Children Family Services Center
  • Charlotte, NC, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Organization Overview

Smart Start of Mecklenburg County (Smart Start or SSMC) is a Charlotte-based non-profit that funds local programs for children ages birth to five and their families. The organization is a catalyst for improving the lives of the 85,000+ young children in our community, with a focus on health, family, early education, and literacy. We mobilize resources and forge partnerships to support evidence-based policies, practices, and programs to ensure all children enter kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed.

Smart Start has a budget of over $30 million comprised of funding from the state of North Carolina, Mecklenburg County, and private donations and grants. SSMC funds approximately 25 programs annually serving over 25,000 young children and their families and administers Mecklenburg County's MECK Pre-K program, which provides free Pre-K to children in the community. SSMC also operates programs and campaigns internally, including Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, Guiding Parents to Services, and The Basics Mecklenburg. The organization is also the leader in research, data, convening and collaborating on issues related to children 0-5 in the Greater Charlotte area.

Position Summary

The MECK Pre-K (MPK) Senior Staff Accountant administers the monthly MPK Site Provider request for payment process, and assists with all other MPK financial functions including accounts payable, operating budget, quarterly audits, fixed assets oversight, month end close, contracting, and assisting the Director of Finance and MPK Finance Manager in any tasks deemed necessary. Reports directly to the MPK Finance Manager.

Salary Range: $60,000 - $63,000

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Financial Management

  • Work independently to administer the monthly MPK Site Provider's Request for Payments (RFPs).
  • Complete monthly County Invoice for approval and reconcile to MIP accounting
  • Attend monthly MPK Director's Meeting and provide updates as
  • Assist Site Providers with finance related
  • Serve as backup to MPK Staff Accountant.
  • Perform other duties as required to support the Finance
  • Identify variances between actual and budgeted financial results at the end of each month, quarter and annual reporting periods.
  • Promptly consult and/or advise MPK Finance Manager on operating budget policies and procedures issues or concerns.
  • Assist in preparing MPK County budgets as
  • Assist with Site Providers monthly ACH payment and approve monthly entry into MIP accounting
  • Maintain and secure accounts payable vendor and Site Providers'
  • Prepare MPK journal entries necessary for month end
  • Conduct monthly review of the general ledger (GL) and normal trial balance (NTB).
  • Maintain and secure accounts payable vendor and Site Providers'
  • Create for approval and entry into MIP month end close journal entries.
  • Review GL, NTB, and Financial Status Report monthly for accuracy (budget, expense, and compliance).

Contracts & Related

  • Prepare MPK Site Provider monthly RFPs ensuring compliance with budgets and cost
  • Prepare Site Provider contracts and manage changes as
  • Prepare all MPK Professional Service Contracts for approval and manage changes as
  • Assist in MPK Site Provider's financial monitoring as

Audit/Compliance/Reporting

  • Annually review accounting and contracting policies and procedures and advise of revisions as
  • Prepare reports in compliance with contract requirements and assist in preparation of audit requested items, annual audit package, and IRS Form 990 as
  • Assist with quarterly and annual

Education, Experience, and Other Job Functions


Education and Experience Required for Position

  • The Covid-19 vaccination is required as a condition of employment
  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or Finance; CPA a plus.
  • 5 years' experience in financial management and analysis (non-profit experience preferred).
  • SAGE MIP fund balance accounting software preferred.
  • Ability to synthesize large quantities of complex data into actionable information.
  • Ability to work and effectively communicate with team members.
  • Excellent business judgment, analytical, and decision-making skills.
  • Strong demonstrated use and knowledge utilizing PC based tools (Microsoft Office Suite Outlook, Word, Excel and Power Point) and a willingness and aptitude to learn other technologies.
  • Ability to consistently meet all deadlines.
  • Excellent judgment, communication (verbal and written), and listening skills
  • Conscientious, organized, and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently while managing multiple tasks and projects as well as to assess and change priorities based upon evolving agency needs.
  • Knowledge of generally accepting accounting principles and budgeting practices.
  • Motivated and results oriented.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time exempt position, with a high degree of flexibility, including remote work opportunities. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

Location & Travel

This position is based in Charlotte, NC with a minor amount of travel. Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-the-area and overnight travel may be expected.


No calls, emails, or visits please.

For immediate consideration, please formally apply online and provide a resume and cover letter.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned this job classification. They are not to be constructed as an all-inclusive list of all duties, skills, and responsibilities of people so assigned. Smart Start will engage in an interactive process with employees requesting medical or religious accommodations.

The Agency's policy is to provide equal opportunity in all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment for all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability or veteran status.


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