Senior Accountant

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Do you enjoy “the maths?” Are you a Budgetary Baller? School of Motion is looking to add a Senior Accountant (with CPA) to our team. In this position, you will be responsible for ensuring the efficiency of day-to-day accounting and finances, including bookkeeping, account reconciliation, payroll, and more. This is a position for an experienced and talented individual, so be honest about your skills.

The right candidate will thrive in a creative and fast-paced environment, using their own internet creativity to solve problems. This position will report to the Director of Finance and People Ops.

You should:

  • Understand generally accepted accounting practices and procedures
  • Have 5-10+ years of experience in finance and/or accounting
  • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, (CPA or advanced degree desired)
  • Have experience with SaaS accounting methodologies
  • Be confident with your Excel skillset (Intermediate or Above)
  • Be experienced with Deferred Revenue Accounting entries and calculations
  • Have a VERY strong attention to detail
  • Have experience working in a fully distributed team (a huge plus, but not required)
  • Have experience in a start up
  • Have experience creating quarterly forecasting and budgets in conjunction with other teams
  • Be proactive in problem solving, and comfortable with team members asking for help/clarification
  • We use digital tools such as Slack, Zoom,, and Airtable. In general, you should be comfortable learning new apps.

You can expect to:

  • Be responsible for AP/AR, including communication with SOM’s artists and 3rd Party vendors
  • Take ownership of the Chart of Accounts in Quickbooks Online
  • Evaluate and perform balance sheet reconciliations that are complete, accurate, and fully supported by appropriate evidence in compliance with U.S. GAAP and other accounting regulations.
  • Analyze and review month-end close activated for discrepancies, coding errors, and other issues that should be research and resolved, or brought to management’s attention. This includes preparation, review, upload, and posting of journal entries.
  • Coordination across teams to ensure accurate categorization of all expenses
  • Reconcile all of SOM’s bank accounts monthly
  • Assist Director with Cash Flow Analyses, Forecasting, Budgets, and general financial health reports
  • Assist Director with quarterly and annual department budgets and adherence to budgets
  • Work with CPA to properly pay quarterly taxes and process year-end tax filings
  • Assist Director with state registration and tax notices and filings
  • Ensure the organization’s compliance with local, state, and federal regulations

We use:

  • HubSpot for marketing automation
  • JIRA for task management
  • Confluence for our internal wiki
  • Slack for everyday communication
  • Quickbooks Online
  • Expensify

The Fine Print

About School of Motion

At School of Motion, we’re trying to reinvent the way students learn online by combining the best parts of a traditional brick-and-mortar school with technology that allows our students to receive the elite Motion Design training from anywhere in the world. Our mission is to break down the barriers to learning, mastering, and working in Motion Design. We currently have seventeen comprehensive courses, over 12,000 Alumni, dozens of Teaching Assistants, and a team of full-time staff working diligently to keep everything running! And this is only the beginning…

Our Core Values:

Our core values embody our team dynamic and our voice. We are rebellious, helpful, effective, playful, and curious. If you would like to work with us, you should be all of these things too:

  • Rebellious – we don’t like to do things just because they’ve always been done that way. Be skeptical of the status quo and constantly improve.
  • Helpful – there is no such thing as “not my job”. Help out in any way you can, and don’t hesitate to reach out for help.
  • Effective – we do things fast and smart. We automate if it makes sense. We skip the meeting if it’s not immediately beneficial to the mission.
  • Playful – we don’t take ourselves too seriously; it’s only Animation.
  • Curious – have interests, pursue them ruthlessly. Share your weirdness.

Some important information…

While School of Motion does not discriminate on the basis of citizenship or national origin, we may only employ United States citizens and people who are authorized to work in the United States. As long as you meet that criteria, you can work from wherever that is comfortable for you! We’re a fully distributed team that primarily operates on Eastern Standard Time, and if you are local to Sarasota, Providence, or Los Angeles then you can come work with us in person.

We have some great benefits!

  • We cover 99% of your health insurance and a portion for your spouse and children.
  • We have an extremely flexible time off policy. Work wherever you want with an internet connection.
  • Access to a 401K plan after one year of employment
  • Saying that we have a very casual work environment is an understatement; just be you.

The position does require domestic travel at least once per year when we all get together for company retreats and industry conferences (they are fun!).

School of Motion is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind

School of Motion is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at School of Motion are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, family or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

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