National Audubon Society Staff Accountant in New York, New York
Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 22 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
Reporting to the Controller, 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 collaborate with other members of the Finance Department on a regular basis, and provide excellent support to staff across the organization.
Responsible for being the key business partner to selected field locations and assisting them with their required annual budgeting process and two reforecasts; questions related to accounting policies and coding; support for various areas concerning grants; and overall reporting.
Prepare selected bank reconciliations and work with field staff to ensure reconciling items are properly recorded.
Review and upload journal entries prepared by business managers across the organization, ensuring that the coding is accurate and sufficient documentation has been provided.
Prepare standard and recurring journal entries.
Create custom and standard reports to communicate results to various field locations in a clear, consistent, and concise fashion.
Provide training and guidance to field staff on accounting processes and procedures.
Ability to be a utility player for various field locations as different needs arise.
Contribute to long-term projects as part of a team, as needed.
As part of a team, assist with month-end and year-end closing process, as well as the annual fiscal audit.
Bachelor's degree in Accounting, as well as 2-4 years’ progressive accounting experience. Experience working in non-profit organizations strongly preferred.
Comfort working with general ledger/ budget applications; knowledge of Financial Edge a plus.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including advanced Excel skills, also 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 interpret financial information to non-finance professionals and provide thoughtful and creative problem-solving techniques.
A self-starter, one with the ability to work independently and consistently meet deadlines.
Strong organizational and time management skills a must.
Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and integrity a must.
Knowledge of GAAP and other accounting regulations and policies.
External Company Name: National Audubon Society
External Company URL: www.audubon.org