Staff Accountant

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National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine

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Full time

Overview: <strong>Req. No.: R0001903</strong><br /><br />Prepares various accounting statements, reports and transactions to maintain the integrity of the general ledger. Utilizes accounting policies and procedures in performing and reviewing the accounting transactions of others. Reviews and verifies the accuracy of journal entries and accounting classifications assigned to various records. Builds relationships with program units, technical staff, and other teams. Areas of activity may include accounts receivable, general ledger entries, financial report preparation and reconciliation, and bank statements.<br /><br />Working under general supervision, incumbent applies professional knowledge and education to provide innovative solutions to solve problems requiring the identification and analysis of various factors. Uses independent judgment and discretion to recommend best course of action. Incumbent proceeds on own initiative in compliance with policies, procedures, and practices, but receives guidance or expertise from supervisor or higher-level staff when needed. Assists with establishing processes and/or procedures to ensure the effective and efficient operation of assigned functions.
Responsibilities: <ul> <li>Prepares summary entries to the general ledger, reconciles with source documents/transactions to ensure accuracy, and resolves discrepancies.</li> <li>Reviews, analyzes, reconciles, and balances accounts monthly or periodically. For example, receipts and disbursements, sources of Non-Federal revenue, payables, receivables, deferred revenue.</li> <li>Runs reports and prepares wire transfers to transmit funds for retirement contributions, bond principal, and interest payments.</li> <li>Ensures the integrity of accounting records for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with generally accepted accounting principles.</li> <li>Responds to inquiries from internal and external customers. Maintains direct communications with internal customers including program financial management staff regarding various receipts and expenses for billing and financial reporting purposes.</li> <li>Supports internal customers through ad-hoc data collection, reporting, analysis, and special projects.</li> <li>Performs general ledger account analysis and reconciliations in preparation for month-end/ annual closings and distributing financial reports.</li> <li>Provides support to internal and external audits</li> <li>Maintains inventory for checks and issue checks when necessary. Recommends and supports implementation of ideas and innovations to improve upon existing systems, work processes and procedures affecting the monthly and quarterly financial close.</li> <li>Maintains an appropriate standard of confidentiality. When handling secure, privileged, sensitive, or confidential information and matters, maintains strict confidence and exercises care to prevent disclosure to others. Accesses confidential information for work-related reasons only following the policies and procedures of the organization. Ensures that any privileged, sensitive, or confidential information is securely stored, disposed of, and transmitted according to the Institutional guidance.</li> </ul> <strong>NONESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES</strong><br /> <ul> <li>Related duties and special projects as assigned.</li> </ul>
Requirements: <p><strong>Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:</strong>&nbsp;Knowledge of basic accounting and financial principles. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel. Working knowledge of Workday and Smartsheet desired. Ability to solve problems using selection and application of rules, procedures, and precedents. Ability to use appreciable latitude for independent judgment and action. Must be reliable. Strong work ethic. Ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines. Ability to be pro-active and follow up. Strong attention to detail and highly organized. Ability to manage and maintain privileged, sensitive, and confidential information and matters appropriately. Ability to work successfully in a team environment. Ability to develop relationships with co-workers and employees in other National Academies&rsquo; departments through effective communication. Excellent communication skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees.<br /><strong>Minimum Education/Training Requirements:&nbsp;</strong>Bachelor&rsquo;s Degree in Accounting or related field, or equivalent knowledge.<br /><strong>Minimum Experience:</strong>&nbsp;Two years of related professional experience.<br /><strong>Physical Capabilities:</strong>&nbsp;Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time.<br /><strong>Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:</strong>&nbsp;None.<br /><strong>Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:</strong>&nbsp;Reports to Manager/Director. Sets objectives with supervisor.</p>