Financial Accountant

Financial Accountant

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Position Description

As Financial Accountant, reporting to the Controller, the Financial Accountant will be responsible for maintaining systems, providing service-orientation, and running and analyzing reports which will help guide management’s financial decisions and continually improve the department’s effectiveness and efficiency.

The Financial Accountant has front-line responsibility for general ledger maintenance, account reconciliations, audit support and federal & private grants accounting & reporting. You will work collaboratively with Director of Accounting/Controller. Additionally, the Financial Accountant regularly interacts with multiple departments in both coordinating and information analysis activities. This position can be a springboard for deepening skills for planning, analysis, reporting, and presenting to an organization-wide audience. The on-going coordination with multiple departments provides broad exposure and understanding of how accounting services are more than transactional.


Essential Functions

  • Prepare monthly analysis and/or reconciliation for balance sheet and income statement accounts.
  • Take ownership of the month-end activities for closing the general ledger and coordinate.
  • Prepare schedules for annual audit.
  • Primary liaison for finance and program staff. Responsible for budgeting and analyzing federal and private grants program expenses, monitoring funds availability, financial reporting, assisting with annual program budgets, responding to program audit requests, and assisting in the development of cost proposals.
  • Responsible for researching and processing accounts receivables-related entries in the accounting system and on third party portals for federal and private grants.
  • Serve as the Finance Team lead in coordination/reconciliation with Advancement for donor requirements, releases of temporarily-restricted gifts, scholarship balances, reporting, etc.
  • Provide support to team with invoicing during busy season.
  • Support the Director of Accounting/Controller in ad hoc reporting and analysis.

Education and Experience

An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience will be considered:


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting.
  • Preference given to CPA or CPA candidate.
  • Minimum 3 years’ combined professional non-profit accounting and full cycle grant reporting and administration experience.
  • Experience with education or non-profit 501(c)3 organizations with multiple revenue streams preferred.
  • Experience with Microsoft Dynamics (Great Plains) and/or Salesforce is a plus.
  • Well-developed Excel skills and curiosity for improving them.
  • Commitment to outcomes, deadlines, and technical excellence.
  • Analytical thinker; understands the ripple effect of actions.

Equipment Used to Perform the Job

Which may be representative but not all inclusive of those commonly associated with this position:


  • Standard office equipment including a facsimile machine, photocopier, and telephone system
  • Personal Computer, job-related software and printer

Physical Abilities

Commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform described essential functions of this job. These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


The employee may frequently lift and/or move up to 25lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, precise hand-eye coordination, and the ability to identify and distinguish colors. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use repetitive wrist, hand, and/or finger movement, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl.


Application Instructions

To apply to this position, please submit your resume and cover letter via our online application form.


This job description no way states or implies that these are the only duties preformed by the employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to follow instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable state and federal laws. Certain job functions described herein may be subjected to possible modification in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.


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