Staff Accountant

Department: Finance
Reports to: Controller
Status: Full-time, Exempt

Position Purpose

To support the Controller in carrying out the responsibilities of the Finance Department. To relieve the Controller of certain responsibilities that will allow them to spend a greater portion of their time on Financial Statement preparation and analysis, Budget and Variance issues, and Forecasting.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide monthly detail to the Controller for General Journal entries (including, but not limited to electronic bank transactions, gifts of securities, Accounts Receivable and other balance sheet entries)
  • Acquire necessary approvals for Accounts Payable Invoices from various departments
  • Enter approved Accounts Payable invoices in Accounting System; prepare edit sheet for review of pending payments
  • Process Accounts Payable paperwork at completion of the check run
  • Assist Controller with payroll preparation for upload to ADP Payroll system, and manage payroll related documents, such as binders for all payroll reports
  • Ensure proper recording of new Fixed Asset purchases and disposals
  • Maintain the Fixed Asset and associated depreciation schedules
  • Prepare correspondence as needed within the department
  • Prepare labels and maintain files as needed within the department
  • Perform such other accounting, financial, or administrative tasks as may be required from time to time – quite often on short notice - by the COO or the Controller

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelors degree in accounting, or a Bachelors degree in business with emphasis in accounting, is required
  • Must be highly skilled in dealing with financial and numeric data
  • Must be highly skilled in use of Excel spreadsheets
  • Must be skilled in use of MS Word and must be a very good writer in order to handle the occasional administrative needs of the department
  • Must have very good verbal skills
  • Must have excellent work habits, including a willingness to work the hours necessary to get the job done, especially when important deadlines cause greater than normal departmental pressures

Application Process

Send Cover Letter and resume to:

The Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Fax: 415.655.7815

No phone calls please.

Application deadline: Open until filled.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum is an equal opportunity employer.


736 Mission Street (btwn. 3rd and 4th Streets), San Francisco, CA 94103 | Hours: Daily 11am–5pm, Thursdays 11am–8pm, Closed Wednesdays | 415.655.7800 |