Accountant, Financial Services Department, Full-Time
Position Filled, 5/18/2020
NOTE: Internal candidate strongly considered
ConnectED: The National Center for College and Career partners with communities to transform education through Linked Learning, ensuring that all students, regardless of background, graduate ready for college, career, and life. Linked Learning combines strong academics, demanding technical education, and real-world experience.
ConnectED is dedicated to advancing practice, policy, and research aimed at helping young people prepare for both college and career through Linked Learning — a high school improvement approach. As the national hub for Linked Learning practice, ConnectED develops tools, supports demonstration projects, provides technical assistance, leads collaboration, and promotes policies that expand high-quality pathways.
ConnectED’s core beliefs:
- All students should have the opportunity to succeed, regardless of their life circumstances.
- All students deserve a high-quality, relevant, and rigorous education that prepares them for success in college, career, and life.
- Linked Learning engages students’ interest by providing real-world relevance, inspiring students to persist and excel in their education.
- Linked Learning closes the opportunity gaps that have historically limited the success of underserved students, including students of color and low-income students.
- To achieve long-lasting outcomes for students, Linked Learning must engage a broad community coalition in a shared vision for student success.
For more information, please visit our website at: www.ConnectEDNational.org
ConnectED is currently seeking a talented Accountant in the Finance Department. The Accountant will assist with all aspects of the general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, cash and financial reporting. This position addresses tight deadlines and a multitude of accounting activities including general ledger preparation, month-end close, monthly accounting and analysis activities, year-end audit preparation and the support of budget and forecast activities. As a key member of the Finance Team, you will maintain and control the general ledger accounts and business transactions of the organization, applying the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). This position will also be responsible for developing and maintaining accounting principles, practices and procedures to ensure accurate and timely financial reporting.
The ideal candidate will have a solid understanding of accounting principles, practices, standards, laws and regulations. The position requires strong financial acumen, great attention to detail, thoroughness, results-driven, decision making, problem solving, analytical and organizational skills, a commitment to quality and accuracy and the ability to work with others. This “hands on roll-your-sleeves” position reports to the Finance Director.
This is a diverse role in a fast-paced forward-thinking environment with constant opportunities to grow, learn and expand your skill set.
- Assist the Finance Director with the day to day, monthly and year-end operations of the Accounting/Finance Department.
- Perform all accounting functions including GL, A/R, A/P, Payroll, Financial Reporting and Revenue Recognition.
- Assist in the preparation of timely and error-free financial reports such as financial statements, cash flow, budget performance, and forecasting.
- Perform general accounts analysis and reconciliations, including bank statements, fixed assets, credit card, employer’s benefit costs, accruals and prepaid expenses.
- Examine, and analyze accounting records, financial statements, and other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting and procedural standards.
- Analyze and interpret financial data, looking at trends or concerns and formulating actionable recommendations.
- Prepare a variety of monthly, periodic, and annual financial and statistical reports and account summaries.
- Maintain chart of accounts, including adding and inactivating accounts, as needed.
- Prepare relevant schedules to support financial audits and preparation of Form 990 and other tax/regulatory returns.
- Maintain files, storage and record retention.
- Assure accounting compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and OMB A-133 by maintaining and adhering to accounting procedures, processes, best practices internal controls, and database management.
- Perform various other administrative duties and special projects as assigned.
- Process payroll on a semi-weekly basis for salary and hourly employees with accuracy and timely submission to ADP.
- Process employee time & attendance data from the timekeeping systems to payroll and reconcile variances utilizing tools in the timekeeping and payroll systems.
- Federal, State and garnishment processing, reporting and compliance.
- Timely and accurate preparation of payroll related reports and journal entries.
- Monthly general ledger reconciliation of all payroll accounts.
- Audits timesheets and assists end-users in maintenance of automated time and attendance system.
- Audit, reconcile, and distribute annual W-2 earnings
- Responsible for all audits, multi-State and Federal reporting associated with payroll
- Complies with federal, state, and local legal requirements with regards to wages, benefits, and 403(b).
- Keep abreast and informed on current employment, wage and tax laws.
- Maintain payroll files and payroll-related portion of employee files
Requirement Skills and Qualifications:
- Must possess excellent technical, analytical, problem-solving, decision making and strong math skills.
- Must be detail oriented with a high level of accuracy.
- Must be reliable, fast learner and self-starter with the ability to multi-task, prioritize and complete assignments within tight deadlines and other constraints.
- Must be flexible, resilient and able to adapt to change and shifting priorities.
- Must bring a strong sense of ownership, accountability and a commitment to achieving objectives.
- Ability to anticipate needs, take initiative, assume responsibility, and set priorities in a fast pace environment.
- Ability to provide excellent customer service and work well in teams to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic, self-motivated environment with minimal supervision.
- Must have an appetite for continued learning and achievement and a passion for
- Must demonstrated curiosity, forward thinking and commitment to continuous improvement.
- Must have excellent organizational and time management skills.
- Must have excellent communication skills, written and verbal, with the ability to clearly communicate issues to all levels of management.
- Must possess strong work ethic and interpersonal skills with demonstrated integrity, trust, poise, tact, diplomacy and professionalism.
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree with major coursework in Accounting, or equivalent experience.
- At least 4+ years of relevant work experience in accounting with preferably a nonprofit.
- Experience and working knowledge of accounting, payroll, financial, budget, and reporting principles and best practices.
- Strong knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), OMB A-133, FASB 116 & 117 and job cost accounting.
- Proficient in internal control procedures and management information systems.
- Demonstrated experience processing payroll with ADP software and Report Writer.
- Solid knowledge of Federal and State employment, wage and tax laws, regulations, policies, procedures and best practices.
- Strong computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
- Experience and knowledge with Deltek, ADP and Salesforce desirable.
Our ideal candidates understand and actively support the importance of a workplace which thrives on diverse cultural backgrounds, ethnicities, heritage and race, gender and sexual orientation, abilities, and ideas—someone who believes that differences makes us stronger, and who is committed to creating and maintaining an open and equitable work environment inclusive of everyone. ConnectED is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. Qualified women, minorities, veterans, and disabled workers are encouraged to apply.
To apply, please submit:
- Your resume
- Letter of interest
- Writing sample
To: firstname.lastname@example.org. This position is open until filled. Please do not contact our offices directly. Please watch our website to determine the status of the position. (Although it would be our wish to do so, we are not staffed to call or email applicants regarding job status.)
Please note: Relocation costs and employment authorization sponsorship are not available. All applicants must have valid authorization to work in the United States. No telephone inquiries, please.