Staff Accountant

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Position Summary:

The Staff Accountant is a position within the Department of Finance. Under the direction of the Controller, this position will process payroll, manage payables and receivables, maintain financial records, prepare and analyze various GL accounts, perform general bookkeeping duties, and assist with month and year end close processes. The position will accomplish this function by performing a wide range of financial and accounting duties.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages the entire Payroll function – processing the bi-weekly payroll, entering changes to leave accruals, 401k and 457b transactions, employee cell phone reimbursements; researching payroll related issues/problems
  • Prepares and funds the 401k contributions and loans, and 457b plans held by plan administrators
  • Prepares and submits Positive Pay files to the bank
  • Processes transfers between the operating and investment accounts
  • Manages accounts payable, including vendor setup and processing of payments
  • Makes bank deposits and enters cash applications to receivable ledgers
  • Reconciles various cash, investments, and special reserve accounts
  • Reconciles staff credit card accounts
  • Reconciles the Inter-company (Due To/From) accounts
  • Prepares prepaid schedules and entering related journal entries into the accounting system
  • Prepares general and adjusting journal entries related to online donations, fringe benefit payments and other cash transactions
  • Prepares petty cash transactions
  • Prepares year end work papers (preparing audit and tax schedules per Prepared by Client (PBC) lists)
  • Performs other related duties as directed

Skills and Qualifications:

  • 3 years of experience in accounting/finance in a not-for-profit environment
  • BS Degree in Accounting or Finance
  • Experience in Microsoft Office (MS Excel, in particular)
  • Proficient in MS GP or other ERP accounting software
  • Strong communications skills; high degree of self-motivation and ability to work independently
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to get along well with all staff
  • Proficient in ADP or other payroll & benefits software
  • Experience in special projects and/or grant reporting and budget development

Reports to:  Controller

Salary and Benefits:

This is a full-time, position with a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

To Apply:

To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter detailing your fit with the position’s responsibilities, and salary requirements to: [email protected] with Staff Accountant in the subject line. Only applications submitted by email will be considered.  We are looking to fill this position immediately.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual expression and identity, veteran status, national origin, age or disability.