Senior Accountant

Portland, OR

Organizational Overview

Friends of the Children- Portland is a non-profit that is breaking the cycle of generational poverty by giving youth facing the most obstacles the ability to create a new story. We do this by providing youth in our program with a long-term, salaried, professional mentor, who we call a "Friend," from kindergarten through high school graduation, 12 ½ years – no matter what. Friends of the Children-Portland has been recognized in the Portland Business Journal as the Most Admired Nonprofit in Oregon for the past seven years. 

Friend of the Children is an innovative work environment where we strive to provide the highest quality programming as the demonstration site for excellence in mentoring for a network of chapters across the United States. To accomplish our mission of generational change, we demand more from ourselves as an organization. We seek to increase equity for all people in our organization while also grounding our work in the need for racial equity. This role is represented by a bargaining agreement, which will require union membership. 


Position Overview

 Friends of the Children - Portland is looking for an extraordinary professional to join our finance team. Are you flexible and ready to take on a wide range of accounting tasks? Is working for an organization that inspires you a critical aspect of your job search? We may have the perfect career for you.  

The Senior Accountant supports the Accounting Manager in all aspects of financial reporting for Friends of the Children - Portland. The position is responsible for adhering to accounting principles and developing and maintaining practices and procedures to ensure accurate and timely financial statements. The position engages in a multitude of deadline-driven accounting activities including general ledger preparation, financial reporting, year-end audit preparation, and budgeting and planning. The position supports grant budgeting, reporting, and compliance; bi-monthly payroll runs; treasury activities; and special planning and analysis projects. The position reviews some work of the Staff Accountant, who is responsible for A/R, A/P, and revenue accounting. The position will also serve as a critical back-up resource to both the Accounting Manager and Staff Accountant. 

The Finance Department serves Friends of the Children Portland, Youth ResourcesandFriends of the Children - Portland Foundation.    

Essential Functions

  • Prepare bi-monthly payroll, ensuring accurate and timely payment, reporting, and accounting of wages and taxes 
  • Prepare reports on grant expenditures for external and internal reporting 
  • Prepare complex and non-complex journal entries, bank transactions, and account reconciliations as part of the monthly, quarterly and annual adjusting and closing process
  • Assist the Staff Accountant and review data entry to ensure accurate financial reporting 
  • Work with the Accounting Manager to ensure a clean and timely year-end audit 
  • Review treasury activity including positive pay and daily remote deposit 
  • Monitor and analyze department work to develop more efficient procedures and use of resources while maintaining a high level of accuracy 
  • Assist in preparation of monthly financial statements and other reporting for executives, the Board of Directors, committees, grants, and internal departments  
  • Support budgeting and planning activities 
  • Respond to inquiries from the Executive Director, Chief Finance Officer, and other managers regarding financial results and special reporting requests 
  • Support the CFO and Accounting Manager on special projects, workflow process improvements, and process documentation 
  • Report on financial position and activity to select Board Committees as requested 
  • Learn and regularly perform the most critical aspects of the Accounting Manager and Staff Accountant roles to provide essential coverage during absences 

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Three to five years of financial accounting experience 
  • Strong GAAP/Internal controls knowledge
  • Proficient with pivot tables and vlookup functions in Excel 
  • Experience in supporting multiple business entities simultaneously 
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality 
  • Highly organized and efficient in completing various projects with overlapping deadlines 
  • Strong in Microsoft Office 365 Suite (primarily Excel, Teams, Outlook, and Word) 
  • Comfortable working both independently and collaboratively as needed 
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, preferably with an accounting or business concentration 

    Preferred Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

    • Non-profit accounting 
    • Grant accounting  
    • Raiser’s Edge and Financial Edge  
    • Payroll processing (using ADP or similar system) 

    Position Type/ Expected Hours of Work

    Fulltime, Exempt

    Additional Eligibility Requirements

    • Must pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check
    • Location: This position is based in Portland Metro Area.
    • Work performed will be predominantly onsite

    Vaccination Requirement

    All current employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID‐19, as mandated by the State of Oregon unless a reasonable accommodation is approved due to a medical or religious exemption.

    You must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or exemption prior to start dateNew employees must show they've had both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines (or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine) and are 14 days past the final dose prior to start date.

    Salary Range



    • 100% employer paid medical, dental, vision
    • 100% employer paid long term, short-term disability, and life insurance policy
    • 401k Match, 100 % vested
    • 9 paid holidays, 2 paid floating holidays
    • 3 weeks paid vacation annually
    • Generous sick time policy
    • Tuition assistance
    • Professional Development
    • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

    Affirmative Action/EEO Statement

    Friends of the Children - Portland is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to addressing discriminatory practices, and to working toward racial equity. The equal employment opportunity policy of Friends of the Children – Portland provides fair and equal opportunities for all employees and job applicants regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, or genetic information, in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local law. Friends of the Children - Portland hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled.

    Friends of the Children – Portland is growing rapidly as communities across the country are experiencing the power of how “One” changes a child's story: One Friend. One Child. 12 ½ years. No matter what. #ThePowerOfOne