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Senior Accountant at One Common Unity

Senior Accountant

One Common Unity Washington, DC (On Site) Full-Time

Job Description

One Common Unity is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from people of color, women, differently-abled, LGBTQIA, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination.


One Common Unity (OCU) breaks cycles of violence and builds compassionate, healthy communities through the transformative power of music, arts, and peace education. Founded in 2000 following a string of school shootings in Washington, DC, OCU is a collaborative effort between educators, artists, and health practitioners dedicated to preventing violence and improving life outcomes for youth and families. Currently based in 23 schools throughout Washington, DC, we provide behavioral health services and train the next generation of youth leaders in social emotional literacy, arts expression, and conflict transformation and support them to create positive social change and healing in their communities. Over the past 19 years, we have impacted over 32,500 youth and families, trained over 11,500 teachers, hosted over 81 public concerts and performances, and recently were awarded the Mayors Arts Award for Excellence in the Humanities.


The Senior Accountant manages all of One Common Unitys technical and internal audit accounting functions. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Senior Accountant works collaboratively with the Executive Director, Accounting Consultants and Human Resource, in evaluating internal audit controls, contract management and revenue recognition.

Additionally, the Senior Accountant will provide high-level accounting support including implementation assistance with new accounting pronouncements and transaction-oriented accounting. The focus of this position will primarily be responsible for all financial management functions including grants management and reporting, as well as supervision of our accounting consultants performing day to day. This role will also interface with the external auditors on any revenue recognition issues as necessary.

This position will be responsible for performing various daily and monthly procedures governing the control over and reconciliation of program transactions originating from the various funding sources to ensure high standards of financial integrity, compliance, and operational efficiencies. The Senior Accountant also ensures regular internal audits are performed and reviews to assess the compliance of departments. This position will also ensure processes and records are being reviewed to see that we are in line with the generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and company standards. Results of the reviews are to be shared with managers to aid in feedback, training, and development to ensure greater overall compliance.


  • The Senior Accountant manages all of OCUs technical and internal audit accounting functions;

  • This role will also interface with the external auditors on any revenue recognition issues as necessary;

  • Provide support to activities related to all OCU programs, overseeing grants management and compliance to ensure contracts are being followed according to the terms;

  • Objectively review and evaluate current internal audit procedures on an ongoing basis related to tickets, retail and other various revenue streams;

  • Ensure revenue generating departments are in compliance with established practices;

  • Perform periodic audits to ensure compliance and report findings to upper management;

  • Research technical accounting issues as needed;

  • Review and/or prepare balance sheet reconciliations;

  • Assist with preparation of consolidating financial statements for all entities;

  • Review and/or prepare various schedules for month end closing;

  • Review and/or prepare various journal entries and accruals as needed;

  • Analyze Budget to Actual variances & liaise with Program Directors to ensure expenses are properly recorded & within budget;

  • Assist outside accounting firm with reconciliations, work papers, etc., as necessary during the interim, year-end closing and audit;

  • Review check register spreadsheet and cash receipts;

  • Make sure all cash receipts are recorded timely and accurately;

  • Report cash balances weekly to the Executive Director;

  • Review, approve, and post bank transactions and journal entries in Qui that have been prepared by others within the department;

  • Bank reconciliations review Accountant's bank reconciliations;

  • Assist in the budget process as needed;

  • Any other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Director;

  • Monitor, audit, and reconcile program/projects and accounts, preparing adjusting entries as required;

  • Responds to auditor inquiries in regard to annual financial audits;

  • Ensures compliance of college policies and procedures around data;

  • Liaison with team members, databases, troubleshooting issues, reviewing and testing system upgrades;


  • Bachelors degree in Accounting and a minimum of 3-5 years of public accounting experience;

  • Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities Necessary To Perform Essential Functions

  • Demonstrated practical knowledge in all areas of job responsibilities

  • Solid accounting skills and a strong knowledge of GAAP

  • Ability to effectively and professionally communicate with all departments and all levels of personnel within the site and the corporate office

  • Demonstrated initiative, interpersonal, and organizational skill

  • Ability to work non-standard hours on occasion

  • Proficient skills in computer including experience with MS Office products such as Word, Excel, Outlook, etc. and ability to learn and master new software programs

  • Excellent oral communication and customer service problem solving skill

  • Strong ability to create and thrive in a team environment

  • Must be detail oriented

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions

  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables

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Recommended Skills

  • Balance Sheet
  • General Ledger
  • Fixed Asset
  • Accruals
  • Variance
  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
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