The Pew Charitable Trusts

Manager, Accounting

1 month ago
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The Pew Charitable Trusts



The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.


We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.


Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the public interests.


With offices in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Australia, Brussels  and London, and with additional staff in other regions of the United States and around the globe, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.


The Finance Department
Pew’s Finance department is committed to serving as an excellent steward of the organization’s financial resources; providing accurate, reliable, timely and cost effective finance and procurement related products and services; and delivering extraordinary customer service on a sustained basis. The Finance department is comprised of Accounting, Financial Reporting, Planning & Budget, Treasury, Payment Services, Payroll and Contract and Procurement Services.
Position Overview
Located in Pew's Philadelphia, PA office, the Manager, Accounting is a member of the Controller’s unit of the Finance department. The Manager reports to and will work closely with the Director, Accounting and Financial Reporting, and will lead the Accounting unit to ensure adherence to GAAP, oversee general ledger maintenance, and conduct special projects related to Pew and its subsidiary the Pew Research Center.  Significant intra and inter-departmental collaboration will be necessary to effectively achieve the position’s responsibilities.
The Manager will be responsible for a team of three comprised of a Senior Associate, Associate and Coordinator to ensure that work is performed in an accurate and timely manner. 




General Accounting

  • Manage the monthly close process for the accounting group.
  • Review and approve entries prepared by direct reports.
  • Review account schedules and reconciliation prepared by direct reports.
  • Provide guidance to direct reports as needed to ensure accounting records comply with GAAP and Pew policies.
  • Develop relationships with personnel in other departments both within Finance and throughout Pew to obtain information for the maintenance of accounting records and provide excellent customer service.
  • Resolve accounting variances in complex accounts.
  • Troubleshoot and streamline processes challenges in a timely manner.
  • Identify areas for process efficiencies and implement appropriate improvements.
  • Serve as a back-up for direct reports during absences or vacancies.
  • Keep the Director, Accounting and Financial Reporting informed of important issues impacting the accounting unit.
  • Assist when needed on special requests/projects.

Internal Controls

  • Conduct periodic reviews of internal controls to ensure that proper policies and procedures are being followed by the Accounting Department.
  • Seek opportunities for improvement including procedure, policy and workflow. Document policies and procedures for activities performed in the Accounting Department.
  • Develop new policies and procedures as the need arises.

External Audit

  • Liaise with external auditors for the year-end audit. Work with the Director, Accounting and Financial Reporting to ensure that deadlines are met and documentation is complete and accurate.
  • Track progress of audit preparation and execution according to the audit work plan.
  • Coordinate the gathering of supporting documentation and information required by the auditors and answering questions as appropriate.

990 Preparation

  • Assist in the accurate and timely preparation of the 990 and 990-T.


  • Work with IT Department as needed with respect to PeopleSoft issues, including Fixed Assets, Accounts Payable, and Accounts Receivable.
  • Contribute to and participate in tasks and special projects as assigned.
  • Produce ad hoc reports when necessary to aid in management decision making processes.
  • Provide development opportunities for staff to ensure that they are building their skills and developing professionally.
  • Advise staff on organizational goals and how to best support the goals.
  • Ensure that his/her staff remain within budget.




  • Bachelor's degree in accounting required; Certified Public Accountant license preferred.
  • A minimum of eight years of accounting experience, preferably with a combination of public accounting audit experience and in-house accounting operations experience. 
  • Minimum of two plus years of previous direct supervisory experience required including experience managing the performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel.
  • Prior experience in a not-for-profit accounting environment is preferred.
  • Strong systems skills required including experience working with accounting software packages (PeopleSoft preferred). A high degree of Excel proficiency is essential. Demonstrated research and analytical skills. Resolves problems creatively and logically. Able to investigate an issue, ask thoughtful questions and recommend alternative resolutions as appropriate. Able to build a logical approach to addressing problems by drawing on own knowledge and experience or by seeking other references or resources as appropriate.
  • Possess a strong work ethic and sense of responsibility with a high attention to detail to ensure accuracy and quality.
  • Strong initiative with the ability to anticipate needs and be proactive.
  • Solid project management skills. Able to manage priorities, juggle multiple tasks, organize time, and identify internal resources to assist with projects.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills. Comfortable engaging in ongoing communications with staff and key stakeholders, translating technical accounting issues into easily understood terms. Maintains a customer service demeanor at all times.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to develop and manage productive relationships at all levels and across departments. Ability to maintain professionalism in sensitive and challenging situations.
  • Team mentality and concern for the development and welfare of direct reports and colleagues while working to meet departmental goals.
  • Able to understand organizational structures and work through administrative systems.

Compensation and Benefits
We offer a competitive salary and complete benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance.             

This position requires travel, including day trips to Pew’s Washington, DC office and travel to occasional conferences and meetings.


The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.



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