The Opportunity

Reporting to the Director of Finance, the Senior Accountant has a unique opportunity to help shape the future direction of Reach Out and Read as a member of the Finance team.

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure effective internal controls are applied to all accounting functions and recommend improvements as required.
  • A key player in the month-end close process including preparing journal entries, balance sheet and general ledger reconciliations, and assisting the finance team as needed; analyzing the P&L, preparing financial statements, completing account analysis, and investigating variances.
  • Manage accounts payable process and deposits.
  • Partner with internal affiliates and prepare monthly financial reports which summarize and forecast organizational business activity, performance against budget, and financial position in areas of income, expenses, and cash flow based on past, present, and expected operations.
  • Work with affiliates on all pre- and post-award ad hoc requests responding promptly and accurately.
  • Assist with the preparation of annual budgets, including reviewing budget proposals against forecasts.
  • Assist in annual audit and Form 990 preparation and submissions.
  • Review contracts and grant agreements to determine the appropriate accounting treatment in accordance with US GAAP including but not limited to revenue recognition and contractual commitments.
  • Complete special projects for management and other financial functions within the department as required.

Qualifications and Experience

There are innumerable ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. We are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:

  • Five (5) years of prior work experience in nonprofit accounting, grants accounting or grants management with significant experience in budgeting, accounting, auditing, compliance, general ledger, and account receivables and payables.
  • Knowledge of federal and state grant regulation and compliance experience or relevant, preferably in the non-profit community, with experience in budgeting, forecasting, and financial reporting is preferred and knowledge of GAAP.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience performing similar responsibilities required.
  • Knowledge of QuickBooks required.
  • Advanced Excel Skills (Pivot Tables, V-Lookups, other automation functions) are a must.
  • Customer-service centric team player with strong interpersonal skills who is able to work with diverse individuals and audiences occasionally directing other staff. Self-sufficient, great analytical skills, ability to work independently and lead meetings. Excellent communication, writing, organizational, and time management skills. Strong work ethic and motivation.
  • Must be detail-oriented, highly analytical, and organized with exceptional problem-solving skills, proven ability to meet competing deadlines and work within tight timeframes.
  • Proactive attitude, out of the box thinking, sense of humor and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to streamline and improve accounting processes.
  • Ability to work cross-functionally with various departments throughout the finance organization and business.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting required, CPA preferred.

Position Specifications

This is a full-time, exempt position. The Senior Accountant position will be classified as a remote position and may work from a home-based office. Some travel may be required. Candidates outside of the Greater Boston area will be considered but preference is for someone who would be able to travel to the national center office when necessary. This position will work closely with our outsourced accounting provider. Preference will be given to those who have worked with diverse communities and colleagues.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary will be competitive with similar roles at non-profit organizations of a comparable size, and you will also receive a robust benefits package. The salary range for this position is $70,000-$80,000 commensurate with experience. We offer medical and dental insurance, 401(k) retirement plan with match, paid vacation, professional development stipend, and more.

About Reach Out and Read

Founded in 1989, Reach Out and Read gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. Reach Out and Read’s tens of thousands of trained pediatric providers use books as a diagnostic tool during regular check-ups, and teach parents how to engage their child with a book to promote positive parent-child interactions during the rapid brain growth between birth and age five, particularly in economically disadvantaged families who are at risk for adverse outcomes. The daily practice of reading aloud with a parent supports children’s literacy and math skill development, and their social-emotional development, and prepares them for future success in school. Through its national network of providers, Reach Out and Read is helping to set 4.2 million children a year on a path to a bright future, from birth.

Reach Out and Read is the only national early literacy intervention delivered through pediatric care providers. The program has been the subject of more than 17 independent studies, the largest body of scientific research for any psychosocial intervention in pediatrics. Research shows that children served by Reach Out and Read are read to more often, enjoy sharing books more, and have better expressive and receptive language skills.

The Impact

  • Reach Out and Read program sites are located in 6,100 hospitals and health centers in all 50 states, Washington, D. C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Reach Out and Read serves 4.2 million children and their families annually.
  • More than 6 million new, developmentally appropriate books are given to children annually.
  • 40,000 medical providers currently participate in Reach Out and Read
  • Our peer-reviewed body of evidence demonstrates that Reach Out and Read parents are two-and-a-half times more likely to read regularly to their children, and that children experiencing Reach Out and Read show enhanced language development.

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Reach Out and Read is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, cultural heritage, ancestry, political belief, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability or veteran status. Reach out and Read is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and we are committed to making special accommodations for your interview or work as a member of our team. If specific accommodations are needed, please notify us and our HR team will work to accommodate your needs.