Summary

The Staff Accountant serves as the agency’s primary bookkeeper in regards to Accounts Payable and Receivable, and works closely with the Associate Director for Finance to ensure all financial transactions are properly accounted for on a daily basis. This position reports to the Associate Director for Finance and works closely with the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, HR Manager, Office Coordinator, and other Boston and Kenya-based staff.

Description

Title: Staff Accountant

Reports To: Associate Director, Finance

Location: Boston, MA (combination of in office and remote)

Classification: Full time salary (exempt)

 

Overall Responsibility

The Staff Accountant serves as the agency’s primary bookkeeper in regards to Accounts Payable and Receivable, and works closely with the Associate Director for Finance to ensure all financial transactions are properly accounted for on a daily basis.  This position reports to the Associate Director for Finance and works closely with the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, HR Manager, Office Coordinator, and other Boston and Kenya-based staff. 

Key Responsibilities:

1. Accounting: 

  • Perform in-house bookkeeping duties, primarily related to accounts payable and accounts receivable;

  • Assist with the preparation of monthly financial reports for HQ and quarterly UNHCR reporting; 

  • Participate in preparation for assigned audit schedules and other materials required by agency auditors and support their fieldwork and follow up queries;

  • Cross-train in other accounting functions, including ome monthly balance sheet account reconciliations, including Accounts Payable and Credit Card account(s);

  • Process credit card transactions using appropriate expense accounts from the COA;

  • Maintain organizational filing systems for financial backup documentation;

  • Help ensure proper fiscal controls of Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable processes are in place;

  • Support team in ensuring compliance with International Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP);

  • As needed, prepare transactions and support the management of online banking;

  • Enhance existing system to account for financial transactions by making recommendations on the chart of accounts and other cost-tracking systems; and

  • Further elaborate on Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable bookkeeping policies and procedures and maintain related agency’s P&P manual. 

Other duties as assigned.

 

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or business administration

  • 1-2 years’ experience with bookkeeping.   Experience working in a nonprofit organization is a plus.

  • Demonstrated experience with Quickbooks Online (or similar software) strongly preferred;

  • Experience in at least some of the following tools and systems currently in use: Google Drive, Zoho, Salesforce, and/or Bill.com;

  • Strong communication, professional presence, personal initiative, and diplomatic interpersonal skills;

  • Ability to remain highly organized.  Analytical skill with a strong attention to detail and high level of accuracy are critical;

  • Highest integrity and diplomacy as part of interpersonal skills and possessing sound judgment; and

  • Commitment to RefugePoint’s mission.

 

Benefits:

  • 32 days of PTO (combined sick and vacation) in addition to 12 major holidays;

  • Flexible working schedule (4 or 5 day work week); 8 weeks of paid parental leave and 4 weeks of unpaid parental leave.

  • Pre-tax flexible spending accounts.

  • Comprehensive health and dental benefits with a significant portion of the premiums paid by the organization.

  • Short-term and long-term disability and life insurance.

  • 401k plan with employer match up to 6% after 1 year of service.

 

Compensation:

At RefugePoint, we strive to reward our employees equitably and transparently. This means that we pay our employees based on a clear and consistent methodology and without regard to identity or personal relationships. The starting salary for this position is $77,799.

 

A diverse workforce helps RefugePoint realize its fullest potential. RefugePoint is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all persons in all aspects of employment without regard to race, religion, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, disability, ancestry, or any other factor unrelated to job performance. 

 

Additionally, RefugePoint is aware that the pursuit of our vision, mission, and values is strengthened by integrating anti-racist principles in all that we do. Therefore, we are committed to being an anti-racist organization, and realize that doing so involves making a sustained commitment. Candidates from historically underrepresented group(s) are encouraged to apply.

 

This position will remain open until filled.  However, shortlisting and interviews will be conducted on a rolling-basis. 

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