Senior Accountant

October 15th, 2020
Senior Accountant

Senior Accountant

  • Full Time
  • Mid-Level
Job Category: Finance
Location: Manhattan
Job Sectors: Education

MISSION STATEMENT: Oliver Scholars prepares high-achieving Black and Latinx students from underserved New York City communities for success at top independent schools and prestigious colleges. We provide crucial support for our Scholars so they can realize their full potential and ultimately give back to the city, the nation, and the world.

JOB TITLE:               Senior Accountant

REPORT TO:            Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer

DEPARTMENT:         Administration

POSITION TYPE:       Full-Time

FLSA:                     Exempt

SUMMARY: Oliver Scholars seeks a Senior Accountant that will implement the infrastructure and systems needed to support strategic objectives. S/he will be responsible for the day-to-day oversight of financial systems including finance, accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, financial reporting, etc. The Senior Accountant will be involved in a range of strategic planning and internal initiatives. The Senior Accountant will support the CFO who, along with the CEO, is the primary liaison to the board of directors’ finance committee, working closely with the committee to strengthen Oliver Scholars’ financial position and other items as required. S/he will continually evaluate best industry practices in comparison to internal controls and systems and needed resources, with an eye toward both future needs and budget realities.


§  Manage timely monthly financial reporting processes, including financial report generation, historical financial performance analysis, budget-to-actual variance analysis, journal entry review and general ledger management, account substantiation and reconciliations, managing audit fieldwork, etc.

§  Reconcile financial activities and skilled to capture key data and processes in order to demonstrate the relationship between Oliver Scholars’ goals and resulting fundraising needs.

§  Support overall financial management responsibility led by the CFO including the review and approval of monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reporting materials and metrics for the CEO and Board of Trustees.

§  Supervise the company’s annual financial audit, grant partner audit, and coordinate state tax filing with relevant authorities. Coordinate all audits and work with internal teams to meet operating goals.

§  Develop and supervise processes to ensure internal controls operate in a highly effective manner while continuously driving efficiencies and identifying way to reduce manual processes through automation across multiple operational areas such as payroll and time & expense processing, account payable and tax.

§  Support budgeting, financial forecasting, cash flow and coordination of audit activities as well as accounts payable and receivable.

§  Author, develop, refine, direct and maintain accounting policies, procedures, systems, memos and related positions, including accounting research of potential transactions and new business as well as the impact of new accounting pronouncements.

§  Direct fund forecasts, expense budgets, and accounting analyses.

§  Ensure timely, high-quality information provided to our internal teammates and external partners and contribute to various initiatives including system implementations, capital formation due diligence, capital budgeting and forecasting, operational initiatives, and other adhoc projects.


§  Bachelor’s degree required, Accounting preferred

§  Minimum 5 years’ experience in accounting in  the nonprofit sector

§  Extensive knowledge of computer software (Fund-EZ and Microsoft Office Suite – excel and word, etc.)

§  Demonstrated experience in financial management and accounting.

§  Experience with audit, legal compliance, and budget development

§  Experience effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, the Board or other outside partners/influencers/clients

§  Success seeing beyond the numbers, identifying trends and new possibilities.

§  Excellent interpersonal and team skills, extremely collegial

§  Outstanding communications skills, written and oral

§  Demonstrated resourcefulness and good judgment

§  Must be able to effectively handle multiple projects simultaneously in a deadline driven environment

§  Connection to Oliver Scholars’ mission



§  Ethics Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values.

§  Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; willing to learn new techniques and procedures; Manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

§  Innovation & Initiative – Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others’ attention; Looks for and takes advantages of opportunities.

§  Planning/Organizing & Project Management – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget.

§  Interpersonal Skills – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things.


HOW TO APPLY: For consideration, please forward your cover letter and resume to [email protected] Please note, “Job Title – [Your Last Name]” in the subject line of your email. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.                                              
A diverse workforce and open culture are at the heart of our organization and vital to our success. Oliver Scholars is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, citizenship status, or current employment status. Candidates who identify as members of historically underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply.

Oliver Scholars

  • 80 Maiden Lane
  • 706, New York 10038
  • USA
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