Democracy Prep Public Schools is currently seeking an Accountant for a full-time position located in New York City.  The candidate will join our Finance and Accounting team in our home office and will be primarily responsible for handling day to day accounting issues including account reconciliation, month/quarter/year-end close, financial reporting, bank reconciliations, payroll and accounts payable. The candidate will be a self-starter, highly motivated, independent thinker, display a strong sense of urgency and demonstrate the ability to prioritize responsibilities.

Democracy Prep Public Schools Overview

Democracy Prep Public Schools currently operates 22 tuition-free, high-performing schools in New York, New Jersey, Baton Rouge, Las Vegas, and San Antonio educating 7,200 citizen-scholars. Our mission is to educate responsible citizen-scholars for success in the college of their choice and a life of active citizenship.


  • Support and maintain all financial schedules related to revenue recognition, rent, accruals, payroll, fixed assets and prepaid expenses.
  • Reconcile general ledger accounts and prepare journal entries for the monthly, quarterly and annual accounting close.
  • Assist in monthly bank reconciliations and monitoring of cash flow.
  • Process payroll in a timely and accurate manner. Validate and reconcile all payroll entries before transmission.  Respond and address payroll inquiries.
  • Create financial reports and perform financial analysis for Senior Management, Board of Trustees, Finance and Audit Committees.
  • Review the company’s financial data to identify and resolve discrepancies.
  • Record, process and reconcile vendor invoices with proper coding, payment amounts and vendor information; troubleshoot payments issues.
  • Work with external auditors to facilitate audit requests, prepare annual audit schedules and submissions, as well as IRS Form 990 reporting.
  • Ensure compliance with GAAP and devise and implement financial policies and procedures to support such compliance.
  • Support the Controller in managing the day-to-day activities of the accounting and finance department.
  • Perform ad hoc analysis and projects as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or CPA candidate preferred.
  • 5+ years of experience in public or private accounting, with track record of progressive accounting positions and responsibilities. Non-profit expertise a plus.
  • Extensive knowledge of Intacct, Financial Edge, Abila MIP or a similar accounting program. Proficiency in Zenefits (payroll) and (accounts payable) or similar systems. Thoroughly proficient in Microsoft Excel.
  • Strong knowledge of GAAP accounting standards and procedures.
  • Commitment to timely task completion, with ability to establish work priorities and meet deadlines are essential.
  • Strong attention to detail, while multi-tasking successfully.
  • Solid verbal and written communication skills.


Salary is $70,000 - $80,000 and commensurate with your experience. Democracy Prep employees are provided with a benefits package that includes medical, vision, and dental insurance, 403b retirement matching, parental leave, a smartphone, and a laptop.  Salary range is competitive and commensurate with your experience.


Democracy Prep is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, familial status, domestic violence victim status, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. Our mission is to educate responsible citizen-scholars who will change the world. We strongly believe that by building a DREAM team that represents numerous perspectives, backgrounds, and expertises, we can achieve this goal together. This is a value we highly support and strongly encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.

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