Accounting Manager


The Education Trust, one of the nation’s premier education advocacy organizations, is seeking an Accounting Manager to support the work of the organization’s division of Operations and Strategic Leadership.

Reporting to the Director of Finance, the Accounting Manager will be a valued member of the finance team, which provides accurate and timely financial information for the organization and is responsible for training and supporting staff on finance related matters. The Accounting Manager will provide leadership to, and work collaboratively with the accounting team, and be a leading source of trusted financial advice. This position will supervise one to two staff accountants, and plays a critical role in maintaining transparency, effective internal controls, and financial reporting in conformance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

About the Organization

The Education Trust is a national nonprofit that works to close opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income backgrounds. Through our research and advocacy, Ed Trust supports efforts that expand excellence and equity in education from preschool through college; increase college access and completion, particularly for historically underserved students; engage diverse communities dedicated to education equity; and increase political and public will to act on equity issues.

Major Responsibilities

The Accounting Manager’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Coordinate and supervise daily accounting functions including:
    • management of all receipt, disbursement, and cash flow
    • oversight of the entire general ledger
    • preparation of financial statements, pro forma reports, and other accounting analysis; and
    • producing month-end and annual closing schedules and procedures
  • Assist with the day-to-day maintenance of financial information software systems (, Tallie, Intacct)
  • Process and submit payroll to ADP on a semi-monthly basis
  • Work collaboratively with the HR team around benefits, timesheets, taxes, and other payroll related matters
  • Reconcile the quarterly Form 941 to the general ledger
  • Prepare all journal entries (according to GAAP), bank reconciliations, corporate credit card reconciliation, and monthly close procedures
  • Assist with the preparation of the Form 990 and 990-T; prepare financial documentation for tax preparers and participate in the internal draft review process to ensure timely filing
  • Assist with the annual audit process, including preliminary work and year-end audit engagements interacting and complying with auditor requests, assisting with preparation and reviewing of all audit schedules and financial statement drafts.
  • Research and understand complex accounting/tax/legal concepts and principles associated with various organizational forms
  • Ensure all records related to accounting activities are properly documented and retained in accordance with the organization’s retention policy
  • Assist with maintaining the finance handbook and in training/educating staff around finance protocols and procedures
  • Support the Director of Finance with projects as assigned

Qualifications and Experience

We are looking for a combination of the following qualifications and experience:

  • A minimum of three to six years of experience with nonprofit tax accounting; at least three years of work experience in the not-for-profit sector; and a minimum of two years of supervisory experience.
  • Experience with Intacct,, Tallie, and ADP preferred
  • Must be proficient with MS Office products including Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint; must be familiar with hardware and software tools which aid in streamlining accounting tasks and facilitating financial reporting and analysis
  • Excellent writing, presentation and public speaking skills. Ability to receive and provide constructive feedback aimed at achieving high-performance standards
  • Proficiency of generally accepted accounting principles, audit routines, and processes
  • Strong knowledge of month-end close processes and payroll processing
  • Ability to lead, manage, and mentor direct reports at varying skill levels
  • Must be trustworthy, dependable and able to handle confidential information with discretion
  • A self-starter with a high degree of energy and enjoys working in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize, and manage multiple priorities effectively and has meticulous attention to detail and follow-through
  • A bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or related field

Personal Characteristics

  • Passion for improving the educational experiences and outcomes for students of color and students from low-income backgrounds
  • A demonstrated commitment to excellence
  • Healthy respect for colleagues
  • Goal-oriented, project-oriented, and achievement-oriented
  • Strong sense of honor and integrity
  • A warm, personal style with a good sense of humor


Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Education Trust offers a comprehensive benefits package.

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The Education Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.