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Dewees is a private, three-mile-long oceanfront island located between Capers Island and the Isle of Palms. Access to the Island is available via ferry.

Also a nature preserve, the Island has only 150 homesites, no paved roads, and defined building codes that demand a small environmental footprint. The community consists of environmentally conscious people who choose to live and work on this sensitive barrier island.

As the workforce on Dewees is limited, the team strives toward upholding a vibrant, fun, and synergistic work culture. Each team member is prepared to roll up their sleeves and dig in to help problem-solve and accomplish tasks.
 
If you are interested in working in a truly beautiful and unique environment, take a look at the job openings below. 

See below for open positions. 

 

Full Time Ferry Mate

Dewees Island is a small barrier island that is under a conservation easement. We take pride in the preservation of the beautiful environment and wildlife. The private island is also home to residents who share the same passion for the environment.

The Dewees Island POA is currently seeking a Captain. Candidates must be reliable, self-motivated, and customer service-focused.

Summary

Provides prompt and reliable boat transportation to and from Dewees Island for property owners and their guests, renters, prospects, clients, employees, and contractors. Projects a friendly, courteous, and well-groomed image representing the Dewees Island POA. Assures the boat is in clean, safe, and proper operating condition.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Every effort has been made to identify the essential duties and responsibilities of this position. However, it in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you will be required to perform. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or is an essential function of the position.

1. Pilot ferry boat safety, keeping alert of traffic, and transport property owners and their guests, renters, prospects, clients, and employees to and from the island in accordance with the posted schedule. Follow US Coast Guard regulations when crossing waters and navigating boats and keep updated on Coast Guard regulations and radio communications.

2. Assist in keeping the boats in good working order. Complete daily checksof engine systems and report any concerns/problems to island manager. Keep all necessary inspections current as required and maintain all mandatory equipment, licenses, and other pertinent information on board at all times.

3. Maintain ship’s log to include:
a) Date, time of trips and the number of individuals transported.
b) Service records of the boat.
c) Fueling records
d) Other miscellaneous pertinent information

4. Always obey all applicable state and federal marine regulations.

5. Provide proper training to deckhands for all operations of the boat including but not limited to man overboard procedures, emergency fuel shutoffs, properly handling of lines, location of flotation devices, driving and docking of the boat, etc.

6. Provide a security presence to ensure that unauthorized passengers do not get to Dewees Island. Notify the island manager’s office if there is any question regarding a passenger’s authorization. Monitor the boat dock on the Dewees Island side to ensure all docked boats have proper authorization.

7. Oversee the deckhand to ensure that the boat is kept in a clean, orderly and secure manner.

The ferry is our life-line to and from Dewees. Your attention to the above duties is greatly appreciated. By the nature of the fact that we have a small, limited workforce here on Dewees Island, it is important that every member of the team be flexible and willing to perform duties and responsibilities not strictly in the scope of his or her job description. These duties, as directed by management, will often involve helping other staff members in other departments. Please be aware that each team member’s efforts in this regard will be reviewed along with normal job description criteria during his or her annual performance evaluation.

Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Knowledge of procedures, practices and safety regulations pertaining to a ferryboat operation and maintenance. Ability to keep records and make reports; follow oral and written directions. Ability to establish and maintain positive and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work at all levels, including a culturally diverse general public, with a focus on quality service. Ability to administer CPR and/or first aid as needed, provide water rescue and operate fire equipment in the event of a fire and respond to emergencies. Ability to operate the gears of ferryboats and life-saving devices. Requires ability to understand and carry out oral commands and written instructions involving terms commonly used in vessel communication. Ability to perform semi-skilled maintenance and repairs on a vessel. Ability to swim and carry out life saving actions during emergencies.

Education and/or Experience High School Diploma or equivalent At least one year of vessel experience required, including handling and splicing of sheets, lines, tackle and mooring equipment. Extensive knowledge of coast guard regulations and boating safety required. Any combination of related education and/or related experience will be considered.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations Possession of valid CPR and first aid cards is essential. Possession of a Captain’s license with the United States Coast Guard that is commensurate with the size of the ferry. Possession of a valid current drivers license is essential for all Dewees Island employees.

Mathematical Skills Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure.

Reasoning Ability Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out simple one- or two-step instructions. Ability to deal with standardized situations with only occasional or no variables.

Language Skills Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to Property Owners, visitors, and other employees of the organization.

Competencies To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
  • Ethics and Values – Works with integrity and ethics, upholding the organizational values and policies of Dewees Island POA. Promotes positive public relations with clients/customers and visitors and cooperates and works together with all co-workers.
  • Diversity - Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy. Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences. Maintains compliance with current law and policy to provide a work environment free from sexual harassment and all illegal and discriminatory behavior.
  • Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time. Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent. Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
  • Cost Consciousness – Develops and implements cost-saving measures; Conserves organizational resources.
  • Safety and Security - Supports, cooperates with, and implements specific procedures and programs for safety, including universal precautions and safe work practices, established fire/safety/disaster plans, risk management and security, reports and or corrects unsafe working conditions, equipment repair, and maintenance needs.

Customer Service Standards
  • Communicates and interacts with members of the community to provide exceptional customer service.
  • Acknowledges homeowners and guests greets them with a smile and positive attitude. Be courteous and polite.
  • Treat customers and coworkers with respect.
  • Maintain a neat and clean appearance; wear the proper uniform and keep it cleaned and pressed properly

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Controller

Summary of Controller Position

Directs financial activities of the organization by performing the following duties. Develops policies to control and coordinate accounting, auditing, budgets, taxes, and related activities and records; develop, establish, and administer procedures and systems pertaining to financial matters; prepare financial statements. Maintains all accounting records and is responsible for developing, analyzing, and interpreting statistical and accounting information.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Every effort has been made to identify this position's essential duties and responsibilities. However, it in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you will be required to perform. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or is an essential function of the position.
 
  • Demonstrate & promote professionalism and a “Can Do Culture” throughout the organization.
  • Provides management with timely reviews of the organization's financial status and progress in its various programs and activities.
  • With the General Manager prepares budgets, reviews budget proposals, and prepares necessary supporting documentation and justification. Prepares budgets and financial forecasts in coordination with the various departments; analyzes financial information, monitors budgeted versus actual expenditures, and advises management about variances and their potential causes; recommends corrective actions to help assure that budget goals are met.
  • Directs determination of depreciation rates to apply to capital assets.
  • Advises management on desirable operational adjustments due to tax code revisions.
  • Arranges for audits of company's accounts. Manages and conducts internal auditing programs to help assure that records are accurately maintained and that established policies and practices are satisfactorily and consistently followed. Prepares audit schedules for external auditors and works with them to facilitate a timely and accurate year-end report.
  • Prepares reports required by regulatory agencies.
  • With the General Manager establishes relations with banks and other financial institutions.
  • Directs or prepares the monthly trial balance and resulting financial statements including Income Statement, Balance Sheet, and Statement of Changes in Financial Condition, cash forecasting for the company along with required supporting schedules and other data necessary for financial reports and records. Financial reports are to be accurate and timely.
  • Subsequent to the General Manager or his designee opening and reviewing the bank statements, reconciles monthly ledgers including receivables, payables, bank accounts, asset accounts, and wage accounts.
  • Assists in the preparation of applicable federal, state, and local tax returns in conjunction with the island's CPA.
  • Assists the General Manager with administrative duties as assigned.
  • Attends Board and other meetings as required. Meetings can fall on Saturdays or after business hours.
  • Manage all accounting telephone traffic utilizing island cell phone, monitoring voice mails, and returning all pertinent messages.
  • Manages all accounting email and promptly responds to email appropriately.
  • Oversees billing and collection procedures.
  • Compiles, approves, and maintains credit applications for vendors.
  • Maintains Fixed Asset ledgers.
  • Safeguards all funds in bank accounts; assures that revenues are properly and correctly. deposited and processes all checks. Audits all cash and charge expenditures.
  • Maintains investment program. Invests all excess funds on a timely basis to provide better cash flow.
  • Monitors collection of past due accounts, advises Management when difficult situations may arise.
  • Execute accounts receivable collection procedures as specified.
  • Prepare all payroll, maintains all payroll records with the use of an independent payroll vendor.
  • Work with General Manager to build and monitor systems to achieve better efficiency and controls in all areas.
  • Work with General Manager to build universal filing system for organization.
  • Maintain full confidentiality with all accounting and personnel matters.
  • Other Duties as assigned.
For POA, Utility, Environmental, Marina:
  • Produces monthly P&L and BS reports for General Manager and Board members.
  • Analyzes and explains variances and explores potential problems.
  • Works with a high degree of independence in performing accounting and financial activities.
  • Responsibilities include contact with staff regarding monthly reports, revenue, and expense accounts.
  • Prepares journal entries and reconciles general ledger and subsidiary accounts; prepares monthly financial statements.
  • Reconciles and tracks all transactions between funds.
  • Analyzes and reconciles expenditure and revenue accounts.
  • With the General Manager makes wire transfers and journal funding transfers and reconciles monthly bank statements for all operating, replacement, investment and bond accounts.
  • Calculates and prepares reimbursement billings, invoices and tracks receivables, reconciles monthly accounts receivable.
  • After the approval of the General Manager, process and pay vendor invoices, check for duplication and accuracy, maintain purchase order system and proper approval system
  • Responsible for replacement reserve accounting and reconciliation.
  • Prepares yearly operating and replacement budget works with department personnel to develop their needs.
  • Maintains accounting records for special accounts and projects.
  • Maintains accurate financial records and prepares clear and accurate reports for informational, auditing, and operational use.
  • Pays property taxes on a timely basis.
  • Responds promptly to owner inquiries and requests (during business hours) and may be on call from time to time as a "manager on duty"/resource for the island. Responsible for keeping accounting cell phone and returning messages appropriately.
  • Prepare and process payroll. Compile and file bi-weekly payroll worksheet for outside payroll service, checks payroll, and quarterly returns for accuracy.
  • Prepares schedule for prepaid insurance and fund allocation, WC audit, and insurance issues and questions with insurance broker.
  • Track rental income and expenses from HH suites equipment and golf cart rentals.
  • Handles other assigned projects as they relate to the accounting department and company needs.
Education and/or Experience Education and/or Experience
3+ years of general accounting experience. Bachelor's degree in business or accounting preferred. Must be detail-oriented. HOA management experience and/or business operations experience are a plus. Experience with fund management preferred.

Salary and Benefits
Salary is open and commensurate with the candidate's qualifications and experience. This full-time position includes a competitive health benefits package.

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Account Specialist

The Account Specialist will serve as accounting support for the Property Owners Association and Dewees Utility Company, reporting to the General Manager and working with the Island Administrator and Controller in performing tasks needed to maintain and improve the operations and services on Dewees Island.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities. This position carries accounting responsibility to support the Controller of the POA and DUC of Dewees Island under the direction of the General Manager.

The essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Demonstrate & promote a “Can Do Culture” throughout the organization.
Assist the Controller with routine bookkeeping duties (AP/AR) such as posting checks received, entering invoices and credit card purchases into the accounting system, managing nature center purchases, and assisting with monthly bank reconciliation.
Provide monthly billing statements to owners on behalf of the POA and utility services
Assists the General Manager with administrative duties as assigned.
Manage all accounting telephone traffic utilizing island cell phone, monitoring voice mails, and returning all pertinent messages.
Manages all accounting emails and promptly responds to emails appropriately.
Oversees billing and collection procedures.
Work with General Manager to build and monitor systems to achieve better efficiency and controls in all areas.
Work with General Manager to build a universal filing system for the organization.
Maintain full confidentiality with all accounting and personnel matters.

Qualifications.
The requirements below represent the required knowledge, skill, and/or ability. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Education and/or Experience: Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from a four-year College or university preferred; at least three (3) years related administrative experience and/or training; or equivalent combination.

Skills required:

Excellent written and oral language skills.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills with an emphasis on quality service.
Solid basic mathematical skills.
Understanding of basic accounting principles.
Sound judgment and attention to detail.
Excellent computer skills.
Strong organizational and follow-through skills.
Ability to plan and complete duties with minimal supervisory direction.
Ability to establish and maintain positive and cooperative working relationships.
Ability to multi-task and to be flexible as situations require.
Trustworthiness, reliability, and ability to maintain confidentiality.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations. Valid current driver’s license required.
Computer Skills. Knowledge of or experience with general accounting software; Microsoft Outlook; Excel; Microsoft Word; Dropbox; Northstar software desirable but can be acquired by a quick learner.

Work Environment.
Dewees is essentially a nature preserve where owners and staff are committed to protection of our environment and wildlife. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions, wet and/or humid conditions, and insects.

References.
Excellent professional and personal references are required.   
 

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