Senior Accountant

Position Description

POSITION OVERVIEW
Galileo, an award-winning summer camp company, is seeking an experienced Senior Accountant to join our Finance team. This newly created position will report to the Director of Finance and will have a wide range of responsibilities including traditional month and year end procedures, streamlining and scaling financial and control processes. This is a rare opportunity for anyone who values working in a strong, collaborative environment and wants to have a chance at making a big impact at a small but growing company.

 

We value divergent thinkers who bring various experiences and viewpoints to the table at Galileo. We strongly encourage members of underrepresented groups and people of diverse backgrounds to apply.

 

ABOUT GALILEO
We have a totally audacious mission. We think the world needs innovators. We also think kids who learn to explore and fail without fear—the essence of innovation—are happier, more creative and more confident when faced with life’s challenges. Thousands of them have been getting this boost at Galileo since 2002.

It takes a village to bring these fresh, inspiring, ever-evolving camp programs to over 30,000 campers every summer, and our headquarters team is up to the challenge. We believe that WE are Galileo. United by a shared dedication to our mission to create a world of fearless innovators, we encourage innovation in everything we do, whether writing cutting-edge curriculum, staffing exceptional summer teams, purchasing and packing supplies, spreading the word about our camps or delivering top-notch customer service. Learn more of Galileo's mission and why the world needs innovators from our CEO & Founder, Glen Tripp.

 

CORE QUALITIES, ABILITIES & MOTIVATION
• Flexibility to meet changing work needs and demands, manage independent workload and prioritize projects

• Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues at all levels of the company
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
• Proven analytical and problem solving skills
• High degree of initiative to identify and correct errors and improve processes
• Attention to detail, strong organizational skills and desire for continuous improvement and learning
• Team player who enjoys a fast-paced and creative work environment
• Ability to make accounting comprehensible to employees with varying degrees of financial experience

 

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION
• Four to six years of relevant work experience
• Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, or other related field
• Familiarity with QuickBooks and Salesforce
• Understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
• Strong proficiency in Excel
• Management experience preferred, though not required
• CPA license preferred, though not required

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Accounting

• Support month-end close and year-end process

• Record journal entries in compliance with accrual-based accounting

• Help maintain accounts on the general ledger, including allocating both revenue and expenses across class types and departments where necessary, and reconciling transactions

• Perform daily and month-end bookkeeper tasks on an as needed basis, including but not limited to duties in the following areas:

• Accounts payable
• Accounts receivable
• Payroll & benefits
• Credit card management
• Employee expenses
• Reconciliations
• Cash management

 

Process Improvement
• Make recommendations to improve and scale financial and control processes, especially in the following areas:
• Department and class classification of expenses
• Timely submission of expense reimbursements for business-related expenses
• Payroll and benefits

 

Financial Reporting
• Provide monthly or quarterly reports to cost center owners with their actual spend vs. budget variances
• Provide other financial planning & analysis to Director of Finance

 

Other
• Support team with audit, tax, and other third-party requests
• Prepare and file Sales and Use tax returns on an annual basis
• Prepare and file 1099 Forms on an annual basis
• Prepare ad-hoc reports and schedules

 

SCHEDULE & TIME COMMITMENT
• Galileo asks for 3 year minimum commitment
• Regular office hours, as well as weekend and evening work

 

CLASSIFICATION & COMPENSATION
• Year-round, full-time, benefited employee
• Base and bonus potential to be discussed during interview
• Medical and Dental benefits provided.
• 401(k) provided after one year of employment

 

SUPERVISION GIVEN/RECEIVED
General supervision provided by Carol Liao, Director of Finance

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, with or without reasonable accommodation:
• Some lifting and carrying up to 30 lbs.
• Typing, writing, reading
• Seeing, hearing and speaking, both nearby and at a distance
• Frequent sitting
• Standing, walking, kneeling

 

WORK LOCATION
Galileo Learning’s Headquarters, 1021 Third Street, Oakland, CA 94607


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