Catholic Charities Community Services of New York Senior Accountant (COS)  in New York, New York


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Senior Accountant (COS)

Location: New York, NY

FLSA Status: Full Time, Exempt

Classification: Professional

Department: Administration Office: CCCS Finance Program Support

Reports To: Associate Director Contracts and Management Accounting

Supervisory Responsibilities: Yes


The Senior Accountant within the CCCS Finance Department is an important member of the Finance Program Support staff with responsibilities related to the operational reporting functions for Immigration and Beacon Divisions.

The position reports to the Associate Director Contracts and Management Accounting CCCS is principally responsible for timely and accurately meeting the fiscal needs (preparation of claims; coordinating / follow up with funding agencies, development of program and administrative budgets, forecasting, audits and reporting) primarily for Community Outreach Services. The position supervises Staff Accountants and may also be assigned other ad hoc projects as required.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Prepare and / or supervise timely and accurate contract accounting associated with government contracts and foundation grants:
  • Regulatory filings (i.e. claims, budget modifications close-outs, and advances);

  • Revenue, receivable and expense reconciliations;

  • Ensuring the integrity of financial results related to government contracts and grants, revenues, receivables, earned unbilled, and advances, and preparation of related standard journal entries and reconciliations; and

  • Monitoring and following up on outstanding receivable balances with the funding sources to maximize cash flow, which is critical to the organization.

  1. Provide and / or supervise timely and accurate Managerial accounting:
  • Financial support for budgets and monthly reporting including variance reports

  • Transactions review, coding and journal entries

  • Reports to management related to government contracts and grant status and activity, including the production of monthly contract Activity reports; and

  • Assisting in the preparation of managerial reports, budgets and forecasts.

  1. Provide and / or supervise timely and accurate Financial accounting, primarily associated with the CCCS programs:
  • Preparation of year-end corporate and periodic contract compliance audits, including retrieving supporting documents and back-up information, as requested;

  • Analysis of accounts charges to Activities to facilitate the release / utilization of temporarily restricted net assets (“TRNA”) and the preparation and timely submission of reports required by donors.

  • Development of working papers and schedules

  1. Assisting Senior Financial Management and operating staff in other ad hoc projects, as assigned, including:
  • Professionally develop, train and evaluate staff

  • Develop and make recommendations, evaluate recommendations of others and implement agreed-upon solutions to improve internal accounting / operating controls and efficiencies

  • Provide recommendations for internal accounting / operating controls and efficiencies.

Position Type and expected hours of work:

  • This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are generally 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday - Friday. Additional weekend and evening hours may be required to meet agency deadlines.

Working Conditions and physical demands required:

  • Remain in a stationary position at a workstation and use a computer at least 70% of the time

  • Travel to other sites, drive, using vehicle or public transportation, traverse city streets; occasionally ascend/descend stairs, and be exposed to outside weather conditions

  • Carry work papers and a laptop to various locations

  • Meet competing deadlines

Significant working relationships:

  • CCCS Executive, Facilities, administrative and operations management staff

  • Corporate Departments (Executive Directors, CFO, Human Resources)

  • CCCS Fiscal staff, Funding agencies, their auditors and independent auditors.


Education and/or experience required:

  • CPA or Bachelors in Accounting with 4 years relevant experience

Skills, Licenses, and/or competencies required:

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills - ability to relate and clearly communicate with operating management, financial staff and other departments, including professional writing style.

  • Ability to analyze problems and recommendations and pay attention to detail.

  • Ability to initiate projects, prioritize tasks and complete tasks on a timely basis with minimal supervision in a fast paced environment meet deadlines.

  • Good computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel* and Word* required;


  • Work requires a strong work ethic and exhibiting a sense of urgency in completion of tasks, willingness to work a flexible schedule and a commitment to the mission of Catholic Charities.

Considered A Plus

  • Non-profit government contracting experience (NYS & NYS contracts, preferred)

  • Facilities accounting / reporting experience, Lawson Financial System

  • CPA