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Senior Accountant

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1333 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, District of Columbia

About Us

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to continually seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.

Position Summary

The Senior Accountant will perform monthly general ledger closing through financial statements preparation. This position also performs monthly account analysis functions, prepares general ledger account reconciliations, and supports the month/quarter/year-end general ledger close activities through the year-end audit, with emphasis on projections, accruals, comparison of actuals vs budget.  In-depth knowledge and understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and internal controls as applicable to nonprofit organizations is a must.

 Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform regular and recurring accounting functions that require professional competence
  • Perform routine monthly general ledger closing functions through preparation of journal entries, monthly financial statements, and preparation of ad hoc reports.
  • Prepare financial analysis, reconciliations, review accounting records, research transactions and create financial reports. Research and collect data to be used in support of transactions recorded in the G/L.
  • Perform accurate and timely reconciliations of G/L accounts, bank statements, corporate credit card transactions monthly, and retaining backup documentation for audit trail.
  • Coordinate accounting transactions with Human Resources and external Payroll Administrator on payroll and benefits, ensuring compliance for tax filing: 941’s, W2’s and other payroll withholdings and deductions. Reconcile payroll and benefits records to G/L accounts.
  • Generate and analyze financial performance data and metrics that reflects organization’s financial performance.
  • Apply the financial policies and procedures of the organization.
  • Implement record retention policy.  Document accounting procedures and transactions that will later be used for financial management, internal control procedures and for review by external auditors.
  • Assist with year-end audit planning and execution, and other external audits as needed.
  • Provide regular and ad hoc reports, and analytics in compliance with GAAP. 
  •  Determine appropriateness and accuracy of all financial transactions in compliance with GAAP.
  • Collaborate with other departments to ensure their needs and the organization’s needs are met promoting a culture of high performance and quality customer service. Work and collaborate with other Finance and functional offices in the development and implementation of PCORI’s financial systems, data quality, financial compliance, and external and internal reporting requirements.
  • Cross training in other accounting functions and responsibilities is required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Incumbent(s) in this position may be required to perform other duties and special assignments not specifically stated above.

Statements outlined in this section are designated as essential job functions in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

Required Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance; CPA highly desirable.
  • Minimum of 5-8 years’ experience in a staff accountant position or progressive accounting role.
  • Preferably 2 years of audit experience in a public accounting firm.
  • Experience in cost center or project accounting preferred.
  • Experience in non-profit accounting a plus.
  • Proficiency in use of accounting software; knowledge of Intacct,, and Concur highly desirable.
  • Experience and proficiency with payroll processing, tax filing a plus preferably with ADP external third-party processor.
  • Team-oriented and quality service-oriented professional who is comfortable working with a varied constituency and is effective at communicating.
  • Strong analytical and organizational planning skills required
  • Ability to think creatively, highly driven, self-motivated, and demonstrates initiative.
  •  Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications, especially Word, PowerPoint, and Excel (with advanced features including V-lookups, Pivot table, and Macros).

Required Experience

  • Strong level of technical accounting experience and ability to handle high volume of transactions in a fast-paced environment and meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to synthesize and apply policies and procedures properly and appropriately to transactions.
  • Well-rounded understanding of internal controls and GAAP and nonprofit best practices is necessary to successfully perform all duties.
  • Highly developed skills in reconciliations of G/L accounts, bank statements, and corporate credit card statements and documenting transactions for providing audit trail for all accounting records.
  • Proficient communication skills both verbally and in writing and ability to deliver presentations.
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail is required.
  • Highly motivated and has ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, and work under pressure.
  • Ability to work independently and in teams.
  • Thoroughness and willingness to invest the time to ensure accuracy, and ability to follow and implement policies and procedures.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary Range: $74,542 – $93,173

The above range represents the salary pay range expected for the position; however, final offers are based on several factors such as the position’s responsibilities; the candidate’s experience, education, and skills; location; travel required; and current market conditions. 

Subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable plans then in effect, eligible employees may participate in PCORI-sponsored medical, dental, vision, and basic life insurance plans for the employee and the employee’s eligible dependents. 

Conflict of Interest

PCORI wants to ensure that prospective employees are aware of its conflict-of-interest policies so that employment deliberations take into consideration this aspect of PCORI employment. PCORI requires all PCORI employees to disclose upon commencement of their employment and on an annual basis all individual and close relatives financial, business, and personal association with the potential to bias or that have the appearance of biasing one’s decisions relating to PCORI. All disclosures made by employees are made publicly available on PCORI’s website. Disclosures must include all financial, business, and personal associations with any health or healthcare-related organizations. Disclosures should include all associations with any other organizations that have the potential to bias or that have the appearance of biasing one’s decisions relating to PCORI, including but not limited to vendors or other third parties with whom PCORI has a contract or that PCORI has funded. For more information, please visit PCORI-Conflict-of-Interest-Policies-Outside-Employment-Policy.pdf

PCORI conducts background checks on all applicants.

PCORI recommends all members of the PCORI workforce adhere to the CDC recommendations regarding staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccination.   

PCORI’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

PCORI is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity both internal and external to the workplace. You can learn more about our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion here.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.




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