Senior Accountant
Job Details
Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Full Time
High School
$65,000.00 - $75,000.00 Salary/year


Help DWC coordinate and maintain its financial resources to ensure fiscal wellbeing! As DWCs Senior Accountant, you will adhere to DWCs accounting policies and procedures and ensure that others do as well to derive the greatest benefit from the Centers assets, which fund programs that break the cycle of homelessness The successful candidate is flexible and has a keen eye for detail, is accurate, consistent, and has a solid understanding of accounts payable and accounts receivable. Reporting to the Director of Finance, this position interfaces with every department of DWC and is an integral part of a small but mighty Finance Department. This position must maintain confidentiality based on direction from the Chief Financial and Operating Officer.


Essential Functions

  • Ensures the integrity of accounting information by recording, verifying, consolidating, and entering transactions.
  • Prepares and records asset, liability, revenue, and expenses entries by compiling and analyzing account information.
  • Maintains and balances subsidiary accounts by verifying, allocating, posting, and reconciling transactions and resolving discrepancies.
  • Maintains general ledger by transferring subsidiary accounts, preparing a trial balance, and reconciling entries.
  • Summarizes financial status by collecting information and preparing balance sheet, profit and loss, and other statements.
  • Works with team to complete external audit and tax filings by analyzing and scheduling general ledger accounts and providing information for auditors.
  • May be required to participate in internal audits at the request of the Director of Finance.
  • Secures financial information by completing database backups.
  • Protects organizations value by keeping information confidential.
  • Understand a complex chart of accounts and cost center matrix, and apply allocations between cost centers
  • Prepare grant budgets for foundation and corporate funding applications, as well as financial reports as required by foundation and corporate funders.
  • Prepare and enter all necessary Accounts Receivable
  • Maintain AR aging, update collection status to management.
  • Reconciles accounts receivable on a regular basis
  • Research and resolve unapplied payments, short payments and out of balance items
  • Communicates with funders both in writing and/or orally to follow up and complete accounts receivable reconciliation.
  • Investigate outstanding invoices
  • researching issues related to banking, deposits, confirming wire transfers,
  • Performs bank reconciliation
  • Analyze monthly grant financial reports, evaluate budgets versus actuals, and communicate with managers/directors to forecast financial trends and maintain expenditure controls.
  • Coordinate with a variety of internal and external stakeholders in the development of the program budgets and manage multi-year forecasts of expenditures and revenues.
  • Monitor and maintain program budgets in funders preferred format, for internal reporting and external reporting.
  • Record all necessary payroll and benefit entries and allocations to the various departments and grants, and assure entries are balances.
  • Support program with time and effort reporting, ensuring it is complete and in compliance with applicable regulations.
  • Review contracts and funding agreements to ensure adherence to programmatic financial goals, compliance with funding restrictions, and development of responsive spending plans.
  • Identify and recommend solutions to operational issues with fiscal impact
  • Be aware of and adhere to multiple contract budgets with their own specified individual requirements and parameters. Maintain confidentiality of information as appropriate.
  • Utilize and ensure compliance with cost allocations across various funding streams in accordance with the OMB 2CFR 200, Uniform Guidance Regulations.
  • Avoids legal challenges by complying with legal requirements.
  • Assist with accounting and cash needs of nonprofit-run retail business
  • Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities. Read applicable contract agreements to ensure all revenues and billable expenditures are maximized.
  • Special projects
  • Help in other areas of accounting when requested
  • Handles other tasks as assigned

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



Time Management


Financial Management

Project Management

Ethical Conduct

Supervisory Responsibility
This position supervises the Accounting Associate.


Work Environment
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.


Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool, as necessary.


Schedule and Benefits
This is a full-time exempt position. Office hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm, with flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed. This position is eligible for DWCs comprehensive benefits package that includes training, paid time off, and medical, vision, dental, and transportation benefits.


Local travel up to 10% as necessary.


Remote Work



Required Education and Experience 

  1. High School degree or equivalent; Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or related field is a plus
  2. Minimum of 2 years’ experience; prefer 4-6 years of relevant experience needed; nonprofit accounting experience preferred


Required Knowledge/Skills/Position Qualifications

  1. Ability to apply DWC accounting policies and procedures
  2. Knowledge of accrual basis accounting and basic accounting debts and credits
  3. Knowledge of private foundations and government grants preferred
  4. Proficient with Microsoft Office
  5. Knowledge of QuickBooks (or a similar accounting software) required
  6. 10-key data entry
  7. Detail-oriented, thorough, accurate and highly organized
  8. Skill in communicating relevant financial information to management and other staff
  9. Strong work ethic
  10. Professional attitude; service oriented, friendly, positive approach and team-oriented
  11. Cultural humility
  12. Must be a CA resident and live at least 75 miles from the office and must be available for in-person meetings at the DWC offices.
  13. Must provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test result from the last seven days, on first day of hire.
  14. Must provide documentation of a negative TB test result within the last twelve months, on first day of hire.
  15. You will be required to have received at least the first dose of COVID-19 vaccination to start employment with DWC, and second dose must be received within 30 days from the first day of hire.



Additional Eligibility Qualifications


Downtown Women’s Center Downtown Women's Center actively seeks candidates who reflect the rich diversity of the communities that we serve. We are committed to a work environment that embraces and promotes individuality and inclusion. We believe that diversity and inclusion of varied perspectives, backgrounds, and life experiences is essential to our organization’s effectiveness, and allows us to serve our clients in the respectful, responsive, and understanding way that they deserve. We define diversity in broad terms to include race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, geography, socio-economic status, and other unique attributes that make us who we are.

Downtown Women’s Center complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


Other Duties 

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.