Staff Accountant

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty is hiring a Staff Accountant to perform all general accounting operations, administer payroll and benefits, and carry out all fund allocations, reporting, and financial controls and processes.

NMCLP is a nationally recognized non-profit law firm that engages in impact litigation and policy advocacy to advance the health, economic, and educational wellbeing of New Mexico’s families. We provide advocacy and representation through the courts, the legislature and administrative agencies, community education and media. To learn more about NMCLP, please visit our website at www.nm-law-poverty.nmcodev.com.

Responsibilities

  • Performs all general accounting operations, including accounts receivables and payables, payroll, the general ledger, and balance sheet accounts.  Tracks corporate credit card purchases, and reviews and reconciles bank and investment statements.
  • Ensures accuracy of funding accounting system and allocates payroll and expenses including indirect costs to various programs and numerous grants and funding sources, maintains cumulative grant tracking sheets, prepares invoices for government contracts, and monitors the use of donor-restricted funds in accordance with grant agreements.
  • Assists senior management on creating the annual operating budget, cash management, and banking services.
  • Prepares accurate monthly financial statements and reports.
  • Works with the operations manager to implement benefits through payroll, monitor leave accumulation, manage flexible spending accounts, process insurance and payroll related forms, and assist in the administration of benefits including interacting with vendors as needed.
  • Coordinates annual external audit, tax preparation, and state charitable registrations, ensuring compliance with GAAP, federal regulations, and grant requirements, and maintains electronic and paper files and records in accordance with best practice retention standards.  
  • Implements financial policies and procedures that ensure controls are in place to safeguard the organization’s assets and limit agency liability and risk of fraud.
  • Evaluates, recommends, and implements accounting and financial process improvements, interprets accounting policy and regulations, and assists staff with using financial systems and processes.

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to advancing economic, social, and racial justice in our communities
  • Minimum three years of accounting experience
  • Experience and in-depth understanding of non-profit or cost accounting bookkeeping and financial management.
  • Strong proficiency with QuickBooks and Excel, and savvy with using technology and computer programs.
  • Highly organized and accurate with careful attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Fosters a collaborative, positive, and mutually respectful team-based culture.
  • Clear communicator with the ability to create informational materials and translate financial concepts for colleagues without finance backgrounds.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and discretion to maintain confidentiality with sensitive or private employee information.
  • Maintains professional competence and training, and stays abreast of trends and innovations.

Salary and Benefits: Competitive salary, excellent benefits including full health, dental, and vision benefits, retirement account, and ample vacation and sick leave.

Apply in confidence by emailing a resume and cover letter to contact@nm-law-poverty.nmcodev.com. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a healthy, collaborative, and inclusive work environment for a diverse staff. We strongly encourage applications from Black, Native, and indigenous people, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ+, and New Mexicans and individuals of multiple backgrounds and identities.

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