Staff Accountant

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago


Greenpeace is a global, independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future. For over fifty years, Greenpeace has fought to save the planet from the threat of global warming, destruction of ancient forests, deterioration of our oceans, and the threat of a nuclear disaster loom large. As an independent organization, Greenpeace does not accept funds from any corporations or government entities. Greenpeace is headquartered in the Netherlands, with offices all around the world in over fifty countries.

Greenpeace USA (GPUS) is hiring a Staff Accountant to serve as the main point of contact between the Finance Department and staff, assisting, guiding, and training employees in the use of the two legacy Accounts Payable systems. Greenpeace processes a high volume of Accounts Payable transactions on a weekly basis on two outsourced platforms, Anybill, and Expense Watch (EW). The Staff Accountant is responsible for facilitating the process, and prepare the data for entry to the accounting system and further analysis.

The Staff Accountant role is a non-exempt, full-time contract role based in Washington, DC and will report to the Assistant Controller based in Washington, DC.

The Staff Accountant will:

  • Manage data entry into Anybill or EW by staff, or directly assist staff with data entry, of all vendor invoices, direct debits, certain internal expense reimbursement reports, advance requests, and Credit Card charges.
  • Review all Anybill/EW entries for proper coding, documentation, timeliness, routing, and adherence to GP financial policies.
  • Monitor Anybill and EW to ensure timely processing of vendor payments and employee expense reimbursements, stale check register.
  • Administer Anybill and EW focusing on for proper vendor set up and list maintenance, updated approval and authorization routes, and accurate account, cost center, and project code set ups
  • Implement and promote financial rules and procedures and train staff on the use of the platforms and proper processes.
  • Run status reports on Anybill and EW and communicate instances of delays or other issues
  • Run activity reports from the two systems during monthly closing and draft routine general ledger accounting entries including allocations, prepaid expenses, depreciation and accruals.
  • Create aging reports for outstanding employee advances and ensure timely reconciliation. Communicate employee advances which exceed policy to Human Resources to begin deduction from payroll.
  • Monitor and report on activity of projects funded by restricted grants, and support Manager/Controller in Fund management.
  • Ensure appropriate accounting for sales and use tax.
  • Respond to all vendor and employee requests and administer the Finance Request Tracker.
  • Manage the timely and accurate collection of W-9 tax records prior to first vendor payment.
  • Ensure timely and accurate 1099 reporting at year end.
  • Provide regular communication on work flow status to supervisor and any process improvement suggestions.
  • Administer the In-House Deposit of incoming checks daily.
  • Assist with annual CO2 reporting to Greenpeace International.
  • Maintain accurate and well-organized vendor files.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Controller.

Minimum requirements include:

  • Bachelors degree in accounting with bookkeeping experience is preferred
  • 2-3 years experience in Accounting, preference to experience with grants accounting
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills

Additional include, but are not limited to:

  • Highly motivated with a willingness to learn and to work efficiently and independently
  • Understanding of accounting rules on restricted funds
  • Self starter who takes ownership of all aspects of the role
  • Excellent data entry skills with particular attention to accuracy and proficiency
  • Detailed-oriented and analytically minded
  • Strong Microsoft Excel (computer) skills and interpersonal communication skills
  • Team player with a willingness to perform certain clerical work with a "can do" attitude.
  • Experience with Anybill and Expense Watch platforms desired.
  • Have a commitment to non-violent direct action, although, we do not require your direct participation in these activities

If you want to save the world from climate change and believe in environmental justice, please submit an application on our careers page. Applications will be review on a rolling basis and will conclude once we have found the best candidate.

Greenpeace is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, class, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, family/marital status, religion or other protected classes. We strongly encourage applications from marginalized communities. If you require assistance applying to this opportunity, please contact us.

COVID - 19:
  • As of Q1 2022, most Greenpeace employees are working from home due to COVID-19. In accordance with Greenpeace values to maintain a safe and healthy working environment, we have adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy to safeguard the health of our employees, supporters, and the community at large from COVID-19.

Current and future employees in need of an exemption from this policy for medical reasons, or because of sincerely held religious beliefs may request exemption. Accommodations will be granted where they do not cause Greenpeace undue hardship or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.

Greenpeace USA values a healthy work-life balance and has flexible, family-friendly employment policies. Our competitive benefits package for full-time employees includes medical, dental, and vision coverage with low contributions from staff. We have options for pre-tax flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care costs. Greenpeace employees enjoy generous 401K matching and time off for vacation, sick, personal, and parental leave. After five years, staff are eligible for a paid sabbatical. To encourage public transportation use and biking, we offer subsidies for staff who choose to bike or ride mass transit to work. Greenpeace is committed to the growth and development of staff and fostering a creative workplace culture. For more information, check out our benefits plan.

Only applicants eligible to work and live in the United States without any legal restrictions need apply for this opportunity.

Salary for this position starts at $65,772 and is commensurate with experience.