Staff Accountant
Job Details
Experienced
Description

The Staff Accountant is responsible for managing daily accounting tasks for multiple complex clients, primarily nonprofits in the charter school industry, and works alongside a fast-paced team of accounting professionals.  Responsibilities include performing general ledger account and bank reconciliation with the assistance of the Accounting Associates, preparing journal entries and financial statements, completing all grant compliance reports and budget-to-actual variance reports, client interaction, resolving client, governmental agency and auditor inquires.  This position reports to an Accounting Manager and provides ongoing career growth opportunities with experiential training and development.

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Cash Maintenance

  • Review weekly bank reconciliations and cash position reports prepared by the Accounting Associate
  • Record all inter-company transactions and transfers
  • Review other work performed by the Accounting Associate
  • Assist with entry and review of other monthly transactions as needed
  • Communicate with management regarding cash flow issues and potential courses of action

 

Month-End Closing

  • Perform month-end close procedures and prepare financial statements as needed
  • Enter and post journal entries
  • Record appropriate monthly accruals
  • Reconcile inter-company accounts
  • Perform analysis and provide reasoning for variances
  • Prepare various schedules for balance sheet support including amortization and fixed asset schedules

 

Other Financial Reporting

  • ​​​​​​​Complete all grant compliance reports and budget-to-actual variance reports for assigned clients

 

Client Interaction

  • ​​​​​​​Perform new client on-boarding
  • Provide new client training
  • Be a resource for clients when questions arise regarding banking, reporting and other accounting matters
  • Resolve inquiries from clients, governmental agencies and auditors

 

Other Duties

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Assist in special projects and year-end audit schedule preparation
  • Be a resource for Accounting Associate on industry best practices
  • Demonstrate the ability to problem solve
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Accounting Manager
Qualifications

Generally, any combination of education that would provide the required knowledge and skills for successful performance would qualify.  A typical method of demonstrating these requirements would be:

EDUCATION:  Bachelor’s degree in accounting.  Master’s degree is a plus.

 

LICENSE:  A CPA license or CPA-eligibility is a plus.

 

EXPERIENCE:  at least 2 years of experience preparing financial statements (full close)

 

KNOWLEDGE OF:

  • Purposes, methods, and practices of financial and accounting record keeping
  • Basic accrual accounting principles and procedures
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills and Intermediate Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook) skills
  • Proper and effective use of English grammar and communication skills (oral and written)

 

Candidates must also have the ability to:

  • Maintain, encourage and participate in a close and highly collaborative team environment with clients and Charter Impact staff
  • Communicate in a clear and professional manner at all times
  • Adapt quickly to change
  • Learn the appropriate rules, regulations and technical procedures specifically related to processing payments for non-profit organizations and charter schools
  • Understand and carry out directions in an independent manner
  • Perform arithmetic calculations accurately and rapidly
  • Prepare a variety of accurate financial reports and summaries
  • Identify and correct errors in mathematical computations and financial documents

 

Experience with the following is a plus:

  • Abila Non-Profit Accounting (formerly Sage MIP)

 

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (with or without accommodation as needed to perform essential job functions)

  • Read numbers, reports, and documents on computer terminals
  • Use telephone and other communication devices
  • Lift up to 20 pounds (Light)
  • Prolonged standing, some bending, stooping and stretching

 

TYPICAL MENTAL DEMANDS:

Ability to give, receive, and analyze information, formulate work plans, prepare written materials and articulate goals and action plans.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Charter Impact focuses as much on employee satisfaction as client satisfaction.  Our belief is that if our staff is supported, challenged and inspired to do what they love, it will reflect outward to our clients.  This position will be required to:

  • Work indoors in a standard office environment
  • Work outside of normal workdays and office hours to meet deadlines
  • Directly communicate and interact with clients, parents, students and the public
  • Travel may be required for professional development events and to client locations
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