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Senior Accountant
Asian Art Museum

San Francisco, CA

The Asian Art Museum offers an exciting opportunity for a skilled, professional accountant to join its dynamic Finance team. Under the supervision of the Controller, and in coordination with the Finance Director and COO/CFO, the Senior Accountant performs, supervises, and reviews a variety of accounting duties and outcomes in the Finance department.

He/she performs a variety of professional accounting work requiring a strong knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP); oversees daily cash management; manages the accounts payable and disbursement functions; supervises the AP Accountant; supports the structure, integrity, and content of the general ledger; reviews and approves cash disbursement entries; analyzes, reconciles, and reports general ledger accounts in support of preparing financial statements; and assists in the development of financial policy and procedures. The Senior Accountant must be able to work effectively with the Finance and Museum staff, and outside vendors, and to clearly understand, apply, and explain museum policies and procedures.


  • Reviews, records, and reconciles monthly investment statements for externally and internally managed investments and endowment funds.  Working with external investment manager, manages receipts to and disbursements from investment funds.
  • Monitors cash flow of all bank and investment accounts.  Reports to the Controller the status of cash on hand on a daily basis, forecasts funds available for upcoming expenditures, and assists in cash flow forecasting.
  • Reviews and approves for posting all vendor invoice batches and payment batches to the general ledger.  Verifies that authorization and accounting policies and procedures are being followed; ensures the accuracy and appropriateness of general ledger coding; and, delivers timely and efficient processing and payment.
  • Reviews monthly accounts payable aging to ensure all vendor invoices are paid on a timely basis; supervises the reconciliation of all records with accounts payable activities and the maintenance of vendor files.
  • With the support of the Controller, manages the accounts payable and disbursement systems/functions across the museum.  Assists the Controller in developing and implementing  systems, communicating and enforcing policies and procedures, enabling training, and ensuring the integrated functionality of those accounts payable and disbursement systems.
  • Reviews and approves accounts payable and cash disbursement entries. Prepares monthly journal entries; performs the reconciliations of certain balance sheet accounts.
  • Responds to other departments’ inquiries, e.g. general ledger report, credit card, gift card transactions, etc., and researches & resolves discrepancies.
  • Initiates City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) Purchase Order requests and invoice payments through the city accounting system.
  • Ensures the timely and accurate filing and payment of sales taxes, use taxes, business licenses, and other business operations requirements.
  • Prepares assigned audit schedules at year end. 


  • BA/BS in Accounting.
  • 5 (five) years of accounting and finance experience including previous work in the areas of general accounting and accounts payable; endowment  accounting experience a plus.
  • Strong knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP); nonprofit GAAP experience a plus.
  • Intermediate Excel required.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills. Proven ability to work collaboratively across departments and functions.
  • Familiarity with accounting systems required. 
  • Ability to: analyze, post, balance, and reconcile accounting records and financial statements; research and analyze fiscal and statistical data; utilize problem-solving skills; maintain and verify accuracy of financial data and information.
  • Ability to: work independently as well as collaboratively; establish and maintain positive, cooperative, and effective working relationships with museum staff and vendors.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and proven accuracy; excellent time management, organizational skills, and good follow through. Ability to process sensitive information.
  • Previous experience managing staff a plus. 


Competitive compensation and benefits package.


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* The Asian Art Museum is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art and culture. Home to more than 16,000 works of art from over 40 Asian countries, we strive to be a catalyst for discovery, dialogue, and inspiration. With Asia as our lens and art as our cornerstone, we spark connections across cultures and through time, igniting curiosity, conversation, and creativity.* 

The Asian Art Museum embraces diversity in its mission, programs, and staff. 






Deadline: 10-23-2017

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