Senior Accountant

San Francisco, California
Jun 15, 2017
Jul 15, 2017
Job Function
Accounting / Finance
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Experience Level

Position Title:                                           Senior Accountant

Location:                                                  San Francisco

Application Deadline:                              Open Until Filled


The Foundation

The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California. The Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on expanding economic and political opportunity for families and young adults who are working but struggling with poverty. Since 1937 the Foundation has provided over $1.6 billion in grants to more than 3,600 nonprofit organizations throughout California. With about $2 billion in assets, the Foundation will make grants of $90 million in 2017.



Reporting to the Controller, the Senior Accountant performs assigned accounting functions requiring in-depth knowledge of the organization’s financial systems. This position will provide support for various aspects of the finance department’s operations, applying Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in the analysis, verification and preparation of general ledger transactions and other financial records.


General Accounting

  • Ensure that the Foundation’s accounting and financial controls, policies and procedures are maintained and followed, recommending enhancements where necessary and appropriate.
  • Prepare journal entries, account reconciliations and preparation of monthly/quarterly financial statements in accordance with GAAP.
  • Conduct analysis and verification of financial data both internally and with outside service providers/vendors, such as monthly bank reconciliations.
  • Maintain fixed assets records, including preparing and recording monthly depreciation, journal entries and annual reporting requirements.
  • Support annual year-end close process, including preparing supporting schedules for the interim/annual audits and tax returns.


  • Prepare semi-monthly payroll, including reconciliation of employee time and attendance records, preparation of monthly payroll and pension accounting journal entries, and production of monthly/quarterly reports.
  • Compute monthly 403(b), 457(b), HSA and pension funding amounts and prepares relevant paperwork to fund relevant accounts.

Grants Administration

  • In coordination with Grants Administration team, process grant payment disbursements and reconciliations, including preparing relevant journal entries.
  • Record Foundation Administered Project (FAP) payment activity to the grants database monthly.

Contract/Vendor Management

  • Track, monitors and maintains files and reports for Foundation contracted service providers.
  • Work with staff to ensure that all necessary vendor information is correctly obtained and filed, and that expired contracts are closed timely, or amended if necessary.

Cash Management

  • Monitors
  • Manages the Foundation’s line of credit; ensures drawdown amounts as well as timeliness of drawdowns and repayments avoid unrelated business income consequences, verifies non-usage fee and interest charges; processes necessary paperwork and payments.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance related program
  • Five years or more of increasingly responsible experience in financial accounting
  • CPA highly desirable


The ideal candidate will bring a demonstrated interest and working knowledge to this role, having developed the following relevant skills and experience through a nonprofit, accounting and/or investment background.

  • Solid knowledge of financial accounting, payroll and financial reporting and analysis
  • Experienced user of SalesForce, MS Office components (specifically Microsoft Excel), etc.
  • Self-starter, analytical thinker with the ability to work both independently and as a thoughtful team member.
  • Customer service orientation, with excellent oral/written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent time management ability, with solid prioritization skills and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast paced and continually evolving environment.


Interested applicants should submit their cover letter and resume including five-year salary history.

The James Irvine Foundation offers an attractive benefits package. The Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we encourage applicants who reflect the diversity of California. Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (“FCO”).

The Foundation greatly appreciates all expressed interest.

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