At Central Synagogue


Senior Accountant

Posted on January 15, 2019

Our Vision

Central Synagogue is a thriving reform congregation in midtown Manhattan, serving 2,500 families and the larger community. We work tirelessly toward a world in which Judaism is central to the lives of Jews everywhere and is a profound and positive force for humanity. We are relentless in our pursuit of that goal, constantly evolving to reach far beyond the walls of our synagogue to learn, worship, serve and continually redefine what it means to be Jewish today. For more information about our organization visit

Job Summary/Objective

The Senior Accountant reports to the Controller and is a member of the Finance team. He/she is will take full ownership of all aspects of the monthly close and introduce quarterly reconciliations to the balance sheet. The individual will develop processes and leverage technology to ensure we have a strong monthly, quarterly and annual close as required. He/she will be a strong multi-tasker and independent problem-solver, have excellent communication and project-management skills, work well with others across the team and organization, and be extremely organized.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement an efficient monthly closing process including a comprehensive checklist that ensures a timely and accurate closing.
  • Prepare bank reconciliations and recording of all accounting entries including for example cash transfers, bank and credit card fees, release of net assets, amortization, allocations and accruals.
  • Develop and execute improved process for AMEX corporate card expense processing.
  • Conduct ongoing analysis and reconciliation of balance sheet accounts and initiates adjusting journal entries after appropriate research of balances.
  • Work along with the Finance team in implementation of new accounting software, ensuring it meets the needs and enhances in particular the closing and balance sheet functions.
  • Support team as needed in other areas including audit support, financial analysis and other special projects.

Core Competencies

  1. Strong accounting background with experience using accounting software (MIP and Intacct preferred)
  2. Highly motivated, able to multi-task and work independently
  3. Enthusiastic about technology and has the drive to bring improvements to processes
  4. Strong organization skills and able to meet deadlines.
  5. Good oral and written communication skills


  1. Bachelor’s degree in Accounting
  2. 5-7 years accounting experience
  3. Proficient in Excel and familiar with Microsoft Outlook and Word or equivalent
  4. Public accounting experience a plus


Full-time, FLSA classification (exempt and not eligible for OT).

Monday through Thursday 9:00am-5:30pm, Friday 9:00 – 4:30pm, or equivalent.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job and may change at any time.

Application Process

  • To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter addressed to Judy Zipkowitz, and three references to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
  • Please reference “Senior Accountant” in the subject line of your email. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Central Synagogue, a 503(c) religious organization, employs 80 full-time and 30+ part time staff positions in more than a dozen departments, including our Religious School; Nursery School and Early Childhood Center; clergy study; membership, finance, communications, technology, development, maintenance, events, and administrative support teams. Our staff, which we consider "a team," is committed to excellence in our work. Central offers generous benefits and paid time off to its employees. We invite you to review our current openings and apply here. Central Synagogue is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

X Central Synagogue will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, sex, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship, military status, marital status, physical and mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. It is the policy of the Congregation that certain positions must be filled by persons of the Jewish faith as a bona fide occupational qualification. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment. All employees, regardless of position, are expected to maintain and contribute to this policy.