Position Summary

The Senior Accountant works closely with the Director of Finance and the Finance team to ensure compliance with General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).


  • Perform various accounting functions with varying levels of complexity including: overseeing financial data collection to ensure accuracy and compliance to the Institute's policy and donor restrictions, posting journal entries, reconciling accounts, and creating special reports;
  • Review daily transactions related to foreign governments and assigned institutional funders to ensure the expenses incurred are per the various project budgets;
  • Supervise junior Accounting staff.
  • Assist in liaising with various program managers/project leads to ensure fiscal compliance of the grants;
  • Assist in preparation of organizational budgets;
  • Assist in preparation of various year-end audit schedules and preparation of 990s;
  • Propose month-end entries related to revenue recognition, allocated costs, grants receivable and fixed assets depreciation;
  • Prepare monthly financials including Balance Sheet, Statement of Activities, Statement of Functional Expenses and Cash flows;
  • Perform monthly bank reconciliation for General Operating account;
  • Prepare monthly entries for Investment Portfolio, reconcile all investment accounts.
  • Prepare and review monthly project budgets using Unanet and MIP, flag budget concerns and assist with resolution;
  • Update Audit Schedules and resolve concerns on a monthly basis;
  • Maintain grant schedules and assist on follow up of receivables;
  • Propose adjusting journal entries as needed;
  • Prepare financial reports to funders;
  • Create new General Ledger (GL), project and funder codes in MIP;
  • Perform other job related responsibilities and special projects as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting required; MBA preferred;
  • Minimum of five years relevant work experience, working in a nonprofit environment;
  • Experience working with budgets;
  • Knowledge of Accounting principles;
  • Proficiency with MS Excel, MS Word, and Windows based financial reporting software;
  • Knowledge of MIP and prior audit experience is preferred;
  • Implementation of finance systems a plus
  • Self-motivated, ability to multi-task and work under pressure;
  • Team player with excellent time management skills and the ability to communicate well with all levels of internal staff and external vendors, funders and partners;
  • Must be analytical; organized and able to communicate and negotiate with diplomacy and tact;
  • Ability to work independently, and set priorities.
  • Ability to manage junior staff.

Salary and Benefits

Salary starting at $85,000 to low $90k, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits that include medical, dental, vision and life insurance; vacation, personal and sick time; paid parental leave; tuition reimbursement; commuting subsidy; and 401(k) with employer match. The Guttmacher Institute strives to provide the training and support staff need to be successful in their positions and to grow professionally.