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Director of Accounting

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Washington, DC Preferred. Other locations may be considered.


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May 20, 2021

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To Apply: Please submit your resume & cover letter through our online application system at by Sunday, June 13th.


**Please note the preferred location for this position is Washington, DC. Other locations may be considered. **

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The Wilderness Society is a non-profit organization with a mission of uniting people to protect America’s wild places. We envision a future where people and wild nature flourish together, meeting the challenges of a rapidly changing planet. We love, respect and are part of the natural world, believe clean air and water and access to nature are basic rights, strive for equity and justice in everything we do and seek to reflect the many communities with whom we work, take bold action informed by sound science to protect and defend nature for all, and collaborate across generations to build a healthier, sustainable future.



The Finance team at TWS plays a crucial role in providing accurate, transparent, timely and accessible financial information to stakeholders to support informed decisions that help us to achieve our mission and ensure long-term financial sustainability.



Reporting to the VP of Finance, the Director of Accounting is responsible for managing the processes, policies, data, people and systems that ensure an accurate and accessible financial accounting in accordance with both internal standards and with Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) rules and guidance.


The Director of Accounting leads the accounting team, and maintains relationships across the organization, with the Audit Committee, and with external auditors and consultants, and plays an important role in supporting an inclusive organizational culture that is grounded in trust and accountability to shared goals and outcomes. TWS has made diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic priorities for the organization and the Director of Accounting will integrate these priorities throughout their work. Across our team, we aspire to be campaign oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of staff – our greatest asset.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

· Oversee the accounts payable function and personnel, ensuring timely and accurate payments to vendors, sufficient supporting documentation, and end of year tax reporting.

· Oversee the payroll function and personnel, ensuring an accurate payroll process, including multi-state tax reporting

· Oversee the general accounting function and personnel, ensuring proper accounting for restricted and other gifts (such as split interest agreements, charitable gift annuities, and charitable trusts), fixed assets, fund accounting, and bank and investment reconciliations, and accruals.

· Own the month-end and year end close process, ensuring timely and accurate production of financial statements and supporting schedules

· Adhere to the organization’s internal control policies and maintain documented processes for each accounting function

· Recruit, train and lead an accounting team that embodies the spirit and values of the organization and the skills required for success.

· Prepare presentations for the VP of Finance, the executive team and for Governing Council.



Experience, Competencies, and Education

· Minimum of 5 years of experience in a senior accountant or more senior role, with 3 years leading people or processes

· Demonstrated ability to roll-up sleeves and work across the organization with individuals of various identities, abilities, and levels of seniority.

· Intermediate-to-advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel, experience working with NetSuite for accounting and ADP for payroll, and experience integrating systems and working across various platforms.

· Knowledge of FASB rules and practices, specifically as they relate to non-profit organizations, including accounting for restricted gifts, charitable trusts and annuities, and split interest agreements.

· Experience managing the month and year-end close processes, including preparing monthly balance sheet schedules, accruals, and reconciliations.

· Experience preparing and presenting financial statements and communicating them, and other complex financial data, in a concise and accessible manner

· Demonstrated knowledge of financial internal controls

· High level of intellectual curiosity and self-motivation, with a passion for continuous improvement and learning

· Track record working successfully in teams representing a rich mix of talent, backgrounds, and perspectives.


Desired Characteristics

In addition to the above requirements, the ideal candidate will have a strong interest in financial systems, process improvements that lead to greater efficiency and accuracy, and working to ensure that the accounting function remains integrated with the organization’s mission and goals.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision.



Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not exposed to adverse weather conditions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of this position and it is not intended to be an exhaustive list of experience, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.


The Wilderness Society offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; sick and vacation leave; a sabbatical program; and a retirement plan. TWS is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair treatment of our employees and constituents across culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, veteran status or sexual orientation.


As an organization, we aspire to being inclusive in the work that we do, and in the kind of organization we are. Internally this means working as a team that listens to different points of view, recognizes the contributions of every employee and empowers each employee to bring their whole selves to work every day. Externally this means ensuring that public lands are inclusive and welcoming, so that our shared wildlands can help people and nature to thrive. We are committed to equity throughout our work, which we define as our commitment to realizing the promise of our public lands and ensuring that all can share in their universal benefits.

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