Staff Accountant 

Accounting & Finance Department

Location:  Golden, CO

Company Description

The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) has one mission: to know Christ Jesus and fulfill His Great Commission. Since 1998, FOCUS missionaries have invited college students into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church, inspiring and equipping them for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization, discipleship and friendships in which they lead others to do the same. Through Bible studies, one-on-one discipleship, conferences and mission trips, missionaries walk alongside students in their journey of faith, encouraging them to live out lifelong Catholic mission.

To date, more than 20,000 students have been involved with FOCUS. Within this number, more than 600 students and missionaries have made decisions to pursue Catholic religious vocations. By 2022, FOCUS hopes to have 75,000 alumni transitioned into America’s 17,000+ Catholic parishes to continue the work of evangelization. To learn more, visit www.focus.org.

Position Mission & Summary

To support the ongoing mission of FOCUS through day-to-day operational activities including posting gifts, accounts payable and expense report processing while exhibiting joyful sacrifice, accounting for department specific projects, and assisting accounting managers with risk management. Additionally, staff accountants are learning to be financial consultants and resources to FOCUS and provide support and expertise to other departments through an attitude of service and vital unity. Major challenges in this role include learning the processes and systems of the department, balancing the demands of day to day operations and strategic projects, and serving the department and FOCUS in the simplest and humblest of areas. Staff accountants are crucial to FOCUS’ ongoing operations, without this role, the day to day activities of FOCUS would be significantly disrupted, thereby causing significant burdens to the most crucial employees – the missionaries. Successful staff accountants will ensure smooth, uninterrupted day to day operations, serving with joyful sacrifice and vital unity, as well as providing support on strategic projects and seeking personal excellence for one’s role, the department, and FOCUS.

Position Accountabilities

Responsibilities Metrics
White Mail processing Daily review of white mail with minimal errors & consistent communication with stakeholders.
Posting finance checks Finance checks should be posted in a timely manner to ensure that cash and AR are accurately stated. Success will be measured by a mid-month and month-end check of deposits. Deposits should not be held for more than 2-3 business days.
Coding AP Invoices should be coded and processed in a timely manner.
Upload of AP into FE; Creation of ACH Batches AP batches should be entered into FE weekly to ensure accurate records. ACH batches should be created weekly after the payment report has been reviewed and approved by the manager.
Responding to questions & help desk tickets regarding AP With assistance from the AP senior and/or managers, the staff is responsible for responding to questions from other departments in a timely manner and through a level of true service and unity with others.
Month end close reconciliations Assigned reconciliations are completed by the assigned close day to facilitate a timely close. Staff will perform a critical self-review of workpapers and incorporate all review comments into subsequent workpapers.
Coding and entry of credit cards including: AP Card and Travel card Credit card coding and entry should be completed with minimal errors by the last week of the month with minimal errors. Credit card entries will be reviewed by the seniors monthly prior to posting in FE.
Gift Posting Gifts should be posted in a timely manner (2-4 days after receipt by accounting). Success will be measured by reviewing the GL post check monthly and a keeping a general eye on the received gifts to ensure that a backlog of gifts does not exist prior to month end.
Generating campus and parish billing invoices Invoices should be generated and mailed between the 10th and 15th of the month and an AR aging report and discussion provided to managers and directors.
Development of professional skills (Self-review, effective communication, and project management) Feedback should be received in the spirit of personal excellence and vital unity; comments are intended to allow for the staff to grow in excellence; a staff should consider ways in which their work can be done that serves others in vital unity.

Effective communication: Appropriate methods of communication should be chosen in a spirit of vital unity to reduce burdens on others, and communication – written, oral, etc. – should be clear, concise, and understandable.

Project Management: Handling multiple projects and demands is a professional reality; success will be measured by effective communication regarding deadlines and conflicts, consistently meeting the promised deadline, and ability to self-direct one’s work based on the current assigned projects.


Key Competencies

Joyful Sacrifice:  Adaptability, Resourcefulness / Initiative
Vital Unity:  Team Player, Listening
Personal Excellence:  Integrity, Excellence

  • Listening
  • Customer Focus
  • Goal Setting
  • Energy / Drive
  • Enthusiasm / Passion
  • Ambition
  • Balance in Life
  • Tenacity

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance
  • Strong Computer Skills – Excel, Concur, or Blackbaud is preferred