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Staff Accountant

Reports to: Sr. Accountant Manager
Location: Novato office


Organization Summary:
The Buck Institute for Education (BIE) is the industry leader in providing professional development and support services related to Project Based Learning (PBL), and creates, collects, and shares high-quality PBL tools and resources with K-12 teachers and leaders. At BIE, we believe that all students—no matter where they live or what their background—should have access to quality PBL instruction to deepen their learning and achieve success in college, career, and life. At the end of 2016, we launched an ambitious new strategic plan which provides a clear roadmap for ensuring equitable, consistent, and positive student outcomes while also creating the evidence base for further adoption of PBL.

BIE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a dog-friendly headquarters in Novato, California. BIE is an equal opportunity employer seeking to build a multi-talented staff who deeply understand and embrace the diversity of the students of today, and have awareness of the challenges of their lives and the world they will inherit. BIE offers a competitive salary and benefits package; compensation is commensurate with experience.

Position Summary:
The Staff Accountant will be primarily responsible for the processing of accounts receivable, journal entries, revenue analysis and other accounting and administrative tasks as needed. Reporting to the Senior Accounting Manager, the Staff Accountant is a key position in a 4-person department that prepares the financial reports for a fast-paced organization.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Prepare documentation required for customer contracts and vendor registration; maintain vendor accounts, as needed.
  • Process all client invoices and Aged AR collection notifications.
  • Reconcile and process all client payments, including check deposits, EFTs, and credit cards.
  • Maintain related schedules, files, and documentation thoroughly and accurately, in accordance with organization policy and GAAP.
  • Respond to all customer inquiries.
  • Continuous system implementations and process improvements.
  • Assist with audit preparation and other GL projects, as required.
  • Support with Accounts Payable processing, as needed.
  • Filing, copying, answering phones, database entry, as needed.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Qualifications and Abilities:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or Finance and 2 years of experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic accounting.
  • Previous experience with public and/or private sector contract review and management.
  • Ability to work independently, accurately and prioritize weekly and monthly job tasks.
  • Detail‐oriented.
  • Very strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide a high level of service to internal customers and vendors/clients.
  • Ability to identify and solve or escalate problems efficiently and quickly.
  • Ability to thrive in a complex, high paced environment.
  • Ability to perform data entry for up to 7 hours/day.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • Competent with Word, Excel, Google Apps, and Salesforce.
  • Intacct or ERP Accounting Software preferred.

Application Instructions:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your resume and a compelling cover letter to [email protected]. You must reference "Staff Accountant application" in the subject line of your email. BIE will contact you if there is a match between the job requirements and your skill set. Please do not contact the employer.



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