1900 Fruitvale Avenue
About The Praxis Project
The Praxis Project is a values-driven, national nonprofit organization that seeks to improve health justice through partnerships to build community power. Praxis believes strongly that organized communities are critical partners in the struggle to create healthy communities. Praxis works with over 200 diverse grassroots groups across the United States that influence local policy, mobilize communities, and strengthen programs and organizations to improve health justice. Praxis works in strong partnership to enable local efforts to build community power through training, technical assistance, and capacity building services, as well as comprehensive fiscal sponsorship. Our capacity-building programming is focused on partnerships that actively advance Praxis’ mission to build healthy communities by transforming the power relationships and structures that affect our lives. For more information, please visit www.thepraxisproject.org.
The work environment at The Praxis Project is fast-paced, creative, and fun, and our team is hardworking and extremely passionate about our mission. This position will support our ambitious growth and impact goals.
The Senior Accountant, reporting to the Assistant Director - Organizational Development and Operations, is responsible for Praxis finances, including general ledger, payables, payroll, receivables, budget reporting, and grant reporting, including for Praxis’ fiscally-sponsored projects. The Senior Accountant plays an important role in Praxis’ operational excellence by creating, implementing, and evaluating internal financial policies and workflows with an eye toward growth and a smooth transition from outsourced accounting. Working closely with the Assistant Director, the Coordinator - Finance and Operations, and an external controller, as well as the Executive Director, Praxis’ auditors, and the Board of Directors, the Senior Accountant ensures a high standard of financial management and compliance. The Senior Accountant also supports Praxis’ fiscally-sponsored projects in their financial development and planning.
We strongly prefer a candidate who is available to work from our Oakland, CA office, but will consider exceptional candidates who prefer to work from our downtown Washington, DC office. Praxis’ Oakland office is in the vibrant Fruitvale neighborhood, walking distance or a very short bus ride from Fruitvale BART. Our DC office faces Farragut Square and is steps from the Farragut North Metro station. Both buildings have elevators and ADA accessible bathrooms and all our staff use ergonomic workstations including dual monitors and adjustable sit/stand desks.
This is a full-time (40 hours per week), supervisory, exempt, fully benefits-eligible position.
The salary range for this position is $72,000-$77,000 per year depending on experience and qualifications.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Monitors, manages, and maintains operating cash, cash flow and other treasury functions including monitoring and reconciliation of investments.
- Maintains updated chart of accounts and supervises general ledger maintenance.
- Maintains full monthly reconciliation and subsidiary ledgers for all balance sheet items.
- Supervises entry of payroll data, reviews payroll tax filings as provided by payroll platform, and manages staff payroll allocations process and personnel cost allocation and reimbursement by fiscally-sponsored projects.
- With support from the Program Coordinator, follows up on accounts, grants, and contracts receivable to ensure collection on a timely basis.
- Ensures tax compliance and that timely IRS and state filings are completed. This includes keeping up-to-date on accounting and tax compliance issues related to nonprofit organizations.
Financial Planning and Analysis
- Coordinates preparation of and continuous monitoring of the annual budget. This includes working with the appropriate staff and fiscally-sponsored projects to prepare the budget, proposing revisions to the budget when appropriate, monitoring the budget/actual performance in consultation with budget managers on a monthly basis, and keeping the Assistant Director apprised of budget variances.
- Prepares monthly financial statements for Praxis leadership and fiscally-sponsored projects and works with the Assistant Director to ensure their accuracy, reliability, and timeliness.
- Prepares all internal financial management reports; including program reports, grant reports, board reports, and financial statements. Assures financial reporting requirements are met for all grants and contracts; and communicates with program staff about programmatic reporting deadlines.
- Ensures organization compliance with laws, regulations, and funder guidelines and restrictions especially regarding procedures and policies.
- Coordinates audits and other financial monitoring oversight required by various funding sources.
Other Financial Management responsibilities
- Creates, implements, and updates financial policies, procedures, workflows, and templates to ensure efficiency and adequate internal controls.
- Maintains financial records and documents via Praxis’ encrypted cloud-based storage system.
- Trains fiscally-sponsored projects on Praxis financial operations, systems, and reporting tools
- Maintains good working relationships with fiscally-sponsored projects, vendors, funders, and employees regarding financial relationships with the organization.
- As necessary, serves as liaison with brokers, bankers, auditors, and attorneys.
- Fosters an environment that promotes trust and cooperation among partners and staff.
- Understands Praxis’ mission, values and principles and applies them in work responsibilities.
- Works collaboratively with administrative and programmatic staff and external partners to achieve overall Praxis goals.
Required qualifications: education and experience
- BA/BS degree in accounting or equivalent training required; advanced training or certification or CPA license preferred.
- Minimum five years’ increasingly responsible experience in accounting required.
- Nonprofit accounting experience required.
Required qualifications: skills, knowledge, and abilities
- Exceptional knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Fair Accounting Standards Board (FASB) standards, and IRS rules applicable to 501(c)(3) public charities.
- Advanced knowledge of QuickBooks for Nonprofits and Microsoft Excel.
- Fluency with GSuite applications including Gmail and GCal, Drive, Google Docs and Sheets
- Experience designing and implementing new financial policies, procedures, and systems.
- Experience and interest working with diverse populations and communicating financial and accounting concepts to lay audiences.
Desired qualifications: skills, knowledge, and abilities
- Nonprofit fiscal sponsorship accounting/finance knowledge and experience strongly desired.
- Knowledge and experience in accounting and financial compliance for 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations desired.
- Experience in and knowledge of managing government grants and contracts including FAR, CFR, and relevant OMB circulars desired.
- Experience with Bill.com and Tallie or equivalent vendor payment and business expense reconciliation software desired.
- Training and facilitation experience and ability desired.
Mental and physical demands
- Fast-paced work environment.
- High level of concentration and attention to detail required.
- Time speaking and listening: (range 25–50%).
- Occasional travel (about one trip per quarter) including overnight travel is required.
- Praxis has two offices, additional remote staff, and partners based across the United States. Leading and participating in remote video and telephone conferences is required.
Equal Opportunity Employer
The Praxis Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, and gender expression, religious creed, disability (mental and physical) including HIV, AIDS, and AIDS-related conditions, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, age, marital status, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Applicants with backgrounds and lived experiences that are underrepresented in finance or accounting and/or who personally identify with Praxis’ mission or the community groups we support are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Praxis Project offers a highly competitive benefits package that includes employer-sponsored medical, dental, and vision insurance, 11+ paid holidays, generous paid vacation, retirement plan with 6% employer match, wellness subsidy, HSA, commuter FSA, healthy and delicious office snacks, and more.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please email your resume and a cover letter expressing your interest in working with Praxis and your qualifications for this position to Ariel Cohen, Assistant Director, at email@example.com by Monday, October 15. We will contact select candidates for next steps by Friday, October 19. The target start date for this position is early December. Please do not call our offices.