Senior Accountant - Philanthropic Services

Job Type

Full Time




1012 Torney Avenue
San Francisco
United States


Organization Description

Tides is a philanthropic partner and nonprofit accelerator dedicated to building a world of shared prosperity and social justice. Tides works at the nexus of funders, changemakers, and policy, with extensive impact solutions including philanthropic giving and grant making, impact investing, fiscal sponsorship for social ventures, collaborative workspaces, and policy initiatives. Our extensive tools and know-how give our partners the freedom to hit the ground running and drive change faster than they can on their own. For more information, please visit 

Position Summary

The Senior Accountant-Philanthropic Services works with Tides staff to provide financial services and reporting to both internal staff and external fund clients and separate entities. This position requires extensive client service related contact. Creating, reviewing, and approval of investment and general ledger related journal entries are essential duties of this position. The position will also possess a working knowledge of the NetSuite financial system and will assist in the maintenance of operational policies and practices that facilitate efficient operation and financial management of the organization.

The Senior Accountant is an exempt position. Exempt employees are expected to work the appropriate and necessary time in order to complete key assignments and related tasks on schedule.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Senior Accountant-Philanthropic Services will be the primary liaison for Tides investment accounting functions, fund’s financial needs, and will be responsible for providing exceptional client services to internal staff and external clients in the following areas:

  • Record and reconcile Tides’ investment activities monthly in timely manner
  • Perform valuations and record-keeping of alternative investments, direct investments, and mission-related investments
  • Provide support for the accurate and timely preparation of financial reports for both external and internal clients
  • Prepare, review, and approve journal entries
  • Review grant agreements, contracts, and proposals to determine reporting requirements and classification, including setup and maintenance of segment values for tracking purposes
  • Analyze fund activity and approve disbursements with accurate segment coding to ensure compliance with donor intent/guidelines
  • Prepare monthly schedules and reconciliations of various balance sheet and income statement accounts
  • Produce routine and customized financial reports
  • Assist in the preparation of quarterly donor financial statements and work with fund advisors to resolve any financial issues
  • Assist with Quarterly Payouts for fund clients
  • Prepare investment rollfoward schedule and related footnotes for Tides annual audit
  • Assist in the preparation of documentation for annual and other external audits for Tides Foundation and separate entities
  • Provide support for the preparation of IRS Form 990 and other tax filings for Tides Foundation and separate entities
  • Engage with internal staff and external clients for purposes of financial training, consultation, problem-solving, and planning
  • Provide back-up coverage to Tides Foundation Finance Operations
  • Develop systems to streamline processes and enhance team efficiency
  • May be required to train and/or guide other team members
  • Other projects as assigned by management

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), nonprofit accounting, and internal control processes
  • Strong analytical and accounting skills. Must be able to identify, analyze, and problem-solve accounting or compliance issues within a deadline-oriented environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to meeting the needs of internal and external clients; ability to strive for high level of satisfaction
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills with the ability to cooperate and work collaboratively toward solutions that generally benefit all involved parties
  • Strong critical thinking and decision-making ability and able to financially sound determinations
  • Ability to hold information confidential with excellent judgment
  • Proficiency with MS Office and NetSuite
  • Excellent organizational, planning, prioritizing and time management skills
  • Ability to explain financial statements and accounting concepts to non-finance personnel
  • Experience with developing and maintaining reporting systems procedures and practices
  • Ability to work independently within a fast-paced, task-directed, deadline-oriented environment

Education and Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree in Accounting or Finance
  • 5+ years of experience in a similar position
  • Investment accounting and non-profit accounting (including non-profit revenue recognition) preferred

Application Instructions:

Only candidates who meet the above-stated qualifications will be considered. Your resume must include a cover letter expressing your interest in working to support Tides and why you are qualified for this job. To upload your cover letter, add the file to the Attach Documents section at the end of the online application. No phone calls please!

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Tides is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions. 

Applicants with Disabilities:

Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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