Senior Accountant

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Location: Washington, D.C.
Reports To: Director of Finance

Purpose and Description

Reporting to the Director of Finance, the Senior Accountant will help balance workload and manage operations of the finance department.  With a focus on both transaction processing and customer service, the goal is to assist in providing timely and accurate information to program managers ensuring clear communication and understanding.

Essential Functions

  • Assist Director of Finance in managing the monthly closing process, reviewing staff work and performing grant accounting
  • Perform monthly balance sheet reconciliations, including analysis of investment accounts, fixed assets and depreciation, prepaid expenses, deposits and other general ledger accounts
  • Perform reconciliation of employee credit card charges and other grant related transactions.
  • Review journal entries for payroll and employee benefits; bank deposits and other activities
  • Review accounts payable vouchers and electronic payments
  • Provide customer support to program staff by answering questions regarding charges and other items in project accounts
  • Assist Director of Finance with annual audit, indirect cost negotiation, preparation of Federal form 990, preparation of form 5500, and other periodic responsibilities
  • Support continuous effort to streamline and increase efficiency of processes

Other duties and special projects as assigned

Minimum Qualifications


  • Undergraduate degree in Accounting, Finance or related fields
  • Minimum of 2-4 years of relevant, progressive experience in a non-profit, association, or government agency
  • Experience with Federal grants and regulations required
  • Public accounting experience preferred

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel required
  • Experience with Microsoft Dynamics SL is preferred
  • Ability to analyze, evaluate and summarize financial records and communicate relevant information to program staff
  • Ability to communicate financial information in terms understandable by non-financial personnel
  • Professional demeanor and ability to interface with all levels of management and staff, with an emphasis on customer service
  • Keen analytical, organizational and problem-solving skills that enable critical thinking
  • Effective and persuasive, oral and written, English communication skills

Physical Effort and Dexterity

  • Not applicable

Visual Acuity, Hearing, and Speaking

  • Excellent verbal and written command of the English language

Environment and Scheduling

  • Interest in working with an international not-for-profit professional exchange organization
  • Interest in working within a diverse work environment

This position is classified FLSA exempt.

Employer’s Statement and Rights

This position posting does not list all the duties of the job. If an offer is made, you will be presented with a detailed job description. Applicants will be evaluated based upon their demonstrated ability to perform the tasks listed above, and their education and experience. The employer has the right to revise this posting at any time. Neither this posting nor the job description is a contract for employment. Meridian is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Qualified candidates should apply by e-mail only to Subject line should read "Senior Accountant" only and a cover letter, with salary expectations, and resume should be attached. Only candidates being considered for this position will be contacted. Submissions which do not follow the above instructions will not be considered as applicants. NO PHONE CALLS in reference to this position will be accepted.