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Are you an experienced Staff Accountant, Accounting Manager or Assistant Controller looking for a challenging opportunity in a dynamic and prominent trade association? Are you a self-starter and have a passion for accounting and numbers? Do you love getting the job done “right” and “perfect”? Do your friends and family consider you the “organized one” in your group? Would you excel wearing multiple hats and learning many aspects of an organization? Do you like interacting with other employees, vendors and even members? Would you want to work for a leading-edge trade association and be at the epicenter of the financial industry? If so, we may have a position for you.

The Institute for Portfolio Alternatives (“IPA”) is a 35-year-old trade association that serves the alternative investments industry including private real estate, public and private credit and other real assets.  Headquartered in Washington, DC, the IPA represents global, institutional and boutique asset managers, distribution partners such as large wire houses, broker-dealers and registered investment advisers, and industry partners including law firms, accounting firms, and technology platforms.

This position is for a person with at least 5 years of relevant experience and offers long-term career growth potential with excellent benefits for the right candidate. This position also will play a critical role in the organization, responsible for overseeing all accounting aspects of our operations.

We are seeking a highly motivated and detail-oriented individual to join our team. S/he possess exceptional organizational skills, attention to detail and a professional demeanor. The ideal candidate must thrive in a challenging and fast-paced atmosphere where prioritizing and multi-tasking are the norm. We’re looking for someone with endless enthusiasm, a problem solver and is a strong team player who can also delegate and follow-up. This is a full-time, remote only and salaried position with excellent benefits.

Job Summary:

In this role you will be responsible for overseeing all accounting operations of the association including accounts payable and receivables, ensuring that payments are made and received on a timely basis and processing payroll. This position will perform continuous assessment of our monthly close process and work with our CFO and CEO to reduce the timing of the close and improve our financial reporting to various stakeholders. This position will also play a critical role in the organization, responsible for overseeing all accounting aspects of our operations.

To be successful in this role, you must have a strong background in accounting, as well as excellent analytical and communication skills. You must be able to work collaboratively with colleagues and stakeholders to ensure financial policies and procedures are in place and adhered to.

This position is fully remote with some limited travel required for staff events and potentially member and director meetings.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or a related field.
  • CPA certification preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of accounting experience, with at least 2 years in a managerial role, preferably at a trade association or nonprofit organization.
  • Strong analytical and communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Ability to adapt to a dynamic environment and manage well through ambiguity and complexity. Self-starter and working independently much of the time is required.
  • Advanced ability with all key Microsoft Products such as Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Knowledge of QuickBooks is a plus.
  • Familiarity with Association Management Software (AMS), specifically MemberSuite, is preferred or, at a minimum, experience with various “front-end” customer/member systems or CRMs is required.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including medical and dental, 401(k) retirement plan, and generous vacation and sick leave policies as well as opportunities for professional growth and development.

If you are a dedicated and detail-oriented Staff Accountant, Accounting Manager or Assistant Controller and are looking for a new challenge, we encourage you to apply for this exciting opportunity.

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