PEN America, a nonprofit organization working at the intersection of literature and human rights, seeks an experienced, efficient, and detail-oriented senior accountant to support our finance operations. This is a full-time position based at PEN America’s New York City headquarters and reports to the chief financial and administrative officer.
The senior accountant will perform finance and administration functions including managing the budgets, monitoring revenues and expenses, and conducting audits. The successful candidate will be part of a dedicated and mission-driven staff at a fast-paced organization with an ambitious growth agenda. For a high-capacity individual with a willingness to take on new challenges, the position offers opportunity for professional advancement within nonprofit operations and management.
Monitor expenses and prepare budgets on existing and new programs
Set up systems and controls on financing and release of funds
Manage accounting software package (Fund EZ) including maximizing system functionality and ensuring data integrity
Update program directors on budget-to-actual departmental results on a monthly basis
Liaise with external accountants, prepare relevant schedules, and ensure timely completion of adjusting journal entries
Initiate reconciliation of development database and Fund EZ for special events
Design and conduct internal audits and other internal control tests to ensure compliance with procedures
Perform monthly bank reconciliations
Review A/P and A/R entries in the accounting system
Update prepaid expense, accrued expense, and fixed asset schedules
Manage monthly investment schedules
Manage pre-award grant activities, including assessing financial proposal guidelines; collecting, composing, and/or preparing administrative components for proposal submissions; and supporting the preparation of financial applications, including developing budgets
Prepare financial reports to foundation and government funders, working in collaboration with program implementation teams to ensure timely submissions
Provide support to the development team regarding compliance and budgeting with private and corporate foundation grants
Maintain and update financial records and systems for grants
Other duties as assigned
A minimum five years experience in nonprofit financial management/accounting
Specific or clearly transferable experience in the field of grants management and compliance in the context of nonprofit organizations
Excellent knowledge of accounting regulations and procedures, including the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
Experience using Excel and other accounting software. FundEZ strongly preferred.
Extensive budget management experience
Exceptional problem-solving skills and the ability to follow through from the identification of a challenge to its solution
Excellent interpersonal and written/oral communications skills
Formidable work ethic and high energy level with ability to multitask effectively
PEN America offers competitive compensation and full benefits. The salary range for this position is $75K-$85K, commensurate with experience. Candidates whose expectations are outside this range are welcome to apply, as PEN America is open to considering talented individuals at varying stages of their careers. PEN America’s benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision health insurance, paid time off, 10 paid holidays, pre-tax commuter benefits and a 403b retirement plan.
Please submit a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Use “Senior Accountant” with your name as the subject of your email (for example, “Senior Accountant – Jane Doe”). Please also share where you heard about this position in the body of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
PEN America is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices, and in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.
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ABOUT PEN AMERICA:
PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.