Senior Accountant (New York, NY strongly preferred)

The Role

The Senior Accountant is responsible for working with the Controller and the accounting staff to develop, implement and sustain efficient and transparent accounting procedures and processes to ensure compliance with GAAP, and Teach for America's policies. The role is primarily responsible for assisting General Accounting team with monthly and fiscal year-end close process, including journal entries, reconciliations, and analytics. This position is also responsible for assisting the General Accounting team with financial reporting, external audit, Form 990, census reporting, indirect cost rate proposal, and other special projects. The Senior Accountant will also play a significant role in the stabilization of Workday system implemented on June 1, 2017. This positon will not have direct reports but will directly manage projects and tasks within the General Accounting team and in some cases for example in the implementation of new financial policies and/or procedures across all of TFA. This position will report to the Senior Managing Director, Controller.

The Team

The Accounting and Controls team oversees financial matters (accounting, compliance, external reporting, vendor payments, cash collection, grants and contracts, and payroll). Our goal is to operate seamlessly and be a valued service center for our teammates across the country to allow them to focus on TFA's mission.


Primary Responsibilities

Primary responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Assist the Controller with the day-to-day operations of the general accounting, as well as other Accounting & Controls teams to ensure GAAP reporting is consistent and maintained across Finance.
  • Assist in the month-end closing and financial reporting process including journal entries, account analysis, and reconciliations.
  • Assist the Controller with all internal and external reporting requirements monthly, quarterly, and annually (i.e. financial statements, census, bank reporting, indirect cost rate proposal, investments, 990, etc.)
  • Responsible for maintaining, analyzing, updating all allocations (i.e. functional, benefit, rent, etc.) within the general ledger.
  • Assisting Controller in variance analysis at account and financial statement line level monthly, quarterly, and annually.
  • Assist Controller with updating policies and procedures related to Finance.
  • Responsible for training, cross-training Finance team members.
  • Responsible for assisting in the preparation of the indirect cost rate proposal, census reporting, bank reporting, audit, Form 990 annually.
  • Responsible for maintaining mapping of financial statements with chart of accounts. (included in above bullet)
  • Responsible for approval of chart of account changes and updating.
  • Responsible for maintaining our monthly close schedule.
  • Serve as back up for General Accounting tasks.
  • Assist Controller in evaluating current business processes and recommend appropriate enhancements to controls or best practices to increase efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Assist Controller in the stabilization of Workday implementation.
  • Responsible for maintaining templates, business processes, reporting, and testing required for Workday Financials respective modules.
  • Special projects as necessary


Prior Experience

  • Must have prior financial reporting or audit experience and progressive advancement in the accounting or auditing field
  • +5 years of relevant experience (operations or audit)


  • Must have an accounting degree or equivalent.
  • CPA preferred but not required.


  • Expert knowledge of GAAP reporting
  • Understanding of federal regulations and compliance related to indirect cost rate proposal
  • Detailed oriented and analytical
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Able to multi-task various tasks and projects
  • Meet deadlines consistently
  • Excellent communication skills with various teams within Finance and outside of Finance
  • Advanced Excel
  • Financial Edge are a plus, but not required
  • Exceptional Team Player
  • Adept at working in and supporting organization through changes in responsibilities and staffing, including those driven by system changes
  • Ability to maintain composure and objectivity under pressure
  • Creativity, energy, a positive attitude, and a sense of possibility around potential solutions
  • Commitment to TFA's mission and dedication to our core values as operating principles

Work Demands

  • Ability to travel to in-person meetings in various U.S. cities [1 time/quarter].
  • Overtime may be required at times during high volume, month-end, or year-end/audit season.

Apply Now

To be considered for this role, you must submit an online application. Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to find the link to the online application.

About the Organization

There are more than 16 million children growing up in poverty in the U.S., and less than 10 percent of them will graduate from college. These statistics are not a reflection of our children's potential; we know that children growing up in poverty can and do achieve at the highest levels. Rather, these statistics reflect the systemic lack of access and opportunity for children in low-income communities.

Teach For America (TFA) finds, develops, and supports an ever-expanding network of outstanding and diverse leaders committed to expanding opportunity for children in schools, school systems, and in every sector and field that shapes the context in which schools operate. Representing the diversity of America and sharing the experience of having taught successfully in our most challenging public schools, TFA corps members and alumni form a network of change agents inside and outside of education who are grounded in the tremendous potential of our most underserved children and connected to families and communities impacted by educational inequity.

Founded by Wendy Kopp in 1989, Teach For America has since expanded to 36 states and 53 regions, reaching more than 10 million students. Now 53,000 strong and growing each year, the TFA community is leading across all sectors, including as teachers, school and school system leaders, elected officials, policy and advocacy organizers, social entrepreneurs, and business and civic leaders. We support the individual and collective leadership of this network as they work hand-in-hand with students, families, and allies in the effort to realize educational equity and excellence for children across the nation.

Our Core Values

Our core values define who we are at our best and guide our work together.

  • Pursue Equity: We work to change practices, structures, and policies to realize educational equity for all children. As we do so, we actively examine our roles in perpetuating inequitable systems.
  • Strengthen Community: We assume responsibility for our collective strength by developing relationships, building diverse and inclusive coalitions, and challenging one another to be our best. We act with empathy and extend grace to ourselves and others.
  • Achieve Impact: We pursue ambitious, meaningful outcomes that lead to access and opportunity for all children. We hold ourselves to high standards, make data-informed decisions, and orient to long-term success.
  • Choose Courage: We act on our beliefs and values, especially when it's hard. We center our efforts on the aspirations of our students and their families.
  • Act with Humility: We acknowledge the limitations of our perspectives. We seek different points of view and historical context to evolve our thinking and actions.
  • Demonstrate Resilience: We see every challenge as an opportunity to think expansively about solutions. When faced with obstacles, we deepen our resolve, adapt, and persist with optimism.
  • Learn Continuously: We operate with curiosity and embrace new ideas to innovate and constantly improve. We take informed risks and learn from successes, setbacks, and each other.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness at the Center of Our Mission

At Teach For America, we aspire to embody the commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness we envision for our nation. Unequal access to opportunity along lines of race, class, and other aspects of identity has deep roots in American history, and institutional racism and classism contribute to inequitable access to educational opportunity in our country today. Therefore, understanding race, class, and the intersectional nature of oppression along these and other lines is critical to eliminating educational inequity and creating an education system in which all students can flourish.

Realizing educational equity and excellence will take a broad and diverse coalition of people—of diverse races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, political views, and other aspects of identity and spheres of influence—united around a common purpose and shared values. We know that the change effort must be shaped by those of us who are most directly impacted by educational inequity. We also know that progress is only possible if each of us works effectively across lines of difference—with students, parents, partners, and each other—and if each of us understands and leverages the assets we bring to this work based on our identities and life experiences.

This understanding guides our strategy as we pursue our mission, and impacts how we allocate resources to recruit, select, train, support, retain, and engage corps members, alumni, and staff. In all we do, we act on the following beliefs.

→ Diversity is crucial for successful change efforts and is one of Teach For America's greatest strengths.

→ The full potential of our diverse network will be reached only when we are an inclusive community.

→ The predictability of success or failure for our students or individuals in our organization should not correlate with any social, cultural or other identity-based factors.

In striving to grow as individuals who lead with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness, we focus on:

  • Understanding of self and self in relation to others. We examine our worldview and experiences to understand how they're influenced by power, privilege, oppression, and biases. As we deepen our understanding of self in relation to others, we seek out diverse perspectives and experiences to challenge our assumptions and expand our perspectives.
  • Understanding and interrupting systemic racism, classism, and other forms of oppression. We understand that our society and education system have been shaped by multiple forms of oppression, in particular racism and classism. We understand the role and impact of unconscious bias in establishing low expectations for children's capabilities, and we also see this play out in the workplace. Therefore, we commit to work together `to envision and implement new ways of operating that disrupt these systems and practices.
  • Working toward equity. We leverage this understanding to surface and interrupt inequitable practices in our schools as well as within our organization. In classrooms, we are committed to ensuring all students have the necessary resources, supports, and academic preparation they need to ensure full agency in their lives. In our organization, we're committed to allocating our resources and setting organizational policies, systems, and practices to reduce and eliminate gaps in experience and outcomes by demographic group.
  • Building inclusive coalitions. We recruit and retain a corps and staff that reflects the inclusive coalition we need representing our nation. Simultaneously, we ensure those of us who have faced educational inequity shape our direction. We intentionally build authentic relationships across lines of difference; facilitate honest and productive conflict among diverse groups; create structures, policies, and processes that enable this effort; and value the diversity of ideas and perspectives required in this effort.

Benefits and Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. Learn more at

Commitment to Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment Policy

Teach For America encourages individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort. Learn more about our diversity on staff:

Teach For America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

This job description reflects Teach For America's assignment of essential functions and qualifications of the role. Nothing in this herein restricts management's right to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities to this role at any time.

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