Accounting Clerk


Accounting Clerk  

Classification: Full-time, Non-Exempt Position


Advancement Project’s National Office seeks a motivated, talented and detail-oriented individual with a superb logical/quantitative data analysis skill set to perform duties as an Accounting Clerk. This position is based in Advancement Project’s National Office in Washington DC, and supports finance operations under the supervision of the Chief Financial Officer.

The Accounting Clerk’s primary responsibility is to assist the organization with the processing, maintenance and reconciliation of actions relevant to accountants payable and accounts receivable. This position is an entry-level position with career advancement potential.

Advancement Project is a next generation, multiracial national civil rights organization.  Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, we exist to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive, and just democracy.  We use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change.




  • Performs accounting and clerical functions to support the Finance Department and Chief Financial Officer.
  • Assist with inputting entries into proper accounts for both accounts payable and accounts receivable.
  • Assists with analyzing and tracking monthly credit card bills within Excel spreadsheet.
  • Assists with all necessary account, bank and other reconciliations.
  • Analyzes various account discrepancies and unpaid invoices.
  • Assists with processing vendor invoices, expense reports, check requests and other disbursements.
  • Creates, maintain & update vendor files, including W9 forms for contract purposes.
  • Enters numerical data into financial automated system and ensures financial integrity and maintenance of database using current technologies (i.e. Quick Books).
  • Assists in various internal financial audits and tax preparations as needed.
  • Performs accounting and clerical functions to support CFO (i.e. meetings, conferences, makes photocopies, scanning, faxes, etc.).
  • Complete special projects as assigned (i.e. Annual Report, financial statements, payroll recording/reporting).
  • Assist with other general accounting duties as assigned (i.e. petty cash fund).


  • Maintain collegial work relationships with all coworkers, interns and/or volunteer staff.
  • Represent department as a member of various organizational committees.
  • Maintain a positive attitude and willingness to assume additional responsibilities at the discretion of immediate supervisor and other members of the Leadership Team.
  • Handle sensitive interdepartmental financial data/information in a confidential manner and assist with other office/administrative duties when requested.


  • Persuasively articulate the mission, goals and program priorities of Advancement Project’s national office in written and oral formats.
  • Assist with the production of financial related proposals, notices, and other department informational materials as necessary.


  • Ethical Conduct.​
  • Time Management.
  • Organization Skills.
  • Financial Management.
  • Project Management.
  • Personal Effectiveness/Credibility.


  • A demonstrated commitment to racial and social justice.
  • Associate’s degree in Accounting or Business Administration required. Bachelor degree preferable.
  • At least two years of accounting or bookkeeping experience required. Experience working in a mission-oriented non-profit setting is highly preferred.
  • Knowledge of operating practices; policies, and procedures of an accounting department; ability to understand and interpret pertinent policies and procedures clearly and accurately required.
  • Strong technical aptitude and working knowledge of electronic accounting software/databases and office related software programs required (i.e. MS Excel-Advanced Certification, QuickBooks, MS Word, MS Access, MS PowerPoint, MS. Outlook, etc.…).
  • Prior project management experience and ability to multitask preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal/teamwork, research/problem-solving, and quantitative analysis skills required.
  • Superior oral and written communications skills required.
  • Previous work in a cross-functional or matrix team environment strongly preferred.


  • Compensation includes wages plus a generous benefits package.


Interested qualified applicants should submit a cover letter with salary expectations, their resume, and a list of three references by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with subject: Accounting Line.  Fax submissions to (202) 728-9558. Please note, only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview


Advancement Project
1220 L. Street NW, Suite 850
Washington, DC  20005

Advancement Project is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer & Drug-Free Workplace

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. 

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