National Foundation for Cancer Research

Job Description

Position Title:  Accounting Manager   

Reports To: CFO and Head of Human Resources   

Direct Reports: 1 Part-time Staff Accountant

                                    1 Part-time Accounting Assistant

Date: November 25, 2017


Overall Objective:        The overall purpose of the position

The Manager is a member of the finance/administration team responsible for the accounting, tax compliance, financial reporting, payroll, internal controls, and fundraising accounting for the Foundation.  This includes responsibility for daily accounting operations to assure that the financial information underlying the Foundation’s financial statements are accurate and that timely reports are produced. 

Duties:             Key functions and responsibilities; what is done is more important than how.

  • Manages and/or performs all accounting operations, including general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, fundraising accounting and payroll, within the appropriate systems.
  • Assures that the general ledger is closed monthly in a timely manner and prepares monthly and annual financial statements for analysis.
  • Coordinates the annual audit with the independent auditors including preparation of the financial schedules for the audit and implementation of the auditors’ recommendations from prior year’s management report.
  • Continuously evaluates, enhances and implements sound financial controls for reporting and disclosure, including check distribution, signing authority, purchase limit controls, and fundraising centralization.
  • Ensures that income tax returns, estimated taxes, information returns and financial reports for the Foundation are filed with the appropriate authorities on a timely basis and in accordance with their rules and regulations.
  • Assures that established accounting management practices and operational cost controls are maintained that comply with GAAP, FASB, IRS regulations and other applicable laws
  • Assures that accounts payable disbursements are properly authorized, made on a timely basis, processed in accordance Foundation policies and procedures.
  • Manages the fundraising and grants accounting function, coordinating the receipt, posting and reporting on donor money receipt.
  • Assists the Chief Financial Officer with special projects as needed; may work at fundraising events or attend activities as a Foundation representative.

Accountability:             Level of position authority and scope of role

Serves as a member of the Foundation’s finance/administration team responsible for accurate and compliant accounting operations.  Primarily an internal, functional manager role, with limited scope supervisory responsibilities.  Works closely with planned giving, major gifts, direct response, corporate partnerships, donor relations, special events and scientific relations staff.  Carries out responsibilities in accordance with GAAP, FASB, IRC regulations, other applicable laws as well as Foundation policies.

Skills/Competencies:     Knowledge, Skills & Abilities; Education/Experience needed for success

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Accounting: Considerable knowledge of GAAP, FASB and IRC regulations. Considerable knowledge of accrual based accounting systems, organizational auditing, accounting operations, fixed assets reporting, payroll, and tax filing requirements, preferably in a nonprofit organization. Ability to meet deadlines in a transaction-based setting and to establish and assure compliance with prescribed procedures. 
  • Computer:  Excellent knowledge and skill in using Microsoft Office Suite, automated accounting systems, and electronic report design, development and production.
  • Time management/Organizational skills:  Skill in working on multiple projects at a time under tight deadlines and in project management overall.  Excellent attention to detail and efficient time manager who understands and can execute on complex instructions. 
  • Interpersonal/Communications: A self-starter with outstanding interpersonal skills to deal effectively with staff and donors in a competent, customer-service oriented manner. Ability to identify inefficiencies and implement improved workflow processes in a team environment.   Ability to work independently, and on a team, and successfully meet goals and objectives. Skill in staff management and providing oversight to a small team. Demonstrates genuine caring for cancer victims and motivated to find a cure.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration or related field.   
  • Three or more years of experience in accounting, preferably in a nonprofit or academic setting.
  • Equivalent combination of training and experience will be considered.
  • CPA is a plus.

Work Environment:      Intermittent or consistent requirements of a physical or unusual nature

Physical demands are representative of those expected of a manager in a non-profit organization.  Time commitments outside of regular office hours are infrequent. 

How to Apply:
NFCR offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package. Please send us a cover letter and resume to