The Salvation Army - Central Territory

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Institutional & Corps Accountant and Auditor

Institutional & Corps Accountant and Auditor

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Mission Statement:

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.




Purpose: To comply with various government agencies requirements and Salvation Army accounting guidelines. To provide the Institutional Accounting Manager and Corps Officer/Administrator with financial reports. Conduct 8-10 audits each year on average.


Responsible for accuracy and completeness of financial records of Institutional Funds (Detroit
Harbor Light, Macomb Harbor Light, Monroe Harbor Light, and Emergency Shelter Program) and a Corps or two as posted by payables clerks and accountants.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Perform full charge bookkeeping/accounting for one or two centers of operation.

Applies principles of accounting to post journal entries, analyze financial information and prepare financial reports.

Review, correct if necessary, and approve edit lists of accounts payable documents and revenue documents for funds listed.

Review and approve vendor checks before they are released to vendors

Review general ledger of Institutional Funds and Corps Accounting on a monthly basis to
ensure the accuracy, completeness, and propriety of accounting records.

Review Year End Functional Statements

Perform cost analysis for programs as needed.

Emergency Shelter Program - review (verify supporting documents), approve, and sign forms submitted to the State of Michigan to secure payment for shelters.

Periodically review grant spending and projections.

Reconcile DHQ payables and reserve account balances with DHQ General Fund balances

Prepare, review, and journal monthly DHQ invoices (health insurance, pension, standard assessments, etc.)

Review and post payrolls bi weekly

Prepare Consolidated Statement of Operating Margin for monthly Finance Committee meeting

Prepare bank reconciliations for corps and service centers

Prepare quarterly and annual ADP tax reconciliations with the general ledgers (includes W-2's,
Wage and Tax Reconciliation, and Statements of Deposits)

Prepare audit schedules as needed

Perform 8-10 audits each year, most in the Detroit metro area, some will require out of town travel

Assist in training of new employees


Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business or finance. We would prefer a master’s degree (or near completion) / professional certification (CPA). We also would prefer over 10 years of specific not-for-profit accounting experience. Certified Internal Auditor certificate from the Institute of Internal Auditors and/or auditing experience a plus.

Education/Experience: See above

Computer Skills: Must be proficient in Excel and Word. Must be able to learn quickly Lotus Notes for E-mail, Shelby Software for accounting, and AutoAudit for auditing.

Reasoning Ability: Outstanding

Certificates and Licenses: see above

Physical Demands: This is primarily an office job. Should be able to lift a box of paper occasionally.

Work Environment: Work is primarily performed in an office, with periodic visits to area institutions and corps. Must be available to travel out of town throughout the eastern half of Michigan two to four days each month during the spring.

In addition: Must be highly organized, motivated, a self -starter with the ability to multi-task, be creative.

From time to time duties and responsibilities that are not outlined in this job description may be added, deleted or changed at any time at the discretion of the Accounting Manager.