Immediate Opening for Junior Accountant


The New Press is looking for an ambitious Junior Accountant to provide full-time support to the financial department by managing daily accounting tasks. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a dynamic not-for-profit organization. The person in this role must be comfortable working independently and collaboratively as you will be part of a professional team working to maintain order and transparency for the company’s finances and reporting to the Director of Finance and the Accounting Manager.

Entering accounts receivables/payables and reporting are a large part of the junior accountant’s day-to-day work. The ideal candidate will be well-versed in accounting principles (GAAP) and able to work comfortably with numbers and attention to detail.

The goal is to contribute to the overall efficient operation of the department and help the company be fully aware of its financial condition. This way it can make the right decisions and accomplish long term success.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assist with the preparation of monthly closings and annual account reconciliations.

  • Support Director of Finance with financial analysis and special projects (frontlist-backlist sales report, top 20 titles, monthly sales grid, etc.).

  • Work with Director of Finance and Accounting Manager to prepare for the annual audit.

  • Ensure that all restricted grants’ expenses are recorded correctly in Acumen Book.

  • Reconcile Amex expenses; distribute monthly statements to staff, and post journals to correct accounts.

  • Respond to queries from authors, vendors, and managers regarding payment of bills.

  • Liaise with the Development Department to monitor grant income and expenses.

  • Work collaboratively with editorial, publicity, marketing, production, contracts, and rights departments to process requests in a timely fashion and provide financial information as needed.

  • Assist with collection calls and A/P queries.

  • Sort, file, copy, scan, fax and process documents according to accounting procedures.

  • Post and process journal entries to ensure all business transactions are recorded.

  • Update financial data in databases to ensure that information will be accurate and immediately available when needed.

  • Reconcile general and subsidiary bank accounts by gathering and balancing information.

  • Provide financial information by maintaining and reconciling accounts; preparing reports.

  • Maintain general ledger accounts by reconciling accounts receivable detail and adjusting entries for amortizations prepaids; analyzing and reconciling payable ledgers; preparing fixed asset depreciation and accruals.

  • Secure financial information; keeping information confidential.

  • Maintain accounting controls by following policies and procedures; complying with federal, state, and local financial legal requirements.

  • Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications.

  • Accomplish accounting and organization mission by completing related results as needed.

  • Additional responsibilities and projects as directed by the Director of Finance.

Skills and Qualifications

  • BSc/Ba in accounting, finance or relevant field

  • 2+ years in accounting and/or finance

  • Prior experience in Publishing and Acumen Book accounting system preferred

  • Must be a detail-oriented self-starter and able to take initiative

  • Work autonomously with great accuracy, pitch in as needed, and provide all-around support and back-up to Finance Director in a busy, thriving, not-for-profit setting

  • Proven experience as a junior accountant

  • Excellent organizing abilities

  • Good with numbers and figures and an analytical acumen

  • Good understanding of accounting and financial reporting principles and practices

  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office and familiarity with relevant computer software

  • Must have excellent references and be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing

How to Apply

Please email your resume, a cover letter, and salary requirements to careers@thenewpress.com. Please reference the title (Junior Accountant) in the subject line. A writing sample may be required for candidates invited to interview. Submissions without a thoughtful cover letter will not be considered.

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

The New Press is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The New Press is affiliated with the Technical, Office, and Professional (TOP) Union, Local 2110 UAW, AFL-CIO; this position is not covered in the bargaining unit.