Accountant

Los Angeles, California, United States · Administration and Operations/Finance expand job description ↓

Description

About the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Founded by philanthropist and filmmaker George Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO and President of Ariel Investments, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will inspire current and future generations through the universal art of visual storytelling. The museum will present a permanent collection and rotating exhibitions for diverse public audiences which will feature illustrations, paintings, comic art, photography, and an in-depth exploration of the arts of filmmaking (including storyboards, costumes, animation, visual effects, and more). Extensive education programming designed for all ages will explore innovative ways for visitors to engage with narrative art. Designed by renowned architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects and under construction in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park, the museum will feature new public green space, state-of-the-art cinematic theaters, a research library, numerous spaces for onsite education, restaurants, retail, and event spaces. Additional information at lucasmuseum.org.


Equal Opportunity Policy

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents and supports a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. The Lucas Museum fosters a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment, whether based on race, national origin, gender, gender expression, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other criterion prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. We believe that diversity and inclusion among our team is critical to our success, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Applications from traditionally underrepresented communities are encouraged.


The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the job.

Applicants interested in this role are strongly encouraged to apply at: lucasmuseum.workable.com


Position Summary (Intent and purpose of the role)

Under the general supervision of the Director of Accounting & Finance (Controller), the Accountant will be responsible for maintaining the integrity of the Museum’s general ledger and financial statements. This position is expected to function with a minimum amount of oversight while performing complex accounting work that requires the application of accounting theories, concepts, principles and standards to the financial activities of the Museum. The work involves preparing and analyzing financial statements; analyzing variances between actual and budget as well as monthly variances; preparing cash flow analysis; reconciling accounts and verifying them to source documents; and preparing analytical schedules necessary for the financial audit.

All staff at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art lead through a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, both within the Museum and with the communities that we serve.

This is an exempt, benefits-eligible role with an expected salary range of $91,000-$99,000. An attractive compensation package will be offered to the successful candidate

Core competencies for this role

  • Analyzing - Analyzes numerical data, verbal data and all other sources of information; breaks information into component parts, patterns and relationships; probes for further information or greater understanding of a problem; makes rational judgements from the available information and analysis; produces workable solutions to a range of problems; demonstrates an understanding of how one issue may be a part of a much larger system;
  • Adhering to Principles & Values - Upholds ethics and values; demonstrates integrity; promotes and defends equal opportunities, builds diverse teams; encourages organizational and individual responsibility towards the museum stewardship;
  • Presenting & Communicating Information - Speaks clearly and fluently; expresses opinions, information, and key points of an argument clearly;
  • Following Instructions & Procedures - Appropriately follows instructions; follows procedures and policies; keeps to schedules; arrives punctually for work and meetings; demonstrates commitment to the organization; complies with legal obligations of the role;
  • Adapting & Responding to change - Adapts to changing circumstances; accepts new ideas and change initiatives; adapts interpersonal style to suit different people or situations; shows respect and sensitivity towards differences; deals with ambiguity, making positive use of the opportunities it presents;

Primary Responsibilities & Accountabilities

  • Perform timely and accurate month-end closing of the general ledger, typically handling the more sensitive, difficult or complex closing activities:
    • Analyze financial results in comparison to the budget, as well as comparisons by month and prior year;
    • Prepare month-end inventory valuation schedule, analyze inventory month over month and evaluate variances;
    • Monthly and quarterly reconciliation of investment accounts and preparing the roll forward schedules;
    • Research and prepare explanations for balance sheet and income statement variances;
  • Establish an environment of continuous improvement to identify, develop and implement process changes to increase accuracy of our financial records and efficiency of our processes:
    • Identify trends or anomalies in accounting system transactions and evaluate their significance of impact to ongoing projects, operations, and financial statements;
    • Assist management with ad hoc requests/special projects;
    • Implement process improvements, achieve efficiencies, and provide value-added services to stakeholders;
  • Provide in-depth analysis and reconciliations of complex financial data to ensure that applicable regulations and accounting procedures are observed:
    • Prepare and/or review Journal Entries for all dividends, interest income, realized and unrealized gains and losses;
    • Perform analytical review of all assigned balance sheet accounts and ensure the accuracy and completeness of all transactions;
    • Reconcile accounts to their source documents and maintain lead schedules that will be necessary for the financial audit;
    • Propose and execute adjustments related to reconciliations in timely manner;
    • Review all invoices for appropriate General Ledger coding and accounting;
  • Participate in internal and external audits conducted to ensure compliance with required GAAP as well as County, State, or Federal requirement and laws;

Special projects and other duties as designated by Controller, Managing Director of Finance, or another designee.

Requirements

Education / Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in accounting or finance required;
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) License preferred;
  • Previous work experience in a not for profit 501(c)(3) accounting organization required;
  • Four (4) years of general accounting experience including journal entry preparation and account reconciliation;

Skills

  • Experience working with budgets and performing variance analyses;
  • Strong skills using enterprise resource planning (ERP) accounting systems and Microsoft Suite (Excel, Word);
  • Hands-on approach with attention to detail, organization, reliability and a get-it-done attitude;
  • A collaborative team player with highly developed interpersonal skills who can relate to diverse internal and external audiences;
  • Strong partnership and collaborative style with outstanding communication skills (written, verbal and presentation);
  • Must be able to work independently and maintain a high level of productivity;
  • Self-motivated and highly experienced with multi-tasking;

Knowledge

  • Solid financial and accounting knowledge of standards, process, reporting and systems;
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills;
  • Month end close and reporting experience;
  • Comfortable in transitional situations where there is rapid change and ambiguity;

Abilities

  • Ability to work with individuals to articulate an understanding of the business through the numbers;
  • Ability to command credibility and influence outcomes at the highest levels of an organization;
  • Ability to think strategically and act tactically.

Benefits

Salary and titles will be assigned commensurate to the successful candidate’s education and experience. An attractive compensation package will be offered to the successful candidates

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is proud to offer the following benefits to our full-time, benefits eligible staff:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
  • Voluntary Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
  • 403B Plan with employer match
  • Parental Leave
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Healthcare Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Spending Account
  • Commuter Spending Accounts
  • PTO (starting at 26 days your first year)
  • Paid Holidays
  • Employee Assistance Program
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