Staff Accountant (Payroll)

Job Type

Full Time




126 High Street
United States


Staff Accountant (Payroll)

Passion. Purpose. Impact. CJP is at the heart of Greater Boston's Jewish community, but our reach is felt around the world. We bring together the resources, volunteers, leadership, and expertise to care for people in need, advocate for Israel, and ensure a vibrant Jewish future. Together, we're helping struggling families find financial stability, making Jewish learning relevant and inclusive, connecting the next generation to Jewish life, and so much more. Our greatest resource is our people — the staff, volunteers, partners and leaders who help make Greater Boston’s Jewish community a welcoming home. It’s this energy and commitment that drive CJP’s mission. We are one of Boston's oldest and most respected philanthropic organizations and we are currently seeking a Staff Accountant.


As a core contributor to the Operational Finance Team, the Staff Accountant’s primary responsibility is the bi-weekly payroll. In addition, the Staff Accountant will be responsible for the following functions: processing allocation and designated grant payments; miscellaneous accounts receivable; and certain account reconciliations. The Staff Accountant will work in collaboration with the Operational Finance Team to support the month-end close. The Staff Accountant will assist with the preparation of the organization’s salary budget; the analysis of payroll, benefits and taxes; the reconciliation of actual payroll expenses against budget.




·        Payroll Processing:

o  Bi-weekly payroll processing including time import for hourly payroll, staff time to projects, and paid time off.

o  Verify payroll for accuracy and completeness prior to processing and prepare reconciliation to be reviewed by the Director, Finance Operations.

o  Review and upload journal entry created via ADP/GL integration for each payroll cycle.

o  Respond to payroll inquiries from employees, HR and vendors.

o  Prepare third-party payments (i.e., garnishments, benefit providers, etc).

o  Reconcile monthly benefit withholdings and perform actual to budget variance analysis.

o  Quarterly reconciliations for 941 reporting, third-party reports, and other assigned accounts.

o  Reconcile ADP 403(b) match calculations and other employee-directed deductions after each payroll.

o  Become knowledgeable in the organization’s payroll and benefits policy and insure compliance with such policies.

o  Maintain and manage the payroll/time software system and automated workflow.

o  Maintain adequate internal controls over payroll set-up and subsequent changes.

o  Make recommendations and implement best practices for our HRIS/Time/Payroll system.

o  Attend periodic technical training to maintain proficiency and best practices.

·        Assist HR, as needed, with employee on-boarding/off boarding and benefits: Ensuring that the HRIS/time/payroll systems reflect the appropriate salary, department, personal information, benefit and other deductions, garnishments, and withholding taxes for each employee.

·        Responsible for invoicing and cash application of miscellaneous accounts receivable; produce a monthly aging that reconciles to the general ledger.

·        Processing of allocation grants and designated gift payments to agencies imported from the grant’s management system and paid via accounts payable.

·        Upload positive pay files for Accounts Payable.

·        Provide back-up support to Accounts Payable as needed.

·        Assist with month-end close process and balance sheet account reconciliations.

·        Assist with the preparation of year-end audit schedules.

·        Provide necessary support with payroll budget preparation.

·        Assist with payroll expense analysis and forecast.

·        Assist with 403(b) and Workers Compensation Audit.

·        Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation.




·     Bachelor’s in Accounting or related field.

·     Payroll/Benefits certification preferred.


·     2-4 years of payroll and benefits experience and general ledger accounting experience.


·     Knowledge of payroll and employee benefits.

·     Knowledge of tax implications regarding payroll and benefits.

·     Proficient with HRIS/time/payroll software packages (ADP a plus).

·     Advanced skill level with Microsoft Excel.

·     Proficiency with Microsoft Office and other Windows-based applications.

·     Fine attention to detail and strong accuracy skills, logic and problem-solving skills.

·     Ability to maintain confidentiality, strong prioritization, organization and follow-through skills.

·     Ability to leverage technology to achieve operational efficiency and compliance.

·     Ability to work on multiple tasks concurrently and meet tight deadlines.

·     Strong interpersonal, verbal, and communication skills.

·     Ability to be flexible and adaptable to changes and shifting priorities


CJP offers that rare opportunity to tap your skills, talents, and experience to benefit a greater good while you grow professionally. You will work in a dynamic environment, with a diverse group of individuals who share your commitment and enthusiasm. Together, you will make a difference for Jews and non-Jews in Greater Boston and worldwide. We offer competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits and a collegial, family-friendly work and team environment. 

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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CJP is an equal opportunity employer. People with disabilities, women, veterans, people of color, and LGBTQ people are encouraged to apply.  Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.