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Mastodon gGmbH - Operations

At Mastodon, we develop free and open-source software that powers the Mastodon platform. Mastodon is the leading decentralised social media platform on the web with 1 million monthly active users and nearly a billion posts per month. It is part of the “fediverse”, a network of interoperable, protocol-based social media services.

We believe that the “public square” of the internet cannot belong to a single corporation. Our mission is to build open-source, decentralised social media that gives people back control over their data and their reach.

Finance & Ops Junior Specialist: ENG/GER speaking, part-time (m/f/d)

still vacant

We are looking for a part-time English- and German-speaking Finance & Operations Junior Specialist (m/f/d) to play a pivotal role in our team's financial management and operational efficiency. This dynamic role involves overseeing financial transactions, ensuring compliance with legal regulations, and optimising our operational processes.

Working field:

Your primary responsibilities will revolve around managing expenses, payroll, and navigating the legal landscape in Germany. If you have an accounting background and are interested in financial planning, budgeting, and controlling, we’d like to meet you.

Ultimately, you’ll help maintain Mastodon's financial health and ensure we use our resources beneficially to grow our main product, the free and open-source software.

Finance-focused:

  1. Maintain monthly accounting tasks, including processing payments, payroll management, and reconciling bank statements
  2. Generate weekly finance reports detailing cash balances and accounts receivable
  3. Conduct cost analyses, prepare monthly budget vs actual reports, and calculate pro-forma financials
  4. Develop financial and non-financial annual reports for the fiscal year 2023
  5. Provide administrative support during budget preparation

Ops-focused:

  1. Cultivate a strong and efficient relationship with our accountants*
  2. Process our donations and follow up with donors and partners where needed
  3. Ensure timely and accurate processing of payments to suppliers and tax authorities
  4. Maintain organised records of employee contractual data and related documentation
  5. Document recurring operational tasks and create guidelines to streamline processes
  6. Support our CFO with various ad-hoc legal and finance projects, e.g. grant applications

*Please note that even though this role is remote-first, it may require occasional in-person meetings in Berlin

Requirements:

To succeed in this role, we think you should have:

  1. Working proficiency in English and German languages
  2. Solid grasp of accounting and bookkeeping fundamentals
  3. Good understanding of German legal frameworks and systems
  4. Advanced MS Excel skills, including spreadsheet creation and financial functions
  5. Familiarity with accounting software such as DATEV
  6. Strong organisational and time-management abilities
  7. Comfort with handling data, analytical and diligent mindset
  8. Exceptional attention to detail, ability to identify numerical errors
  9. Problem-solving skills and the capacity to make autonomous, informed choices
  10. At least a 4-hour crossover with our team (between 8:00-16:00 CET timezone)

We would also love to see:

  1. Interest and passion for open-source or fediverse
  2. BSc degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics or similar
  3. Prior work experience as a financial analyst, accountant, controller or a similar role

What we offer:

Budget:
The compensation for 20 hours per week workload is between €800 and €2,000 gross, and will mostly depend on the candidate's experience and expertise. This role could also work well as a part-time or year-long (2 semesters or longer) internship.

What we offer in return:

  1. Working with the leading open-source, decentralised social media platform, with a strong mission of giving people back control over their data and reach
  2. Opportunity to have a huge impact, with almost 1 million monthly active users
  3. Interesting, diverse and challenging work - with plenty of moving parts and an opportunity to constantly learn, evolve and creatively problem-solve
  4. Potential for growth and progression - taking the initiative, being involved in the early decision-making process and the future of Mastodon
  5. Close collaboration with a small, extremely competent and passionate team
  6. Remote-first - an opportunity to work remotely, with no office to commute to
  7. Open, inclusive and international work environment - with an opportunity to connect with the team face-to-face in Europe
  8. Our culture – we encourage integrity, learning, growth, creativity and autonomy, and we work with people we truly like!

How to apply: