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Friends of the Children

Friends of the Children is looking for an extraordinary professional to join our finance team.  Are you flexible and ready to take on a wide range of accounting tasks? Is working for an organization that inspires you a critical aspect of your job search?  We may have the perfect career for you.

Our model is proven to break the cycle of generational poverty for children who face the highest risks by providing professional mentors to thousands of youth across the country.  Thanks to our exceptional outcomes and relationships across the country, we have been named the Portland Business Journal’s #1 “Most Admired” Oregon nonprofit for the past three years. In 2014, we won the Social Impact Exchange National Business Plan competition in NYC, setting the stage for our scaling efforts.

We are committed to expanding our model across the country and plan to have a total of twenty-five locations by 2025. The Finance Department performs the accounting functions for the National Friends of the Children organization and chapters throughout the country. The Senior Accountant is responsible for developing and maintaining accounting principles, practices, and procedures to ensure accurate and timely financial statements.  The position addresses tight deadlines and a multitude of accounting activities including general ledger preparation, financial reporting, year-end audit preparation, and the support of budget and forecast activities for National and our growing network of chapters.

Friends of the Children is committed to our community, to equal employment opportunity, and to diversity in our workplace.  See the below to learn more about the position’s responsibilities and qualifications:

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by individuals assigned to this position.  They are not intended as a comprehensive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

Assist in preparation of monthly financial statements and other reporting for executives, the Board of Directors, committees, grants, and chapters.
Support budgeting and planning activities for current and expanding chapters.
Monitor and analyze department work to develop more efficient procedures and use of resources, while maintaining a high level of accuracy in a fast-paced expanding business model.
Prepare bi-monthly payroll, ensuring accurate and timely payment, reporting, and accounting of wages and taxes.
Respond to inquiries from the President, National Chief Operating Officer, and chapter executives regarding financial results and special reporting requests.
Work with the National Accounting Manager and Chief Operating Officer to ensure a clean and timely year-end audit.
Support the National Accounting Manager and Chief Operating Officer on special projects and workflow process improvements.
Assist the Staff Accountant and review data entry to ensure accurate financial reporting.
Learn and regularly perform the most critical aspects of the National Accounting Manager and Staff Accountant roles to provide essential coverage during absences.
Prepare monthly journal entries and reconciliations.
Invoice entry and processing, and performing weekly check runs.
Prepare monthly invoices for chapters and affiliates.
Review employee expense reports, ensuring accuracy and adherence to policies.
Required Education, Experience, and Abilities:

Four year accounting degree
Five to seven years of financial accounting experience
Strong GAAP/internal controls knowledge
Experience in supporting multiple business entities simultaneously
Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality
Highly organized and efficient in completing various projects with overlapping deadlines
Strong Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook) and Adobe Acrobat Pro
Ability to work collaboratively with members of a cross functional staff
Preferred Experience and Abilities:

Non-profit accounting experience
Federal grant compliance experience
Experience with Financial Edge and Salesforce
Payroll processing (using Trinet or similar system)
Learn more about Friends of the Children here:

Friends of the Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to addressing discriminatory practices, and to working toward racial equity. The equal employment opportunity policy of Friends of the Children provides fair and equal opportunities for all employees and job applicants regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, or genetic information, in compliance with applicable federal, state and local law. Friends of the Children hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled.


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