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Senior Accountant

Location:Arlington, VA
Employment Type:Full Time
Description:As part of the Finance Department in the Operations Division, the Senior Accountant has responsibility for initiating, monitoring and managing NatureServeís accounting activities. The Senior Accountant is the lead staff person in charge of the organizationís daily accounting activities including financial reporting, G/L, A/R, A/P, and Payroll. The Senior Accountant also assists the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with the following finance functions: audit, budget, grants & contracts administration, investment, policy & procedure development, and treasury. Daily work requires extensive contact with NatureServe staff at all levels and thus, an ability to provide excellent service across the organization to a diverse array of operating units.
Duties:1. Approve monthly closing entries including prepaid expenses and expense accruals.

2. Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements and yearend audit schedules including A133-Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards.

3. Work with auditors to finalize yearend financial audit, form 990 and form 5500.

4. Analyze and forecast revenues and expenses of projects and grants.

5. Approve travel expenses and vendor invoices for facilities and G&A expenses

6. Manage and improve the finance & accounting systems and processes to support the needs of the organization. This includes the updates, implementation, troubleshooting and oversight of a computerized accounting and financial reporting system, as well the updating of accounting instructions policies and procedures for the organization.

7. Oversee the timely, accurate and complete functioning of all accounting processes including: A/R, A/P, G/L, Payroll and Reconciliation functions.

8. Assist the CFO in delivering, presenting and interpreting financial reports and data to various internal and external users. This includes the development of reporting methods, processes and tools as well as preparing financial analysis and conducting training.

9. Maintain primary contact and assist in the oversight of various financial vendors including: audit, banking, and payroll.

10. Work in conjunction with the CFO and the Grants and Contracts Manager in implementing processes required to administer federal grants, contracts and cooperative agreements, including indirect cost rate and audit standards.

11. Oversee the organizationís various statutory filings including financial reports to federal and private grantor agencies, IRS, and annual property and business tax returns.

12. Assist the CFO and the Operations staff in conducting the annual budget and audit processes.

13. Fill in for the CFO, when needed, in all financial forums.

1. Bachelorís degree in accounting or finance and five years of professional experience

2. Minimum of two years professional experience at the senior accountant level.

3. Oversight and hands-on experience in critical accounting areas including A/P, A/R, G/L, Payroll and Reconciliation activities.

4. Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills, including ability to adapt skills and solutions to a diversity of situations.

5. Ability to develop and deliver financial support services and training to individuals and teams across the organization.

6. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with a strong affinity to customer service.

7. Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.


1. Experience with financial reporting and analysis, indirect cost recovery and allocation and project accounting and analysis.

2. Experience in not for profit accounting, particularly in the area of grants, contracts and cooperative agreements.

3. Independently manage federal audits (OMB Circulars, A133) and year end statutory audits.

4. Experience with Microsoft Dynamics SL, Solomon or or comparable enterprise accounting systems.

5. Experience in establishing and overseeing financial vendor relationships, including: audit, banking, payroll and investment vendors.

6. Experience with the development of budgets, as well as the development and administration of financial policy and procedures.

7. Interest in and/or commitment to the conservation of biological diversity.


1. Ability to travel independently within NatureServe and the conservation community to attend meetings with partners and the public.

2. Ability to converse verbally and in writing with others regarding organizational goals and needs.

3. Ability to use organizational technology and lift a minimum of 10lbs

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