Accounting Assistant, Accounting Department


The financial team of the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute is responsible for the management and reporting of all financial data at the headquarters of the nation’s leading blindness organization.  The Accounting Assistant works closely with all members of the financial team. This position requires a person who is highly skilled in accounting and bookkeeping practices and enjoys the challenges of working in a fast-paced environment.  This position requires the use of standard mathematical skills combined with technology to produce financial documents used by senior management.

The Accounting Assistant is expected to multi-task while maintaining a high level of accuracy and timeliness.  The Assistant will correct, process, and reconcile a wide variety of accounting documents and analyze various financial reports. Work is performed by applying knowledge of accounting practices and terminology, and using spreadsheets and/or automated accounting systems created specifically for the national office.  All members of the financial team are expected to be punctual and diligent with a strong work ethic.

Representative Responsibilities

  • Review, process and reconcile accounting documents such as invoices and expense reimbursements;
  • Enter, update, and/or retrieve accounting data from automated systems created specifically for the national office;
  • Code journal entry data to appropriate accounts in an automated accounting system, according to instructions;
  • Analyze and assist with monthly account reconcilements;
  • Prepare cash receipts, account deposit tickets, and deposit funds as directed;
  • Compile and review information for accuracy;
  • Knowledge of accounting and bookkeeping practices.

Skills Required

  • Demonstrated skill in the use of Microsoft Office Suite especially advanced practice with Microsoft Excel.
  • Knowledge of standard English including grammar, punctuation, and mechanics
  • Ability to draft documents from general instructions
  • Ability to function on teams or solo, depending upon the task required, and to move quickly and efficiently from one task to another

This individual must be able to handle the operations of a busy office responsible for managing important internal relationships and critical organizational documents. Preferred skills include:

  • Knowledge of basic mathematics. Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide mathematical figures.
  • Above-average written and oral communications.
  • Ability to use a variety of software packages, including Microsoft Office Suite, email and Internet, and databases; experience with automated accounting systems and using content management systems preferred.
  • Ability to analyze and complete bank reconciliations. 
  • Ability to decipher complex transactions, reconcile and annotate appropriate general ledger codes.
  • Ability to compare data from a variety of sources for accuracy and completeness.
  • Ability to select and compile data for statements, expenditures, revenues, accounts, and reports.
  • Ability to reconcile and/or balance financial transactions and accounts.
  • Strong skills in managing details with speed and accuracy.
  • Ability to identify and correct errors.
  • Ability to use a high degree of discretion in sensitive situations and maintain confidentiality.
  • Excellent skills in managing electronic and paper files using general record keeping and filing systems.
  • Ability to understand and apply current accounting guidelines, system updates and revisions, and policy changes.
  • Ability to follow, apply, interpret, and explain instructions and/or guidelines.
  • Ability to determine work priorities, meet schedules and deadlines of the work area.
  • Ability to make decisions and take appropriate actions.
  • Ability to compose routine correspondence and reports.
  • Ability to type and operate standard office equipment.
  • Assist others in solving work problems.
  • Flexibility in undertaking other duties as required.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Graduate from a fully accredited two- or four-year postsecondary institution preferred
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in bookkeeping or as an accounting assistant in a governmental, for-profit, or nonprofit organization.

How to Apply

We do not speak in terms of “positions” for many of our jobs at the National Federation of the Blind, preferring to focus on an applicant’s total skill set in determining a fit with our needs. Candidates for jobs at this level are hired on the basis of their education and experience ratings and careful assessment of performance in multiple interviews. We seek individuals who long to identify with a cause and to assist in advocacy for a group long denied equal opportunity to succeed or fail on the basis of ability and not be denied opportunity on the basis of society’s stereotypes. This job is open until filled. Applicants should e-mail a résumé and cover letter indicating salary requirements to: Bridgid M Burke, Director of Program Support, National Federation of the Blind, 200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230; telephone 410-659-9314, ext. 2271; fax 410-685-5653; email

The National Federation of the Blind is an equal opportunity employer. Accordingly all terms and conditions of employment will be carried out without regard to race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, marital status, age, or disability.