Senior Accountant

Finance & Administration · New York, New York
Department Finance & Administration
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is the leading organization in the U.S. promoting alternatives to the war on drugs. We envision a just society in which the use and regulation of drugs are grounded in science, compassion, health, and human rights; in which people are no longer punished for what they put into their own bodies; and in which the fears, prejudices, and punitive prohibitions of today are no more.


We have played a pivotal role in transforming the national conversation about drug policy. We heightened conversations at the federal and state level around the role of race in shaping drug policy and moved vital issues – like legalizing cannabis, ending mass incarceration, and prioritizing health and harm reduction responses to the overdose crisis – from the fringes of U.S. politics to the mainstream.


We are ambitious risk takers and unrelenting advocates with radical imaginations, fighting to change hearts and minds and build a world that centers justice, communities, and dignity. With more than 35 staff in New York, California, New Mexico, and Washington, DC, we have an annual operating budget of approximately $12 million, 12,000 dues- paying members and 170,000 active online subscribers.


The Position: Reporting to the Director of Finance & Accounting, the Senior Accountant role, within the Finance & Administration team, is a mid-level position for an accounting professional possessing an ability and desire to continuously grow. The role requires strong knowledge and experience in accounting practices, fiscal control standards and basic financial operations for not-for-profit organizations. Primary responsibilities include administration of DPA’s day-to-day accounting transactions and accurate, timely interim and year-end reporting.



  • Monthly investment and bank account reconciliation; prepare journal entries for banking and investment activity; fund transfers between cash and investment accounts and other month-end journal entries for Director of Finance & Accounting to review.
  • Assist with the year-end audit and 990 tax return preparation, including gathering supporting documentation and developing supporting schedules.
  • Coordinate with Development Team on accurate and timely recording of receipts including pledges and grants receivables.
  • Research/resolve any discrepancies for banking activity as needed.
  • Monthly reconciliation of credit card statement transactions to general ledger.
  • Manage accounts payable, including ACH and wire transactions, and check payments.
  • Review account payable transaction data for accuracy, adequateness of documentation, and conformity to the chart of accounts.
  • Process 1099s on an annual basis and administer collection of W-9s from new vendors.
  • Troubleshoot returned check/ach/wire transactions.
  • Operate Blackbaud Financial Edge accounts payable, fixed assets, and general ledger software modules.
  • Prepare and/or review financial reports for submission to funding sources as requested.
  • Prepare Shared Allocation Cost Worksheet on an annual basis.
  • Track and record contribution revenue releases from restrictions.
  • Process requests for staff reimbursements.
  • Undertake ad-hoc projects as assigned.



  • BA/BS degree in finance or accounting.
  • Approximately 3-5 years of progressively responsible professional experience; Non-profit experience is required.
  • Strong knowledge of GAAP accounting and experience in account, bank reconciliations, and financial analysis.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel (pivot tables, VLOOKUP, SUMIF, conditional formatting, complex nested formulas). Familiarity with MS Office suite.
  • Experience with expense management and A/P cloud-based solutions such as Expensify, Divvy,, Accrualify or similar; accounting software such as Sage Intacct.
  • Commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity and fostering a culture of innovation, learning accountability and continuous
  • Ability to work within strict time constraints and be able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Terms of Employment

This position requires the candidate to live in the NY.



DPA offers a competitive salary and benefits package including health, dental, long-term disability and life insurance; a generous 403(b) plan; and 25 days paid time off.


Application Process


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Applications will be reviewed immediately and will be accepted until the position is filled.


No phone calls, please. We will only contact candidates who are under consideration.


The Drug Policy Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation, or any other status protected by applicable law. Women, people of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in hiring people who have been adversely affected by the war on drugs.

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  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Department
    Finance & Administration
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience