Director of Accounting

August 27, 2014
FLSA Status:                       Exempt 
Travel:                                Moderate
Position Location:            Baltimore, Maryland


The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for equal rights, seeks a highly experienced Director of Accounting to help support the CFO in managing the day to day fiscal operations of the Association.  This position is responsible for overseeing the General Accounting and Financial Reporting functions including accounts receivable and accounts payable.  It will require the ability to assist in managing and maintaining Association assets. This includes intercompany accounting, financial accounting and analysis, with a focus on program and grant accounting, daily cash management, revenue and expenditure analysis for making recommendations, assistance with budget preparation, performing internal reviews and verifications, and reporting on the financial status of the Association.

Summary of Duties:
Under the direction of the Chief Financial Officer, the Director of Accounting will:

  • Responsible for the proper timing and application of revenue recognition accounting standards including:
    • Application of SFAS 116, Accounting for Contributions and the maintenance of all contribution and grant supporting documentation
    • Review and verify grant and contract revenue and related expenditures for documentation, compliance, and accuracy
    • Perform monthly reconciliation of grant and contribution financial activity including preparation and maintenance of Schedule of Temporarily Restricted Net Assets
  • Ensure the proper and timely recording of all accounting transactions  in the general ledger and the maintenance of the financial records in accordance with the Association’s policies and US GAAP including:
    • Review and approve Cash Receipts transactions
    • Review and approve journal entries and bank account reconciliations
    • Record bi-weekly payroll journal entries and reconcile payroll bank account on a monthly basis
    • Review check requests for recurring payments
    • Reconcile sub-ledgers to general ledger account balances
    • Prepare monthly fringe, IT, and overhead allocations
    • Initiate and approve wires as needed
    • Review bi-weekly payroll entries in ADP system.
    • Review and approve purchase orders
  • Responsible for the reporting of government grants including preparation of SF-269, Financial Status Report and SF-272, Federal Cash Transactions Report and the draw down of funds for government grants
  • Responsible for all external reporting including:
    • Review of all state registration statements, foundation grant reports, and other external financial reports as required.
    • Draft Association’s monthly financial statements
    • Prepare and file annual Census reports for the NAACP, SCF and Crisis
    • Generate ad hoc analysis reports as needed
  • Assist with external and internal independent audits including:
    • Preparation of audit schedules and analysis, as needed
    • Act as liaison between Finance staff and internal and external auditors
  • Assist with financial presentations for Board, staff and other meetings as needed
  • Manage the Convention pre-registration and on-site registration processes and provide on-site assistance for NAACP events, as needed
  • Manage and supervise accounting staff including:
    • Train new employees on Finance policies and procedures
    • Cross-train employees within the Finance Department


The ideal candidate for this position will possess many, if not all, of the following professional qualifications, competencies and personal qualities:

  • Bachelors degree  in accounting or finance preferred  along with 5-7 years of finance experience
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles
  • CPA, CGMA or CMA certification preferred
  • Knowledge of federal and provincial grant and business regulations affecting non-profits
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills


It is the continuing policy of the NAACP to take affirmative action to assure equal opportunity for all current and prospective employees without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, marital status, familial status, family responsibility, pregnancy or other pregnancy-related conditions, childbirth, disability, military/veteran status, citizenship status, religion or political affiliation, past convictions or incarceration, prior psychiatric treatment, or any other status protected by federal or state law, local ordinance or Executive Orders. The NAACP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To Apply:  Resume, cover letter, and salary requirements should be sent to NAACP:
Email: (preferred method)
Mail: NAACP – Human Resources, 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215
Fax:  (410) 580-5735