Senior Accountant/ Internal Auditor

Organization: Friends of the National Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Washington, DC, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), a nonprofit member organization dedicated to supporting the education, research, animal care, visitor experience, and sustainability mission of the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park is seeking a Senior Accountant/ Internal Auditor. The successful candidate will help drive the budgeting process and monthly variance analysis, lead the internal controls and processes of FONZ operations/ internal audit functions and assist in business data/ metric reports, financial statement preparation, and other financial duties.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Ensure that all FONZ revenues and expenses are accounted for accurately and effectively. Assist in the internal controls necessary to safeguard FONZ assets and operations.

• Review and ensure that the organization’s policies and procedures are being followed.

• Ensure that cash management functions & procedures are being followed and assist in reviewing technologies which would reduce risk and increase efficiencies.

• Assist in the general accounting and financial statement preparation, analysis, auditing, receivable management and cash management functions.

• Work with staff to ensure inter-departmental coordination is to achieve optimum financial performance.

• Help drive the annual budget and quarterly forecasting processes to ensure timely and accurate completion in accordance with established schedules and deadlines.

• Prepare schedules and perform duties as needed for external audits (financial, pension), annual tax returns and other fiduciary and legal filings.

• Assist in recommending, developing, and implementing financial systems for planning, financial reporting, proper internal controls and management information.

• Manage the reconciliation of outsourced revenue providers and other contractors. Manage the receivables and reporting for the providers and the related required reporting for management and third parties.

• Assist in developing financial reporting templates from FRx, Microsoft Excel and other reporting software.

• Assure that all properties and activities of the organization are properly and adequately insured. Managing the insurance responsibilities by gaining knowledge of FONZ’s insurance coverage and reporting to the insurance company.

• Evaluate and improve risk management to include oversight of the insurance policies.

• Review and ensure that the organization’s policies and procedures are being followed.

• Assist in special projects as assigned.


• Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, CPA certification required

• 6 + yrs of professional experience in organizations with transactional operations including retail and membership

• 2 + yrs of experience in public accounting; experience with reconciliations of general ledger balance sheet accounts and the annual operating budget process preferred

• Thorough knowledge of GAAP and accounting for non-profit organizations

• Skilled problem solver; capable of handling variety of duties, responsibilities and tasks quickly and efficiently

• Excellent written and oral communication skills

• Proficient in Excel, Word, Outlook and internet-based programs. Some experience with Great Plains and FRx helpful

All interested applicants may submit a resume and cover letter at

As an equal opportunity employer, FONZ values workplace diversity.