Staff Accountant

Who Are We?

The heart and science of philanthropy

Greater Seattle is changing and growing, and so is Seattle Foundation. “The heart and science of philanthropy” is the intersection of passion and discipline to create lasting change. As the community’s foundation, our mission is to ignite powerful and rewarding philanthropy to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. We work with more than 1,200 individuals, families, and corporations to strategically invest their philanthropic resources in ways that inspire continued giving. We also partner with philanthropic institutions, government agencies, community organizations and businesses to catalyze positive change in our community across a range of issues.

Our organizational culture is one of engaged teamwork, where we support one another in reaching our collective and individual goals while constantly learning along the way. Our office is located in the downtown core of Seattle, however our reach is much broader than that – we focus on Greater Seattle and the Eastside and also support donor interests across the country and around the globe. We seek individuals to join our 40+ (and growing!) team who are committed to our vision of a stronger, more vibrant community for all; collaboratively finding solutions; continually improving; and going the extra mile in service of our philanthropic partners and the broader community.  We’re in the midst of an exciting evolution in our work. More information about Seattle Foundation can be found at

What’s the Opportunity?

The Staff Accountant position is responsible for the completion of accounting tasks and activities that lead to accurate and timely financial reporting. The accountant will have specific areas of responsibility:  

Specific Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Process, maintain and provide reporting on accurate financial records including, but not limited to, tax, insurance, grants, gifts and earnings for SeaFdn and SeaFdn supporting organizations.
  • Maintain and managing the Foundation’s corporate credit card processing including ordering credit cards, maintaining records, balancing and posting monthly journal entries for the Foundation staff and fiscal partners.
  • Prepare weekly cash calls to balance investment pools working with the Investment Accountant.
  • Prepare and report monthly tax information for B&O/City of Seattle taxes.
  • Reconcile bank and general ledger accounts, payroll, supporting organization accounts, investment pools and Raiser’s Edge and Grant Edge to Financial Edge.
  • Assist in the donor statement process including reconciliations, review, research and resolution.
  • Prepare financial statements and other financial reporting for the Foundation, Supporting Organizations and Fiscal Support Organizations.
  • Document primary duties for high-level cross training.
  • Support preparing schedules for annual audit and 990/990T reporting for SeaFdn and Supporting Organizations (gifts, grants, AP, payroll, accruals, reconciliation of accounts and financial statements)
  • Reconcile balance sheet and income accounts.
  • Substantiates financial transactions by auditing documents.
  • Maintains accounting controls.
  • Reconciles financial discrepancies by collecting and analyzing account information.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

What Are We Looking For?

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree in accounting or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years’ experience in nonprofit tax and/or accounting
  • Highly skilled in the Microsoft Office Suite products, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Access

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Goal-oriented pro-active self-starter with ability to work independently and approach challenges with a high degree of adaptability and creativity. 
  • Detailed-oriented with ability to analyze, review & verify accuracy of data, notice and research outliers.
  • Good communication and presentation skills, with the ability to present complex ideas, financials, and processes clearly and in an engaging and audience-relevant manner.
  • Good response skills with the ability to enjoy being in a support department responding willingly to internal and external clients.
  • Good writing skills, with the ability to document workflows and step-by-step procedures.
  • Problem-solver with an ability to identify bottlenecks/areas of improvement along with an ability to implement solutions while maintaining a robust internal control environment.
  • Knowledge of accepted accounting and auditing practices and principles.
  • Ability to prepare clear and accurate reports for information, auditing and management use
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and personal maturity; comfort and facility with effective collaboration; demonstrated ability to engage and influence a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Unwavering personal and professional integrity with ability to work with highly confidential information.
  • Comfort with various accounting software technologies, especially MS Office products.
  • Capacity and attitude to serve; ability to occasionally work outside of core business hours

What Can You Expect?

A collegial work environment; a competitive salary and excellent benefits, including health insurances (medical, dental, vision and long-term disability); a generous retirement plan match; and vacation/sick leave.

What are the Physical Demands and Working Conditions?

The physical demands and characteristics of the work environment described here are representative of those occurring in the performance of the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

This position works in an office, and the noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, i.e. copier toner.

How Do I Apply?

As an equal opportunity employer, Seattle Foundation is committed to a diverse, multi-cultural work environment.  Seattle Foundation does not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations are encouraged to apply.

Please send cover letter and resume to: The position is open until filled.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and required skills. Job Description may be subject to change to meet the needs of the organization.