Accounting Manager

Arlington, VA
Full Time
The Institute for Justice, the national law firm for liberty, is seeking an Accounting Manager at its headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, to support its Finance team.

The Accounting Manager manages the daily operations of the accounting function and monitors compliance with financial policies and procedures and regulatory framework while reporting directly to the Assistant Controller and supervising the Junior Accountant and Accounts Payable Clerk.

  • Manage daily accounting operations including account receivables and account payables cycles.
  • Analyze, document and record grant contributions according to GAAP and work closely with Development department to ensure timely and accurate accounting of contributions.
  • Manage expense and travel software and monitor compliance with travel policies.
  • Prepare ledger entries, reconcile accounts, and assist with month-end and year-end close.
  • Monitor and ensure compliance with financial policies and regulatory framework.
  • Assist with the preparation of information for annual financial audits.
  • Ensure compliance with accurate and timely submission of annual IRS 1099 filings and assist with information for the annual tax return with the IRS.
  • Assist in the identification, evaluation and selection of new solutions (e.g. software, processes) as needed, to ensure efficient operation of accounting functions.
  • Manage and guide the junior accountant and accounts payable clerk to ensure they are motivated and perform at their best.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance, with preference for CPA candidates.
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressive accounting experience, with a focus on nonprofit accounting.
  • Proficiency in various technologies including MS Office Excel and ERP systems, with a preference for experience with Intacct and Concur.
  • Demonstrated skills in management, analysis, communication, problem-solving, and organization.
  • Keen attention to detail and a dedication to maintaining accuracy in all tasks.
  • Proficient in prioritizing tasks to meet deadlines, adept at both personal time management and delegating tasks to direct reports.
  • Strong communication skills to facilitate interactions with staff and vendors, as well as to provide guidance and support to junior team members.


  • A hybrid work schedule. Ability to work remote up to two days per week 

  • Flexible work hours with core business hours from 10 am to 4 pm 

  • Full health, dental, and vision insurance (IJ covers 100% of individual premiums) 

  • Free short-term disability, long-term disability, and life insurance plans 

  • 401(k) with employer match 

  • Generous PTO, including a paid personal day and 12 paid holidays 

  • Smart casual dress code Monday - Thursday; casual dress code on Fridays 

  • The opportunity to work with high-performing individuals in a collaborative, collegial, and positive work environment 

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and a cover letter on why you are interested in working at IJ and detailing how your experience will ensure success in this position.

No phone calls, please.



IJ is an equal opportunity employer.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At IJ we value a diverse workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

To learn more about our culture and benefits, visit our Working at IJ page.



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