Director of General Accounting

Posted by
Year Up
Boston, MA
Published 12 days ago


Reporting directly to the Senior Director of Financial Reporting & Controller, the Director of General Accounting is responsible for the general accounting function, maintaining the integrity of the general ledger, production of periodic financial reports, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, and a comprehensive set of controls designed to mitigate risk, enhance the accuracy of the company's reported financial results, and ensure that reported results comply with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

To be successful in this role, you'll thrive in a fast-paced environment and enjoy leading efforts to constantly and consistently improve the organization's financial performance, with an ever-present focus on attention to detail. You're someone who has an affinity for understanding the reporting and budgetary needs of a large, national organization and proactively takes on new challenges to support the business and financial and system requirements. As a thought partner to the Finance Leadership Team, you will define and delegate projects, serving as a leader to your team and working with and across other departments. 

In keeping with Year Up's values, the Director of General Accounting will also have the opportunity to interact with students as a mentor, group facilitator, and advocate, participating in building a positive educational environment.


General Accounting

  • Oversee all transactions related to the general ledger
  • Maintain chart of accounts and an orderly accounting filing system
  • Direct responsibility for payroll accounting, interfacing ADP/payroll service and the general ledger.
  • Direct responsibility for accounting for fixed assets and bank transactions
  • Manage monthly closing process including journal entries, accruals, and account analysis in support of the preparation of interim financial statements and management reports
  • Assist Controller in the preparation of annual financial statements in accordance with GAAP 
  • Support annual audit, including preparing schedules and providing backup information as requested
  • Prepare supporting schedules for annual audit, IRS Form 990 reporting and insurance audits
  • Supervise state annual filings
  • Assist Controller in ensuring the adequacy of internal controls designed to mitigate risk, and enhance the accuracy of the organizations reported financial results
  • Implement and document appropriate financial policies and procedures
  • Play a key role on leadership team within Finance, managing at least one direct report

Systems and Strategy

  • Assist in driving initiatives to enhance financial systems improvements, including Salesforce CRM and the evaluation of accounting systems
  • Build consensus around changes and enhancements to anticipate and address problems and provide high level of service to internal and external customers
  • Work closely with the IT Department to implement and enhance financial management systems and train others on their use

Site Team/Learning Community Member 

  • Serve as an advisor/mentor for a small number of current students
  • Join and sometimes facilitate weekly group sessions with students
  • Participate in staff meetings and trainings


  • At least 7 years of related work experience, including two years of supervisory experience preferred 
  • Bachelor's Degree in accounting or related field; advanced degree (MBA and/or CPA) preferred
  • Experience with non-profit accounting and knowledge of government funding requirements required
  • Track record of success with developing and implementing process improvements of accounting operations in high volume fast-growth environments
  • Experience with automated financial management software; experience with Oracle-Netsuite strongly preferred. Experience working with Salesforce and Concur
  • Strong data processing/computer skills including Microsoft Excel-advanced proficiency and Microsoft Power Point; familiarity with a variety of accounting software products 
  • Ability to multitask, with strong organizational and management skills
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to motivate employees and interface with people at all levels inside and outside the organization
  • A passion for working with young adults, an unshakable belief in their potential and a strong commitment to the mission of Year Up
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion


Year Up is an award-winning, national 501(c)3 organization that enables motivated young adults to move from minimum wage to meaningful careers in just one year by providing the skills, experience, and support they need to reach their full potential. Through a one-year, intensive program, Year Up utilizes a high-expectations, high-support model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, coursework eligible for college credit, and corporate internships at more than 250 top companies. Its holistic approach focuses on students' professional and personal development to enable young adults with a viable path to economic self-sufficiency and meaningful careers. Year Up has served more than 30,000 young adults since its founding in 2000. Year Up has a presence in 27 U.S. cities, including Arizona, Baltimore, Bay Area, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City/Jersey City, Pittsburgh, Puget Sound, Rhode Island, South Florida, Tampa Bay, and Wilmington.

Voted one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For in the country by The NonProfit Times, Year Up is a rewarding place to work. Our staff is passionate, supportive, mission-driven, and committed to positive change and continuous learning. We set high standards for both ourselves and our students, and live by a set of core values that reflect an unshakable belief in the talent and full potential of our young people. The work we do is life-changing, and we know that our team is the greatest asset in achieving our mission.


Year Up actively engages individuals from all backgrounds. We are committed to embracing diversity within our organization because we firmly believe that diverse employee teams help us to achieve our best organizational outcomes and provide the most effective support to our young adults as we work to close the Opportunity Divide. We are deeply dedicated to creating and maintaining an inclusive and supportive work environment. Learn more about our commitment to diversity:

As an equal opportunity employer, Year Up is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume through our website.

Note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered. We respectfully request no phone calls.


Reporting directly to the Senior Director of Financial Reporting & Controller, the Director of General Accounting is responsible for the general accounting function, maintaining the integrity of the general ledger…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    May 5, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    April 30, 2021
  • Professional Level




Boston, MA

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