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Staff Accountant

Washington, DC
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • $60,000 to $68,000 Yearly
  • Full-Time
Job Description


NACUBO is committed to diversity because it enriches and strengthens how we advance our mission, just as it does for institutions of higher education. We are fully focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other fascinating characteristics that make us different. Our goal is to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay and do their best work.

Creativity and cross-team collaboration drive NACUBO’s achievements and contribute to individual success. All staff members are encouraged to think creatively about how they and NACUBO can address mission, member needs, and challenges that will inevitably arise from time to time. They are also encouraged to develop and nurture strong partnerships throughout the association. These partnerships help individuals, teams, and the association accomplish the activities, goals and strategies of the organization and of individual positions.

Imagination, innovation, and curiosity are welcome, and all require some risk taking. NACUBO encourages staff to engage in bold thinking, to put forward new ideas and proposals, and to openly debate the risks – upside and downside – associated with new ideas.

Each member of the NACUBO staff is responsible for creating and sustaining esprit de corps across the organization.

To accomplish all of this, staff will need strong communication and strategic thinking skills. NACUBO is committed to nurturing these skills in all staff members.

Position Summary

The broad functions of the Staff Accountant consist of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and its regional associations. The Staff Accountant is responsible for processing cash receipts for all companies from all sources, such as lockbox receipts, regular deposit receipts, and internal/external credit card receipts, etc. This position coordinates the processing, follow-up, and collections of all transactions that generate accounts receivable within books of account. The Staff Accountant is also responsible for all aspects of accounts payable through the Anybill system, including reviewing invoices from vendors or staff for completion and subsequent payment. The Staff Accountant is also responsible for all aspects of payroll processing which requires close collaboration with the HR department to address payroll-related issues such as changes and other adjustments. Also, the Staff Accountant works with the payroll service bureau (ADP) to ensure the accuracy of payroll on a bi-weekly basis. In addition, this position works closely with the Director, Financial Services reviewing general ledger accounts and preparing adjusting journal entries and needed schedules.

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Process all cash receipts from the lockbox, direct receipts, and internal and web credit card orders for registrations, membership dues, publication sales, advertising services, and other revenue-generating sources through Nimble, a Salesforce platform. Process refunds as they occur. Clear refunds out of Nimble on a weekly basis. Review and edit the output and reconcile all reports.

• Download/save all lockbox check copies on a daily basis.

• Review and close all transactions in Nimble on a weekly basis. Maintain and ensure the integration of financial transactions in Nimble.

• Work with IT and membership staff to resolve Nimble issues. Maintain general ledger accounts and product codes in Nimble.

• Prepare and process payroll (review timesheets, track special payroll deductions). Coordinate efforts between payroll, human resources, and other departments to ensure proper flow and maintenance of employee data; maintain employee records; ensure employee changes are made correctly and in a timely manner.

• Compile payroll data such as hours worked, adjustments to earnings from timesheets, and other payroll-related records. Review wages computed and correct errors to ensure accuracy of payroll.

• Maintain records of employee leave balances and accruals. Record manual checks or other adjustments and verify that employee year-to-date accumulations are accurate. Ensure payroll law compliance including Federal W-2 form issuance and maintain payroll record confidentiality.

• Manage the Anybill accounts payable system in an “Administrator” capacity. Route incoming invoices to the appropriate director. Also, review invoices, expense reports, and check requests for completion through the Anybill accounts payable system on a weekly basis. Review documents for accuracy and proper supporting documentation. Ensure proper authorization for all invoices. Perform audit of expense reports and verify compliance with the travel guidelines policy.

• Responsible for processing 1099s and ensuring its accuracy, timely completion, and compliance per the IRS guidelines.

• Interact with vendors and staff to research and respond to inquiries and resolve discrepancies. Use knowledge of the chart of accounts to ensure proper accounting of funds. Establish and maintain an up-to-date vendor list and files, including remittance addresses, in both Solomon and Anybill databases.

• Responsible for preparing invoices when assigned.

• Reviewing general ledger accounts and preparing and adjusting journal entries.

• Performing account analysis and reconciliation, including bank statements and intercompany general ledger accounts

• Support the Senior Accountant in maintaining the general ledger chart of accounts

• Assisting with initial internal control evaluations of transactions.

• Assist Director, Financial Services with monitoring grant budgets and identifying spending limit issues

• Responsible for monthly journal entries to reconcile grants, reviewing, analyzing, and adjusting as necessary

• Participate in the monthly and year-end closing of accounting records. Assist in the preparation of various schedules on Excel when needed.

• Assisting the Director, Financial Services with the annual audit preparation, process, and conclusion.

• Perform other duties as assigned.



1. Superb attention to detail.

2. Customer/Member Focus.

3. Results-oriented.

4. Team Player.

5. Confidentiality required.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

• This is a climate-controlled environment with moderate noise (e.g., computers, printers/copiers, and light traffic).

• Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• (Exempt employees only) Seven-hour workday, variations in work volume sometimes require extended working hours.

Physical Demands

1. Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds occasionally.

2. To perform the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee may frequently be required to stand, walk, use hands and fingers to type, handle or feel, and reach with arms and hands.

3. Vision abilities required include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

4. The Staff Accountant is required to sit for long periods of time, mostly at a computer, keyboard, and phone.

5. Normal corrective vision and the ability to adjust focus are required.

6. Able to effectively communicate face-to-face.

7. Able to receive detailed information through oral communication.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time regular position. Typical days and hours of work are Monday through Friday 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. There may be occasional evening and weekend work as job duties or projects require it. This position may be eligible for an alternate work arrangement (i.e., flextime, telework).


Travel is primarily local during the business day, however, some out-of-the-area travel and overnight may be expected.


1. Bachelor’s degree in a related field (i.e., accounting, business).

2. Association accounting experience preferred, with computerized accounting systems and spreadsheets. Working knowledge of Excel, Nimble membership database, ADP, and Solomon accounting system is highly desired.

3. Accounting experience working with multiple companies’ charts of accounts simultaneously.

4. Two to four years of experience in accounting operations, with responsibility for payment processing, accounts receivable, and collection activities. Must be experienced in the collection of outstanding revenues.

5. Working knowledge of accounts payable processing including invoice review and general ledger coding and form 1099. Experience with Anybill is a plus.

6. Must possess good written communication, organizational, and analytical skills, including accuracy, attention to detail, and the ability to multitask effectively.

7. Excellent attention to detail and the ability to maintain a high level of accuracy while processing large volumes of data.

8. Excellent time management skills.

9. Must be versatile and flexible and capable of adapting quickly to current needs and future automation procedural changes associated with the processing of accounts receivable and accounts payable for NACUBO and its regional associations.

10. Must have experience working with and maintaining confidential information.

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Other Duties

Please note this position description does not cover, contain or list a fully comprehensive listing of duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee in this role. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.



Washington, DC
20005 USA


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