Finance Associate

Job Title: Finance Associate

Reports To: Finance Manager

Department: Finance

Location: Los Angeles, CA Headquarters

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

CARECEN is looking for a detail-oriented candidate to join us as Finance Associate. In this role, you will be responsible for maintaining general ledger entries and reconciling financial reports. You will also be responsible for ensuring that the ledger data is accurate and precise. This position will assist with the preparation of Federal, State, County, City, and foundation budgeting, grant billings, and reports. In addition to this, you should possess excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities.

Organizational Background:

Since its founding in 1983, CARECEN has been working to change an unjust immigration system, win legal status for immigrants, and foster community activism on issues such as education reform, workers’ and immigrants’ rights, economic justice and community strengthening.

CARECEN is the largest Central American immigrant rights organization in the country. Our mission is to empower Central Americans and all immigrants by defending human and civil rights, working for social and economic justice, and promoting cultural diversity. We envision Los Angeles becoming a place where Central Americans and all other communities live in peace and dignity, enjoying economic well- being, social justice, and political empowerment.

Job Duties and Responsibilities: Other duties may be assigned by supervisor

General Ledger

  • Charge expenses to general ledger accounts, budget cost centers, and (where applicable) grants by analyzing invoice/expense reports, and recording entries.
  • Maintains and updates subsidiary balance sheet schedules on a monthly basis. Investigates reconciling items and discuss with supervisor.
  • Performs account analysis to ensure that journal entries and balances are correct.
  • Performs monthly bank reconciliation of all cash accounts. Investigates and corrects reconciling items in a timely fashion.
  • Supports monthly and annual close processes. Records information such as accrual, deferral, reclassifications, and interdepartmental entries into the company’s accounting ledger.
  • Keeps abreast of regulatory requirements and best practices in accounting.
  • Performs other general ledger tasks, duties and projects as assigned by supervisor

Grant Financial Management Support

  • Provides preparation assistance and support related to grant application procedures
  • Work with Finance staff to review on-going budget to actual reports and manage adjustments and corrections in preparation of monthly invoicing
  • Prepares and processes assigned reimbursement claims to funding sources for all grants.

Collaborates with program staff and the Development department.

  • Ensures proper supporting documentation and backup accompany reimbursement claims and cash requests.
  • Ensures that all expenses are allocated accurately to the funding sources and makes changes as necessary.
  • Prepares and completes reporting that must be submitted to granting agencies/funders properly and on time.
  • Provides support related to monitoring and managing accounts, audits, evaluations, and reporting.
  • Monitors the expenditure of funds to ensure adherence to award agreement.
  • Assists with the closeout of grants and contracts
  • Other grant financial management tasks, duties or project as assigned by supervisor

Revenue and Accounts Receivable

  • Enters data (donations, legal revenue, receivable payments, wires, etc.) into Accounting software and checking to ensure the accuracy of the data that has been inputted
  • Resolves discrepancies in information and obtains further information for incomplete documents

Other Administrative Duties

  • Maintains accounting subsidiary ledgers by verifying and posting account transactions.
  • Maintains historical records by filing documents.
  • Assists in the preparation of regularly scheduled reports
  • Maintains up to date records of bank statements, credit card statements, copies of supporting documents for grant that require it
  • Develops and maintains a filing system
  • Carries out administrative duties such as filing, typing, copying, binding, scanning etc.
  • Develops and updates administrative systems to make them more efficient
  • Protects organization’s value by keeping information confidential.
  • Accomplishes accounting and organization mission by completing related results as needed.

Our Ideal Candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • One to two years general account ing experience.
  • Ability to problem solving and find suitable solutions to immediate challenges.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • In collaboration with the development department staff, monitors grant invoicing and receivables, communication with funders as needed.
  • Ensures effective financial internal controls for the department
  • Detail-oriented with a demonstrated ability to work effectively with outside financial concerns such as banks, government agencies and contributors.
  • Strong skills in time-management an d attention to detail is required.
  • Ensures that external document submission and filings are accurate and timely.
  • A reputation for maintaining high personal standards of integrity, professionalism and confidentiality.
  • Passion for CARECEN’s mission.


Prior experience with non-profit accounting, management of federal awards and administration of grant cost allocation procedures is preferred.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. The position includes a comprehensive benefits package including, medical, dental, and vision.

Classification and Work Schedule:

This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Office hours of operation are 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday –

Friday, Office is located at CARECEN’s central Los Angeles headquarters.

To Apply:

Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately. Please email cover letter, and resume to Vincent Gomis
(at vgomis Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No soliciting inquiries.

CARECEN is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ethnic group identification, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, political affiliation, condition of physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation, in accordance with requirements of Federal and State laws.

Job Type: Full-time 

Benefits: Health insurance

Physical Setting: Office

Schedule: 8 hour shift

Ability to commute/relocate: Los Angeles, CA 90005: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: One location

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