Accounting Manager

Employment Type

: Full-Time

Industry

: Accounting



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The Vera Institute of Justice seeks an Accounting Manager to join its Finance Department on a full-time basis.

Who we are

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, envisions a society that respects the dignity of every person and safeguards justice for everyone.

  • We study problems that impede human dignity and justice.
  • We pilot solutions that are at once transformative and achievable.
  • We engage diverse communities in informed debate.
  • We harness the power of evidence to drive effective policy and practice.

We work with others who share our vision to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day from mass incarceration, racial disparities, and the loss of public trust in law enforcement to the unmet needs of the vulnerable, the marginalized, and those harmed by crime and violence. Vera has offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace specifically, we value diverse experiences with regard to educational background and justice system contact. We hire employees that reflect our values: respect, independence, collaboration, and commitment.

The Finance Department

The Finance team is responsible for protecting Vera s assets and ensuring the financial stewardship of Vera s resources. We provide critical updated financial information to executives, senior managers, and the Board of Trustees to aid in decision making and engage in financial strategic planning. Our team also ensures financial compliance for all grants and contracts, ensures timely delivery of the annual audit, supports program leaders with budget/actual information, billing, funder reporting, payroll, and accounting. Overall, the team provides comprehensive finance and accounting services to support the organization s mission in driving change in the justice system.

Who you are

You have strong technical knowledge about accounting, and not-for-profit accounting standards and financial reporting requirements in particular. You have expertise in working with accounting/ERM systems (Abila MIP a plus!) and experience in using systems to manage the flow of financial processes and reports. You are motivated to use your accounting and finance skills to support a mission-driven organization seeking to drive change in the justice system. You are enthusiastic, collaborative, curious, and kind. You are intellectually curious and willing to be nimble and work across multiple projects, often at the same time.

In this role, you will:

  • Report to and work with the Deputy Chief Financial Officer
  • Supervise and develop a team of three (3) staff on the accounting team in the Finance Department: two Accountants and the Payroll Administrator.
  • Oversee compliance on Vera s cash disbursements.
  • Oversee and ensure the timely recording of transactions into Vera s general ledger, including cash receipts, payroll and fringe expenses, and other expenses.
  • Manages the payroll function to ensure timely and accurate processing.
  • Manage the reconciliations and review of all accounts on the balance sheet, including cash, investments, receivables, prepaid expenses, fixed assets, and all liabilities.
  • Ensure timely delivery of Schedule of Temporarily Restricted Net Assets and reconciliation of all restricted and unrestricted contributions.
  • Oversee 941 reconciliation and remission of all payroll taxes in a timely fashion.
  • Oversees the administration of corporate credit card program; assists Deputy Chief Financial Officer with cash management and day-to-day banking operations.
  • Ensure appropriate segregation of duties on the accounting team, as well arrange for back-up for critical functions as payroll and accounts payment, when necessary.
  • Responsible for timely delivery of the trial balance at year end and serve as primary point of contact for the financial and other audits.
  • Work with Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Finance Manager in developing and providing recurring financial reports to aid in decision making.
  • Other duties as assigned by Deputy Chief Financial Officer.

What qualifications do you need?

  • BA/BS/BBA in accounting.
  • Familiarity with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), especially for not-for-profit organizations as well as Uniform Guidance for Federal Awards.
  • 1-2+ years of prior experience in managing and supervising others strongly preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills; must be able to effectively communicate financial information in a way that is easy to understand.
  • Strong organizational skills, and the ability to organize, prioritize, multi-task, and work under deadlines.
  • Effective at supervising and motivating staff.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment; patient and approachable.
  • Possesses intermediate to advanced skills in Excel, especially in using V-LOOKUP, CONCATENATE, SUMIFs, and pivot table functions.
  • Experience in using Abila MIP accounting software and Microix requisitioning preferred.

The Nitty - Gritty

  • The preferred location for this position is Brooklyn, NY.
  • Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

When you join our team

  • You can expect to work with a team of amazing people who have tenacity, are creative, scrappy, and are committed to getting the work done. Why? Because our work is urgent, impactful, and more important than ever.
  • You will have a gym membership you can t turn down, great benefits, and work-life balance. Driving meaningful change is hard work. But we also know that you have a life, places to go, and people to see.

How to apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter. Online submission in PDF format is preferred.

However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to

ATTN: Human Resources / Finance Manager Recruitment

Vera Institute of Justice

34 35th St, Suite 4-2A

Brooklyn, NY 11232

Fax: (212) ###-####

Please use only one method (online, mail or fax) of submission.

No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Vera is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status or current employment status.

Vera works to advance justice, particularly racial justice, in an increasingly multicultural country and globally connected world. We value diverse experiences, including with regard to educational background and justice system contact, and depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.

For more information about Vera and our work, please visit


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