Senior Accountant

Location Name: 
New York City
Closing Date: 
December 15, 2019

About Building Markets

Founded in 2004, Building Markets is an award-winning nonprofit that creates jobs and encourages economic growth in crisis-affected countries by finding, building and connecting competitive local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to supply chains and investment. Through this approach, the organization has built a network of 25,000 verified SMEs, assisted them in winning over $1.3 billion in contracts, and helped create over 70,000 jobs in Afghanistan, Haiti, Liberia, Mozambique, Myanmar, and Timor-Leste. Building Markets is headquartered in New York City and currently operates programs in Jordan, Myanmar, and Turkey. 

Position Overview

The Senior Accountant is a key leadership role on Building Markets' financial and administration teams reporting to the CEO in the areas of Finance, Compliance, and Human Resources. The individual will also interface with the board's finance and audit committees. As a member of the senior management team, the Senior Accountant will be involved in strategic planning and its execution to meet organizational goals, including ensuring that Building Markets can continue to grow by building strong internal systems that help to create efficiencies in finance and HR at both Headquarters and in our Country Offices, while minimizing and managing risk exposure.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a professional with experience in financial management and leadership, ideally gained through both nonprofit and corporate settings. Successful candidates will have a proven track record, certification as a public accountant, and be passionate about the work of Building Markets.

Responsibilities and Duties 


  • Develop models for CEO for forecasting, business planning, and reporting.
  • Review and report on monthly financial position to CEO.
  • Review and approve monthly cash flow projections for country offices.
  • Quarterly, assess organizational performance against both the annual budget and Building Markets Strategic Plan.
  • Prepare donor financial reports and review monthly closeout and entries.
  • Oversee program and statutory audits - serving as the main point of contact with auditors.
  • Manage all organizational tax, federal, and state returns.

Planning, Policy, and Donor/Investor Relations 

  • With CEO, prepare annual budget plan for Building Markets.
  • With CEO and project teams, prepare proposal budgets as required.
  • Liaise with Donors as needed on financial reporting and budgeting.
  • Engage board audit/finance committees to develop financial plans and projections, and present quarterly reports.
  • Present quarterly cash flow projections to CEO.
  • Keep financial guides, employee handbooks and relevant policies current.
  • Make recommendations that ensure sound financial management and stability. 
  • Remain current on nonprofit audit and best practices in line with state, federal and local laws where the organization operates. 


  • Serve as member of the management team and participate in organizational-wide problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Train and induct staff on organizational financial and HR policies to ensure standardization in implementation.This includes onboarding new staff and regular (re)training sessions for managers on updated policies, other changes, or general reviews.
  • Manage HR/finance team members and supervise country office financial teams.
  • Maintain strong working relationship with the organization’s banks and auditors.


  • Ensure all paperwork required for financial and HR transactions are documented and archived.
  • Review contribution agreements and set-up accounting processes to meet donor requirements for individual grants.
  • Maintain the organization’s Finance Dropbox.
  • Refine Building Markets’ financial systems as needed – creating efficiencies and adopting best practices.
  • Design and regularly monitor financial systems and controls for field projects.
  • Oversee and manage accounting and payroll systems.

Reporting Lines 

  • Reports to CEO.
  • Manages bookkeeper and is the functionally oversees country officer financial directors.

Qualifications and Education

  • CPA license required.
  • Minimum 7 years’ experience with at least three years in a management role.
  • Strong experience in nonprofit accounting and managing complex financial systems and reporting requirements.
  • Must have experience managing US Government grants >$800k, including reporting and monitoring.
  • A hands-on, roll-up your sleeves leader that can get things done while mastering details.
  • Demonstrated experience directing and implementing new systems, processes and technology to enhance internal operations and organizational effectiveness.
  • Experience managing HR functions – including all employee related policy.
  • An ability to lead staff training related to finance and HR both in-person and virtually.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to add to the overall performance of the team through consistent support and positive interaction. 


  • Travel to each of our field offices will be required for monitoring and support visits, at least one time annually, budget permitting.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Salary commensurate with experience (range - $90k - $130k)
  • Health and dental/vision insurance covered
  • 20 Days Paid Vacation


  • Full-time position
  • Initial 12-month contract with review for renewal


  • New York City headquarters office.
  • Some remote work possible.


  • Interested candidates are invited to send a CV, cover letter, and three professional references by email to not later than December 15, 2019.  The subject line must read “Senior Accountant”.