Staff Accountant II

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: High fifties

Published

09/13/2018

Address

1750 Columbia Road
Washington
DC
20009
United States

Description

HIGHER ACHIEVEMENT

Higher Achievement, a nationally acclaimed nonprofit organization working to close the achievement gap for motivated, yet underserved students from low-income communities, seeks a Staff Accountant II.


Summary: Higher Achievement has an annual operating budget of $11 million, with five different locations. Working under the CFO and working with the Controller at the National office in Washington, DC, the Staff Accountant will lead a variety of general accounting and grants management responsibilities within our Finance department.


This position reports to the Chief Financial Officer at the National Office.


The Organization

Higher Achievement believes that talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. We work to close the achievement gap for motivated - yet underserved - students from low-income communities. We intervene during the critical transition to middle school by providing year-round, multi-year support for students in the 5th – 8th grades. As students prepare to graduate from our program in the 8th grade, we help them transition successfully to advanced high school programs that keep students on track for college. On average, 95% of Higher Achievement scholars graduate high school on time.

 

Founded in 1975 in Washington, DC, as a grassroots effort to create learning opportunities for children in low-income neighborhoods, Higher Achievement has impacted the lives of more than 10,000 young people and currently operates achievement centers in Washington, DC, Alexandria, VA, Baltimore, MD, Pittsburgh, PA, and Richmond, VA. Higher Achievement’s award-winning model of rigorous academic mentoring, individualization of services, and comprehensive academic support is guided by leading research for effective out-of-school time programs. More information about Higher Achievement may be found at: http://www.higherachievement.org


Key Duties and Responsibilities


Org-Wide Accounting


·        Prepare and post journal entries including advances, prepaid, and other asset/liability accounts

·        Prepare monthly bank reconciliations

·        Reconcile and maintain project expenses to the general ledger, ensuring that expenses are allowable and properly allocated in the accounting system

·        Reconcile additional receivables accounts

·        Perform GL accounting duties including JE preparation, and staff expense report review to ensure proper allocation by project and G/L account, month end closing, and reporting support.

·        Monitor activity and reconcile other G/L accounts

·        Balance general ledger control accounts against detail, preparing lead schedules as necessary

·        Record investment activity in general ledger

·        Maintain accurate fixed asset schedule, prepare depreciation entries

·        Records In-Kind contributions

·        Assist with Time & Effort reporting (where needed)

·        Assist the Controller in reviewing all existing compliance requirements and ensure compliance across the organization

  • Perform various analyses of grant financial data at the direction of the CFO and Controller

·        Record payroll related journal entries in Great Plains (GP)

·        Review all donations and corporate/foundation contributions, and enter Accounts Receivables in Great Plains

·        Provide support as needed to Affiliate staff, including training, trouble-shooting, and being a resource with finance questions

·        Track grants, including monies received, requested, and outstanding; communicate with National and Affiliate staff with status updates

·        Assist with annual audit and provide support schedules/reports

·        Support month-end and year-end close process


Affiliate/Office-Specific Accounting (National, Richmond & Pittsburgh)


·        Lead monthly grant expense reimbursement process

·        Prepare and submit reimbursement Grant invoicing

·        Conduct regular analysis of grant spending 

·        Assist program and development staff with general grant-related questions

  • Prepare and submit financial reports to grant funders

·        Monitor activity and reconcile other G/L accounts

·        Reconcile GP reports and RE reports 

 

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


 

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

·        Commitment to the mission and work of Higher Achievement

·        Bachelor’s degree (in accounting, business, or related field) or equivalent experience required

·        Minimum four years of progressive experience with General Ledger, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains and intermediate Excel skills required; CRM or donor database experience a plus
  • Strong computer and software skills with the ability to learn and use new technology required
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team-centered environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with staff in remote offices

·        Strong oral and written communication skills, including ability to communicate efficiently by phone, email, and in person

  • Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in handling sensitive and confidential issues


Higher Achievement Core Competencies: Higher Achievement values our core competencies, and as such, we expect that competitive applications will be able to demonstrate strengths in these areas:

  • Proactively builds relationships to advance Higher Achievement’s mission.
  • Uses candid communication to express ideas and to listen to the thoughts and feedback of others. 
  • Persistently pursues excellence by holding oneself to high expectations and seeking the best.     
  • Possesses a growth mindset for learning new things and stepping out of one’s comfort zone. 
  • Solutions-oriented when challenges arise.


Compensation and Benefits: This is a regular, exempt, full-time position. The salary for this position starts in the high fifties and is commensurate with skills, education/certifications, and experience. Higher Achievement offers competitive benefits, including: company-paid insurance (medical, dental, vision, life, and long and short-term disability insurance); eleven paid holidays; five weeks of paid time off; retirement plan with company-match; professional development funds; and tuition reimbursement.


Physical Requirements and Work Environment: Work is regularly performed in an office environment. Employee may spend long periods of time sitting at a desk. Employee regularly lifts, carries, and positions objects weighting up to 20 pounds. Position involves regular use of a computer and keyboard, telephone, and face-to-face communication; employee must be able to communicate clearly and professionally in all of these situations.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Additional Information: This position requires a criminal background check prior to hire.


To Apply: Visit Higher Achievement’s job board at www.higherachievement.org/careers. Interested applicants must upload a resume and cover letter. Priority consideration will be given to applicants who address the listed qualifications and their interest in the mission and work of Higher Achievement in their cover letter. Applications will be accepted until position is filled; interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. Please, no phone calls, emails or recruiters.


Higher Achievement provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sex, gender identity or expression, age, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, caregiver or family status, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Benefits

Compensation and Benefits: This is a regular, exempt, full-time position. The salary for this position starts in the high fifties and is commensurate with skills, education/certifications, and experience. Higher Achievement offers competitive benefits, including: company-paid insurance (medical, dental, vision, life, and long and short-term disability insurance); eleven paid holidays; five weeks of paid time off; retirement plan with company-match; professional development funds; and tuition reimbursement.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

http://www.higherachievement.org/careers

To Apply: Visit Higher Achievement’s job board at www.higherachievement.org/careers. Interested applicants must upload a resume and cover letter. Priority consideration will be given to applicants who address the listed qualifications and their interest in the mission and work of Higher Achievement in their cover letter. Applications will be accepted until position is filled; interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. Please, no phone calls, emails or recruiters.


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