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Contract Opportunity: Bookkeeper

Date:   Updated July 1, 2020    

Closing Date:  Applications must be received before 4:00 p.m. (Eastern) on July 24, 2020.

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The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is seeking applications from consultants and/or organizations to provide bookkeeping support for the Society. As the Society is based in the US, only US-based bonded applicants are sought for this position.


The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Inc. serves faculty members, staff, and students who care about teaching and learning as serious intellectual work. Through building intellectual and collaborative infrastructure, the Society supports the associational life that fosters scholarly work about teaching and learning. The Society provides this support by:

  • recognizing and encouraging scholarly work on teaching and learning in each discipline, within scholarly societies and across educational levels,
  • promoting cross-disciplinary conversations to create synergy and prompt new lines of inquiry,
  • facilitating the collaboration of scholars in different countries and the flow of new findings and applications across national boundaries,
  • encouraging the integration of discovery, learning, and public engagement, and
  • advocating for support, review, recognition, and appropriate uses of the scholarship of teaching and learning.

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Daily Financial Operations

  • Timely bill paying, wire transfer processing, and reconciliation of bank statements
  • Financial record keeping
  • Monitor receivables and payables (including generating invoices for memberships, conference sponsorships, and other payments; reconcile payments and monitor arrears)
  • Preparation of documents for tax filing

Financial Planning and Project Management

  • In collaboration with the Society Treasurer, prepare annual operating budget for Board approval
  • Provide quarterly financial statements to the Board
  • Coordinate with the Society’s Executive Coordinator and Conference Planning team to oversee conference budget planning, payments, and financial reconciliation with conference hosts.

Timeline Requirements

In responding to this RFP, we anticipate a 3-year term, renewable, contract. This is not a salaried position, rather a consultancy role. We anticipate this position will require <5 hours of work per week with greater workloads leading up to and directly after the annual conference in October each year (up to 8 hours per week). Please indicate the total number hours you or your organization intends to commit on a weekly basis, recognizing that some weeks will have greater or lesser demand but it is important to set parameters regarding expectations. 

Proposed Fee

Candidates are required to provide a breakdown of the administrative fee based on an annual basis.  Payments will be paid quarterly unless negotiated. ISSOTL is not responsible for any travel, meal, or accommodation expenses incurred by the Consultant/Organization that are not pre-approved in writing by the ISSOTL Board.  

Relationship and Reporting Requirements 

There is an expectation that work will be done in collaboration with the ISSOTL Board Executive and approval for all work will be directed by the ISSOTL Board of Directors.  

During the contract, the Consultant/Organization will report to the President (currently Michelle Yeo, with Nancy Chick and Huang Hoon Chng starting their term as co-presidents July 1, 2020).  This reporting may also occur through the President Elect, Treasurer, or Secretary.

Contingency Plan

The selected Consultant/Organization must provide the ISSOTL with a contingency plan to ensure the financial function of the ISSOTL continues in the event of any unforeseen circumstances. The plan should describe a replacement process if the individual(s) responsible is no longer available to work on the project. The Contingency Plan should include the following:

  • The fact that the replacement resource is subject to ISSOTL approval if the individual(s) is no longer available to work or is unable to fulfill the role, and
  • Consultant/Organization’s plan to minimize downtime by providing a replacement resource. 

Property Rights

All aspects of the ISSOTL administration will be the intellectual property of the ISSOTL.  

Selection Process 

Applications will be evaluated by the Executive and approved by the ISSOTL Board. 

Evaluation of Applications

In your proposal, please clearly outline your experience with the following:

  1. Past experience providing ongoing bookkeeping services
  2. Past experience overseeing US-based not-for-profit financial responsibilities
  3. Consultant/Organization Qualifications 

Past experience supporting academic societies and/or small, not-for-profit organizations is particularly sought. Only successful consultants/organizations will be contacted.

JESSIE L. MOORE (PhD - Purdue University) is director of the Center for Engaged Learning and professor of English: Professional Writing & Rhetoric at Elon University. Jessie leads planning, implementation, and assessment of the Center’s research seminars, which support multi-institutional SoTL on high-impact pedagogies and other focused engaged learning topics. Her recent research examines transfer of writing knowledge and practices, multi-institutional research and collaborative inquiry, writing residencies for faculty writers, the writing lives of university students, and high-impact pedagogies. She is the author of Key Practices for Fostering Engaged Learning: A Guide for Faculty and Staff (Stylus, expected 2021) and co-editor of Critical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer (with Chris Anson, The WAC Clearinghouse and University Press of Colorado, 2016), Understanding Writing Transfer: Implications for Transformative Student Learning in Higher Education (with Randy Bass, Stylus, 2017), and Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research (with Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler and Paul C. Miller, CUR, 2018). Her work has appeared in Computers and Composition, Composition Forum, Composition Studies, Journal of Faculty Development, Journal on Centers for Teaching & Learning, TESOL Journal, Written Communication, and in edited collections.

With Peter Felten, she edits two book series: the Stylus Publishing/Center for Engaged Learning Series on Engaged Learning and Teaching, and the Center for Engaged Learning Open Access Book Series.

Jessie’s professional service to the scholarship of teaching and learning was recognized with the 2019 International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) Distinguished Service Award. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the ISSOTL Publications Committee. She previously served as the elected Secretary of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (2015-2019), on the Executive Committee for CCCC, and as U.S. Regional Vice President of ISSOTL. In 2013, she co-hosted the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning conference with Peter Felten and developed ISSOTL Online 2013, which featured strands on SoTL foundations, studying and designing for transfer, and student voices in SoTL. Learn more about her work at

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