Accounting Specialist - Philanthropic Service | Net Impact

Accounting Specialist - Philanthropic Service

Tides Foundation

Organization Description
Tides is a values-based, social change platform that leverages individual and institutional leadership and investment to positively impact local and global communities. Tides pursues multiple, related strategies to promote this mission. From green nonprofit centers to programmatic consulting, donor advised funds to fiscal sponsorship, grants management to risk management and more, Tides gives members of the nonprofit and philanthropic community freedom to focus on the change it wants to see. For more information, please visit

Position Summary:
The Accounting Specialist, under the direction of the Philanthropic Controller, is responsible for the timely and accurate delivery of accounts payable and accounts receivable services on a daily basis for Tides Foundation Philanthropic operations.

The Accounting Specialist is a non-exempt position. Non-exempt employees work a standard 40 hour work week. Time worked beyond 40 hours at manager’s discretion.

Essential Functions: 
 • Perform all duties related to the processing of cash receipts including verifying coding, depositing, data entry, performing credit card reconciliations, monitoring and processing exceptions and corrections to revenue fees, and handling incoming checks, wires, ACH, and securities.
 • Process all Accounts Payable transactions including obtaining appropriate approvals/documentation, verifying coding, data entry, processing purchase cards and outgoing wires, ACH, and checks for expedited, weekly, and end-of-month check runs.
 • Research, analyze, and resolve accounting issues in a timely manner.
 • Process year-end 1099s, including mailing, filing and corrections as required by the IRS.
 • Assist with maintaining schedules and reconciliations of various accounts and preparation of journal entries.
 • Assist in the preparation of annual audit.
 • Participate in cross departmental and cross organizational teams, financial projects and planning activities as needed.
 • Participate in the implementation and improvement of workflows that facilitate efficient operation and financial management of the organization.
 • Other duties, or projects, as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
 • Must have basic working knowledge of double-entry accounting: debits, credits, accruals, etc.
 • Meticulous, detail-oriented, and accurate. The position requires the ability to work independently within a fast-paced, task-directed, deadline-oriented environment.  Time management and organizational skills are essential.
 • Demonstrated ability to identify, analyze and solve accounting issues.
 • Excellent verbal and written communication, customer service and problem-solving skills.
 • Demonstrated commitment to meeting the needs of internal and external clients; strong ability to cooperate and work collaboratively toward solutions that generally benefit all involved parties.
 • Demonstrated ability to hold information confidential with excellent judgment and maintain a high-level and consistent work ethic in working relationships and all work-related duties.
 • Understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) concepts and procedures utilized in a nonprofit environment as well as nonprofit-specific regulations, both federal and local, is preferred (e.g., nonprofit revenue recognition, IRS regulation, etc.)
 • Proficiency with MS Office suite (including Excel pivot tables) and Outlook.
 • Proficiency with NetSuite or ERP system desired

Education and Experience:
 • Undergraduate degree in Accounting preferred, or a Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting or equivalent years of related work experience.
 • 1+ years of experience in a similar position.

Application Instructions:
Please submit a resume and a thoughtful cover letter online. Your cover letter should express your interest in working for Tides and your qualifications for the role. You may also share your detailed LinkedIn profile with us. Tides is an Equal Opportunity employer. We value diversity and inclusion and we look forward to reviewing applications from all who are qualified to apply.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
Tides is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions. Also pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we encourage and will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Applicants with Disabilities:
Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. If you seek an accommodation, please advise in writing at the time you apply.