Staff Accountant

First 5 LA - Los Angeles, CA3.6

Full-time$5,200 - $7,800 a month

Under the supervision of the Manager, Accounting the Staff Accountant applies principles of accounting to analyze financial information and prepare financial reports. The Staff Accountant is also responsible for providing support in the oversight of financial compliance by grantees by performing the following duties.


The Staff Accountant should visibly demonstrate the adopted organizational values of collaboration, integrity, respect, accountability, purpose, shared leadership and learning in the execution of their key areas of responsibility:

Key Areas of Responsibility:
§ Financial Analysis and Management Reporting

§ Budget Management and Forecasting

§ Financial Controls and Compliance

§ Audit and Internal Controls

Essential Duties:
§ Prepares financial statements, income statements, balance sheets and cash flow statements for monthly closings, commission meetings, and for independent financial audits and investments

§ Performs the monthly bank reconciliation

§ Performs financial and statistical analyses to determine trends, estimates, and significant changes, and writes narrative reports explaining findings

§ Monitors compliance with generally accepted accounting principles and company procedures

§ Monitors the fiscal budget of funding agencies to ensure financial compliance and coordinates resolutions

§ Provides technical assistance and/or training to grantees regarding financial reporting procedures , contract terms, and assists with financial issues

§ Reviews the proposed budgets for funded agencies and coordinates budgetary concerns with agency staff

§ Assists First 5 LA departments in the preparation of their annual operating budgets and related financial matters

§ Assists with budget forecasting for grantees, contractor and departmental budgets

§ Assist with the data collection and encoding of financial spreadsheets

§ Helps reconcile any discrepancies or errors identified by communicating with employees and/or clients

§ Recommends organization innovations/improvements to increase accuracy, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.

§ Develops, installs, modifies, documents, and coordinates implementation of necessary accounting internal control procedures

§ Participates in the planning and monitoring of independent financial audits

§ Inputs and processes data in the Blackbaud Accounting system and processes reports as directed

§ Assists the Payroll & Accounts Payable Coordinator and Assistant in reconciling Blackbaud expense reports and the general ledger with the check register

§ Ability to exercise discretion in handling sensitive or confidential information or situations

§ Supports the organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and values a diversity of perspectives

§ Adheres to policies and procedures to ensure alignment with State regulations, local ordinances and First 5 LA directives

§ Keeps apprised of all laws, regulations, statutes, rules and policies affecting First 5 LA and Proposition 10

§ Supervises contractors and consultants, as needed

§ Collaborates both internally and with external stakeholders to capture, synthesize and share learning and knowledge outcomes from the ongoing execution of all activities as necessary

Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are designed to provide typical examples of the work performed; not all duties and responsibilities assigned are included here, nor is it expected that all similar positions will be assigned every duty and responsibility.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Organization-wide Competencies

§ Commitment to organizational mission and values: Mission-driven and self-directed, with a demonstrated passion for First 5 LA’s work to strengthen families and improve child outcomes; strives to model organizational values through daily actions and behaviors

§ Possesses Customer-Focused Mindset: Is aware of and considers relevant internal and external stakeholders and their needs (customers); identifies solutions to be responsive to stakeholder needs; considers impact when executing daily tasks

§ Collaborative: Collaborates with peers to drive results in alignment with organizational and operational goals in support of the organization’s mission; is able to work in cross-functional teams; is able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, public officials and the general public

§ Communicates Effectively: Communicates effectively both written and oral; demonstrates active listening and comprehension; selects and uses appropriate communication methods to keep others appropriately informed; able to tailor messages appropriately to various audiences

§ Demonstrates Integrity and Judgment: Follows through on commitments letting others know of his/her true intentions; ensures decision-making or recommendations are fact-based and others understand the decision/recommendation before moving forward; considers the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one

§ Demonstrates Critical Thinking: Applies critical thinking, logic and reasoning to effectively think through problems and information; identifies relative strengths and weaknesses of options, solutions or approaches

§ Demonstrates Strategic Thinking: Considers issues and relationships relevant to achieving long range goals or vision; identifies alternatives based on logical assumptions, facts, available resources, constraints, and organizational values to layout several points of view on a course of action to accomplish goals

Job Specific Competencies

§ Role Specific Content: Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference; ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations

§ Content Knowledge: Competent in required job skills and knowledge; ability to learn and apply new skills; ability to learn how to operate new systems quickly; demonstrated ability to set priorities, establish clear expectations and execute identified projects; keeps abreast of current developments; requires minimal supervision; displays understanding of how job relates to others; knows how to use technology tools to effectively manage and expedite processes; uses resources effectively

§ Planning and Organization and Project Management: Works in an organized manner with strong attention to detail; prioritizes and plans work activities; ability to effectively manage overlapping projects and deadlines; ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and adjust to changing priorities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; integrates changes smoothly; sets goals and objectives; ability to manage high performance projects

§ Minimum of six years of related accounting experience preferred

§ Minimum of four years in non-profit accounting or governmental accounting systems preferred

§ Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university in accounting, finance, business, analytics, management, mathematics, economics, or a related field preferred

Computer Skills:
§ Proficiency in Blackbaud Accounting software

§ Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

§ Ability to use widely supported internet browsers

Certificates, Licenses and Registrations:
§ Valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions

§ Valid automobile liability insurance

Travel Requirements:
§ This position requires travel locally, statewide and nationally as needed


Physical Demands:
The physical demands 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.

The employee will sit, talk, hear and use hands up to 2/3 of the time. The employee will stand and walk up to 1/3 of the time. The employee is routinely required to carry and/or lift up to 10 pounds.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.