September 30, 2019

Financial Reporting Accountant

The Mercatus Center
September 30, 2019
Arlington, Virginia
Job Type


EEO Statement: We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Are you passionate about analytics, numbers, and providing meaningful financial support to empower and inform leaders? Do you thrive when faced with complex problems? The Mercatus Center at George Mason University seeks a Financial Reporting Accountant to join our Finance team. The candidate will provide financial reporting and analysis support to both the Mercatus Center and our sister organization, the Institute for Humane Studies.

Responsibilities include:
• Process financial tasks while complying with standard accounting procedures and policies to maintain healthy and transparent organizations
• Collaborate closely with program leads to confirm accurate coding of expenses and revenue
• Prepare reconciliations, journal entries, and special reports to facilitate insightful and expeditious business decisions
• Maintain balance sheet schedules including bank reconciliations, intercompany payables/receivables, and help with the external audit
• Assist with annual agency submissions (990, 1099/1042, property tax)

• 2-3 years’ accounting/finance experience; knowledge of non-profit general ledger systems and budgeting is preferred
• Bachelor's degree in a related field
• Precision and capability to produce accurate and timely information
• Discretion and integrity to handle sensitive materials appropriately
• Advanced experience with Microsoft Excel
• Proven ability to understand and develop relationships with internal customers to successfully anticipate and satisfy their needs
• Experience with Salesforce and FinancialForce is preferred

Help us grow
Please submit your cover letter and resume, as well as three references, through our online application process. Your cover letter must indicate your interest the Mercatus Center's mission.

Employee Benefits
Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience. In addition, excellent benefits to all individual employees, including full health and dental coverage, flexible spending accounts, long-term disability and life insurance, a 403(b) retirement savings program, a parking permit, and free credits at George Mason University.

About the Mercatus Center at George Mason University
For nearly 40 years, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has been the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas—bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems. A university-based research center, Mercatus works to advance knowledge about how markets work to improve our lives by training graduate students, conducting research, and applying sound economics to offer solutions to society’s most pressing problems.

About the Institute for Humane Studies
Each year IHS awards over $1 million in scholarships to students from universities around the world. IHS also sponsors the attendance of hundreds of students at its summer seminars and provides various forms of career assistance, including mentoring, a job board, and online career development seminars. Through its programs, the Institute promotes the study of liberty across a broad range of disciplines, encouraging understanding, open inquiry, rigorous scholarship, and creative problem-solving.

The Institute for Humane Studies is a recognized leader in the development of talented students, scholars, and other intellectuals who share an interest in liberty and in advancing the principles and practice of classical liberalism. IHS, founded in 1961, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization, based at George Mason University, that works with students and scholars across a broad range of academic and professional disciplines.

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