Duties and functions

Staff Accountant – Episcopal News Service

Accountant of the Diocese of New Jersey

The Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey is a highly diverse community of 136 Episcopal congregations located in the southern two-thirds of the state, stretching from I-78 north to the southern edge of the state, and from east west of the Atlantic Ocean at the Delaware River. Our congregational community recognizes that our common call is to form people as disciples of Jesus Christ in order to participate in God’s reconciling mission in the world. Our diocesan staff is made up of team members from a variety of religious backgrounds, all of whom are committed to resourcing our congregations as schools of discipleship to support this common calling.

Our diocesan staff includes a finance team of 3:

  1. our Chief Financial Officer, who has executive-level responsibility for all functions of the finance office and is accountable to the diocesan governing bodies as well as to our Bishop,
  2. our controller, who must be able to function effectively as a link between the staff accountant and the finance manager for all accounting, analysis and reporting matters, as well as assist the rest of the team in responding to needs of our congregations, and
  3. our staff accountant (this position), who is primarily responsible for executing and recording daily transactions in our Blackbaud Financial Edge accounting system, summarizing special reports in Excel and assisting our Controller with

In order to meet the requirements of the position, our staff accountant assumes the duties and responsibilities relating to financial management as follows.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Review and process banking activity, including but not limited to cash receipts, receivables and payables, and bill and payroll payments.
  • Reconciliation of general ledger accounts, including bank accounts and receivables/payables.
  • Review and process incoming finance desk
  • Bi-weekly payroll review and processing and general booking
  • Credit card processing
  • Production and processing of invoices related to pledges to the organization, loan repayments received and invoicing of services.
  • Processing of annual 1099s
  • Produce reports, as required, on the status of loans receivable and other receivables, as required.

Professional Responsibilities:

  • Attend and participate in staff meetings and training
  • Comply with established administrative rules
  • Participate in the development of the administration
  • Provide written reports as
  • Provide an effective and proactive communication link with the Controller and CFO for matters relating to tax management and administration.


  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of four years of accounting experience in non-profit organizations. A candidate who does not have a degree but appears exceptionally suitable will be considered if they have an additional four years of relevant experience.
  • Oral and written fluency and clarity
  • The position requires an intermediate level Microsoft Excel user, proficient in the use of pivot tables and research formulas; proficiency in Microsoft Word is also required.
  • The experience in using the Blackbaud Financial Edge Ledger is a
  • Strong interpersonal and analytical skills and demonstrated personal initiative
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, including flexibility and ability to adapt to changing priorities
  • Overall ability to assimilate and evaluate large amounts of information
  • Experience in a nonprofit and/or faith-based work environment
  • Collaborative/team approach to work
  • Demonstrated personal qualities of confidentiality, integrity, honesty, transparency and high ethical standards.
  • Demonstrated strong business, organizational and management skills and
  • Familiarity with the mission and ministry of The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of New Jersey and a commitment to help resource that mission and ministry is desirable.
  • Ability to communicate in Spanish is highly desirable

Compensation, benefits and working conditions

  • Salary range of $58,000 to $65,000 depending on experience
  • 100% employer-paid health insurance
  • Pension contributions paid by the employer to a defined contribution plan
  • Two weeks paid vacation and other paid time off
  • This position is considered exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act and NJ Wage and Hour Law.
  • Some evening and weekend work may sometimes be required, with reasonable notice. Some flexibility in working hours within the context of a normal work week is both expected and offered, in consultation with the CFO to ensure appropriate workflow coordination.
  • This position offers the opportunity to work from home, consulting with the CFO to ensure appropriate workflow coordination.
  • We require a commitment and understanding of anti-racism work and a willingness to receive ongoing anti-racism training.

Please reply with resume to: Canon Phyllis B. Jones, COO/CFO [email protected]

The Diocese of New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and will consider all qualified applicants without regard to gender, race, creed or religion, color, national origin , age, ancestry, disability or veteran, sexual orientation or marital status.