Staff Accountant

World Resources Institute - Washington, DC4.1

30+ days agoFull-time
Job Summary

As Staff Accountant, you will maximize the efficiency of our systems and simplify the process for staff to process payments and purchase orders. Reporting to the Accounting Manager, you will be responsible for managing accounts payable for the WRI DC office. Working with a collaborative team of 11 people, you will review payments and determine the correct general ledger account, project – prepaid, fixed asset, etc. In addition, you will have the opportunity to assist in the implementation of syncing Sharepoint workflows and Costpoint. Due to our organizational size and culture, this position allows the opportunity for you to train and learn in other areas of accounting. Success for this role will require you to encompass a combination of influence, driving innovation, and working well under pressure in a fast-paced environment. The internal title for this position is Accounts Payable Specialist.

Job Responsibilities

Review all invoices for appropriate documentation and approval prior to payment
Prepare and process weekly payments (wires, ACH and checks)
Work with project staff to ensure timely payment processing
Maintain vendor records and issue 1099 to eligible vendors
Assist with our annual audit processes by responding to auditors’ requests
Reconciliation of assigned GL accounts
Participate in month-end closing activities including journal entries and other analysis
Provide online payment processing training to new staff
Enter purchase order contracts into accounting system
Any additional responsibilities set by Management
Job Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in related field
Two+ years of full-time accounts payable experience including solid understanding of prepaid, accrual, expenses re-class, deposit, fixed assets and depreciation amortization
Strong oral and written communication skills
Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team
Detail oriented, professional attitude, reliable
Ability to work under pressure to meet monthly deadlines
Unparalleled customer service skills, strong communication, prior training experience, and expense and audit process compliance
Authorization to work in the United States without sponsorship
Preferred Qualifications

Experience with Deltek Cost Point 7, Time Expense and Online payment processing system
Experience with system automation, testing, implementation/rollout and training and troubleshooting system issues in collaboration with outside vendors/consultants
How to Apply

Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

WRI Overview

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address six critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water and sustainable cities.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of nearly 700 people with work spanning 50 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States.

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.

The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.