General Purpose Accountant
This position is ideal for a candidate who has an accounting degree and is on the CPA candidacy track. There is limitless exposure to a variety of accounting scenarios in this environment: we are both public and nonprofit, we even have some inventory accounting! Our team is a diverse group of accounting professionals who support our mission. Critical success factors include: flexibility, analytical skills, collaboration, reliability, and a desire to learn. We also highly value a strong sense of team, initiative, and a sense of humor.
The General Purpose Accountant assists in the preparation and analysis of financial information related to the organization's auxiliary service and credit card receipts activities. Work includes, but is not limited to, monthly reconciliation of financial statement accounts, analytical review of activity, and participating in financial closings. The General Purpose Accountant has frequent internal and external contact with customers and service providers (e.g., Banks, Credit Card Clearing Company). The General Purpose Accountant also assists the Controller and Asst. Controller - Operations in ensuring conformity with corporate practices, policies and procedures.
Duties and Responsibilities:
30-50% Ensure accuracy and integrity in capturing financial data by performance of the routine and non-routine daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual processes. As well, ensure proper internal controls are in place and operating effectively in all facets of financial reporting operations. Manage the journalization of credit card data by compiling, verifying and auditing credit card data from gift shop, concessions and parking garage. Maintain and reconcile credit card accounts.
25-30% Ensure deposits are timely and accurate as well as perform timely investigation and resolution of errors and omissions in general ledger. Perform cost of goods sold analysis and prepare necessary journal entries. Serve as consultant for both internal and external customers who have questions or concerns regarding credit card transactions. Act as alternate and help troubleshoot data uploads from Tessitura. Journalize internal purchase orders. Journalize monthly and year end lease entries.
10-15% Perform and troubleshoot the reconciliations for Balance Sheet accounts.
5-10% Assist with the preparation of the Cultural Date Project submission as well as other data repackaging projects.
5-10% Coordinate and perform the completion of the 990 Board Questionnaire. Assist with 990 prep.
5-10% Act as alternate for AP processing. Act as a resource to other departments on chart of accounts and accounting policies.
5-10% Collect and track performance attendance data statistics.
0-5% Review PO commitments on a quarterly basis and follow up with requesters
0-5% Pull relevant foreign vendor data from the accounting software and analyze it in order to prepare the quarterly BE125 reporting. Act as initial contact with Bureau of Economic Analysis.
10-20% Other critical duties: (a) Assist staff throughout the Center to know and better understand our financial policies and procedures. Participate in group training sessions as well as one-on-one instruction; (b) Support preparation for and participate in annual financial statement audit and other regulatory audits as such audits occur; (c) Suggest improvements in processes to increase effectiveness and compliance as well as assist with any procedural changes as they arise; (d) Special Projects and other duties as assigned; (e) Maintain accurate process documentation; (f) Manage records retention process for the Accountant – General Purpose files; (g) Provide periodic coverage for petty cash and other department customer service activities.
Bachelors degree preferred.
Bachelors degree in business-related field is a differentiating factor.
At least 2-4 years of general accounting/bookkeeping experience.
CPA candidate a differentiating factor.
Minimum Skills and/or Knowledge Required
Critical Skills: Good written and oral communication skills; proficiency in use of general ledger application; familiarity/experience with Lawson software is a differentiating factor, advanced knowledge and practice of Excel is required.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a world premier performing arts organization and our nation’s cultural center. Diversity is a critical component of our mission, vision, and values. Our staff exhibits a wide variety of perspectives and experiences which enable us to foster and strengthen an environment of diversity and inclusion.