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Accounting Associate (Payroll), Managed Organizations (Washington, DC) job in Washington

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Arabella Advisors jobs
Washington, D.C.
Company Name:
Arabella Advisors
Impact Area:
Organizational Development
Company Type:
Certified B Corporation
Nonprofit Charitable Organizations

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Accounting Associate (Payroll), Managed Organizations (Washington, DC)

You are mission driven and action oriented. You love to get involved, and work as part of a team to accomplish something great. Any job is your job if it helps the team succeed, and you thrive on variety. Today, you’re looking for a role where you can use those traits to make a real difference in the world by advancing the most important social issues facing humanity today.

If that sounds like you, Arabella Advisors can’t wait to meet you.

Looking for some excitement in your work? Join us and help one of the fastest growing nonprofit organizations with its accounting operations and financial controls. We are looking for an organized self-starter to support the full-cycle accounting procedures for several nonprofit projects that the firm manages. The work is rewarding and requires a strong understanding of nonprofit accounting practices. You will work closely with our clients, or the external individuals that run the fiscally sponsored projects, to provide accurate accounting and reporting. The right candidate has strong client service skills and is able to work well in a fast-paced environment.

Essential Responsibilities

Payroll Responsibilities

Assist Staff Accountant Payroll in recording monthly payroll related journal entries regarding salary, taxes, 401(k), FSA/HRA activity, garnishments and other special payroll deductions
Prepare entries to ensure that all payroll related costs are accurately recorded in the general ledger including lobbying allocations on a periodic basis for our 501(c)(4) entity, and allocating expenses across projects and nonprofit entities
Prepare monthly reconciliations related to payroll account activity
Assist in researching and advising finance staff and account teams concerning the accounting treatment of complex payroll transactions
Assist Staff Accountant Payroll in helping to develop and document best practices and processes regarding payroll documentation

Accounting and Other Responsibilities

Process inter-company transactions
Assist with entering new vendors within our accounts payable portal and accounting software
Assist with annual audit, donor audits and other special projects as assigned
Work closely with Staff Accountant (Payroll) team to ensure client service standards are met

To be successful in this role you’ll need:

Strong skills using and understanding the flow of transactions in an integrated and automated payroll accounting system
Two years’ payroll experience in a Payroll Office or Department performing all payroll functions
Experience and adequate knowledge of processing payroll across multi-state jurisdictions
Proficiency with accounting software, report design, and Excel Experience with full-cycle GL
Understanding of internal controls and system controls related to Payroll and HR management
Strong attention to detail and accuracy
Solid analytical and problem-solving skills
Ability to manage and meet deadlines for multiple projects simultaneously
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to work within multi-functional teams

Other Highly Preferred Skills and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in accounting preferred
Experience in philanthropy, nonprofit management or consulting
Excellent skills using Microsoft Word and Excel
Experience with Microsoft Dynamics

Our Core Competencies:

[Service Excellence] Ability to provide excellent, including the ability to efficiently and independently address routine service matters, to suggest effective client-centered solutions when elevating challenges or concerns, and to understand how the team can operate to maintain high-quality service.
[Project and Task Management] The ability to complete complex tasks, to use a work plan to undertake projects, and to understand how those projects impact the client, team, and/or firm’s objectives
[Stakeholder Management] The ability to understand stakeholders’ perspectives and circumstances, and to build and manage strong relationships that reflect that understanding.
[Communication] The ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and professionally, including the ability to adapt style, tone, and content to various audiences; to make technical information assessible to broader audiences; and to collaborate with others to produce strong written deliverables
[Collaboration] The ability to work cooperatively and inclusively with others to achieve shared goals, including knowing when and how to compromise, being willing to proactively help colleagues, and sharing knowledge in various mediums
[Continuous Learning] An enthusiasm for taking on stretch and development opportunities, including the ability to accept feedback and use it to improve performance
[Resourcefulness] The ability to take ownership and be creative and solutions-oriented when encountering challenges that don’t have obvious answers, including knowing when to elevate challenges along with possible solutions

About Arabella Advisors

Arabella Advisors helps foundations, philanthropists and investors who are serious about impact achieve the greatest good with their resources. We work on issues ranging from the social and economic advancement of women and girls, and conservation of our climate and planet, to reducing poverty and inequity in the United States and around the world. Our staff members are mission-driven and action-oriented, and have a unique combination of experience in philanthropy, business, nonprofits, government, finance, law, and other fields. We combine creative, strategic thinking with knowledge and networks developed through decades of hands-on experience. The fastest-growing philanthropic advisory firm in the nation, Arabella is also a certified B Corporation.

About the Managed Nonprofit Organizations

Arabella Advisors provides operations and management support to multiple nonprofit organizations, including the New Venture Fund, the Windward Fund, and the Hopewell Fund—all 501(c)(3) public charities—and the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a 501(c)(4).These managed organizations house new and innovative public interest projects and nonprofits, as well as coordinate collaborative initiatives between donors and administer grants programs. This type of structure is commonly referred to as fiscal sponsorship, and candidates are highly encouraged to research fiscal sponsorship prior to a first interview. The managed organizations provide support to a diverse range of projects, including many focused on conservation, global health and civic engagement.

Working with Us

We are committed to having a passion-driven, inclusive, transparent, collaborative, healthy, and fun culture. We invite you to visit our careers website to learn more.

To encourage work/life balance we offer flexible work options. Our office is an open space with cubicles and standing desks and informal work areas. Our salaries are closer to the range of a nonprofit and our benefits are excellent. You’ll start with three weeks of vacation, 80 hours of personal time, and 20 hours of paid time to volunteer at an organization of your choice. In addition to six federal holidays, you get to pick four more from a list of inclusive religious holidays and your birthday.

We have a competitive health package that includes medical, vision, dental, and prescription insurance. We also provide funds for professional development, a fitness benefit, and cover part of your personal cell phone plan.

How to apply

Submit a resume and a one-page cover online. The cover letter should address why you’re excited to work at Arabella and why you’re qualified for this specific job.

We value diversity and inclusion and encourage all qualified people to apply. If we can make this easier through accommodation in the recruitment process, please let us know.

While Arabella is open to individuals from various locations applying to join our team, please note that we generally are unable to pay for relocation expenses.

We will review applications as they are received and look forward to hearing from you.

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