Senior Accountant

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YMCA of Springfield


Springfield, IL 62705-0155

Job Description


The YMCA of Springfield is in Central Illinois. The YMCA has 2 full facilities branches as well as program locations in various school and athletic venues throughout the community. With a membership of over 18,000 and an association budget exceeding 6 million, the YMCA of Springfield is a major force in the life of our community, striving to fulfill our promise to our community and living our cause.

A new branch to replace an older facility and a separate administration location was opened in November 2020. In 2021, we will be expanding our service area to a neighboring county providing programs and services with full facility branch built in within 3 years. To learn more about our community impact, view our community impact report found on our website,


The Accounting Department with a staff of 3 supports the financial services of the association and works in collaboration with personnel operations in branches, after school programs in community schools and an offsite camp location in 3 counties. The department’s mission is focused on sound and responsive financial analysis which supports programs and services to achieve the organizational mission, it annual goals and long-range strategic planning.


Under the supervision of the Chief Financial Officer, the Senior Accountant will perform and coordinate accounting duties within our organization. The Senior Accountant's responsibilities include supporting the CFO by preparing financial reports, preparing payroll, performing account reconciliations, maintaining the general ledger, assisting with audit preparations, and performing other accounting duties as assigned.

To be successful as a Senior Accountant, you should have a solid working knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and strong financial analysis skills. An outstanding Senior Accountant should also possess strong Excel skills, be detail-oriented, highly organized, and able to work with little to no supervision and perform under pressure.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Bachelor's degree in accounting or finance required.
  2. 3+ years of accounting experience, 4+ preferred
  3. Working knowledge of GAAP.
  4. Strong financial analysis skills.
  5. Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  6. Strong organizational and stress management skills.
  7. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly with Excel
  8. Ability to work with little to no supervision.
  9. Have leadership competencies in the identified key areas
  10. Ability to learn quickly.
  11. Ability to work with integrity, discretion, and a professional approach.
  12. Prefer knowledge of, and previous experience with, diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.).
  13. Ability to complete all required trainings within 60 days of employment, including but not limited to CPR, first aid, and Living Our Cause

Essential Functions

Overarching Goal: Through their planning, actions and daily work creates and fosters a welcoming environment for all persons of all backgrounds and abilities and has a positive, nurturing relationships with staff while building cooperative relationships with organizational partners. Promotes and supports the potential of all in programs and facilitates peer-to-peer connections as part of the overall YMCA experience.

  1. Coordinate accounting functions and programs.
  2. Prepare financial analyses and reports.
  3. Contribute to revenue projections and forecasted expenditure.
  4. Assist with preparing and monitoring budgets.
  5. Oversee Accounts Payable and Receivable.
  6. Maintain and reconcile general ledger accounts.
  7. Assist with annual audit preparations.
  8. Investigate and resolve audit findings, account discrepancies, and issues of non-compliance.
  9. Contribute to the development of new or amended accounting systems, programs, and procedures.
  10. Performing other accounting duties and supporting junior staff as required or assigned.

Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies


Description: Someone who leads a team, project, or process with or without supervisory responsibility.

Disciplines:a broad grouping of competencies focused on a critical area that defines a cause-driven leader’s ability to advance the work of the Y.

Competency: Clusters of observable skills and behaviors needed to be successful within an organization or role.

Key Leadership competencies incumbent should bring to the job:

· Collaboration

· Communication & Influence

· Fiscal Management

· Functional Expertise

Team Leader Discipline, Competencies and Behavioral Indicators


Advancing Our Mission & Cause: Provide visionary leadership to the organization and to ensure that all resources are mobilized to adapt to new challenges and needs in the community.


Change Leadership: Facilitates, co-creates, and implements equitable change for the good of the organization and/or community.

Behavioral Indicators:

· Provides resources, removes barriers, and acts as an advocate for those initiating change.

· Actively supports and remains accessible to others during times of change or stress.

· Manages resistance to change by seeking input from stakeholders and communicating the change clearly.

· Hold others accountable for implementing the change.

Engaging Community: Builds bridges with others in the community to ensure the Y’s work is community-focused and welcoming of all, providing community benefit.

Behavioral Indicators:

· Ensures programs and services meet community needs.

· Ensures a level of service and engagement that fosters loyalty among those we serve.

· Intentionally fosters a cause-centered culture that is welcoming, genuine, hopeful, nurturing, and determined.

Philanthropy: Secures resources and support to advance the Y’s work.

Behavioral Indicators:

· Educates staff, volunteers, and members about the charitable nature of the Y.

· Leads key components of the Y’s fundraising efforts.

Volunteerism: Engages volunteers and promotes social responsibility at all levels of the organization.

Behavioral Indicators:

· Proactively positions volunteerism as a central context of being cause-driven and a way of being socially responsible.

· Recruits, onboards, and develops volunteers from diverse backgrounds.

· Works with volunteers to create meaningful and relevant roles that impact the community, fulfill their personal purpose, and build commitment to the cause.


Building Relationships: Connect people to the Y’s cause by developing inclusive relationships, partnerships, and collaborations so that Ys can co-create solutions to pressing social needs.


Collaboration: Creates sustainable relationships within the Y and with other organizations in service to the community.

Behavioral Indicators:

· Identifies and builds relationships with internal and/or external partners or key stakeholders to support programs or projects.

· Builds effective teams and committees by fostering common vision and plans

Communication & Influence Listens and expresses self effectively and, in a way, that engages, inspires, and builds commitment to the Y’s cause.

Behavioral Indicators:

· Writes clearly and concisely, using correct grammar, vocabulary, and appropriate tone for the message or audience.

· Speaks in a clear, articulate manner.

· Maintains regular, clear, and concise communication within area of responsibility.

· Adopts a personal leadership style or approach to influence others.

Inclusion: Values all people for their unique talents and takes an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion, and global work, as well as cultural competence.

Behavioral Indicators:

· Addresses behaviors and practices that do not support inclusion in positive and equitable ways.

· Ensures staff model equity, inclusion, cultural competence, and global awareness in all areas of their work.


Leading Operations: Ensure relevance, effectiveness, and sustainability of the organization so that we can continue to fulfill our promise to the community.


Critical Thinking & Decision Making: Makes informed decisions based on logic, data, and sound judgment.

Behavioral Indicators:

· Actively looks for and incorporates different points of view when making decisions.

· Gathers relevant, valid data to make appropriate decisions. • Interprets data, feedback, and information, differentiating among assumptions, anecdotal evidence, and facts.

· Anticipates risk, implications, and possible outcomes before acting.

· Weighs pros and cons of multiple options to make decisions about complex problems.

Fiscal Management: Manages the Y’s resources responsibly and sustains the Y’s nonprofit business model.

Behavioral Indicators:

· Prepares budgets and interprets balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, and forecasts.

· Analyzes financial data in order to make comparisons, draw conclusions, and make decisions.

· Identifies and mitigates significant business, financial, and operating risks, and financial irregularities, and communicates information to management.

Functional Expertise: Executes superior technical skills for the role.

Behavioral Indicators:

· Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.

· Uses best practices, guidelines, and industry standards as a framework to improve performance.

· Demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in the technology associated with the job.

· Serves with purpose and passion.

Innovation: Creates and implements new and relevant approaches and activities that improve and expand the Y’s work and impact in the community.

Behavioral Indicators:

· Seeks input from key stakeholders, including staff, members, and the community, to develop or improve a program or project.

· Researches and identifies new trends in the program or service area.

· Incorporates creative thinking and discussion techniques into meetings and discussions, including brainstorming, mind mapping, sticky notes, and whiteboard visuals.

· Tries new things and assesses their effectiveness.

· Values and encourages creative and innovative ideas

Program/Project Management: Ensures program or project goals are met and intended impact occurs.

Behavioral Indicators:

· Translates organizational goals into executable plans with accountable staff and volunteers by defining tasks, milestones, and priorities for programs or projects.

· Delegates responsibilities and monitors progress towards goals.

· Follows fidelity, quality, and evidence-based standards of programs, projects, or the organization.

· Challenges inefficient or ineffective work processes and offers constructive alternatives.

· Follows through on commitments with an appropriate sense of urgency.

· Demonstrates flexibility when plans or situations change unexpectedly, effectively adjusting plans to achieve intended outcomes


Developing & Inspiring People: Support the holistic development of self and others so that everyone can embrace the Y’s cause, sustain the Y’s culture, and inspire others to take individual and collective action to further our impact.


Developing Self & Others: Develops self and supports others (e.g., staff, volunteers, members, program participants), both formally and informally, to achieve their highest potential

Behavioral Indicators:

· Recruits and hires diverse staff and volunteer teams across multiple dimensions of diversity.

· Onboards and develops staff and volunteers for success.

· Provides staff and volunteers with the support, time, tools, and resources necessary to set, meet or exceed goals.

· Coaches others for continuous development, including analyzing performance gaps, building development plans, delivering appreciative and developmental feedback, and aligning passions and career goals.

· Addresses sensitive issues, inappropriate behavior, or performance concerns to help the other person grow.

· Shares and employs new learning to improve staff and personal performance.

· Strives to understand and resolve conflicting feedback or ideas from multiple sources.

Emotional Maturity: Demonstrates ability to understand and manage emotions effectively in all situations.

Behavioral Indicators:

· Regulates behavior based on assessment of situation, personal feelings, strengths, and limitations.

Demonstrates a settling presence, even during times of crisis and challenge

Required Certifications

  1. Bachelor's degree in accounting or finance required.


$55,000.00 - $65,000.00

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Resumes Accepted Until

Jan. 22, 2021

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