Senior Payroll Accountant, Managed Organizations Finance

Arabella Advisors

About the organization

Arabella Advisors helps foundations, philanthropists and investors who are serious about impact achieve the greatest good with their resources. We work on issues ranging from the social and economic advancement of women and girls, and conservation of our climate and planet, to reducing poverty and inequity in the United States and around the world. Our staff members are mission-driven and action-oriented, and have a unique combination of experience in philanthropy, business, nonprofits, government, finance, law, and other fields. We combine creative, strategic thinking with knowledge and networks developed through decades of hands-on experience. The fastest-growing philanthropic advisory firm in the nation, Arabella is also a certified B Corporation.


•Responsible for coordinating with the Human Resources (“HR”) and Managed Organization Account teams on the preparation and processing of semi-monthly payroll for 600 employees
•Analyze monthly payroll related journal entries for reasonableness and anomalies regarding salary, taxes, 401(k), FSA/HRA activity, garnishments and other special payroll deductions for the master organization
•Responsible for coordination efforts between HR and account teams to ensure proper security measures are followed and maintained to protect employee personal information
•Responsible for coordinating with the HR department to reconcile all payroll and benefit providers billing invoices and accompanying underlying billing supporting schedules for the preparation/distribution of detailed reports, allocation of expenses across multiple projects and multiple nonprofit entities
•Prepare entries to ensure that all payroll related costs are accurately recorded in the general ledger discrepancies, determine appropriate solutions
•Review Staff Accountant journal entries and monthly reconciliations for completeness and accuracy of managed nonprofits
•Research and advise finance staff and account teams concerning the accounting treatment of complex payroll transactions.
•Develop and document best practices and processes regarding payroll processes
•Prepare monthly bank reconciliation related to payroll account activity


•Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in accounting / finance / business administration
•Experience in philanthropy, nonprofit management, or consulting
•Proficiency with Excel, Ultimate Software and Great Plains (GP)
•Five years of payroll experience in a Payroll Office or Department performing all payroll functions
•Strong attention to detail and accuracy
•Solid analytical and problem-solving skills
•Ability to manage and meet deadlines for multiple projects simultaneously
•Excellent verbal and written communication skills
•Ability to work within multi-functional teams

Application instructions

Submit a resume and a one-page cover letter online. The cover letter should address why you’re excited to work at Arabella and why you’re qualified for this specific job.

We value diversity and inclusion and encourage all qualified people to apply. If we can make this easier through accommodation in the recruitment process, please let us know.

While Arabella is open to individuals from various locations applying to join our team, please note that we generally are unable to pay for relocation expenses.

We will review applications as they are received and look forward to hearing.

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