Senior Accountant

Defenders of Wildlife

Washington, DC

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $70,000 - $78,000
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

The Senior Accountant ensures the proper recording of all expenses into the General Ledger.  The Senior Accountant performs regular reconciliations to ensure the accuracy of expenses. The Senior Accountant assists the Director of Accounting and Database Management with the annual Pension Audit and Annual Financial Statement Audit 



Expense Management  

  • Ensure proper recording of rent expense: review submitted rent payment requests for adherence to lease agreements; perform monthly JE to straight line lease expense; complete monthly rent expense analysis; maintain current rent agreements.
  • Ensure proper recording of salary expense: complete the bi-weekly salary and fringe allocation calculations based upon approved timesheets
  • Complete payment requests to ensure timely remittance of 403(b) and Pension amounts after the conclusion of each bi-weekly payroll
  • Conduct monthly budget vs. actual meetings with department managers to ensure accuracy of expense recording and adherence to budgets
  • Serve as primary point of contact for all unrestricted expense and unrestricted expense budget related inquiries


Month End Expense Analysis / Reconciliations 

  • Manage the month-end expense accrual process for all departments. Interact with departments to obtain the required information for proper expense accruals.  Reconcile all accrued expense general ledger accounts.
  • Perform monthly reconciliations for all prepaid expense accounts
  • Perform monthly bank reconciliations for the Payroll bank account
  • Follow up on outstanding checks
  • Complete monthly journal entry to record usage of inventory.  Reconcile all inventory accounts
  • Perform monthly fixed asset reconciliation.  Record monthly depreciation expense into the general ledger
  • Reconcile employee travel credit account on a monthly basis


Quarterly Expense Analysis / Reconciliations 

  • Complete quarterly lobbying expenditures report
  • Complete quarterly pension contribution reconciliation
  • Complete quarterly 941 reconciliation



  • Manage cards within the corporate American Express credit card program; issue new cards; inactivate terminated cards for departing employees; resolve staff issues related to cards
  • Manage the accounting cycle for Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, reconciliations, and preparation of monthly financial statements
  • Assist the Director of Accounting and Database Management with annual Form 5500 preparation and Pension Audit
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned




Education: Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent  

Experience: 4 years of relevant experience 

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above. 


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Category Admin & Leadership