Staff Accountant, Managed Organizations
Arabella Philanthropic Investment Advisors, Llc - Washington, DC

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Organization Description

Arabella Advisors is a dynamic consulting firm dedicated to helping individuals, families, institutions, and corporations make better philanthropic decisions. We believe philanthropy should involve the same strategic analysis and due diligence as financial investments.

Arabella Advisors provides operations and management support to a 501(c)(3) public charity named the New Venture Fund, which serves as a fiscal sponsor to new and innovative public interest projects, as well as coordinates donor collaboratives and grants programs. New Venture Fund supports a range of focus areas, including conservation, global health, voter registration, public policy, education, disaster recovery, and music and the arts.

A Career with Arabella
Arabella’s core value is to create an outstanding place to work. We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. We encourage participatory decision making and collaboration, while always keeping a sense of humor and goodwill. We encourage people to pursue their passions both inside and outside of work, respecting work-life balance.

In keeping with this core value, our firm is committed to providing excellent benefits to our employees. We are also dedicated to creating a fun, flexible and healthy work environment. Arabella offers 100% premium paid health, vision, dental, prescription insurance, long and short term disability, life insurance, personal and volunteer leave time, strong participation in an organization retirement plan, fitness benefit, pre-tax commuter benefit and more.

Position Description

Arabella Advisors seeks a dynamic, organized and detail oriented self-starter to serve as a staff accountant to support New Venture Fund in maintaining routine accounting operations and robust financial controls. The staff accountant shall be responsible for the full-cycle accounting procedures for several of New Venture Fund’s individual client programs. The successful candidate must have a strong understanding of nonprofit accounting practices and must be able to work well in a fast-paced environment. This position is based out of our Washington, DC office.


Record journal entries for assigned client programs, projects and sub-projects

Perform routine GL account reconciliations as part of monthly closing procedures for all assigned programs and projects

Process semi-monthly payroll and 401(k) funding for approximately 18 program staff; ensure accuracy and compliance with annual reporting requirements.

Produce monthly, quarterly and annual program and project financial reports for donor review, as well as ad hoc analyses upon donor request

Assist in preparation of schedules to support financial audits and preparation of Form 990 and other tax/regulatory returns

Ensure compliance with federal grant reporting requirements.

Manage project budget tracking and cash flow management

Oversee and support accounts payable and receivable processes relating to assigned programs and projects

Manage 1099 reporting and vendor records

Assist the Controller and Assistant Controller with special projects

Required Skills


Bachelor’s degree preferred

Degree in accounting or finance, preferred

Experience and Skills

Three or more years of relevant professional experience maintaining books with non-profit organizations required.

Experience managing federal grants/contracts is preferred

Experience with lobbying rules and regulations is preferred

Proficiency with accounting software (Great Plains/Microsoft Dynamics GP preferred) and Excel spreadsheets a must

Experience with full-cycle GL, AP & AR accounting processes

Experience with payroll administration preferred

Strong attention to detail and accuracy

Solid analytical and problem-solving skills

Ability to manage and meet deadlines for multiple projects simultaneously

Excellent verbal and written communication, including the ability to communicate complex financial matters to non-financial personnel

Ability to work within multi-functional teams

Experience in philanthropy, nonprofit management or consulting a plus




Entrepreneurial spirit







Sense of humor

Required Experience