The Senior Accountant is a key member of organization’s Finance Department that assists with accounting, budgeting and auditing functions. Primary functions include maintaining the organization’s accounting principles, practices and procedures and assisting with the preparation of financial workpapers, variance reports, grant reports and supporting schedules.
The Senior Accountant should be familiar with a variety of accounting concepts and best-practices and requires experience and judgment to plan and accomplish organizational goals and objectives within established deadlines. The successful individual will have a high level of accounting skills, take ownership of his/her own work product, exercise decision-making and independent judgement, and be knowledgeable of current accounting technology and programs.
Reviews and records month-end journal entries and supporting workpapers to support the month-end close process.
Reviews financial statements and documents to ensure accuracy and proper allocation to accounts, as well as compliance with approved contract and funding guidelines.
Reviews and ensures accounting transactions are compliant with regulations and policies, by interpreting and applying Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and grant agreements.
Prepares grant and contract invoices and provides supporting back up in accordance with underlying agreements.
Prepares monthly account analysis and reconciliation of assigned general ledger or grant accounts to ensure proper balances are reported.
Responsible for identifying, investigating, and reporting all discrepancies and working with appropriate personnel to ensure all reconciling items clear in a timely manner and corrections are recorded as required.
Assists in the month end and annual financial audit by compiling fiscal data to be reviewed by management and external auditors and included in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report as well as other reports as required by government agencies, foundations, etc.
Prepares various analyses, ad-hoc reports, and reconciliations upon request.
Assists in the training of new staff on department’s work operations, policies, and procedures.
Supports the organization’s annual operating budget and mid-year reforecasts, as well as budgets for specific grants and programs.
Cross trains in all accounting functions to serve as backup resource.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Detailed knowledge of GAAP for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations
Knowledge of current and applicable software and spreadsheet applications
Strong analytical and accounting skill
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Strong critical thinking and decision-making skills
Ability to work within a culturally diverse environment
Ability to work independently and effectively as a Finance Team member
Ability to prioritize and effectively handle multiple assignments and projects in a deadline driven environment, and deliver with a high degree of quality on a consistent basis
Flexible with working longer hours when needed.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Accounting
CPA certification a plus
Three to five years of professional accounting experience
Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) statements, audit techniques and financial report preparation.
Competency in MS Office, databases and accounting software
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