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Job Title: Senior Accountant
Location: Denver, CO United States
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 10/23/2018
Expire Date: 12/23/2018
Job Categories: Government and Policy
Job Description
Senior Accountant
JOB TITLE: Senior Accountant
PROGRAM: Finance and Accounting
LOCATION: Denver, CO
SALARY: $5,253+/month depending on experience

ABOUT NCSL:
The National Conference of State Legislatures is a nonpartisan organization that serves the legislators and legislative staff of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. Our mission is to serve state legislatures by providing support, promoting fresh ideas, connecting legislators and staff with experts and each other, and provide a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system.

Since its founding in 1975, NCSL's staff has grown from 15 employees to over 150 employees in its offices in Denver, CO and Washington, D.C. Our growth has been due to the increasing activity and responsibility of the nation's state legislatures and the complexity and diversity of issues that legislators face. Employees work in a challenging, often fast-paced environment where they assist legislators and legislative staff in their work to promote the common good of the citizens of the states.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
The Senior Accountant performs complex, multi function, professional accounting and supervisory work involving NCSL's accounting systems. It includes supervision of the accounting technicians and assistants, making professional accounting reviews and decisions, and managing general ledger input and analysis. The work is performed independently under general guidance from the Controller and Chief Financial Officer and subject to NCSL policies and accounting principles. This position includes primary responsibility for revenue and cash transaction setup, recording, analysis and record keeping throughout the Conference and The Foundation for State Legislatures.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
1. Monitors daily cash and revenue accounting transactions to ensure conformity with generally accepted accounting principles, determining the propriety and accuracy of cash receipts, reviewing accounts receivable adjustments, preparing and reviewing association management system transactions and related sales tax requirements;
2. Initiates monthly cash and revenue accounting closing activities, including preparation of revenue and related journal entries, analysis of deferred revenue and unbilled A/R, roll forward of account activity, account reconciliations and fluctuation analyses;
3. Monitors and records cash and investment account transactions; reconciles bank accounts to the general ledger on a monthly basis;
4. Responsible for fixed asset records and related software module. Records additions, disposals and monthly depreciation journal entries. Retires assets from the subsidiary ledger;
5. Monitors, prepares and files sales tax returns as needed;
6. Responsible for registration function for all invitational, Conference, and other hosted meetings including set-up, online e-commerce, reconciliation, closing and reporting to appropriate management;
7. Reviews and/or prepares monthly journal entries by making cash transaction entries, determining accuracy and proper documentation of proposed entries, and coordinating the closing entries;
8. Assists in determining tasks and priorities of accounting and registration staff; schedules cross training; and assists with unusual problems and heavy workloads;
9. Evaluates performance of accounting technicians and assistants and makes personnel recommendations to more senior managers;
10. Reviews account balances periodically and resolves problems;
11. Performs review and analysis of professional staff association fiscal activities, compiling/reviewing all activities for financial reporting accuracy and communicating those results to NCSL staff liasons and others as required;
12. Acts as primary liaison on the upcoming implementation of the new association management system (Fonteva/Salesforce.com) by attending meetings, coordinating input from the accounting staff, reviewing set-up documentation, responding to questions, and interpreting changes in procedures or policies that affect financial management practices;

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
This position has direct supervisory responsibilities of approximately 2 staff members.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as laptop computers, copy machines, scanners and smartphones.

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.

This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, lift small objects up to 50 lbs., open filing cabinets and bend, stoop, or stand on a stool as necessary. Requires the ability to travel locally, regionally and nationally, including overnight and weekends.

OTHER DUTIES:
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Qualifications & Requirements
QUALIFICATIONS:
Experience and Education
A college degree in accounting plus three years of progressive accounting work experience;
At least one year as a lead or supervising accountant is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Expert knowledge of the principles and practices of accounting and auditing and cost accounting;
Working knowledge of office operations, business practices, grants funding, and the use of office equipment;
Comprehensive knowledge of use of computers and computer software in accounting responsibilities;
Skill and competence to devise and install methods, procedures, and systems of accounting to assist in the complex operation and design of the system;
Skill and competence to prepare and present financial statements and reports;
Ability to interpret and apply Federal and other grantor fiscal policies, laws, rules, and regulations;
Skill and competence to plan and schedule work and to train and supervise subordinate accounting personnel;
Skill and competence in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with other employees, with grantors, auditors, and other persons involved with NCSL financial transactions;
Highly detail-oriented and organized;
Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
Ability to meet a constant stream of deadlines in a timely manner;
Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively with different levels of employees;
Superior analytical and problem-solving skills;
Familiarity with accounting software and programs.

BENEFITS:
NCSL offers an outstanding benefits package including low cost health, dental and vision coverage, a 401(a)-retirement plan with 10% contribution after 6 months and full vesting, life & disability insurance, 3-weeks paid vacation with 5+ years of paid full-time work experience, paid leave, 35-hour work weeks, telework, pet insurance, discounted bus / train passes, in-office dry cleaning pick up, access to 24-hour fitness memberships, and more!

TO APPLY:
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume highlighting skills and qualifications to: https://ncsl.applicantpro.com/jobs no later than Monday, November 5, 2018.

NCSL IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
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The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and legislative staff of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. Our mission is to serve state legislatures by providing support, promoting fresh ideas, connecting legislators and staff with experts and each other, and provide a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system. Since its founding in 1975, NCSL's staff has grown from 15 employees to over 150 employees in its offices in Denver, CO and Washington, D.C. Our growth has been due to the increasing activity and responsibility of the nation's state legislatures and the complexity and diversity of issues that legislators face. Employees work in a challenging, often fast-paced environment where they assist legislators and legislative staff in their work to promote the common good of the citizens of the states.
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