Accounting Manager

Salary Range: $110,000.00 to $125,000.00, Annually

The Accounting Manager leads general accounting operations, grant administration, and in collaboration with the CFO, budgeting and financial reporting. More specifically, this hands-on position manages a multi-person team and has functional responsibility for general accounting, payables, receivables, payroll and grants administration (cost proposal development to invoicing through close-out). Responsibilities includes ensuring there are systems and procedures simultaneously supporting GAAP financial reporting, appropriate internal controls, and effective financial program information.  

TWC is a majority remote organization: for most employees, employment with TWC will not be contingent on physical presence in an office space. TWC does have some physical space in Washington, D.C. and the individual in this role would be expected to work in-person as and when the need arises. 

Essential Functions

Financial Reporting and Analysis

  • Issue accurate and interpreted internal financial reports monthly to multiple audiences and regularly meet with managers to facilitate ongoing communications and education.
  • Manage TWC’s audit and reporting processes to ensure successful completion of the financial statement audit, Form 990, Federal Audit (A-133) filings, etc.
  • Advise the CFO of major variances from budget on a monthly basis.
  • Continue to refine a total cost system that serves as cornerstone for making decisions about new products, P&L accountability annual benchmarks and federal indirect cost rate negotiations.
  • Actively partner with the CFO in financial planning, including but not limited to annual budget compilation.
  • Support external reporting (e.g., borrowing covenants, donor reporting, state and federal compliance).

Accounting And Treasury Operations

  • Manage the daily activities of the department to include payables, payroll, fixed assets, receivables and related revenue recognition. 
  • Complete the “month-end” closing and review activities within the financial system and prepare financial reports.
  • Ensure appropriate application of accounting principles, review entries and advise on accounting treatment.
  • Prepare cash flow analysis.  
  • Actively coordinate with the CFO on short-term cash decisions (e.g., line of credit draws, CD maturations, etc.).
  • Quarterly, extend the rolling cash flow analysis based on most current information.
  • Refine and/or establish internal accounting controls appropriate to safeguard TWC assets and support efficient program operations.
  • Lead collections efforts, as necessary.   
  • Review bank and other reconciliations. 
  • Assure processes are documented.
  • Manage and support the accounting team, inclusive of professional development, goal setting and TWC-level engagement.

Non-Program - Support and Compliance

  • Lead federal grant reporting and compliance from cost proposal preparation through contract/grant close-out in coordination with Federal staff.   
  • Work with advancement to provide appropriate reporting and support for donor requirements.  
  • Develop and refine templates for proposals.
  • Understand and respond to other requests for compliance and reporting (e.g., Form 5500, CBE, disability, unemployment, etc.), coordinating internally as appropriate.

Required Education and Experience

An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience will be considered:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related with certification
  • 5 years of progressive experience and at least 3 years of experience at the management level
  • Demonstrated experience with federal and donor compliance
  • Experience enhancing operating efficiencies and implementing new technologies

Preferred Education/Qualifications and Experience

  • Advanced degree or certification (e.g., CPA, CMA) 
  • Demonstrated experience with Sage Intacct

Competencies Required to Perform the Job Successfully

  • Leads people, develops others, empowers others
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Self-awareness
  • Effectively executes organizational priorities
  • Strategic Operational Thinking
  • Change Management
  • Analytical Thinking/Problem Solving

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated understanding of effective yet scalable accounting operations and of GAAP with emphasis on non-profits. 
  • Experience with variety of technologies to support the overall accounting, treasury and financial reporting functions.
  • Well-developed oral and written communications skills.
  • Commitment to outcomes, deadlines and technical excellence; supporting staff to reach same benchmark.  
  • Independent thinking, analysis and decision-making skills.
  • Collaborative and team approach toward task management.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • Position manages three to four staff.

The Washington Center’s Values

Values which guide our mission work in every regard – internally and externally:

  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Learning
  • Connection & Collaboration
  • Integrity
  • Impact

Equipment Used to Perform the Job 

May be representative but not all inclusive of those commonly associated with this position:

  • Cloud-based technologies
  • Standard office equipment including a computer and job-related software  

Physical Abilities 

Commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform described essential functions of this job. These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job: 

  • Specific vision abilities required for this job include close vision to work on a computer.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use repetitive wrist, hand, and/or finger movement, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.

Application Instructions

To apply to this position, please do so via our online application form

This job description no way states or implies that these are the only duties performed by the employee occupying this position.  Employees may be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable state and federal laws.

Certain job functions described herein may be subjected to possible modification in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. 

The Washington Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of The Washington Center to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected characteristic under applicable law. Provisions in applicable laws providing for bona fide occupational qualifications, business necessity or age limitations will be adhered to by the organization where appropriate.

The Washington Center stands in solidarity with all marginalized communities. We believe communities are strengthened by the inclusion of and equity for all people. Racism, hate, and violence have no place in our society, and we condemn all such acts. We are committed to becoming an anti-racist and anti-hate organization.

We commit to continuously striving for diversity, equity and inclusion through ongoing education and self-awareness. At The Washington Center, each person brings unique and varied experiences which inform our thoughts, actions, and decision-making processes. Our mission is to create an inclusive, safe environment for our staff and our students, where everyone’s differences are celebrated, every perspective is valued, and everyone feels safe to bring forth their authentic selves.