Senior Accountant

San Francisco, California, United States | Finance | Full-time | COVID-19 remote


Common Sense ( is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.

Every day, millions of families turn to Common Sense for trusted advice and unbiased ratings. We offer the largest library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for everything your kids want to watch, play, read, and learn. Our movie and TV ratings are available on Netflix, Comcast, DirecTV, and many other partner networks, helping families and kids make smart media choices. Through our schools program, we provide educators with a curriculum that teaches the essential digital citizenship and literacy skills every student needs to succeed. More than 100,000 member schools across the country use our ratings and free curriculum and content. We also work with policymakers, industry leaders, and legislators to improve the media and education landscape for kids, families, and schools.

The Senior Accountant will help us scale smoothly. You'll work with our experienced Controller and other members of the Finance and Administrative Teams. You'll also be a member of an organization where we value transparency, are passionate about what we do, and take care in our interactions with colleagues and customers.

Location: San Francisco, CA (remote during the COVID-19 pandemic)

Employment Type: Full-time (40 hours per week)

Reports to: Controller

You Will:

  • Manage the posting and maintenance of general ledger accounts, payroll transactions, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and journal entries
  • Month-End Close: ensure daily and monthly processes/reconciliations are completed and lead to a timely and accurate month-end close
  • Prepare clear, concise, and complete financial reports and statements
  • Remain current on regulatory and GAAP requirements
  • Support and train staff in understanding and complying with policies and procedures
  • Ensure year-end close is completed in an accurate and timely manner; ensure supporting schedules and reconciliations are completed and available for the audit;
  • Respond to auditor questions and perform research
  • Help prepare annual nonprofit tax return (Form 990)
  • Work closely with the Development team to ensure timely and accurate grant reporting
  • Prepare a budget to actual variance analysis and other analytic reports
  • Assist the controller with other ad hoc projects and strategic finance team goals
  • Support other Finance, Technology, and Human Resources teamwork as necessary

You Have:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in Accounting or related field.
  • Minimum of three years of public accounting experience.
  • CPA is a plus.
  • Experience managing finances and accounting in a high-growth organization.
  • Experience working in a finance role at a large nonprofit (>25M annual revenue).
  • Advanced knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Experience working across multiple departments and with senior management.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Experience with MS Word, MS Excel, and G-Suite.
  • Experience with enterprise-level accounting software.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • and take on new tasks.

Our benefits:

  • Work with passionate professionals
  • Comprehensive health benefits: medical, dental, and vision
  • Matching 401(k)
  • Work/Life balance
  • Commuter benefits
  • Gym and wellness incentives
  • The opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of kids and families!

Common Sense values the diversity of its employees and is an equal opportunity employer. For more information on our values, please visit our statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Common Sense Media will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. However, job offers are made on the condition that the applicant subsequently passes a criminal background check. If the background check indicates a prior criminal conviction, we will conduct an individualized assessment to determine whether the conviction should result in denial of employment.