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Senior Accountant

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research (MJFF) is seeking an experienced and dedicated Senior Accountant to join our Finance team. The ideal candidate will have strong attention to detail and the ability to work independently as well as in a team environment. A strong candidate for the Senior Accountant position would be a high-energy, focused, detail oriented and motivated individual who is able to multitask with strong inter-personal and communication skills.

Reporting to the Controller & Director of Accounting, the Senior Accountant will be responsible for revenue recognition and core accounting estimates.  He or she will be a key member of the Finance department, leading the month-end close and other vital accounting processes.  The Senior Accountant will also work cross-functionally to support Budget owners across MJFF. 

MJFF is a fast-moving and fast-growing nonprofit wholly dedicated to curing Parkinson’s disease in our lifetime.  At MJFF, Finance is a department within the Administration Division, which also includes Corporate Strategy, Information Technology, and Facilities.  Our purpose is to provide strategic analysis and tactical advice to MJFF leadership and across all departments to advance the organization’s mission.  We strive to create a partnership culture that embodies the MJFF values of urgency, optimism, efficiency, accountability and persistence, and our department behaviors are to continually ask how something can be improved, set personally high standards, keep things simple, and move quickly.

This is a role for a seasoned and unflappable professional who works well individually and as part of a team in a high velocity environment. The Senior Accountant will bring technical experience and a track record of success in improving accounting and organizational processes, as well as providing insights to enrich decision-making.  A strong candidate will also demonstrate leadership qualities that can position them for increased management responsibilities.

This is a full-time position located in the midtown area of New York City with no expected travel. Our general business hours are 9am to 5pm, and MJFF supports flex and remote work schedules.

Responsibilities:

  • Support month-end close procedures in an accurate and timely manner, including reconciliations between the general ledger and subsidiary ledgers.  Some of the calculations will include estimates for Expense Allocations, Deferred Revenue, Investment income, including gains and losses, Present Value Calculations, Rental Income, Fixed Assets, and Depreciation
  • Work cross-functionally with Fundraising teams to maintain accurate estimates for outstanding pledge commitments and appropriate reserves for doubtful accounts
  • Assist with preparation of schedules needed for audit preparation, 990 tax filings and other compliance reporting requirements.
  • Assist in cash management functions as well as maintaining appropriate forecasts for investment holdings
  • Prepare monthly bank reconciliations and record various monthly journal entries
  • Ensure reclassifying journal entries are performed
  • Provide excellent partner service related to accounting and reporting including consistent accounting treatment of all transactions and timely, accurate reporting
  • Support the Controller in implementing best practices and procedures around the internal control framework and accounting workflow
  • Identify improvements to automate existing processes

Qualifications:

 

  • Daily demonstration of MJFF core values: urgency, optimism, efficiency, accountability, and persistence
  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in Accounting/Finance
  • 5+ years of experience in a senior accounting position
  • Excellent knowledge of accounting and financial processes (budgeting, financial closure, reporting etc.)
  • Experience with NetSuite strongly desired
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Advanced Excel, Word and Outlook)
  • Must be a professional who is pro-active, self-motivated, organized, learns quickly and has a desire to learn new skills and software
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines and strong problem-solving skills
  • Excellent organization skills, ability to successfully manage a large volume of work, meet multiple and often competing deadlines, and respond with flexibility to unanticipated requests
  • Outstanding attention to detail coupled with an ability to see the bigger picture
  • Proven “partnership mentality;” strong communication, interpersonal and analytical skills

About MJFF:

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research was founded in 2000 with one clear objective: accelerating meaningful therapeutic advances and, ultimately, a cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD). The Foundation applies extraordinary scientific, business and media assets to this singular focus — thus creating a unique and dynamic organization. Since inception, MJFF has quickly grown into the largest global funder of Parkinson’s disease research outside the U. S. federal government, having funded over $900 million in research projects in both academic and industry labs worldwide.

Core to our philosophy is how we think of our capital and its risk profile relative to other stakeholders in the drug development pipeline. We work aggressively to de-risk various therapeutic strategies and tools in the hopes of building a robust pipeline of new treatments for patients. In order to achieve our mission of finding a cure for PD it is critical that we engage with, and bring together, members of the PD community including researchers, physicians, health professionals and most important, people with Parkinson's and their families. We believe that raising the Foundation’s profile with a broader audience will help us more efficiently reach and mobilize highly engaged stakeholders who are more likely to feel personally vested in helping speed progress toward a cure.

 

We believe that to find a cure for PD as quickly as possible, our capital needs to push research forward today — we therefore deliberately have no endowment. We instead start our fundraising from zero each year and seek to deploy funds raised as quickly and wisely as possible. MJFF raises well over $100 million annually. Today, the Foundation’s staff comprises approximately 160 full-time employees.

 

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

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