Poets & Writers

Staff Accountant

The staff accountant works closely with the director of finance and accounting as part of a busy two-person team that supports the work of Poets & Writers, a leading nonprofit literary arts organization. The staff accountant has primary responsibility for both accounts payable and accounts receivable and supports all functions of the department.

The staff accountant reports to the director of finance and accounting. This is a full-time position in our New York City office; we offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Manage accounts payable and accounts receivable
  • Record payroll expense
  • Reconcile internal credit card expense reports
  • Prepare monthly bank account reconciliations
  • Prepare and process approved journal entries
  • Assist in the preparation of monthly budget and financial reports
  • Prepare reports on charitable activities for all states requiring them
  • Assist with preparation for the annual audit and tax filings
  • Maintain electronic and paper files in accordance with our Document Retention Policy
  • Provide outstanding support to staff and excellent customer service to clients

Qualifications and Experience:

  • B.S. degree in accounting
  • Minimum of two years of general accounting experience, preferably in the non-profit sector
  • Knowledge of QuickBooks Enterprise
  • Knowledge of Excel
  • Experience with magazine publishing a plus
  • Integrity and discretion required
  • A perfectionist with commitment to 100% accuracy
  • Ability to interact courteously with staff members and clients, provide clear information and excellent customer service

To Apply:

To apply, send résumé and cover letter to: Bill Hayes, Director of Finance and Accounting, Poets & Writers, 90 Broad Street, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10004 or by
e-mail to whayes@pw.org. Attachments must be .doc, .rtf, or .pdf; other file types will not be opened. No calls, please.

About Poets & Writers:

Founded in 1970, Poets & Writers is respected and trusted as the primary source of information, support, and guidance for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Our work is rooted in the belief that literature is vital to sustaining a vibrant culture. We focus on nurturing literature’s source: creative writers.

Our mission is to foster the professional development of poets and writers, to promote communication throughout the literary community, and to help create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public.

We advance our mission through our flagship publication, Poets & Writers Magazine; pw.org, a website that provides trustworthy advice, information, and a lively online community for writers; the Readings & Workshops Program, which pays writers fees for giving readings and leading workshops throughout New York and California, as well as in eight cities outside those states; and awards for writers including the $60,000 Jackson Poetry Prize, the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award, and the Amy Award. Learn more at pw.org

Contact Information

Bill Hayes, Director of Finance and Accounting
Poets & Writers
90 Broad Street, Suite 2100
New York
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