Senior Accountant - Social Ventures


Organization Description
Tides is a philanthropic partner and nonprofit accelerator dedicated to building a world of shared prosperity and social justice. Tides works at the nexus of funders, changemakers, and policy, with extensive impact solutions including philanthropic giving and grant making, impact investing, fiscal sponsorship for social ventures, collaborative workspaces, and policy initiatives. Our extensive tools and know-how give our partners the freedom to hit the ground running and drive change faster than they can on their own. For more information, please visit

Position Summary
The Senior Accountant – Social Venture role works as part of a team of accountants, providing direct client support and addressing the accounting needs of our fiscally sponsored organizations. Reporting to the Accounting Manager – Fiscal Sponsorship, this role assists our clients in achieving their mission by supporting their financial processes including budgeting, financial reporting and forecasting, and grant management for foundation and governmental funds.

The Senior Accountant – Social Ventures is an exempt position. Exempt employees are expected to work the appropriate and necessary time in order to complete key assignments and related tasks on schedule.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
•Provide excellent customer service related to accounting, reporting, grant management, budgeting, and analysis including consistent accounting treatment of all transactions and timely, accurate reporting
•Ensure that the daily financial and accounting functions are in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and all applicable regulatory requirements including those set forth by the Federal Accounting Standards Board, and legal rules and regulations for nonprofit operations designated as IRS 501(C)(3) and 501(C)(4) organizations
•Assist with the annual tax return preparation as well as annual financial audits and single audits (OMB A-133) as needed, ensuring “audit readiness” of assigned grants
•Approve all cash disbursements for project caseload and monitor project cash flow to ensure compliance with funder regulations and Tides cash management policies
•Prepare monthly invoices and documentation for government grants
•Monitor financial compliance issues and grant guidelines
•Summarize and forecast project revenues, expenses, and cash flow based on past, present and expected results
•Review grant budget proposals
•Prepare and present standard and customized financial reports, including balance sheets, income statements, cash-flow reports, budgets, and variance analysis to projects and external and internal management team as required
•Participate in evaluating, improving, and documenting policies and procedures related to fiscal sponsorship financial services
•Provide accounting system and financial policy training to external clients
•May be required to train and/or guide other team members
•Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
•Experiential knowledge of FAR, CFR and relevant OMB circulars as well as GAAP/FASB standards
•Demonstrated commitment to meeting the needs of internal and external clients; ability to strive for high level of client satisfaction
•Demonstrated ability to effectively work with a diverse team, with attention to collaboration and working collaboratively toward solutions that generally benefit all involved parties
•Demonstrated ability to hold information confidential with excellent judgment
•Demonstrated ability to maintain high-level and consistent work ethic in working relationships and all work related duties
•Self-motivated and organized with attention to detail
•Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to be both diplomatic and confident
•Proficient in enterprise-wide accounting systems such as NetSuite with the ability to independently resolve accounting and financial reporting issues within the system
•Proficiency with MS Office suite of products
•Proven track record of maintaining effective internal controls and developing efficient financial policies and procedures
•Strong analytical and problem solving skills as well as the ability to see the big picture while understanding the details involved and the ramifications of the decisions made
•Proven ability to organize and support work flow processes that ensure high degrees of accuracy and accountability within team members

Education and Experience:
•Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Accounting or related field or equivalent is required
•3+ years relevant experience working in a similar position
•Non-profit accounting and government grant management experience strongly preferred
•Experience working with the City and County of San Francisco strongly preferred

Application Instructions:
Only candidates who meet the above-stated qualifications will be considered. Your resume must include a cover letter expressing your interest in working to support Tides and why you are qualified for this job. To upload your cover letter, add the file to the Attach Documents section at the end of the online application. No phone calls please!

Equal Employment Opportunity:
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. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we encourage and will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. Reasonable accommodation will also be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

Applicants with Disabilities:
Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

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Opportunity type



Experienced (Non-manager)

Job function

  • Investing/Finance

Areas of impact

  • Social Sector