Who we are
The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, envisions a society that respects the dignity of every person and safeguards justice for everyone.
- We study problems that impede human dignity and justice.
- We pilot solutions that are at once transformative and achievable.
- We engage diverse communities in informed debate.
- We harness the power of evidence to drive effective policy and practice.
Vera works with others who share our vision to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day—from mass incarceration, racial disparities, and the loss of public trust in law enforcement to the unmet needs of the vulnerable, the marginalized, and those harmed by crime and violence. Vera has offices in Brooklyn, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans and people working in communities across the country. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace—specifically, we value diverse experiences with regards to educational background and justice system contact. We hire employees that reflect our values: racial equity, respect, independence, collaboration, and commitment.
What you’ll be working on
The staff accountant will be responsible for the following:
- Provide accounting and support for Accounts Receivable function, including:
- Preparing journal entries for daily cash transfers.
- Maintain daily cash logs; prepare cash receipt and A/R payment application entries.
- Record invoices/claim records.
- Maintain database of Accounts Receivable customers/funders.
- Monitor and keep records of daily bank activity; send notifications to appropriate internal parties and follow-up on outstanding Accounts Receivable invoices.
- Reconcile A/R subledger and general ledger.
- Prepare monthly bank reconciliations for Vera’s bank accounts and investigate and resolve discrepancies in a timely manner.
- Analyze and reconcile balance sheet accounts including COBRA, receivables, prepaid insurance and expenses, and other accounts as assigned on a monthly basis.
- Assist Accounting Manager in the reconciling and updating of Temporarily Restricted Net Assets schedule on a monthly basis.
- Provide support in the preparation and completion of the organization’s annual financial audit.
- Review expenses and make payments for the Institute’s corporate credit cards; record entries for manual checks for these and other monthly expenses.
- Serve as a back-up to the Accounts Payable and Payroll functions.
What qualifications do you need?
- BA/BS/BBA in accounting, finance, or other related business field, either received or in progress.
- Some experience with general ledger accounting and bookkeeping is a plus, especially with a nonprofit, multi-funded organization.
- Proficient with Microsoft Office, primarily Excel and Word.
- Experience with Abila MIP a plus.
- Excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills; strong organizational skills, and the ability to organize, prioritize, multi-task, and work under deadlines. Ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
- Motivated and eager to learn.
The Nitty – Gritty
- This is a full-time position based in Brooklyn, NY.
- Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.
When you join our team
- You can expect to work with a team of amazing people who have tenacity, are creative, scrappy, and are committed to getting the work done. Why? Because our work is urgent, impactful, and more important than ever.
- You will have great benefits, and work-life balance. Driving meaningful change is hard work. But we also know that you have a life, places to go, and people to see.
How to apply
Please submit cover letter and resume. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled. Online submission in PDF format is preferred.
However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to
ATTN: Human Resources / Staff Accountant
Vera Institute of Justice
34 35th St, 4-2A
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Fax: (212) 941-9407
Please use only one method (online, mail or fax) of submission.
No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
Vera is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status.
Vera works to advance justice, particularly racial justice, in an increasingly multicultural country and globally connected world. We value diverse experiences, including with regard to educational background and justice system contact, and depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.
For more information about Vera and CIJ’s work, please visit www.vera.org.