***Applications must include a cover letter for consideration***
Who We Are:
The Kennedy Center is the nation’s cultural center and living memorial to President John F. Kennedy. Located on the banks of the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., the Center presents more than 2,000 performances each year across all genres, and is also home to artistic affiliates Washington National Opera and National Symphony Orchestra. Diversity is a critical component of our mission, vision, and values. Our staff exhibits a wide variety of perspectives and experiences which enable us to foster and strengthen an environment of diversity and inclusion.
Mission Statement: As the nation's performing arts center, and a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, we are a leader for the arts across America and around the world, reaching and connecting with artists, inspiring and educating communities. We welcome all to create, experience, learn about, and engage with the arts.
The Finance Department encourages transparency, honesty and teamwork to accomplish goals and tasks. Working with every department across the Center, in conjunction with tight deadlines and a huge reliance on accuracy, each team member is a critical part of the team’s overall success and comes to work each day ready to give it their all. With the constant change in programming and creative endeavors, the days are never dull, and being able to adapt is key.
The Senior Accountant, General Purpose assists in the preparation and analysis of financial information related to the organization's Tessitura revenue accounting and credit card receipts. Work includes, but is not limited to, monthly reconciliation of financial statement accounts, analytical review of activity, and participating in financial closings. The Senior Accountant, General Purpose has frequent internal and external contact with customers and service providers (e.g., Banks, Credit Card Clearing Company). The Senior Accountant, General Purpose assists the Controller and Assistant Controller, Operations in ensuring conformity with corporate practices, policies and procedures. The Senior Accountant, General Purpose assists in the advancement of the department based on priorities and goals set by the organization.
Duties and Responsibilities:
30-40% Ensure accuracy and integrity in capturing financial data by performance of the routine and non-routine daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual processes. As well, ensure proper internal controls are in place and operating effectively in all facets of financial reporting operations.
15-30% Compile, verify and audit credit card data from a variety of sources. Maintain and reconcile credit card accounts. Reconcile incoming payments for ticket receivables. Ensure deposits are timely and accurate as well as perform timely investigation and resolution of errors and omissions in general ledger. Serve as consultant for both internal and external customers who have questions or concerns regarding credit card transactions.
15-30% Work directly with the IT Department to create reporting solutions and assist in the testing of new software and procedural initiatives. Manage and troubleshoot data uploads from Tessitura. Assist in the development of new procedures and implementation of new systems across the Center as they arise.
15-30% Act as primary finance contact and accounting expert for the Central Box Office and non-Development related Tessitura transactions. Prepare journal entries and reconcile accounts pertaining to Education Tessitura deposits, MyTix, Special Events credit card transactions, VMC/Amex deposits, and Central Box Office Group Sales/Subscription/Education check refund requests.
10-20% Informational Reporting duties: Oversee software installation and 1042-S processing. Assist with 1042 liability account reconciliation and the preparation of the 1042 and 1042-T. Assist with the preparation of the CDP, and other data repackaging exercises. Assist with the preparation of the 990. Manage the lease reconciliation process and prepare the Lease Footnote for the Financial Statements. Assist in the preparation of lead sheets for annual audit. Act as partial back up to the General Purpose Accountant, Bank Reconciliation and Federal role. Act as back up for check deposit scanning. Act as alternate for preparation of quarterly bank reporting and manage deadlines pertaining to debt covenant compliance. Assist with the on-boarding of new finance staff.
10-20% Other critical duties: (a) Assist staff throughout the Center to know and better understand our financial policies and procedures. Participate in group training sessions as well as one-on-one instruction; (b) Support preparation for and participate in annual financial statement audit and other regulatory audits as such audits occur; (c) Suggest improvements in processes to increase effectiveness and compliance as well as assist with any procedural changes as they arise; (d) Special Projects and other duties as assigned; (e) Maintain accurate process documentation; (f) Manage records retention process for the Accountant, General Purpose files; (g) Provide periodic coverage for petty cash and other department customer service activities.
N/A Responds to the needs and requests of Kennedy Center management and staff in a professional and expedient manner; adheres to all employer policies and procedures.
N/A Other duties as assigned.
Education: Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in accounting, finance or a business-related field. CPA is a differentiating factor.
Experience: At least 3-5 years of general accounting/bookkeeping experience.
You have a solid understanding and working experience of GAAP; proficiency in use of general ledger application; familiarity/experience with Lawson software is a differentiating factor. Advanced knowledge and practice of Excel is required.
Who You Are:
You can clearly communicate with a wide array of people.
You have strong attention to detail and have the ability to use and communicate judgement calls.
You can work independently, are adaptable, have the ability to prioritize, and work well under pressure.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate in person and on the telephone. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel in order to operate computer keyboard, office equipment, and other essential tasks. The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, crouch, and reach with hands and arms. This position infrequently lifts, carries, or otherwise moves and positions objects weighing up to 25 pounds.
Although occurring infrequently, this position may be required to work odd hours based on internal and external customer needs, including, if necessary, evenings, weekends, holidays, and occasional periods of work beyond 40 hours/week.
The noise level in the work environment is low
Travel up to 5% may be required.
We offer a comprehensive range of benefits to all full-time employees including: Medical, Dental, Vision, Paid Time Off, Paid Sick Leave, and a matching 403(b) Retirement Plan.
Additional benefits include: Commuter Programs, Education Assistance Programs, Social Activities, and other employee discounts and specials.
About The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., is America's living memorial to President Kennedy as well as the nation's busiest arts facility. The Center, which opened on September 8, 1971, continues its efforts to fulfill President Kennedy's vision by producing and presenting an unmatched variety of theater and musicals, dance and ballet, orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular, world, and folk music, and multimedia performances for all ages.
We are the nation’s beacon for the performing arts, engaging artists and audiences around the world to share, inspire, and celebrate the cultural heritage by which a great society is defined and remembered.