Senior Accountant

Bridges to Housing Stability
Published
July 15, 2022
Location
9520 Berger Road, #311, Columbia, Maryland
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Description

POSITION SUMMARY

Bridges is a small organization (19 staff members) with two main areas of program operations: client assistance and property management. Funding primarily consists of government grants supplemented by donations and fundraising events. Financial transactions are recorded in QuickBooks online.

The Senior Accountant leads the Financial Team. In this position, you will establish and maintain Bridges’ accounting and financial principles, practices, procedures, and initiatives. You will set and maintain financial controls, ensuring compliance with the organization's contractual agreements, grants, and government regulations. Additionally, you will be responsible for managing full-cycle bookkeeping, payroll, audit, grant reporting, financial policies, budgeting/forecasting, reconciliation of general ledger accounts, financial analysis, and financial reporting to management, Finance Committee, and the Board of Directors. You will work closely with management, program, and development staff.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

General

  • Maintain Bridges’ standards of confidentiality and professionalism
  • Understand Bridges’ programs and public profile and be able to communicate these as needed outside the organization   
  • Represent Bridges and its mission to community organizations, funding sources, congregations, volunteers, etc.    
  • Attend required meetings of staff, Finance Committee, and Board of Directors 
  • Participate in Bridges’ training and, on occasion, networking events and weekend Bridges’ activities   
  • Collaborate with other staff and third-party consultants on marketing and fundraising campaigns and strategies
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director and Deputy Director

Job-Specific

  • Manage annual financial audit engagement, 990 preparation and any other government filings, including gathering and preparing financial documents as well as fielding questions and resolving issues.
  • Submit county government grant reports (monthly, quarterly, and semi-annually). This process requires a detailed understanding of each grant agreement and its associated compliance.
  • Create and update financial policies and procedures as required by GAAP. Effectively communicate and train staff on these policies and procedures.
  • Work collaboratively with input from management, staff, and the development team to create the fiscal year budget.
  • Coordinate and attend Finance Committee meetings and, as required, Board meetings.
  • Prepare/record monthly grant revenue journal entry.
  • Follow-up on outstanding grant receivables with funders.
  • Reconcile general ledger and subledger accounts.
  • Create and present bi-monthly financial reports for management and the Finance Committee.
  • Maintain the QuickBooks Online account.
  • Create ad-hoc reports for program staff, management, administration, outside partners/stakeholders/clients, or Board of Directors and present as required.
  • Prepare financial analyses and explanations for various projects (mortgage financing, budget vs. actual, trend reporting, etc.).
  • Supervise other members of the Financial Team.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of a BA in business management, finance, accounting, or related field. CPA preferred.
  • At least 5 years of full-cycle accounting experience
  • Financial Management experience desired
  • An understanding of nonprofit accounting, including skill at managing restricted and unrestricted funds
  • Experience with financial audits and grant compliance
  • Experience with budget development
  • Supervisory experience
  • Proven financial analytical skills including ability to identify risks, opportunities, trends and relationships
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Detail-oriented with high level of attention to financial accuracy 
  • EXCEL expertise (VLOOK-UPs, pivot tables, formulas, etc.)
  • Experience with QuickBooks is essential 
  • Familiarity with Network-for-Good or other donor management system is preferred 
  • Knowledge of property management accounting is preferred

Diversity in organizational practices is a core value of Bridges to Housing Stability, Inc. resulting in culturally competent services, materials, resources, and programs. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through different backgrounds. Bridges is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

LOCATION: Remote with some in office responsibilities

SALARY:  Up to $80,000/yr. commensurate with experience. This position is eligible for merit bonuses.

BENEFITS:  Bridges provides medical, dental, vision and life insurance, short-term disability, Bridges’ retirement account matching (up to 3% of salary), and starts with 4 weeks flexible leave.

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