Job Details

Staff Accountant

Mercy Corps, Portland, OR

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 01/17/2020

About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.

Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps alleviates poverty, suffering, and oppression and works to build secure, productive, and just communities in over 40 countries around the world. The Corporate Finance Department supports Mercy Corps globally by maintaining and providing accurate and timely financial information to Mercy Corps, our donors and regulators.

Position Summary
The Staff Accountant is primarily responsible for maintaining bank, receivable and investment ledgers in a timely manner and providing general ledger support to the Corporate Finance Department. The Staff Accountant will also ensure smooth daily transactions through problem solving and effective communication with both financial and nonfinancial audiences.

Essential Job Functions
Maintain bank and account receivable balances.
Maintain investment account balances.
Prepare monthly reconciliations of non-operating and investment accounts.
Prepare monthly journal entries as required.
Prepare and post inter-departmental and related party journal entries.
Reconcile assigned general ledger accounts.
Partner with International Finance and Treasury to maintain donor accounts including coding receipts and adjustments to awards.
Respond to audit requests by preparing schedules and gathering source documents.
Provide backfill for data transfers from payroll and accounts payable sub-systems into the general ledger.
File and archive all non-vendor accounting records.
Maintain and update procedures specific to assigned duties.
Contribute ideas toward the strategic design of internal processes and systems.
Problem solve to ensure smooth daily transactions.
Other duties as assigned.

As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve - we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our participants and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Supervisory Responsibility

Reports Directly to: Assistant Controller
Works Directly with: All departments

Knowledge and Experience
BA/BS in finance/accounting or equivalent experience
1-3 years of experience in a finance related role
Knowledge of accounting systems and processes
Demonstrated capability working collaboratively with others
Effective written and verbal communication with financial and nonfinancial audiences
Demonstrated ability to effectively prioritize tasks
Proven analytical and problem solving skills
Microsoft Office & Google Docs skill set is essential
Experience in multinational organizations, nonprofits experience is a plus

Success Factors
The successful applicant will have the ability to work independently and employ effective time management skills, manage priorities, and work effectively with a wide variety of individuals including international staff. Additionally, he/she will have strong analytical skills, attention to detail, and be able to communicate financial information in a succinct, organized manner. The most successful Mercy Corps team members have a positive approach, a strong commitment to teamwork and personal accountability, the ability to be flexible and maintain a sense of humor.

Living / Environmental Conditions
This position is located at our US Headquarters based in Portland, OR. There is no relocation allowance available for this position.
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/short term assignment to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps' vision. Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background and is committed to creating an inclusive working environment.

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