Senior Accountant position

About the firm

Mig Murphy Sistrom, CPA, PC is a busy, small, progressive CPA firm that exclusively serves nonprofit organizations. We develop accounting systems that give management the information they need for grant reporting, tax reporting, and internal decision-making; provide training and support to build capacity within the nonprofit; and provide accounting services that cannot be effectively performed in-house. The guiding strategic principles of the firm are responsiveness and superior quality, and we intentionally have a small firm so that we can offer our clients maximum flexibility. We also believe strongly in the work of our clients, who range from providers of human services to progressive religious-based organizations to groups of community organizers advocating for radical social change.

About the Senior Accountant position

We currently have one Senior Accountant on our team, and as our client base is growing, we are adding a second Senior Accountant position.

The Senior Accountant serves as the in-charge accountant for some engagements, performing accounting, tax, and consulting services and managing the overall engagement. The Senior also reviews work of other in-charges and participates at some level in managing the firm. The position includes the ability to work from home frequently. When in the office, we work in close quarters in a friendly and frequently casual environment that includes plenty of natural light, trees, and four-legged officemates.

Primary job responsibilities

  • Serve as in-charge accountant on selected engagements – includes being primary point of contact for client questions; requires understanding of client operations, interpersonal dynamics, and mission. Also includes:
    • Assisting clients with budget preparation, audit prep, grant reports, compliance advice, internal controls, etc. as needed
    • Preparing interim and year-end close workpapers
    • Preparing tax returns
    • Compiling financial statements
    • Reviewing bookkeeping performed by client staff or ours
    • Responding to questions from clients about a variety of nonprofit accounting topics, such as:
    • Functional expense accounting
    • Coding expenses to grants
    • Determining independent contractor vs. employee status
    • Analyzing general ledger
    • Designing accounting database structure
  • Provide hands-on QuickBooks training and troubleshooting for clients
  • Review year-end close and other workpapers prepared by other team members
  • Review tax returns prepared by other team members
  • Manage self-administration tasks (time reports, workplan updates, etc.)
  • Other duties as may be assigned

Job requirements

  • CPA or candidate
  • At least two years’ public accounting experience (audit background preferred)
  • Experience preparing IRS Form 990
  • Experience working with nonprofits
  • Knowledge of nonprofit GAAP
  • Knowledge of IRS regulations affecting tax-exempt organizations
  • Familiarity with other compliance requirements applicable to nonprofits in North Carolina
  • Strong knowledge of Excel and QuickBooks
  • Basic familiarity with payroll compliance and regulations
  • Superior accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent technical writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to self-motivate, work independently and as part a team
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Strong time management skills and ability to keep track of many tasks that require follow-up
  • Ability to give and receive feedback with generosity and openness to learning
  • Ability to maintain positive working relationships with people from a wide range of backgrounds
  • Sense of humor

Compensation & benefits

  • Competitive compensation depending on qualifications (expected range $62k – $70k)
  • Cafeteria plan featuring health, dental, and vision insurance (or cash benefit if preferred)
  • Generous paid time off
  • Retirement match

To apply

Send resume and cover letter to (No calls please.)