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Senior Accountant 

Location Museum of Life and Science  
About the Organization The Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina's top family destinations, located less than five miles from downtown Durham. Situated on 84-acres, our interactive science park includes a two-story science center, one of the largest butterfly conservatories on the East Coast and beautifully landscaped outdoor exhibits which are safe havens for rescued black bears, lemurs, and endangered red wolves. Other popular attractions include over 60 species of live animals, Dinosaur Trail, Ellerbe Creek Railway, and Hideaway Woods. Our mission is to create a place of lifelong learning where people, from young child to senior citizen, embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world.  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
  • Manage and backup one direct report in the preparation of payroll, billing, attendance reporting, and general accounting duties.
  • Support and backup the Accounting Manager in maintenance of the general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and fixed assets.
  • In all activities, the Senior Accountant is expected to act ethically and with the attention to detail that supports the integrity of the general ledger and the presentation of timely and accurate financial reporting to management, board of directors, government agencies, and grantor organizations.
  • Support and backup the Accounting Manager in the completion of monthly financial statements for multiple departments and funds, including all supporting schedules, as well as bank and balance sheet reconciliations.
  • Assist in the annual external audit and coordinate other audits that may be required by grantors.
  • Work with Museum grant staff to provide financial reporting and guidance that supports grant compliance.
  • Contribute to annual budget development, forecasts and variance analysis.
  • Prepare monthly attendance reports and assist in monthly financial analysis.
  • Collaborate with the CFO to recommend accounting best practices as needed.
  • Additional duties as needed.
Position Requirements


  • BA/BS in Accounting or related field
  • 2-5 years of non-profit accounting experience
  • Expert-level computer proficiency (Microsoft Excel)
  • Strong budgeting, accounting and reporting experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with emphasis on teamwork
  • Demonstrated strong financial analysis and modeling skills
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail


  • 2 years supervisory experience
  • Experience with grants and contract administration strongly preferred
  • Proficiency with enterprise level financial systems
  • Excellent presentation skills with the ability to analyze and explain complex financial information
Shift -not applicable-  
Pay Range  
EOE Statement The Museum is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
Category Administration  

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