• Senior Accountant

    Job Locations US-MA-Boston
    Posted Date 1 month ago(7/18/2018 10:44 AM)
    Accounting / Finance
    5% -- Occasional local travel to Bottom Line regional sites.
    Work Hours
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm with additional hours as needed.
    Regular Full-Time
    Salary Range
    high 60K - mid 70K; commensurate with experience
  • Overview & Benefits

    Bottom Line is dedicated to helping first-generation students from low-income backgrounds get into college, graduate from college, and go far in life.  Our vision is to dramatically transform urban communities by producing thousands of new career-ready college graduates.


    As one of the first college support organizations to focus on college completion, Bottom Line now produces best-in-class college graduation rates that eliminate the significant gap between first generation students from low-income backgrounds and their wealthier peers. We operate regional programs in Massachusetts, where we were founded in 1997, New York City and Chicago that collectively serve over 7,000 students. We plan to open two new sites in major urban areas and increase our footprint to over 10,000 students by 2020.


    Bottom Line focuses on students who have the desire and potential to earn a degree, but lack the support structures necessary to navigate the college application process, make a responsible school choice, succeed in college, and prepare for a meaningful career.


    Over the last 20 years, Bottom Line has developed a proven and proactive long-term, high-touch, high impact model.  Full-time, trained and specialized advisors leverage our DEAL model which addresses the four key areas that are most likely to lead to college success: Degree, Employability, Affordability, and Life.  Our relationship and results focused approach helps our students change their lives by gaining economic mobility through college selection, graduation, and career-readiness.


    At Bottom Line, we also have a strong commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  We aim to attract and retain employees who hold these same values, and help us further recognize and celebrate the diversity amongst us. 


    When you join Bottom Line, you will find a rewarding, fast-paced, results-oriented environment. We build strong relationships with our students and with each other. We take our work seriously, and we know that a focus on data and metrics is integral to our continued success. Experts in our field, we are driven by our mission and motivated by the impact we’re achieving.


    The salary for this position is in the $70k range, commensurate with experience.


    Bottom Line offers a comprehensive benefits packagehttps://www.bottomline.org/content/benefits



    For more information, please visit www.bottomline.org and



    The Senior Accountant is primarily responsible for monthly financial closing and reporting including the annual audit and cash flow analysis.  The Senior Accountant will report to the Director of Finance and join a small, and growing, accounting and finance team in our National Office located in downtown Boston, MA, and will work closely with both National and Regional staff in Boston, New York City, and Chicago.


    Primary Responsibilities:


    Monthly Financial Closing and Financial Forecasts

    • Complete the monthly financial closing and prepare associated financial reports
    • Complete the balance sheet account reconciliations, bank reconciliations, fixed assets, employer’s benefit costs, accruals and prepaid expenses
    • Create weekly cash report and biweekly cash projections
    • Perform the processing of functional and benefits expense allocations, monthly accruals, amortization of prepaid expenses, fixed assets depreciation and recording of adjusting and reclassification journal entries, if necessary
    • Support the quarterly regional cash flow projections


    • Work with Human Resources team to process bi-weekly payroll on time and without errors

    Staff and Team Support

    • Work actively with development team staff on restricted revenue receipt procedures and processes
    • Assist Accountant with deposits as needed
    • Complete monthly credit card reconciliation and respond to questions about Certify expense tracking software

    Annual Planning

    • Prepare audited financial reports and work with the auditors as needed to ensure the audit is completed on a timely basis
    • Maintain and enforce internal controls to ensure compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
    • Participate in the development of the regional budget templates and imports

    Grant Reporting and Compliance

    • Assist the Director of Finance with grant reporting requirements
    • Support the restricted contributions analysis with the regions

    Secondary Responsibilities

    •  Complete other responsibilities as assigned
    •  Represent the Bottom Line brand in a positive light, and take actions to increase brand awareness throughout the community


    Bottom Line defines a competency as a cluster of related knowledge, skills and attitudes that affects a major part of one’s job that correlates with performance on the job, that can be measured against well-accepted standards, and that can be improved via training and development.  Competencies provide Bottom Line with a way to define, in behavioral terms, what it is that people need to do to produce the results that the organization desires, in a way that is in keeping with its culture.  All employees are expected to demonstrate continued growth within our seven core competencies:

    • Relationships
      • Identifies opportunities and takes action to build and maintain meaningful and collaborative connections with various stakeholders
    • Results
      • Produces quality outcomes; compiles and analyzes data to drive future plans; uses creative solutions
    • Communication
      • Effectively articulates information in a clear, concise and timely manner to a wide range of stakeholders
    • Inclusiveness
      • Creates and maintains an environment that respects and values the identities and cultures of all colleagues and students we serve
    • Talent Development
      • Actively contributes to the hiring, development, retention, and promotion of a highly effective team
    • Agility
      • Demonstrates adaptability and openness to shifting priorities, needs of stakeholders, and organizational changes
    • Planning
      • Effectively and efficiently uses resources (people, time, materials) in order to create, meet, and assess both strategic and task-oriented goals


    Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without advanced notice.



    • A Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance
    • Work authorization
    • 5 + years of accounting experience
    • Advanced Proficiency with Microsoft Office, specifically Excel
    • Strong analytic and problem solving skills to drive continuous improvement
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with a commitment to customer service
    • Flexibility and initiative, which are a must to fill this new role on our growing National team
    • Demonstrated commitment to Bottom Line’s mission, vision, and core values
    • Demonstrated proficiency and/or growth potential in Bottom Line's seven core competencies: Relationships, Results, Communication, Inclusiveness, Talent Development, Agility, and Planning


    • Experience with Intacct, SalesForce and Certify software


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