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Senior Accountant

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The Center for Science in the Public Interest is seeking a full-time Senior Accountant to work in our Washington, DC office to oversee general accounting operations including budget preparation, month-end close, and year-end tax preparation and audit processes. The Senior Accountant will partner with key stakeholders to ensure there are sufficient systems and procedures in place to provide effective financial tracking and reporting support to existing and new program implementation. This position is a member of small but busy accounting team, has supervisory responsibility, and reports to the Director of Finance.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is seeking a full-time Senior Accountant to work in our Washington, DC office to oversee general accounting operations including budget preparation, month-end close, and year-end tax preparation and audit processes. The Senior Accountant will partner with key stakeholders to ensure there are sufficient systems and procedures in place to provide effective financial tracking and reporting support to existing and new program implementation. This position is a member of small but busy accounting team, has supervisory responsibility, and reports to the Director of Finance.

About CSPI

CSPI, America’s food and health watchdog, is one of the nation’s leading public health advocacy organizations with a 50-year record of fighting for science in the public interest. We’ve led efforts to win passage of many state and local policies to improve school foods and remove sugary drinks from children’s menus. National policy successes include the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act; Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act; Food Safety Modernization Act; and Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act. 

CSPI Core Values

CSPI is committed to including and valuing diverse voices and fostering a culture that ensures all staff feel a sense of belonging and are encouraged to be their best selves. In that spirit, each of us is committed to putting in constant work to live up to our organization’s core values:

  • We are inclusive. We seek to foster an environment where all staff feel a sense of belonging and are affirmed. We are not looking for everyone to think and look the same. We actively welcome and value staff with different experiences, backgrounds, attributes, abilities, and perspectives.
  • We are open. We are honest and direct in how we communicate with each other in order to build trust and integrity within our organization.
  • We are accountable. We acknowledge and assume responsibility for our actions.
  • We are kind. We communicate and treat one another in a respectful, generous, considerate, and compassionate way.
  • We are collaborative. We work together for the common good and shared success.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The Senior Accountant will help ensure all financial accounting functions are completed accurately, prepare interim financial reports, manage periodic compliance reporting, and budget preparation, and is responsible for the following:

  • Close AP, AR, and general ledger monthly, which includes: posting financial entries, performing bank and other account reconciliations, reconcile sub-ledger to general ledger account balances.
  • Prepare financial statements for the financial committee of the board, senior management and department leads monthly.
  • Assess internal controls, including risk assessments and reviews of risk areas.
  • Supervise Accounting Associate, including overseeing day-to-day activities, mentoring, and evaluating performance.
  • Assist with budget preparation and preparing the monthly budget variance analyses.
  • Work closely with Director of Finance and external auditors in the preparation of financial statements, Form 990 tax returns, and the annual audit.
  • Assist with initial internal control evaluations.
  • Ensure compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Oversee payroll processing including: prepare, allocate, verify and record payroll, employee benefit and other expense schedules and journal entries; work with payroll vendor to ensure CSPI is in compliance with employee state/local wage and tax reporting requirements; transmit retirement plan contributions to vendors in timely manner.
  • Work closely with grant management team to monitor restricted grants and maintain clear reporting, tracking, and reconciliation of each.
  • Work closely with CSPI marketing and outside fulfillment bureau to record and reconcile subscription revenue and expenses.
  • Prepare reports for lobbying compliance.
  • Train employees on entering expense reports, invoices, and accessing information from the accounting system.

Qualifications

  • A commitment to CSPI’s values.
  • 7+ years of accounting and/or bookkeeping experience, including bank reconciliation and accounts payable/receivable processing, preferably in a non-profit setting.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting required; CPA and/or CMA preferred.
  • In-depth understanding of GAAP.
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel (pivot tables, advanced formulas, and other data analysis tools available in Excel); experience with accounting software programs and report-writing tools (Intacct preferred); and familiarity with cloud-based payroll systems.
  • Aptitude for numbers and quantitative skills.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail, problem-solving, and analytical skills.
  • Experience with payroll and payroll tax laws.
  • Demonstrated capacity to juggle and manage numerous projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated success in delivering high-quality work product on a consistent, reliable basis.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and managing complex projects that are strategic in nature and scope.
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a small team setting.

Compensation

The salary range is $85,000 to $95,000, based on experience. CSPI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes: 3 weeks of annual vacation leave; additional paid holiday leave between December 24 and January 1; 8 weeks of paid parental leave; excellent medical and dental insurance with CSPI paying a significant portion of employee and dependent premiums; and a 3% employer match contribution to the retirement plan after one year of service.

To Apply

Please use CSPI's Paylocity Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to apply for the Senior Accountant position. You will be asked to submit a resume and cover letter indicating relevant experience and interest. The application deadline is September 30, 2021.

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CSPI is committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills and encourages people of diverse ages, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, disabilities, religions, races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, work, and life experiences to apply.

 

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