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Accountant

Location: Washington, D.C.
Department: Office of the Chief Financial Officer
Job Req #: 170003-7
Basic Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or related field, or equivalent knowledge, and two years of related professional experience.

Preferred Qualifications: CPA or CPA candidate a plus but not required.

Description

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine  (The National Academies is a private, nonprofit institution that provides expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world. Our work helps shape sound policies, inform public opinion, and advance the pursuit of science, engineering, and medicine.  The National Academies bring together leaders from academia, industry, government and other sectors to provide cogent, unbiased advice to the government and citizens of the United States.

 

The Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) is responsible for all financial aspects of The National Academies, including Accounting, Budget, Contracts and Grants Accounting, Contracts and Grants Management, Procurement, and Financial Analysis and Reporting.

 

JOB SUMMARY:

 

The Accountant in the Controller Office will prepare various accounting statements and reports. The Accountant 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. Areas of activity may include accounts receivable, accounts payable, cash receipts, payroll, general ledger entries, financial report preparation and reconciliation, bank statements, budget reporting, short term investments and tax statement reporting.

 

Building relationships with program units, technical staff, and other teams will be essential. This role requires the ability to effectively multi-task in a fast-paced and challenging environment.

 

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:

 

1. Prepares summary entries to the general ledger and subsidiary ledgers, reconciles with source documents/transactions to ensure accuracy, and generates monthly and quarterly reports for related entity.

 

2. Reviews, reconciles, and balances accounts monthly.

 

3. Prepares monthly financial reports and analysis.

 

4. Responds to inquiries from internal and external customers.

 

5. Prepares journal entries. Participates in month-end closings. Performs research.

 

6. Gathers information from financial system. Analyzes and calculates specific data.

 

7. Prepares wire transfer requests using external banking software.

 

8. Prepares and reviews documentation relating to monthly, quarterly, and yearly sales tax, including related journal entry uploads into accounting software.

 

9. Provide day to day accounting, monthly reconciliations, and financial reporting for short term investments.

 

10. Prepare audit schedules related to short term investments and other assigned areas.

 

11. Special projects as assigned.

 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Ability to solve complex problems that require originality and ingenuity. Ability to operate with substantial latitude for independent judgment and action. Experience working in complex environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness. Ability to work successfully in a team environment. Ability to develop relationships with co-workers and employees in other National Academies’ departments through effective communication. Excellent communication skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees.

 

 

 

Any qualification to be considered equivalent, in lieu of stated minimum, requires the prior approval of the Office of Human Resources.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.


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