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Career Story: Accounting Manager At A Foundation

Accounting Manager At A Foundation

Job Title: Accounting Manager

Education: BA, English, North Adams State College

Previous Experience: I started at my company immediately after graduating from college and 20+ years later I'm still there.

Job Tasks: I currently oversee the payroll department, the accounts payable department, and the travel division of my company. We work as a team to make sure the employees are all paid properly and accurately, that all the bills are paid on time, and that employees who need to travel get help making arrangements with airlines, hotels and car rental companies. When the employees return, they submit their business expenses, and after we've verified that the expenses were appropriate, we reimburse them for expenses they've paid out of pocket.

We also work to make sure the financial statements of the company are accurate and prepared in a timely manner. We help other staff members to close our financial books each month. We also receive grants for our work, and we are required to record all charges accurately and within federal guidelines, which may vary from the company guidelines, and this needs to be tracked with complete accuracy. If expenses are not coded to the proper areas, we will move the expense. These steps need to be taken regularly to assure the financial records are accurate.

Otherwise, I am always looking at new technology, trying to identify ways to make access to information easier for all of the employees of the foundation. Our goal is to work together to make their job easier and less reliant on paper.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of this job is that you are always learning. Laws change, benefits are added, technology changes: there's something new all the time.

The worst part of the job is that the technology is always changing and there is a lot to keep up with.

Job Tips: This job requires organizational skills. Currently there is a significant amount of paperwork involved as employees must fill out and sign a lot of papers, and keeping all this straight requires a penchant for order.

This role also requires patience. Often, if something goes wrong, you need to be able to step up and help out to get checks issued on time.

This is also a job that requires you to wear different hats and play a lot of roles.

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