• Senior Staff Accountant

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Salary Min
    USD $62,000.00/Yr.
  • Overview

    CENTERS is a management company that specializes in campus recreation. We partner with universities to manage their departments, facilities, finances, and deliver exceptional customer service. Since 1998, Centers remains the first and only mission centric organization committed to student development and departmental excellence on behalf of its clients. Centers is currently operating campus recreation centers at eight universities within the United States.


    The Senior Staff Accountant works within the accounting team and collaborates with account managers to record and reconcile transactions on a monthly basis. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, general ledger accountability, and financial reporting, as well as financial profitability analysis and other special projects as assigned. This position assists with developing and maintaining accounting principles, practices and procedures to ensure accurate and timely financial statements.


    Depending on experience and proficiency, this position will assist in a multitude of accounting activities including general ledger preparation, financial reporting, year-end tax and audit preparation, site audits and the support of budget and forecast analytics. The position will regularly communicate with clients, regional account managers, senior-level executives and an ownership group, which requires strong interpersonal communication skills both written and verbal. These responsibilities will be shared between another senior staff accountant.


    Skills and Qualifications:

    Developing Budgets, Legal Compliance, Tracking Budget Expenses, SFAS Rules, Accounting, Managing Processes, Coordination, Bookkeeping, Attention to Detail


    Essential Responsibilities:

    [To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential responsibility satisfactorily. Other essential and non-essential responsibilities and projects may be assigned.]

    • Obtain and maintain a thorough understanding of the financial reporting and general ledger structure
    • Ensure compliance with the financial procedures of the organization and its clients; follow internal controls
    • Ensure the accurate and timely processing of client accounts; manage a minimum of 4 accounts monthly
    • Manage vendor payables on time and maintain accurate records
    • Collaborate with clients’ finance department managers to support overall objectives
    • Assist with the daily banking requirements and initiate cash transfers
    • Integrate transactions from site accounts with corporate accounting system and perform adjusting general ledger entries as needed
    • Review bank statements, monitor cash flow and short-term fund investments.
    • Prepare monthly financial statements, reports and records by collecting, analyzing and summarizing account information
    • Assist in development and implementation of new procedures to enhance the workflow of the team
    • Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations
    • Financial and profitability analysis on a requested basis
    • Conduct timely year-end close and audit(s)
    • Process and remit business income, sales and use tax filings
    • Provide training to staff as needed and advise regarding the handling of non-routine reporting transactions
    • Respond to inquiries from clients and firm-wide managers regarding financial results, special reporting requests and the like
    • Collaborate with other Senior Staff Accountant providing coverage and backup when needed
    • Ability to travel to sites on a limited basis
    • Other duties as assigned


    Minimum Requirements: 

    • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related field (Business Administration, Finance) required, CPA preferred
    • Minimum of three (3) to 5 years of full-time experience in the financial reporting/general ledger area
    • Demonstrated experience of fiscal accountability and budget forecasting
    • Ability to produce concise, logical reports
    • Experience with Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains strongly preferred

    [The competencies listed below represent the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform each essential function.]


    Technical Competencies

    • PC proficient and able to use Microsoft Office Suite; Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
    • Proficient use of Accounting Information Systems
    • Successful track record of processing monthly and annual financial close cycles
    • Proficient in US GAAP standards; capable of researching technical bulletins
    • Experience with MS Office and SharePoint

    Professional Competencies

    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Strong interpersonal, supervisory and customer service skills required
    • Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and meet deadlines required

    Human Relations:

    Internal contacts include staff at all levels. External contacts include clients and vendors. Contact involves: routing calls, troubleshooting, or providing information.

    Work Environment and Physical Demands

    Work Environment and Physical Demands: 

    [The demands marked below are representative of those that will be required to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Please indicate below where reasonable accommodation may be needed.]


    Work Environment

    • Office environment located in DC
    • Periodic regional and national travel on an as needed basis
    • Evening or weekend work as responsibilities demand                          

    Physical Demands

    • Sitting at desk or table for 8 or more hours per day
    • Repetitive wrist, hand, or finger movement (while operating computer equipment)
    • Eye-hand coordination (keyboard typing)
    • Hearing and talking
    • Extended periods of reading fine print


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