POSITION SUMMARY: Are you interested in an accounting position that is tailored for someone that enjoys a challenge while working with a dynamic team and team members that are passionate about the mission of their organization? Are you enthusiastic with an entrepreneurial and flexible approach to carrying out your job? Are you are curious and love solving a problem? Do you enjoy people and naturally provide great customer service? The California Academy of Sciences seeks someone like you to join its Accounting team.
"The Academy is committed to cultivating a culturally inclusive environment where diversity of thought and expression are valued, respected, appreciated and celebrated. We believe in creating a culture where all individuals feel respected, are treated fairly, provided work-life balance, and have an opportunity to excel. Our vision at the Academy is that every team member uses their unique experiences and backgrounds together, to generate ideas that will allow us to realize our mission to explore, explain and sustain life on earth.
The primary responsibility of the Senior Accountant is to ensure that transactions are properly reflected in the Academy’s General Ledger on a timely basis in accordance with GAAP. The Senior Accountant also ensures that internal controls and reporting requirements are properly executed. This position reports to the Assistant Controller.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Responsible for the preparation of General Ledger Journal entries during the month-end close, to include adequate supporting documentation that is audit ready.
Assists in preparing the month end close calendar and coordinating activities related to the close process.
Assists in maintaining the general ledger and ensuring data integrity.
Responsible for the review of journal entries prepared by accountants.
Responsible for the monthly review of financial results and variance analysis as compared to budget, last year, year-end and prior quarter.
Responsible for development and maintenance of account reconciliation process. Ensures that all account reconciliation procedures comply with GAAP. Process must include adequate documentation such as account reconciliation summary and documentation of accounting entries for manager/supervisor review.
Responsible for the preparation of schedules and reports in support of annual and interim audit, all schedules prepared must be adequately documented.
Responsible for assisting in the coordination of the yearend audit and ensuring that all deliverables for the audit are met.
Responsible for developing accounting procedures for new processes and preparing procedures/guidelines for other departments to ensure compliance with company policies and GAAP. Once process is final, responsible to communicate to appropriate users and Business Partners.
Responsible for any ad-hoc analysis requests from client groups in finance and other functional areas.
Follow all Academy safety regulations.
Other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: The ideal candidate will possess a combination of the following education and/or equivalent experience:
Minimum of 6 years of relevant accounting and/or reporting experience, with at least 2 years of relevant month end close experience
Bachelor’s degree in Business with a major in Accounting preferred, working toward passing the CPA exam
Medium to large-size company experience
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
You understand moderately complex accounting concepts, including a good working knowledge of GAAP to include revenue recognition, contingencies, balance sheet classifications, etc.
You have an intermediate knowledge of Excel
You have strong process improvement and problem solving skills
Solid work-paper documentation techniques are preferred
You have the ability to analyze, be articulate and decisive
You have the ability to work well with others and to communicate and collaborate in a professional team environment. The ideal person will also be assertive and independent.
You are able to take initiative, be persistent and results-driven
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups or individuals.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT: The physical demands and work environment 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 frequently required to stand, sit, walk, and reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Must be able to lift 20 lbs. Must be able to perform repetitive motions 85 % of the time.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please submit your cover letter and resume online at http://calacademy.snaphire.com/?job=20552AIC. Note that the recruitment timeline for positions vary and depend on many factors, so it is impossible to accurately predict when a position will close. We appreciate your patience during this process. No phone calls please.
The California Academy of Sciences will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (SF Police Code, Article 49).
The California Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to ensure that all employees and applicants receive equal consideration and treatment, regardless of race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), religion, marital or domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical, mental or medical disability, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.
The California Academy of Sciences is a non-smoking facility. There is also no smoking in Golden Gate Park.
The California Academy of Sciences is a renowned scientific and educational institution dedicated to exploring, explaining, and sustaining life on Earth. Based in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, it's the only place in the world to house an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum—as well as innovative programs in scientific research and education—all under one living roof.
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