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Reporting to the Controller, the Staff Accountant will be an essential part of the Organization in helping to carry out the day-to day responsibilities of the Finance/Accounting Department. Tasks include performing general accounts analysis and reconciliations, preparing General Journal entries, and assisting in the preparation of financial reports.
We are looking for a motivated and detail-oriented professional with strong analytical skills and a passion for financial analysis. This is the ideal position for a hardworking, reliable individual looking to work in a collaborative and collegial workplace learning from, with, and among smart, interesting, and fun professionals.
Reports to the Controller
Essential Responsibilities / Duties:
- Assist the Controller with the day-to-day, monthly and year-end operations of the Accounting/ Finance Department.
- Perform general accounts analysis and reconciliations as assigned, including but not limited to bank reconciliations, fixed assets, employer’s benefit costs, accruals and prepaid expenses.
- Prepare assigned monthly General Journal entries.
- Assist in the preparation of financial reports such as financial statements, budget review and analysis, and grant management and reporting.
- Review and process credit card expense reports and receipts submitted by cardholders on a monthly basis.
- Perform the processing and recording of accounts payable transactions and ensure that all invoices and staff reimbursements are paid timely and accurately and in accordance with Finance policies and procedures.
- Assist with customer billing and the processing of cash receipts.
- Assist with annual audit preparation.
- Support the Finance and Administrative team with administrative tasks as needed
Desired Skills and Experiences:
- A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance, or a Bachelor’s degree in Business with emphasis in Accounting, is required. Two years of verifiable, relevant experience as a staff accountant may be substituted for the educational requirement.
- Must be highly skilled in dealing with financial and numeric data.
- Be able to demonstrate attention to details and good record-keeping.
- Be able to work on many different projects at one time.
- Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills. Must be proactive in following up on outstanding issues and propose solutions to any issues/concerns.
- Must be highly skilled in use of Excel Spreadsheets.
- Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, with the ability to clearly communicate issues to all levels of management.
We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive salary, which is commensurate with experience, and an extensive benefits package including paid time off, medical, dental and vision benefits. Plus, we work to maintain the best possible environment for our staff, where people can learn and grow. We strive to provide a collaborative, creative workplace where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning and culture.
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