


Fierce Allies is seeking an experienced and talented Bookkeeper who will competently maintain, manage, and improve our financial systems, enabling our primary consultant, Miakoda, and other collaborators to focus on developing our services, team, and client relationships.

Applicants for this role should be competent at collaborating at the intersection of diverse perspectives and capable and committed to applying Fierce Allies relationship-based practices to all areas of operation, including: pursuing win-win solutions, practicing mutual accountability, acting with emotional-social intelligence, and transforming obstacles into opportunities.


This job is ideal for you if you answer “yes” to the following statements:

  • I am competent and confident with high standards of excellence. I geek out on getting details right. 
  • I am solutions-oriented.
  • I easily translate complicated financial/bookkeeping concepts into terms lay people understand.
  • I am able to engage and collaborate well with strong-willed leaders.
  • I enjoy working independently and with minimal supervision.
  • I reply promptly to all client communication/requests.
  • I am totally happy complying to specific preferences and protocols. I am also adept at identifying and recommending ways to improve them.
  • My friends describe me as highly accountable yet easy-going. 
  • I receive and integrate feedback well and consider it essential and invaluable nourishment for my professional growth.
  • I consider self-care a professional responsibility, and uphold boundaries clearly and compassionately.
  • I am dedicated, flexible, and have a sense of humor. (bonus!)


The Bookkeeper will be responsible for the following:

First priority: (First 1-2 months)

  • Setting up an accounts payable and receivable system
  • Customizing chart of accounts
  • Issuing invoices and necessary finance reports
  • Delineating business vs. personal transactions 


  • Double-checking budgets, invoices, and contracts as needed
  • Maintaining A/P, A/R, and other needed structures
  • Maintaining chart of accounts
  • Reconciling monthly bank statements
  • Preparing monthly financial statements and reports
  • Creating and maintaining project budgets and specific transactions to inform cost and profit margins
  • Scheduling and organizing timely tax payments 
  • Processing timesheets
  • Reviewing financial statements and reports

Low Priority (TBD)

  • Scheduling and organizing regulatory filing and IP protection requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in business or accounting or equivalent work experience
  • Experience in QuickBooks Online accounting software, Google sheets, and Google docs
  • Prior experience developing and maintaining active budgets and charts of accounts
  • Accounting know-how to thoughtfully and strategically inform system evolutions and team accountability
  • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills
  • Experience working with consulting-type businesses and clients/invoicing transactions 
  • Able to operate independently, collaborate with others, and manage upwards when necessary
  • Flexible, professional, accountable, adaptable, with high standards of excellence
  • While not required, the following are a plus: 
    • Income tax experience;
    • Regular meditation or embodiment (yoga, martial arts, etc.) practice; 
    • A social justice lens, experience with Restorative Justice, and/or exploring and dismantling personal and historical relationships to power and privilege EVALUATION PLAN: We believe in continuous feedback so we will not “wait” until formal reviews. That said, we will meet every 6-12 months to assess and adjust the work plan to ensure the role outcomes and job satisfaction are being realized. 

TO APPLY: We invite qualified applicants to submit a 1-2 page cover letter and résumé to (DO NOT USE THE LOCALWISE APPLY BUTTON). Please type “Bookkeeper” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter responses to the following:

  1. How you learned about this position
  2. What compels you about this position 
  3. A description of your skillfulness working with a strong-willed leader 
  4. A description of how you hope to implement the following values into all areas of operation: pursuing win-win solutions, acting with emotional-social intelligence, and transforming obstacles into opportunities 
  5. Note all Qualities/Sensibilities you expect to be a stretch for you and what support you will need to meet the stretch
  6. Note any Qualifications/Sensibilities that you do not currently possess, and potential strategies for addressing them 
  7. Three professional references including name, email address, the nature and history of your relationship
  8. Compensation requirements

Feel free to add anything else you think is relevant to this opportunity that has not already been discussed. We will not consider résumés that are unaccompanied by a cover letter that addresses all of the points above.

People with disabilities, POC, LGBTQ, and people with a felony conviction are strongly encouraged to apply.

Thanks for your interest - we look forward to hearing from you if you think you’d be a great fit to join this mission. 

About Fierce Allies

COMPANY OVERVIEW: Fierce Allies is an intensive training, facilitation, and consulting program that fosters deep partnerships across divides of power and privilege. Groups with contentious dynamics build the skills and trust necessary to have fiercely honest and deeply embodied dialogues about the very issues that divide them in order to build resilient and dynamic alliances.

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