Senior Accountant

George W. Bush Presidential Center
September 8, 2022
2943 SMU Boulevard, TX
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Located on the SMU campus in Dallas, Texas, The George W. Bush Presidential Center is a nonpartisan institution advancing the timeless values of freedom, opportunity, accountability, and compassion. The Bush Center is comprised of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Institute, a solution-oriented policy organization focused on ensuring opportunity for all, strengthening democracy, and advancing free societies at home and abroad.  Through policy solutions and public engagement programs, the Bush Center promotes ideas and conversations that reinforce the promise of America. Learn more at


Essential Responsibilities

The Senior Accountant will assist with the financial reporting, accounting responsibilities and administration of the day-to-day operations of the accounting function; apply proper accounting treatment; follow appropriate internal controls; assist in the accounting for complex reconciliations; analyze and interpret financial results and perform special projects as required. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


Accounting Operations and General Responsibilities

  • Prepare and review various general ledger entries and reconciliations
  • Prepare timely monthly close analysis for review with accounting and management
  • Support financial analysis as it relates to short term and long-range financial planning
  • Provide detailed analysis of accounting for month-end accruals for proper expense recognition
  • Aid with ad-hoc financial analysis and special projects
  • Articulate financial concepts to non-finance business partners in a clear and concise manner
  • Prepare schedules as requested during external audit and federal tax return process
  • Administration of vendor records, payment processing and credit card program; Including but not limited to monthly credit card expense analysis, weekly payment analysis and annual 1099 reporting


Team and Relationship Management

  • Serve as a point of contact for internal staff for assistance with expense coding, budgeting, grant reporting and other questions as needed
  • Serve as intermediary between accounting department and subledger owners
  • Communicate with third party vendor and prepare reports as needed to fulfill state reporting requirements
  • Communicate with banking and investment partners for wires and other transactions


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The qualified candidate will possess (a/an):

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field; CPA or Candidate preferred
  • Minimum of three years of accounting/finance experience
  • Strong data entry skills with meticulous attention to details and timelines
  • Advanced Excel Worksheet skills
  • Strong technical skills; the ability to learn particular accounting software/programs
  • Experience with Blackbaud/Financial Edge products, Concur, and/or Centage/Planning Maestro preferred
  • Commitment to the mission and vision of the George W. Bush Presidential Center


Additionally, the qualified applicant will possess (a/an):

  • Sound knowledge of accounting principles, standards and regulations, particularly within a non-profit setting
  • The ability to Identify and communicate key risks and opportunities
  • The ability to multi-process on an on-going basis
  • Exceptional judgment and discretion with the highest level of integrity and confidentiality


Physical Demands

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.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit stationary at a desk and use computer equipment.


Position:                Senior Accountant

FLSA Status:         Exempt

Reports to:            Controller

Department:         Finance & Operations

Division:                Accounting

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