Senior Accountant

National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Published: January 8, 2018
Job Type
Finance / Program Management /

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~ The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF) is a private, nonprofit organization. Founded in 2000 to expand the educational, philanthropic, and programmatic outreach of the National Marine Sanctuary System, the Foundation is a leader in conserving U.S. marine and Great Lakes areas of national significance and connecting people to these unique places. ~

The Foundation: advocates for healthy ocean and coastal economies; promotes public understanding and awareness of sanctuaries; partners with businesses, user groups, conservation organizations, and government to enhance the overall public interest benefits of these areas; and supports critical research, monitoring, and restoration efforts.

Position Overview

NMSF, dedicated to strengthening and promoting U.S. national marine sanctuaries, d to strengthening and promoting U.S. national marine sanctuaries, seeks a Senior Accountant to work at its headquarters in Silver Spring Maryland.

The Senior Accountant plays a key role within the Foundation’s finance team and is responsible for managing all aspects of accounting for a nonprofit organization that both conducts its own programs and manages Federal awards for national marine sanctuaries, ocean and fishery conservation, marine education and related programs both nationally and worldwide.  

The Senior Accountant is primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of all general ledger accounting, payroll, and cash management and report directly to the Chief Financial Officer.  


  • Full cycle general ledger management including the reconciliation of specified balance sheet accounts and Trial Production of monthly financial statements in concert with CFO.
  • Assist CFO in the preparation of
  • Management of temporarily restricted programs, community service payments, sanctuary and local chapter foundation accounts and associated
  • Process and manage all aspects of payroll through the approved payroll Associated reconciliation and entries as needed.
  • Responsible for receipt and tracking of all pledge, in-kind and other irregular entries that affect the general
  • General troubleshooting, responding to inquiries internally and from the field and producing ad hoc reports on
  • Other duties as assigned   


  • Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant major and at least five years of experience in bookkeeping and/or accounting in an A-133 grant-making
  • Excellent computer skills and proficiency in Excel, Word, and Google Intacct experience a big plus, but not required.
  • Ability to execute and ensure compliance with all approved organizational policies and
  • Accuracy, attention to detail and excellent organization,
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative work
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Demonstrated strong work
  • Demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse

Physical Demands: 

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.
  • The employee is frequently required to walk. The employee is occasionally required to stand. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Compensation and Benefits: The Senior Accountant will be paid an annual salary commensurate with experience and education. Benefits include health and dental insurance, a retirement plan (a 403(b) plan for non-profit organizations), a generous leave policy and public transportation subsidy. 

To Apply

  • Please click "Apply" below to email a cover letter, resume and a list of references.
  • Be sure to reference Senior Accountant in the subject line of all email correspondence.
  • Please include salary requirements in your cover letter.
  • Applications received by the 15th of December will receive priority review.
  • No phone calls please.

Start Date: As soon as possible.

~ The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair and equal treatment of its employees. ~

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