Staff Accountant

Job Locations
US-NY-New York
Type
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Accounting/Finance
ID
2021-4812
City
New York
State/Province
NY

Overview

The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state, regional, national, and international programs, nature centers, and chapters have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. As a sentinel species, we recognize that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to the fate of us all.

 

Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the United States and seven countries in 17 state and regional offices, 41 nature centers, and 23 wildlife sanctuaries. Together as one Audubon, we aspire to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss.

 

Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged, with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

Position Summary

This position reports to the Accounting Manager and requires a high level of accountability and responsibility.

 

The Staff Accountant will be a business partner to Audubon’s field locations and act as a liaison between the field and National Headquarters. They will primarily focus on assisting field locations in accounting, grants, reporting, and other areas as needed. The Staff Accountant will be highly involved into the monthly close process. The Staff Accountant will collaborate with other members of the Finance Department on a regular basis, and provide excellent support to staff across the organization.

Essential Functions

  • Responsible for being the key business partner to selected field locations and assisting them with finance related transactions; responding to questions related to accounting policies and coding; providing support for various areas concerning grants; assisting with overall reporting; and serving as a support resource as business needs evolve.
  • Review and upload journal entries prepared by staff across the organization, ensuring that the coding is accurate and sufficient documentation has been provided.
  • Prepare bank and account reconciliations and work with field staff to ensure reconciling items are resolved and correcting journal entries are properly recorded in a timely fashion.
  • Create custom and standard reports to communicate results to various field locations in a clear, consistent, and concise fashion.
  • Prepare and update monthly reporting schedules for the field locations and for the grants team.
  • Provide training and guidance to field staff on accounting policies, processes, and procedures.
  • Prepare and upload standard and recurring journal entries for National Audubon Society and National Audubon Society Action Fund.
  • Assist with monthly accounting and reconciliations for Audubon Americas program.
  • Review and gather sales tax information for monthly and quarterly sales tax returns.
  • Assist with year-end duties including but not limited to: year-end closing process; audit preparation; financial statement preparation; annual fiscal audit; and Form 990 preparation.
  • Assist with compilation of financial statements for the organization’s pension and 403(b) plans.
  • Assist with annual NICRA application.
  • Draft and update documentation of processes and procedures for areas of responsibility, where necessary.
  • Contribute to long-term projects as part of a team, as needed. Work on ad-hoc assignments as directed by the Controller, Assistant Controller, or Accounting Manager.
  • Perform back-up duties for Finance team as needed.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting/Finance, as well as at least 3 years’ progressive accounting experience. Experience working in non-profit organizations strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of month-end closing, year-end reviews, and complex bank and account reconciliations.
  • Comfortable working with general ledger/ budget, grant reporting, and donor database applications; knowledge of Financial Edge/NXT a plus.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including advanced Excel skills, required.
  • Possess a detail-oriented approach to work, as well as strong analytical skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; must be able to communicate financial information to non-finance professionals.
  • Proactive, thoughtful, and creative problem solver.
  • Flexible professional who can adapt quickly and effectively to organizational evolution and changing business environment.

This position is a union eligible position and is represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

EEO Statement

The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

Accessibility Statement

The National Audubon Society endeavors to keep our careers site accessible to any and all users.  If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact Accommodations@audubon.org. This contact information is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

COVID Policy

All staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than January 31, 2022, unless they are approved by Human Resources for a qualified exemption. Those unvaccinated after January 31st will be required to follow a weekly testing protocol.

 

All unvaccinated staff are required to wear masks or other approved facial coverings while working indoors at all times or outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained. Further, effective December 13th, any unvaccinated staff person entering an Audubon building must submit a negative Covid-19 test that has been taken within 72 hours. 

 

This policy is effective through February 27th and may be changed due to changes in the law and/or changes to Audubon policies such as the Return to Work/Hybrid Work policy.

 

All new hires must be fully vaccinated prior to their start of employment unless they are pre-qualified by HR for exemption.

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