Grants and Contracts Accountant
Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW) receives payments from multiple sources such as government agencies, insurance company, foundation, and donors. The Cash Accountant serves the Agency by analyzing cash receipts and determining the proper accounting and applicable system(s) in which to apply payments. With support from the billing team, the Cash Accountant ensures all bank activity is applied and reconciled daily. The Cash Accountant supports month end accounting close of the accounts receivable systems. This position is suitable to an accountant who enjoys solving puzzles, working with the bank, and supporting multiple teams within the Agency. The Cash Accountant interfaces with billing, district operations staff, accounting, IT, and the fund development teams.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned as the needs of the organization change.
1. Analyze daily cash activity, determine the appropriate systems involved, process AR related transactions and communicate to the proper team about the development funds received
2. Reconcile daily applied cash to billed receivables, donor management records, and tracking systems to ensure accurate and complete control of cash;
3. Reconcile daily cash received at the bank and merchant account to cash processed in billing systems and ledgers
4. Resolve differences between posted payments, receivables and cash received by working directly with the team(s) supporting the system
5. Investigate and follow up with the billing and development team for unapplied cash receipts
6. Producing reports from AR module and sub ledger systems to support reconciliation, management of receivables, and metrics related to cash and receivables.
7. Assist the annual audit and funder audits with respect to cash payments
8. Coordinate with other functional team such as IT to support automation of cash receipts across systems
9. Communicate banking and cash accounting activity with accounting, revenue and billing team members, and banks.
10. Conduct special projects and participate in organizational initiatives to improve operational efficiencies as requested by the Director of Accounting Operations
This position manages processes may supervise up to 1 staff person
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements 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.
- Curiosity and enjoyment in solving financial puzzles
- Solid understanding of GAAP and internal controls, especially accounting and internal controls that apply to billing and revenue
- Ability to be a problem solve, research and resolve accounting differences
- Organization and ability to maintain various information sources in systems and spreadsheets
- Effective written and verbal communications skills
- Ability to be flexible, responsive to changing priorities, and meet deadlines
- Excellent interpersonal skills, and a strong customer service orientation
- Ability to work collaboratively, exercising good judgment, decision-making, and problem-solving skills to achieve shared goals
- High ethical standards and a positive, professional demeanor
A combination of the experience, education, and training listed below which provides an equivalent background to perform the work of this position.
- 1-2 years of accounting or finance experience
- Intermediate Excel skills
- Financial ERP system and banking experience
- Prior experience with MIP Software
- Not-for-profit industry experience
- Grants and contracts accounting
EDUCATION AND TRANING
- Bachelor’s Degree in accounting or substitute with an Associate’s Degree plus three years of relevant experience. This position may appeal to a new accounting graduate with a strong desire to grow a career serving in not-for-profit organizations.
LICENSES OR CERTIFICATIONS
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The physical demands and characteristics of the work environment described here are representative of those occurring in the performance of the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, i.e. copier toner.
We offer a full benefits package with options
for medical and dental insurance. Vacation
includes up to 2 weeks in the first year, with an increase up to 3 weeks in the
second year (based on hours worked). Up to 2 ½ weeks of Sick leave for
you or to take care of your immediate family (based on hours worked). 10 Paid
Holidays plus 2 Floating Holidays each year. A 403(b) Retirement plan
with a matching program after meeting eligibility requirements. Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is
designed to help and support you with free and confidential counseling,
financial, and support services. Mileage and expense reimbursement is
Lutheran Community Services Northwest partners with
individuals, families and communities for health, justice and hope.
About Us Lutheran Community Services Northwest is a non-profit
human services agency that improves lives of people in communities throughout
Washington, Oregon and Idaho. We provide a wide variety of services to adults,
adolescents, children, families, schools and communities. We are privileged to
touch lives of all ages, cultures and faiths.
COMMUNITY SERVICES NORTHWEST IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND COMMITTED TO
LUTHERAN COMMUNITY SERVICES NORTHWEST IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND COMMITTED TO CULTURAL COMPETENCY.