Senior Accountant

Job Title: Senior Accountant
Department: Operations
Reports to: Vice President, Finance and Operations
Location: Tampa, FL
Date: September 2019

Summary:           A successful Senior Accountant combines excellent analytical skills with a thorough knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).  Primary responsibilities include ensuring that all United Way Suncoast (UWS) revenue and expense streams are recorded in accordance with GAAP and United Way Worldwide (UWW) standards.  She/he is responsible for general ledger reconciliations and month-end closing process including accounting for various government, corporate and private foundation grants and restricted contributions supporting UWS.  This includes working collaboratively across the organization to ensure all grant and restricted funds are properly spent, accounted for, and reported.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

  • Has oversight of the accounts payable function.  Reviews and approves invoice coding completed by the Staff Accountant.  Reviews and posts invoice entries completed by the Staff Accountant.  Approves ACH batches for transmission.
  • Reviews grant general ledgers for allowable expenses, posts grant revenue journal entries, and updates grant revenue schedules on a monthly basis.
  • Has oversight of the cash receipts function.  Reviews and approves cash receipt batches entered by the Staff Accountant.
  • Prepares and submits grant invoices, including any required documentation, to funders on a monthly basis and follow up on outstanding grant payments receivable.
  • Prepares and files required grant budget reports as needed. Maintains a schedule of all grant reporting requirements for the organization and works with program managers to ensure all reporting requirements are met on a timely basis.
  • Monitors budget categories, spending rates and time restrictions to ensure all grants are on track to meet budgeted spending requirements. Proactively communicate with program staff and others when grant expenses are not on track to meet budget requirements.
  • Tracks restricted revenue uses and releases temporarily restricted revenue on a monthly basis.
  • Completes assigned monthly reconciliations (accounts receivables, accounts payables, prepaids, etc.) and assists in maintaining monthly general ledger support book.
  • May provide staff training and guidance as required.

Qualifications:  The following requirements are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform the essential job duties.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university in accounting or related financial field; minimum five years of related experience.
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles; fund accounting, auditing, fiscal management; automated accounting systems and data processing inter‑relationships. Ability to effectively apply accounting and auditing techniques and procedures in the work performed; to prepare clear, complete and concise reports; to work on concurrent assignments and to meet deadlines.  Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.  Has a strong work ethic, commitment to accuracy and is a team player.
  • Ability to effectively apply accounting and auditing techniques and procedures in the work performed; to prepare clear, complete and concise reports; to work on concurrent assignments and to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated success in communicating effectively orally and in writing.

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Experience working in collaborative environments and cross functionally to achieve goals.
  • Excellent communication and problem solving skills.
  • Well-developed interpersonal communication skills. Effectively relay information and respond to questions from internal staff with tact and diplomacy. Develop and maintain effective internal customer service.
  • Problem-solver and self-starter who initiates solutions; collaborates and negotiates effectively with team members, partners, and stakeholders.

Computer Skills:

  • Requires intermediate to advanced knowledge and application of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation computer software in P.C. environment. Intermediate knowledge of databases and email software programs.   Experience with general ledger software.

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Highly organized and attention to detail. Ability to maintain confidential information is critical to this position.  Ability to write in a professional manner.
  • Strong project management, process improvement, or other applicable experience.
  • Problem-solver and self-starter who initiates solutions; collaborates and negotiates effectively with team members, partners, and stakeholders.

Licenses:  Valid Florida Driver’s License with a driving record that meets our insurance guidelines.

Other Qualifications: Ability to travel to Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, and Sarasota counties and other offsite locations as required.

Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk and/or hear.  The employee is frequently required to use finger and hand motion and occasionally required to stand, walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 20 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.    Employee primarily works in a normal office environment under moderate heat and noise levels, with extensive in-the field activities within the Suncoast region.

United Way Suncoast is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law. This nondiscrimination policy extends to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment as well as the use of all company facilities, participation in all company-sponsored activities, and all employment actions. United Way Suncoast will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship.

To apply for this position, please visit:  https://careers.unitedway.org