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Lead Manager, Accounting Surge

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Make-A-Wish America is the national headquarters for our organization, providing resources and support for our Chapters around the country. The Finance Team is focused on supporting our chapters through a shared financial services model, providing chapters with financial processing, reporting, and tax filings. They also maintain the financial health of the national office through budgeting, monthly reporting, accounting, reconciliations, and payables.  



A key contributor to the mission through financial reporting requirements such as 990 tax filings (National and Chapters), monthly, quarterly, and budget financial reporting.  The Finance Floater will be expected to develop a complete understanding of existing Make-A-Wish financial reporting to support during seasonal surges and innovate in areas where improvements may be made.


Where You Come In 

As the Lead Manager, Accounting Surge   

  • Determine and communicate instructions for chapter and National 990s; Independently Prepare, review and analyze Form 990, ensuring accuracy and timely submission of all tax filings. 
  • Coordinate annual audit, including preparing and analyzing data for external auditors, and ensuring proper filing of tax returns.
  • Stay up to date with IRS regulations and compliance requirements for tax-exempt organizations.
  • Stay up-to-date with accounting regulations and industry best practices, making recommendations for process improvements as needed.
  • Maintain organized records of tax-related documents and correspondence.
  • Responsible for driving work to meet deadlines with chapters, national and external groups, collaborating with the accounting services and audit teams and other departments to gather required information.
  • Support the audit process with responsibility for key schedules including FAS157 footnote and other cash, receivables, and endowment related testing.
  • Work in partnership with Finance leadership to support national and chapter accounting services during surge period of September-December.
  • Other duties as assigned.


What You’ll Need  

  • Nonprofit accounting and tax accounting experience required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related field, preferred.
  • 5-7 years of experience in tax accounting and/or financial reporting 
  • Previous experience with NetSuite or similar systems
  • Demonstrated expertise using Microsoft Office applications, especially Excel.
  • CPA designation and nonprofit experience a plus
  • High level communication skills to lead, influence and negotiate across the organization.
  • Growth mindset, inspired to innovate and solve problems.
  • Strong organizational skills to handle multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Position may require travel to organizational conferences and events.




  • Comprehensive benefit package, effective day 1: Medical, Vision*, Dental*, Wellness
  • Competitive compensation with annual incentive potential    
  • Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account Options    
  • Health Reimbursement Account fully funded by Make-A-Wish 
  • Short Term Disability*, Long Term Disability* and Life Insurance 
  • Additional Insurance Plans: Accident, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity, Pet Insurance through Figo 
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan with 5% match after one year of service
  • Eligibility for student loan forgiveness through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program    



  • Up to 15 PTO days 
  • 10 Sick Days 
  • 11 Paid Holidays 
  • 2 Volunteer Days after one year of service 
  • 2 Personal Days accrued annually   
  • Maternity Leave      


  • Employee Awards and Recognition Programs    
  • Individual and Leadership Development     
  • Discounts and special offers for theme parks, events, hotels, concerts, and movie tickets   

*Monthly premiums paid for the employee for vision, dental, and short/long term disability. 


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Vision 

Make-A-Wish is committed to championing diversity, equity and inclusion, fostering an organization that is accessible and welcoming. In turn, we are uniting communities to help make more wishes possible.

  • Our mission is most effectively fulfilled through a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as core values and practice.
  • It is only through our mosaic of different cultures, perspectives and experiences that we can grant life-changing wishes to every eligible child.
  • As the world’s largest wish-granting organization we stand against racism and intolerance and are committed to representation and acceptance, creating a sense of belonging, and practicing fairness in creating opportunities for our wish families, volunteers and staff. 
  • Diversity: Diversity at Make-A-Wish is about recognizing and valuing our differences as well as focusing on our shared meaning and humanity.​ Diversity is the collection of unique attributes both visible and invisible, traits, and characteristics that make up individuals. They include race, gender, abilities, values, beliefs, experiences, backgrounds, preferences, behaviors, socioeconomic status, physical appearance, age, sexual orientation/identity, and more.
  • Equity: Equity at Make-A-Wish is ensuring all Wish Kids, families, and volunteers and our stakeholders, regardless of background, receive the resources and support to ensure highly impactful outcomes.
  • Inclusion: Inclusion at Make-A-Wish is creating an environment where Make-A-Wish Kids and families, colleagues, volunteers, and stakeholders feel they are welcomed, respected, and valued, and those feelings are both real & perceived.
  • Belonging: Belonging at Make-A-Wish describes the experience of being accepted, included, and respected by those around you.  You have a sense of community and connection with others and feel that your full potential is engaged in the Make-A-Wish mission.



We respect and ensure equal opportunity, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, perceived disability and other legally protected characteristics. Make-A-Wish America utilizes E-Verify in its hiring practices to achieve a lawful workforce.







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