Baltimore, MD

Job Title: Senior Accountant

Reports to: Chief Financial Officer

Exempt/Non-Exempt: Non-Exempt

Work Schedule: 9:00 am -5:30 pm

General Description/Summary:

Under the direct supervision of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the accountant is responsible for the day to day accounting functions of the organization. The accountant is responsible for completing all accounting and bookkeeping tasks as assigned, with assistance from the CFO when appropriate. There will be other tasks and duties as assigned or delegated, especially in the area of financial and general ledger. The accountant is under the general supervision of the CFO and the direct supervision of the Senior Accountant.

Accountant Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Process invoices from vendors for payment – entering information into computer system, prepare checks, have checks signed, and file invoices. Interact with vendors to resolve billing problems.
  • Maintain computer account receivable files for client accounts – record social security benefits, record miscellaneous expense, record room and board amounts, and initiate allowance payments to clients (prepare checks for payment). Monthly (or quarterly) summarize activity of client savings accounts for management review. Review client’s Banking & Budgeting and file same. Report any discrepancies to CFO for follow-up. Complete representative payee forms.
  • Process biweekly payroll – submit by computer to ADP Payroll service, review reports and submit with checks for approval and signature. Make necessary entries into the general ledger.
  • Accumulate and summarize client days to prepare billing to state agency. Review with management for submitting to state. And after receiving funding, review the state’s calculations and make necessary adjustments.
  • Maintain inventory of fixed assets, and assist in conducting periodic inventory, and reconcile to general ledger. Maintain related accounting files as needed.
  • Respond to specific requests from management – history of vendor payments, special reports or analysis, etc. Monitor and analyze cash flow requirements and make recommendations to management based on anticipated requirements.
  • Maintains accounting books
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the CFO or designee

Core Competencies:

  • Professional Knowledge: Demonstrate a proficient level of professional skill and/or knowledge in accounting and keep current with developments and trends.
  • Financial Monitoring & Analysis: Monitor and collect data to assess accuracy and integrity; analyze data; ensure compliance with applicable standards, rules, regulations and systems of internal control; interpret and evaluate results, prepare documentation; create financial reports and/or presentations.
  • Decision Making: Use effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions and/or reaching conclusions; act consistent with available facts, constraints, and anticipated consequences.
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills: Clearly and concisely convey information orally or in writing to individuals or groups to ensure that they understand the information and the message.
  • Attention to Detail: Ability to review and identify inconsistencies in large amounts of data or information and to ensure consistency and accuracy in financial reporting.
  • Critical Thinking: Ability to evaluate financial reports, apply accounting practices to new information and identify solutions to financial problems such as non-payments, overages or balancing a budget within ethical standards of practice.
  • Problem-Solving: Identifying transactional errors that may cause accounts to be out of balance and resolving bank reconciliation errors.
  • Data Analysis: Data analysis allows accountants to create informational financial reports based on financial data such as account budgets, revenue and expenses.

Supervisory Responsibilities:


Qualifications (Skills and Abilities)

  • 2 or more years of experience as a senior bookkeeper or accountant for a small or medium size organization
  • An associate degree in accounting or an accounting concentration as part of a related degree
  • Experience using accounting software
  • Also, experience with related spreadsheet and word processing programs.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software applications.

Other Requirements:

  • Must possess a valid Maryland driver’s license and have no more than 2 points during employment.
  • Must have reliable transportation and able to travel to and from sites as necessary for work.
  • Successfully pass criminal background check and drug screening.

Physical Demands:

  • Must possess the visual acuity to develop written correspondence and determine accuracy and thoroughness of the work assigned.
  • Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of talking, hearing, sitting for long periods of time and performing repetitive motions, such as using a computer and the ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to speak audibly and write legibly
  • Must be able to lift, carry, push and/or pull 50 pounds, climb, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and reach; must be able to speak and hear.

Physical Risk: Work environment involves some exposure to physical risks that require following basic safety precautions


Interested individuals can email Christine Sanon, sanonc@lifeinc.org.