Staff Accountant, Finance and Accounting

Washington, DC
Full Time
Finance and Accounting
Entry Level

Title:                          Staff Accountant, Finance and Accounting

Reports to:             Director, Finance and Controller

Job Summary:        The Staff Accountant assists in providing exceptional financial leadership and informed guidance to The Heritage Foundation. The Staff Accountant is fully committed to implementing the mission, objectives, and goals of the Finance and Accounting team as well as being a catalyst for maintaining a high-intensity, high-performance culture.  This position is responsible for coding and preparing journal entries for the daily activity of The Heritage Foundation and its affiliates, including, donor receipts, expense reimbursements, voucher entries, vendor payments, ACH processing, and petty cash disbursements.


Job Duties:

  • Maintain general ledger, including preparing journal entries, reconciling receipts, and processing disbursements for multiple entities.
  • Code, process, and route vendor invoices and employee expense reimbursements; maintain vendor files and secure vendor payment information.
  • Process incoming cash receipts, pledges and credit card journal entries as received from the Development department on a daily basis.
  • Record revenues from alternative revenue sources and maintain accuracy of accounts receivable processes, including stock gifts and donor-restricted gifts.
  • Support the monthly bank reconciliation process and complete month-end reconciliations as directed.
  • Provide support of ongoing accounts receivable and accounts payable functions and general ledger reclassifications.
  • Assist with weekly payment processing, vendor maintenance and recurring monthly journal entries.
  • Provide customer service support to Heritage staff, including but not limited to training on various accounting invoice, expense, and travel systems; responding to expense and invoice inquiries; and facilitating special arrangements or rush handling requests.
  • Support the Vice President, Finance and Accounting and Director, Finance and Controller with various administrative duties and projects as assigned.



Education:                   BA/BS in accounting, finance, or related field

Experience:                 0-2 years of general accounting experience, preferably in the nonprofit space, and specifically a 501(c)(3)

Communication:          Excellent writing and presentation skills

Technology:                Microsoft Suite; Management Reporter; Concur Invoice & Expense experience preferred


Other Requirements:

  • Understand and support the Heritage mission and vision for America, and the department’s goals and objectives.
  • Basic knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Strong attention to detail and willingness to support the Finance & Accounting team in delivering high quality reporting.
  • Personal and professional integrity.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks including prioritizing and organizing workflows to meet deadlines. 
  • Ability to receive and provide constructive criticism aimed at achieving high-performance standards.
  • Dedication to superior customer service to internal staff, and the ability to promote a positive, collaborative atmosphere.

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