Senior Technical Accountant

Finance & Compliance Anywhere, United States Portland, Oregon


The annualized salary range for this position is $76,000-84,000

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is powered by the belief that a better world is possible. To do this, we know our teams do their best work when they are diverse and every team member feels that they belong. We welcome diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be stronger and have long term impact.

The Program / Department / Team

Mercy Corps alleviates poverty, suffering, and oppression and works to build secure, productive, and just communities in over 40 countries around the world. The Corporate Accounting, Payroll, Timekeeping, and Travel Departments perform vital functions for Mercy Corps globally. These groups interact with all other departmental functions and separate entities of the Agency, providing meaningful financial information to employees, management, donors, and regulators; processing global pay and vendor payments; and enabling team member travel. Corporate Accounting includes all consolidated accounting, headquarters accounts payable, annual global external audits and global consolidated financial reporting. The Corporate Accounting Department works closely with the Treasury and International Finance Departments in consolidating field information to provide monthly consolidation of over 40 country ledgers. Payroll and timekeeping are responsible for processing and allocating pay for all US based and Expat team members. Global Travel is responsible for the management and strategic development of Mercy Corps travel program.

The Position

The Senior Technical Accountant will support the optimization of the accounting functions at Mercy Corps Global Headquarters. The role is responsible for supporting the Agency’s compliance with accounting standards. 

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Assists with the research, interpretation and adoption of new accounting standards and amendments. Prepares technical accounting memos, as needed.
  • Assists with application of US GAAP for major transactions and separate legal entities. 
  • Performs research to evaluate and compare accounting standards from other jurisdictions (ex. IFRS) with US GAAP.
  • Prepares and supports required technical accounting and tax work papers as required. 
  • Responsible for performing various accounting functions as assigned in accordance with internal controls, procedures and policies of the accounting department.
  • Manages and supports subsidiary entity ledgers and post-closing accounting.
  • Serves as backup for routine balance sheet accounting entries.
  • Backfills for accounting positions through routine review of documentation and supports the implementation of new system integrations.
  • Assists in developing accounting and finance policies consistent with US GAAP.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Support the performance and personal development of Corporate Accounting team members.
  • Represent Mercy Corps in a professional capacity at related organization events.

Supervisory Responsibility



Reports Directly To: Assistant Controller

Works Directly With: All Global departments

Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders

Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Minimum Qualification & Transferable Skills

  • BA/BS in accounting with an active CPA license is required.
  • 5+ years of accounting experience is required, public accounting experience preferred. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of US GAAP (not for profit experience preferred), accounting systems and accounting software is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to research technical accounting issues is required. 
  • Strong Microsoft Office product skills are required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, analytical, organizational, and prioritization skills.
  • Demonstrated capability in working collaboratively.

Success Factors

A successful Senior Technical Accountant will be a team player and employ effective management skills, manage priorities, and work with a wide variety of individuals including international staff. Additionally, the Senior Technical Accountant will have strong analytical skills, attention to detail, and be able to communicate financial information in a succinct, organized manner. The most successful Mercy Corps team members have a positive approach, a strong commitment to teamwork, personal accountability, flexibility and maintain a sense of humor.

Living Conditions/ Environmental Conditions

This position is located at our US Headquarters based in Portland, OR. There is no relocation allowance available for this position.

Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/short term assignment to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps' vision. Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background and is committed to creating an inclusive working environment.

Ongoing Learning

In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.

We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.

We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics

Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC and have signed on to the Interagency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.