Staff Accountant

Job Type

Full Time




New York
United States


The Lantern Group (Lantern Community Services and Lantern Organization) is a supportive housing organization that champions the independence and well-being of New Yorkers who are impacted by or threatened with homelessness. Lantern Organization develops and manages permanent affordable and supported housing, which is paired with comprehensive services and programs designed and operated by Lantern Community Services to support clients so they can stay healthy and housed. Our 18 buildings, with almost 1,400 units, house a range of single adults to families, with sites located in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Upper Manhattan. Lantern currently has a staff of around 200 full-time employees and services a client base of nearly 1,200 and an additional 800 community residents.


Lantern Community Services’ teams of experienced social workers and program specialists deliver programming directly within each apartment building to these high-need populations, resulting in excellent rates of engagement with our clients. Programs with proven results in health, employment, education, and life skills are delivered inside our residences and tailored to each person’s needs. We provide Lantern clients – many of whom live with mental illness, addiction, disability, HIV or other chronic illnesses – with the tools they need to integrate successfully into the greater community with dignity and independence. 



Lantern is seeking a Staff Accountant to report to the Controller. With oversight of an assigned portfolio of government grants and payroll management, the Staff Accountant will have the following responsibilities:


·        Manage the invoicing and budget to actual reporting for an assigned portfolio, including any other necessary accounting operations and functions.

·        Carefully monitor actual vs. budgetary expenditures and prepare variance analysis.

·        Maintain electronic and paper reporting back up per organization protocol.

·        Maintain company payroll system and employee information.

·        Process bi-weekly payroll.

·        Conduct quarterly analysis with payroll tax reports and all other mandatory labor reporting.

·        Other duties as assigned.




The successful candidate will have prior experience working in a nonprofit organization with government funders, and have at least 1-3 years of applicable experience. S/he will have initiative, the ability to work well under pressure, a very high level of Microsoft Office proficiency (with the ability to learn new technologies and databases) and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team to complete projects in a timely manner.   Other qualifications include:


·        Bachelor’s Degree is required

·        Prior experience with government contract compliance

·        Strong Excel skills

·        Previous experience with Balance Point and Financial Edge systems is preferred

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume to:



Lantern Community Services provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment.


Lantern Community Services (Lantern) values the diversity of all our clients, staff, Board of Directors, and partners. By bringing diverse individuals and viewpoints together, we create more vibrant, healthy and just communities. Lantern welcomes individuals of all backgrounds and experiences regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, veteran status, class, creed, and mental or physical disability.