Payroll and Accounting Specialist

  • Washington, DC, US

The Payroll and Accounting Specialist is a key team member who ensures the daily activities of the AppleTree's accounting department run smoothly and efficiently. He/she will be responsible for all aspects of the payroll process for AppleTree Institute (ATI) and AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School (AELPCS), as well as provide core accounting entries, financial reports and analysis to senior management.

This is a full-time position and reports directly to the Director of Finance.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Process payroll for ATI and AELPCS -- Interface regularly with human resources department regarding the proper treatment and maintenance of timesheets, salaries, benefits, stipends, leave, and other related items.
  • Maintain and respect confidentiality of information.
  • Manage federal and state/local grants, including tracking of expenses, allocations, financial reporting, and reimbursement from agencies.
  • Prepare timely and accurate account reconciliations including bank reconciliations.
  • Prepare selected journal entries and financial reports for monthly close as requested.
  • Interface regularly with other departments and prepares schedules and analysis to support their needs and requirements.
  • Manage and track ATI inventory of curriculum-related materials.
  • Prepare accurate supporting schedules for annual audit and annual budget.
  • Collaborate in a professional manner with other Institute staff to support and promote AppleTree's mission.
  • Help enforce proper accounting methods, policies and principles. Help identify areas of efficiency and takes proactive approach to provide recommendations for process improvement.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting
  • 2-3 years of accounting experience, a plus if in the non-profit sector
  • Experience with payroll processing software, preferably ADP Workforce Now
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel and Word, GoogleApps
  • Proficiency with accounting software, preferably QuickBooks
  • Proven written and oral communication skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently and in a team environment


The preceding description is not designed to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of the Payroll and Accounting Specialist.

Organization Information

AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation seeks a motivated, dynamic, skilled and organized early childhood Content Developer to write, pilot, and revise content for our existing 2-year comprehensive core curriculum as part of the Every Child Ready instructional model.


Salary commensurate with education and experience. Compensation includes a performance-based bonus and excellent health benefits.

About AppleTree

AppleTree is an innovative nonprofit that develops and provides proven early childhood education programs to the most underserved three- and four- year olds to close the achievement gap before students enter kindergarten. The achievement gap in academic performance between students from underserved communities and their more advantaged peers is pervasive, and research has demonstrated that closing that gap before students enter kindergarten is critical in preparing students for future success.

An entrepreneurial enterprise, AppleTree consists of a nonprofit institute and seven public charter preschool campuses serving as models for teaching and learning. AppleTree's Instructional Quality team (AIQ) and AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School (AELPCS) have worked together to implement, pilot and refine AppleTree's ground-breaking, evidence based instructional approach, Every Child Ready. Every Child Ready drives what to teach, how to teach, and how to tell it is being done to increase teacher effectiveness and children's learning in early childhood classrooms. The AIQ is responsible for developing, codifying and researching AppleTree's educational program while AELPCS serves as the implementation lab.

AppleTree's efforts have been recognized both nationally and locally.

  • AppleTree is featured in the 2012 book "The Achievable Dream: College Board Lessons on Creating Great Schools".
  • In December 2011, the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board awarded AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School the inaugural "Josephine Baker Award For Charter School Excellence" as one of the city's top performing public charter schools.
  • In 2010, the US Department of Education validated AppleTree's efforts by awarding it a highly competitive Investing in Innovation grant to develop its instructional model Every Child Ready.

AppleTree's success is due in part to its unique organizational structure, which consists of two distinct 501(c)(3) organizations (AIQ and AELPCS) that function as one, sharing a vision, mission and set of values. Through their iterative work together, AIQ and AELPCS have been able to develop a rigorous and effective instructional model and test it in real time. This practical application has been critical for the refinement of the model and development of additional instructional tools that improve the classroom experience. Together both organizations strive for an improved educational landscape for Washington, D.C.'s preschoolers, by employing different but complementary approaches. In the coming years, in accordance with goals articulated in a December 2010 business plan, AppleTree plans to expand the School and continue to refine and develop Every Child Ready and other related instructional tools, further enhancing its role as a leader in the educational reform movement. The AppleTree Instructional Quality team and AppleTree Early Learning PCS share a joint operational division that supports both organizations.

About the School

The AppleTree Early Learning PCS is an independent public charter preschool open to all three- and four- year olds in the District of Columbia. The charter preschool currently serves 640 children at seven campuses across all four quadrants of the District of Columbia, and serves as a laboratory school through its close relationship with AppleTree Institute. AppleTree's growth has been fueled by demand for its engaging, full-day program. It is a rigorous instructional preschool that prepares young children socially, emotionally and cognitively for kindergarten and future school success. AppleTree uses purposeful learning through play and guided instruction to create a safe, structured preschool experience for three and four-year-old children. Teachers provide differentiated instruction, based on data, to provide advancement to children where they most need it.

AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation logo

  • 415 Michigan Ave NE
    Washington, DC, US 20017
    See Map
  • Start date:

    February 6, 2017

AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation logo

Please make corrections before moving on.
Please fill out {field}.

Uh oh.

Something unexpected just happened. Sorry!

Please try again or contact us.

Hmm... we couldn't find that place in our database.
Are you sure it's correct? Yes No

There was a problem signing in to your social account.

The error code was: error code.

If the problem persists, please contact us.

Try again

Sign in with:

Continue with:

Next ››

Log in

Welcome back! Please enter your password.

Forgot your password?

Next ››

Create your account

Looks like you're new here. Sign up! Or, log in with a different email.

‹‹ Back Next ››

Upload a photo

Nice photo! (Change)

‹‹ Back Next ››

Secure your account

Please verify that you're a human. Type the text below:

By clicking "Sign Up" you're agreeing to our Terms & Conditions

‹‹ Back

Secure your account

Please verify that you're a human. Type the text below:

By clicking "Sign Up" you're agreeing to our Terms & Conditions


Thanks for joining Idealist! We're glad to have you.

Please check your email and click on the verification link we just sent you. Your registration won't be complete until you do.


Thanks for joining the Idealist network!

Welcome back!

Please update your account details:

‹‹ Back Next ››

You're almost there!

We emailed you at with a verification link that you must click on to complete the sign up process.

Resend the verification email

Not you? Click here to become a Connector.

You're almost there!

We emailed you at with a verification link that you must click on to complete the sign up process.

Resend the verification email

Your profile is updated

Thanks for updating your profile! You can add more detail, including your interests, skills, and experience later.


Tell us why you're excited about this

Nice photo! (Change)

( No, thanks )

Please upload a photo and write a comment to continue.
Write comment to continue.
Please check the box to continue.
Please check the boxes to continue.
Please make corrections before moving on.
Please fill out {field}.
Please enter your full name.
Please let us know what to call you.
Please enter your city.
Please upload a photo.
Please tell us where you live.
Please enter a valid email address.
Passwords must be at least 6 characters long.
Email or password is incorrect.
Please try filling out the captcha again.
Please choose a profile photo.
Name can be no longer than 128 characters.
Quote can be no longer than 1024 characters.

Forgot your password?

Please enter your email so we can send you a reset link.

We just sent an email to to reset your password.

We just sent an email to to verify your account.

Sorry, we ran into a problem with that.

Choose Another

We're glad to have you!

Before you can be active in this community, you'll have to become a Connector. Take a moment to learn more about the role and agree to our shared values before continuing.

Already a Connector? Log in

Already involved? Log in

Thank you!

Please review this final commitment we are all making to one another, and click below.

Working with others, in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect, I want to help build a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives.

In my role as a Connector, I commit to:

Please check the box to continue.
Please check the boxes to continue.