Finance Washington, District Of Columbia





JOB TITLE:  Accountant

CLASSIFICATION: Professional 1

SALARY: $50,000 to $53,000 per year

FLSA:  Exempt


LOCATION: Headquarters, Washington, DC

REPORTS TO: Controller

LAST REVISED:  June 2021



The Accountant performs a variety of accounting duties, with a focus on revenue accounting and cash receipts. 


Processing of Third-Party Cash Receipts

  • Work closely with the Controller and the Marketing department to ensure all cash receipts processed by third party vendors are properly exported from the CRM Database and recorded into the Accounting Database in a timely manner
  • Provide support to Finance department on CRM Database revenue issues
  • With the Controller, represent the Finance department on all CRM Database upgrades and modifications that impact Finance processes
  • Collaborate closely with the Senior Accountant – Grants Accounting in regards to restricted cash receipts and revenues


Processing for In-House Cash Receipts

  • Download weekly Stock Gifts from online banking system for coding
  • Download weekly ACH/Wire Gifts from online banking system for coding
  • Provide coding for Finance-related cash receipts
  • Record journal entries in the Accounting Database for all in-house cash receipts


Cash Management

  • Provide daily cash reports to the President and the CFO
  • Review banking to verify accuracy of deposits of cash receipt batches
  • Monitor banking for EFT/electronic payments and provide notification to relevant departments


General Ledger / Account Reconciliations

  • Perform various revenue-related reconciliations including receivables and deferred revenue
  • Perform monthly reconciliations for all investment accounts



  • Manage the invoicing process, including creating invoices and following up on outstanding amounts
  • Complete requests for baking information in order to receive electronic cash receipts
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned




Education: Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent

Experience: 2 years of relevant experience

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities for Professional 1 


  1. Ability to accurately maintain electronic and physical records
  2. Anticipate and meet the needs of internal and/or external stakeholders delivering excellent service


  1. Ability to clearly and accurately communicate with internal and external stakeholders
  2. Ability to articulate complex ideas clearly, accurately and concisely

Critical Thinking

  1. Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion
  2. Strong research and data analysis skills, including ability to gather and synthesize information from multiple sources to produce high quality work products in a consistent, efficient, accurate, and timely manner
  3. Creative problem-solving and troubleshooting skills with willingness to experiment and innovate new methods.

Project Management

  1. Ability to work well under pressure and tight deadlines while balancing competing assignments
  2. Ability to remain flexible and adaptable to shifting priorities while remaining responsive to urgent requests
  3. Ability to take ownership of a project or process and to use problem solving skills to resolve issues
  4. Ability to manage deadlines on multiple cross-functional projects in a dynamic environment
  5. Demonstrated ability in managing competing interests on complex issues

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities for Accountant

Intermediate to advanced Excel skills

Microsoft Dynamics SL/GP or similar accounting database experience a plus

Revolution Online or similar CRM database experience a plus 


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All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Defenders requires employees who engage in in-person work activities, including business travel or onsite work, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  An applicant (i) who is disabled or pregnant or who has a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination or (ii) who objects to being vaccinated on the basis of a sincerely held religious belief, observance or practice may request an exemption from this vaccination policy. This determination will be made on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with applicable law. Any medical information concerning an applicant's disability will be treated as a confidential medical record in compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Please be advised this position is union-eligible.