Job Description Accountant



Job Description Accountant
Job Description
The ADRA Canada office
20 Robert St. W, Newcastle, L1B 1C6
Reporting to
None Required
ADRA Canada Wage Schedule Level 6
Effective Date:
April 5, 2015
Revision Date:
March 2015
This position is responsible for the continuous enrichment and implementation of the financial information system,
general ledger transactions and reconciliation, donor care, donation processing and donor data base management
– the resources that enable ADRA Canada to meet the needs of those in poverty and distress.
ADRA Canada works with people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering
partnerships and responsible action.
 Maintain filing system for Finance Department
 Post payables/purchase orders in the accounting system
 Post cheques and wire payments in the accounting system
 Record and maintain the fixed assets records
 Prepare monthly accounting reconciliations
 Produce monthly financial statements for distribution
 Prepare various accounting reports to government agencies
 Assist as needed to maintain and input constituent details in The Raiser’s Edge, including donations, address
updates and adding new constituents to the database
 Assist in preparation for the audit process
 Perform other duties as designated by the Controller
1. A minimum of 4 years of office experience
2. A personal commitment to ADRA's mission, values and beliefs.
3. Respect for the beliefs, structure, standards and programs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada.
4. A passion for social justice and international development to assist people in poverty.
5. High competency in telephone, written, verbal and e-mail communication as well as presentation skills in
6. Ability to engage and communicate with people of various backgrounds and ages.
7. Excellent computer skills, fully literate in the MS Office suite and The Raiser’s Edge (or similar Customer
Relationship Management System [CRM] database), Financial Edge (Accounting System) and ability to use new
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Well-developed interpersonal skills and the ability to work autonomously or in groups and to maintain
professionalism in sensitive and challenging situations.
Strong organizational skills and proven ability to meet multiple deadlines.
Ability to deliver a high level of customer service to supporters and visitors.
Willingness to participate in professional development.
Strong initiative. Able to anticipate needs and be proactive. Self-disciplined to meet deadlines and strong work
ethic. Self-directed to take action and resolve issues. Strong sense of responsibility and ability to work under
pressure while coordination several competing priorities.
Financial management skills such as preparing spread sheets and reports with Initiative to improve processes
and attention to detail. Working knowledge in Not For Profit (NFP) accounting
A citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the ability to legally work in Canada
1. A relevant academic qualification
2. French communication skills
The terms and conditions shall be read in conjunction with the ADRA Canada Human Resources Manual.
Appointed by: ADRA Canada ADCOM
Term: This is a 12 month contract position.
Statement of Disclosure: The nature of ongoing employment within ADRA Canada is dependent on financial
contributions from its support base. It is to be recognised that the level of financial support is of a fluctuating nature.
Performance Appraisal: A Performance Review will be conducted after six months in the position, then formal
appraisals will be conducted at 12 – 18 month intervals.
Job Description Continuous Review: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of
work being performed by incumbents assigned to this position. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all
responsibilities, duties and skills required. This job description will be reviewed on a regular basis and changes made
to reflect changes in the requirements of the role.
Physical Requirements: Must be able to read, speak, and hear. Must be able to effectively communicate both orally
and in writing. Some standing, walking, bending, kneeling, carrying of light items, etc. required. Standard work hours,
as defined by the ADRA Canada Human Resources Manual, are required.
Working Conditions: Essential responsibilities are performed primarily in a sedentary and comfortable environment.
Tasks are usually performed under normal office conditions with little or no noticeable discomfort. Work area is well
lighted and ventilated. Position does not require international or domestic travel.
Being employed by ADRA Canada requires personal commitment to its mission and lifestyle. The holder of this
position will reflect in their personal and professional life the Christian values, as referenced in the employment
contract. The employee acknowledges and agrees that this position is one of ministry within the Seventh-day
Adventist Church and that membership in regular standing in the Seventh-day Adventist Church and adherence to the
fundamental faith and religious beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is essential to the proper performance of
the duties of the position. The employee must conduct him/herself, both on and off duty, in accordance with the
religious beliefs and teachings of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in all respects so as not to damage ADRA Canada’s
reputation or harm the employee’s ability to fulfil all of the position’s obligations. The employee must inform the
Executive Director if he/she no longer adheres to, or maintains belief in, the fundamental faith and religious beliefs of
the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
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I have read and understand my responsibilities as set out above and shall conduct myself in a manner that
demonstrates my acceptance of my position.
Signature of appointed person
Authorization/Witness Signature:
James Astleford
Executive Director
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