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14 Jan 2022

Full-Time Senior Accountant

California Academy of Sciences – Posted by Calacademy San Francisco, California, United States

Job Description

We hope you are inspired by what we do and are excited to contribute to our mission. The Academy is looking for candidates who do great work, and we know they may come from a number of different backgrounds and experiences. We encourage you to apply even if you do not believe you meet every ­one of the qualifications for the position.

We are committed to ensuring diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion are intrinsic to Academy culture and operations, from recruitment and retention to science and advocacy. Explore Our Commitment to Racial Equity to learn about our intentional engagement of traditionally excluded groups in an effort to spark interest in or foster pathways to scientific careers.

This position is remote in California for the time being. The candidate must easily be able to work onsite when needed and are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 including receiving a booster shot when eligible as a condition of employment, absent qualifying exemptions in accordance with applicable laws. Individuals receiving a conditional offer of employment from the California Academy of Sciences will be provided the full text of the vaccination policy.

Reporting to the Financial Accounting Manager, the Senior Accountant provides valuable insight to our Academy partners which enables them to achieve the Academy’s mission. The position is primarily responsible for ensuring that transactions are properly reflected in the Academy’s general ledger in a timely manner in accordance with US GAAP, and that internal controls and reporting requirements are properly executed. Come join a team dedicated to the Academy’s mission, vision and values!

Currently, the Academy has a new strategic plan including three initiatives – Hope for Reefs, Thriving California, and Resilient Islands – that leverage biodiversity science, environmental learning, and collaborative engagement to regenerate fragile ecosystems around the world. Learn more at

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable persons with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Responsible for the preparation of general ledger journal entries during the month-end close, to include adequate supporting documentation that is audit ready.
  • Assists in maintaining the general ledger while ensuring data integrity.
  • Assists in preparing the month-end close calendar and coordinating activities related to the close process.
  • Responsible for the review of journal entries prepared by accountants.
  • Responsible for the monthly review of financial results and variance analysis as compared to budget, prior year, year-end and prior quarter.
  • Responsible for development and maintenance of the account reconciliation process. Ensure that all account reconciliation procedures comply with GAAP. Process must include adequate documentation such as account reconciliation summary and documentation of accounting entries for manager/supervisor review.
  • Responsible for the preparation of schedules and reports in support of annual and interim audit; all schedules prepared must be adequately documented.
  • Responsible for assisting in the coordination of the year-end audit and ensuring that all deliverables for the audit are met.
  • Responsible for developing accounting procedures for new processes and preparing procedures/guidelines for other departments to ensure compliance with company policies and GAAP. Once the process is finalized, responsible for communicating to appropriate users and Business Partners.
  • Responsible for any ad-hoc analysis requests from client groups in finance and other functional areas.
  • Follow all Academy safety regulations
  • Other duties as assigned


A qualified candidate will possess a combination of the following experience and/or equivalent education:

  • Minimum of 4 years of relevant accounting and/or reporting experience, with at least 2 years or relevant month-end close experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business with a major in Accounting preferred, working toward passing the CPA Exam
  • CPA preferred


  • Moderate understanding of complex accounting concepts, including a good working knowledge of US GAAP to include revenue recognition, contingencies, balance sheet classifications, etc.
  • Intermediate knowledge of Excel required
  • Ability to work as part of a team or collaborate well with team members and external collaborators (if applicable) to accomplish mutual goals.
  • Ability to work efficiently and communicate with staff, cross-functional teams and external customers from different identities and experiences.
  • Ability to bring new ideas, create inventive solutions and find efficiencies to transform manual or detailed processes.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion.
  • Ability to perform repetitive motions 85% of the time.

The physical expectations described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the position’s responsibilities either with or without reasonable accommodation if needed due to a disability.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities who meet the job’s essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, use a computer, and communicate on the phone, in person, and online meetings/calls. Must be able to perform repetitive motions 85% of the time.

Although this position is exempt from overtime pay, there are periods when additional hours and/or weekend work will be expected to fulfill business needs.

While this position would normally be expected to work in the Academy offices with the rest of the Accounting team, under current operations the position is expected to be primarily remote through January 2022.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

The California Academy of Sciences will give full consideration for employment to all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (SF Police Code, Article 49).

The California Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to ensure that all employees and applicants receive equal consideration and treatment, regardless of race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), religion, marital or domestic partner status, age, place of birth, national origin or ancestry, physical, mental or medical disability, height or weight, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.

How to Apply

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please upload a resume and complete the brief online application here.

Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Accountant, Accounting, museum, nonprofit, and senior. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

Job expires in 37 days.

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