Sr. Accounting Director

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Job Description

The Sr. Accounting Director maintains a supportive, positive atmosphere that welcomes and respects all individuals and coordinates accounting functions such as general ledger/account maintenance, account reconciliation, data processing and reporting. This position prepares, analyzes, and reviews financial statements using accounting principles.

  1. Bachelor’s degree in accounting, or equivalent education/experience is required.
  2. Five or more years professional accounting experience and/or equivalent combination of education and experience; previous experience working with a non-profit organization is preferred.
  3. Knowledge of general ledger and accounting functions.
  4. Knowledge of and expertise with computerized accounting systems.
  5. Personal computer skills, including the use of Google or Microsoft Office products, with sound working knowledge of spreadsheets.
  6. Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  7. Must be highly organized and have the ability to work with confidential matters.
  8. Ability to work effectively with others.
  9. Previous experience effectively managing a staff team.
  10. Completion of trainings and/or certifications, as required by supervisor and/or the YMCA. 


Physical Requirements
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.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the responsibilities of this position, the employee:

  • Is regularly required to use a computer for extended periods of time and be able to communicate using a computer and phone/smart device.
  • Is frequently required to sit and reach, and must be able to move around the work environment.
  • Needs specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust.
  • Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. 


Work Environment
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  This position usually works in an office, but the mission of the organization may sometimes take them to non-standard workplaces.  This position works a standard work week, but additionally will occasionally work evening, weekend, and additional hours to accommodate activities such as special events and representing the organization at community events.  Travel is primarily local during the business day. Occasionally, out-of-the-area and overnight travel may be expected.


Essential Functions
  1. Obtain and maintain a thorough understanding of the general ledger structure and financial reporting.
  2. Ensure the timely reporting of all monthly financial information by structured and routine closing of the books.
  3. Assumes responsibility for effectively researching, tracking, and resolving accounting or documentation problems and discrepancies. 
  4. Generate financial statements and perform month-end variance and trend analysis; review for completeness, accuracy, and compliance.
  5. Assist with the coordination and preparation of the annual budget process.
  6. Manage and assist with financial preparation for external agreements, contracts, and leases.
  7. Prepare ad-hoc reports and provide other accounting assistance as needed.
  8. Assess current accounting operations and internal controls, recommending and implementing new processes.
  9. Coordinate and prepare year-end work papers for auditor review.
  10. Prepare quarterly and annual compliance reports.
  11. Oversee the operations of the accounting department, including hiring and training staff.
  12. Performs daily cash management, monthly bank reconciliation, and maintenance of recurring journal entries; reviews and prepares non-recurring journal entries.
  13. Reconciles assigned general ledger accounts, including but not limited to, bank/credit drafts.
  14. Receives, assesses, and records grants and income, ensuring the proper accounting treatment is applied.
  15. May serve as liaison for the day-to-day banking activities.   
  16. Completes a variety of accounting, financial analysis, and budget projects. 
  17. Serves as a resource and participates as a leader/member of various staff committees and leadership groups.
  18. Perform additional duties as required.


Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies
  • Change Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Critical Thinking & Decision Making
  • Fiscal Management
  • Program / Project Management
  • Functional Expertise