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Accountant

List Date: 
Monday, August 28, 2017
Close Date: 
Monday, September 25, 2017

Supervisor: Grants & Accounting Manager

Overview:

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) catalyzes solutions to the complex challenges of ocean stewardship and economic growth in the Gulf of Maine bioregion. Our scientists explore dynamic ocean systems from marine life to environmental conditions to coastal economies. We infuse our discoveries into the policy arena and design solutions with fishermen and seafood businesses to protect fishery resources, harvest them responsibly, and market them as premium quality food. We share our discoveries with the public and nurture a culture of leadership in communities that depend on the sea. Our education programs cultivate science literacy and build a foundation of collaborative problem-solving among our next generation of leaders, scientists, citizens, and stewards. Each year, we serve over 25,000 stakeholders from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia.

GMRI and its real estate subsidiary, Gulf of Maine Properties Inc. (GMPinc) are non-profit charitable organizations, operating under the demanding requirements of federal grants regulations and maintaining complex documentation and fund accounting systems to meet legal requirements and to ascertain ongoing governmental confidence in the accuracy and detail of our financial and reporting systems.

The Accountant will work on grant related activities, cash, fixed assets, fiscal year end change and support with audit work as needed.  

This is a mid-level position which includes company-specific accounting training, and which is designed to support existing accounting staff to meet the growing accounting needs of the organization. The primary responsibilities are listed below and may shift during or after the fiscal year change transition year.

Grant related responsibilities:

  • New project setup and filing
  • Accounts receivable and cash receipts
  • Assist project managers on grant activity

Cash related responsibilities:

  • Post cash entries
  • Gift processing from donors
  • Bank reconciliations
  • Investments 

Year end and transitional work related to the organization changing its fiscal year end date:

  • Change all standard reports to work with new fiscal year end date.
  • Data input for Fixed Assets into accounting software
  • Support as needed for fiscal year end audit work.

Other:

Assumes other accounting and project responsibilities as needed.           

Qualifications:

GMRI is looking for an accountant with strong organization skills and the ability to manage confidential information. Familiarity with accounting principles and general ledger software is a must; fund accounting experience is a plus. GMRI has a changing and demanding work environment. The Accountant must have the ability to multi-task, while giving attention to detail and set priorities to meet weekly deadlines. The successful candidate must be comfortable working with all levels of staff in the organization and have the skills to work through problem resolutions while maintaining excellent working relationships with all employees and outside contacts. An interest in marine education and research will be an enhancement for the person in the position. All candidates must be legally eligible to work in the US.

Specific requirements include:

  • Associate’s degree in accounting, or Bachelor’s degree in business with at least 12 semester hours of accounting, or related experience.
  • Self-starter with strong interpersonal and accounting skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with proven record of attention to detail, ability to manage multiple tasks, and meeting deadlines.
  • Strong computer skills in MS Word, Excel, Outlook.
  • Sensitivity, understanding and experience working with confidential information.
  • Interest in working in a demanding, dynamic and entrepreneurial setting.
  • Team player with a sense of humor and ability to remain flexible to changing needs.

To Apply:

To submit your cover letter and resume CLICK HERE.  (You will be navigating away from this website.) Questions should be emailed to jobs@gmri.org, however, we will not accept resumes sent to this email address. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Deadline: September 25, 2017. Resumes reviewed upon receipt.

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