Staff Accountant



Accounting & Finance
Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Friday, April 26, 2024
About Oceana

Nearly one billion people currently do not have enough to eat. The demand for food is projected to increase 70 percent by 2050 as the population grows to an expected nine billion. An often overlooked solution to this problem is our oceans. A fully productive ocean could provide one nutritious meal a day for 700 million people, or 13 to 15 percent of the animal protein produced on the entire planet. Moreover, wild-caught ocean fish uses no land, needs negligible amounts of water, is the lowest cost per pound to obtain, and provides human health benefits.

Unfortunately, ocean productivity is drastically declining due to overfishing, destructive fishing practices, marine habitat loss and pollution. If action is not taken to reverse this trend now, wild seafood may soon disappear as a major food source for a hungry planet. There is good news, however: restoring wild seafood is achievable and there are many examples of fish rebounding under science-based management, which is also surprisingly feasible. Science gives us clear direction about how to manage fish recovery. Fish will recover if we –

  • Set reasonable fishing quotas and reduce industrial overfishing.
  • Reduce bycatch (the incidental catch of non-targeted animals).
  • Protect marine habitat, both in preserving biodiversity and ecosystem health, as well as from the harmful effects of marine pollution.

Oceana is headquartered in Washington, DC and has offices in New York City, NY; Juneau, AK, Portland, OR, Monterey, CA, City of Belmopan, Belize; Brussels, Belgium; Brasilia, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; Copenhagen, Denmark; Lima, Peru; Manila, Philippines; Madrid, Spain; Mexico City, Mexico. The legal entities in Belize, Brazil, Spain, and the United Kingdom follow the host country’s regulations and, as a result, are incorporated as independent entities. Oceana boasts a worldwide staff of 230 full time professionals and an annual operating budget of approximately $47 million dollars.

General Summary

Oceana is a fast-growing, dynamic, international organization. We are seeking an experienced Staff Accountant who, as part of the Finance and Accounting Department, will contribute to the delivery of timely, relevant and accurate financial information. The Staff Accountant will lead the maintenance of accounting records in accordance with generally accepted accounting principlesand also assist with the disbursement process. This position reports to the Accounting Manager The role requires the ability to work independently without close supervision, manage complexity, identify and solve problems with a fair degree of resiliency. The position is hybrid in the office Tues/Wed/Thursday in our Washington, DC headquarters.

The Staff Accountant position is responsible for the effective performance of various accounting functions, including bank reconciliations, journal entries, analysis of general ledger accounts, and enforcement of internal policies. The Staff Accountant verifies the reliable and timely preparation of internal and external reports related to their areas of responsibility. They will also be expected to be a resource to other accountants and support staff.

Principal Duties, Responsibilities and Essential Functions:

  • Analyze and reconcile bank statements as well as balance sheet accounts (cash, investments, receivables, payables, and other subledgers) per close schedule.
  • Review and schedule revenue entries captured in CRM software (Salesforce) to ensure correct transfer of financial data into accounting software.
  • Act as back-up for accounts payable processing including:
    1. Creating/reviewing/approving new vendors
    2. Updating vendor banking information as needed
    3. Verifying expenditures have proper support and are coded properly
    4. Approving payment requests
  • Complete requested materials and assist in preparing schedules for the annual audit.
  • Prepare special reports; completes special projects as assigned.
  • Act as back-up for team and perform other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum education requirement of bachelor’s degree in in accounting
  • At least four years of relevant progressive accounting experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience applying United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), laws, regulations, and internal policies related to their areas of responsibility.
  • Experience with highly integrated ERP and CRM systems required (Netsuite and Salesforce strongly preferred
  • Strong analytical skills and problem-solving skills utilizing Microsoft office products.

Additional Experience Preferences:

  • Proven experience and knowledge of ASC 606 revenue recognition preferred

  • Reliable team player who contributes to a productive working environment with other employees to meet organizational goals.
  • Well-developed written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Able to effectively prioritize multiple responsibilities in a faced paced environment and perform them with speed, accuracy and courtesy.
  • Able to maintain the highest level of confidentiality.

Required Competencies

  • Action Oriented: Makes things happen. Takes on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.
  • Instills Trust: Is able to gain the confidence and trust of others by demonstrating honesty and authenticity, acting with integrity, being consistent and credible.
  • Effective Communication: Understands the value of effective communication. Can deliver messages in a clear, compelling and concise manner. Actively listens, checks for understanding and adjusts content and style to meet the needs of different stakeholders.
  • Manages Complexity: Is able to gather data, analyze situations and uncover root causes to problems. Can distinguish between what’s relevant and what’s not and to evaluate the pros and cons of potential solutions.
  • Optimizes Work Processes: Can figure out the processes necessary to get things done. Sees and implements ways to improve processes, from small tweaks to complete reengineering.

Oceana values a diverse workforce and welcomes people different from each other in many ways, including characteristics such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, and national origin. Oceana considers all qualified candidates and seeks to recruit from a diverse candidate pool.

Oceana's US offices have operated on a hybrid schedule and staff have been required to work from their assigned office on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. With agreement between the employee and their supervisor, the employee may work from home Monday and Friday.