Senior Accountant – Fiscal Sponsorship – Tides – San Francisco, CA

Organization Description:

Tides is a values-based, social change platform that leverages individual and institutional leadership and investment to positively impact local and global communities. Tides pursues multiple, related strategies to promote this mission. From green nonprofit centers to programmatic consulting, donor advised funds to fiscal sponsorship, grants management to risk management and more, Tides gives members of the nonprofit and philanthropic community freedom to focus on the change it wants to see. For more information, please visit

Position Summary:

The Senior Accountant, reporting to the Director of Finance, is the resource responsible for the preparation, analysis and input of transactions into the financial system as well as the monthly reporting for both external and internal clients. The successful candidate will possess a working knowledge of the relationship between financial records, their underlying documents and the significance of account codes and classifications in the resulting reports.

The Senior Accountant is an exempt position. Exempt employees are expected to work the appropriate and necessary time in order to complete key assignments and related tasks on schedule.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Provides support for the accurate and timely preparation of financial reports for both external and internal clients
Assists in the preparation of documentation for annual and other external audits
Supports for preparation of IRS Form 990 Tax Return
Assists in the implementation of new or revised accounting systems, procedures, and processes

Performs month-end and year-end close duties
Analyzes transactions to arrive at correct account balances and prepares well documented journal entries for various expense accounts; including merchant accounts and payroll/benefits
Records, analyzes, and reconciles inter-company transactions and accounts; prepares monthly eliminations schedule
Assists in monitoring cash balances and other treasury functions
Researches accounting discrepancies and recommends corrective measures
Prepares monthly schedules and reconciliations of various balance sheet and income statement accounts

Provides back up coverage in Finance Operations
Conducts special projects and performs related duties as assigned
May be required to train and/or guide other team members

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Strong knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), accrual accounting, and internal control processes
Strong analytical and accounting skills. Must be able to identify, analyze, and problem-solve accounting or compliance issues within a deadline-oriented environment
Good judgment skills and the demonstrated ability to make sound decisions within the scope of the position
Ability to hold self and others accountable for high-quality, timely, and effective results
Demonstrates commitment to meeting the needs of internal and external clients; ability to strive for high level of satisfaction
Strong ability to cooperate and work collaboratively toward solutions that generally benefit all involved parties
Demonstrates ability to engage in a direct and truthful manner; ability to present accurate and appropriate information
Demonstrates ability to hold information confidential with excellent judgment
Demonstrates ability to maintain high-level and consistent work ethic in working relationships and all work related duties
Proficiency with MS Office suite of products, especially Excel (intermediate or advanced)
Experience with integrated accounting software, preferable Blackbaud Financial Edge
Experience with Fund Accounting or similar accounting structure
Strong verbal and written communication skills

Ability to work independently within a fast-paced, task-directed, deadline-oriented environment
Ability to work well within a team structure of cooperative participation with respect and sensitivity for the diverse viewpoints and the different communications styles that nurture a multicultural organization

Ability to prioritize duties and handle multiple tasks simultaneously

Education and Experience:

Undergraduate degree in Accounting preferred, or a Business Administration or Economics degree with an emphasis in accounting
4+ years of experience in a similar position

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Tides is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions.

Applicants with Disabilities:

Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

Only candidates who meet the above-stated qualifications will be considered. Your resume MUST INCLUDE A COVER LETTER EXPRESSING YOUR INTEREST IN WORKING TO SUPPORT TIDES AND WHY YOU ARE QUALIFIED FOR THIS JOB. Please submit your application to with subject line: Senior Accountant: Last Name, First Name. No phone calls please!