Senior Accountant/ Accounting Manager

Mission Critical:

This position is critical to the mission and vision of United Synagogue; they ensure financial stability and growth by providing timely and accurate reports.


Position Summary:

The Senior Accountant/ Accounting Manager serves as a principal resource for monthly closings, being an expert on coding and bookkeeping, and monitoring balance sheet and income statement accounts for reasonableness and compliance with generally accepted accounting principles. They are responsible for the creation and analysis of management reports and partnering with leadership across the organization to assist in financial decision-making.

The Senior Accountant/ Accounting Manager will serve as a principal resource for monthly closings, being an expert on coding and bookkeeping, and monitoring balance sheet and income statement accounts for reasonableness and compliance with generally accepted accounting principles. Responsible for creation and analysis of management reports and partnering with leadership across the organization to assist in financial decision-making.


Duties and Responsibilities:
The main responsibilities of the Senior Accountant/Accounting Manager shall include but not necessarily limited to the following:

Facilitate and complete monthly close process:
• Prepare routine journal entries.
• Ensure subsidiary ledgers support general ledger balances.
• Assists CFO with developing revenue/billing system to record revenue based on subsystems, which tracks enrollees and attendance. Data collection should navigate to one centralized system—USCJ accounting software.
• Assists CFO with developing an expense accrual system to capture program expenses in the same month that revenue is recorded. This will require on-going coordination with staff to ensure data is captured to reasonably estimate accruals.
• Review for accuracy, completeness of documentation, and proper coding all accounts payable transactions, including payments to vendors and employee expense reimbursements.
• Ensure that releases from restricted funds are properly executed and is consistent with the purpose of the grant or fund
• Assist with financial audits.
• Assist with preparing tax returns (990-T) and other corporate filings.
• Assist in monitoring internal controls.
• Ensures grant accounting is proper and in accordance with underlying grant documents and is properly recorded in correct funds.
• Support the fundraising department with specific reporting and ensure pledges are recorded timely throughout the year.
• Maintain fixed asset schedules.
• Ongoing financial analysis, financial modeling and reporting.
• Play a major role in the annual audit and annual budget process.
• Special projects as needed.

Month End Reporting and Reconciliations:
• Perform monthly reconciliation between the general ledger records and dues department cash receipts records.
• Perform monthly reconciliation on new gifts, pledges, and cash receipts between the general ledger (Financial Edge) and the development department subsidiary system (CiviCRM).
• Prepare monthly account reconciliations.
• Analyze revenues and expenses to ensure they are recorded appropriately on a monthly basis in accordance with GAAP.
• Assist with analyzing financial statements on a monthly basis and report on variances.
• Develop relationship with key managers by providing value added guidance to assist with variance reporting.
• Assist with the creation and analysis of monthly management reports.


Knowledge and Skills:
• Thorough understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
• Strong analytical and accounting skills.
• Intermediate to advanced experience with MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook and F9 or similar programs.
• Intermediate to advanced knowledge of major accounting software packages. Must have experience in Financial Edge, Fundware or Fund E-Z.
• Must be able to effectively handle multiple projects simultaneously in a deadline driven environment.
• Excellent verbal, written communication and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team and take on new tasks with high level of complexity.
• The individual will be expected to work with minimal up-front guidance and take ownership of his / her work product. The individual will work closely with all major functional leaders of the Company.


Education and Work Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from an accredited four-year college or university.
• 5+ years accounting/finance experience with at least 3 years in a supervisory capacity.
• Experience with a non-profit organization and fund accounting.
• Strong understanding of accounting theory.