Senior Accountant in Waltham, MA at Benchmark Senior Living

Date Posted: 8/22/2018

Job Snapshot

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    Waltham, MA
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Job Description

Think senior living sounds boring? Think again. At Benchmark, we impact lives through human connection. We are thought leaders creating quality experiences and inspiring personal growth for all who engage with us. We just happen to imagine, build and manage beautiful, private-pay communities geared toward older adults. Are you Called to Care about your work, other people and making a difference? Do you believe that people and teams are Better Together than going it alone? Are you always striving to Be the Benchmark by which all others are measured? Then our core values match. Connect with us –and to what truly matters!

The Senior Accountant is responsible for day to day accounting and reporting for a group of communities within the Benchmark portfolios as well as assisting in month-end close related tasks. The position is also responsible for working with the Community Accounting Supervisor to coach and review the work of the Community Staff Accountant. Additionally, the role serves as the main point of contact for any financial related needs for community business partners, such as Executive Directors (ED) or Directors of Business Administrations (DBA). As the primary financial resource, the Community Senior Accountant must provide exemplary customer service both internally and externally.

The responsibilities also include the timely preparation of monthly financial packages, maintaining accurate and detailed workpapers, as well as coordinating and communicating financial information and results to community personnel. This role is involved in the more complex areas of accounting on the community side, such as entrance fee accounting.


  •  Prepare and post standard journal entries
  • Analyze general ledger, process community accruals, and complete workpapers
  • Cover responsibilities of Community Staff Accountant(s) such as:
    • Review and release AP batches to the general ledger for payment
    • Process and review resident move out accounting requests via ticket system
  • Provide support and guidance to the Community Staff Accountant(s), including training new hires and review of basic workpapers and journal entries
  • Analyze trends and historic data to assist with advising business decisions at the community level
  • Review, process, and reconcile complex items such as:
    • Entrance fee accounting
    • Real Estate and other taxes
    • Insurance
  • Maintain monthly balance sheets reconciliations, including, but not limited to:
    • Accrued account reconciliations
    • Prepaid account reconciliations
    • Accounts Payable reconciliations
    • Bank account reconciliations
    • Intercompany reconciliations
  • Review and reconcile all subsidiary reports to the general ledger including rent rolls
  • Forge Business Partnership Relationships with community personnel within community responsibility cluster
    • Provide guidance and assist in all accounting areas
    • Maintain an open line of communication between the Executive Directors and Directors of Business Administrations
    • Coach and support Executive Directors/Director of Business Administrations on Sarbanes-Oxley compliance
    • Work with communities to gather, maintain, and verify Sarbanes Oxley compliance
    • Conduct monthly financial review calls with each assigned community and the correlating Business Partners
  • Assist with monthly, quarterly, and annual reporting for a 501c3 charity
  • Prepare, maintain, calculate and report out on monthly financial packages including income statement, balance sheet, and other reporting documents
  • The creation and enhancement of workpaper purposes, procedures, and analytics.
  • Departmental projects and initiatives related to enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of existing processes and implementing new processes.
  • Coordinates interim and year-end audit work papers for internal review by Assistant Community Controller and Community Controller as well as external Auditors
  • Provides financial information, as needed, to internal Financial Planning & Analysis staff
  • Perform ad-hoc analysis and troubleshooting of matters as they arise.


Job Requirements


  • Demonstrates ability to work as a team player and mentor teammates
  • Maintains organized, neat, and accurate files
  • Superior customer service
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Attention to detail and ability to report timely is essential
  • Strong time management, problem solving, and analytical skills
  • Ability to drive projects independently as well as work in groups within the Accounting department, Home Office departments, and communities.


  • Demonstrates good communication skills
  • Communicates effectively with supervisor, co-workers, and customers
  • Strong written skills

 Computer Skills

  • Demonstrates proficiency in MS Office and strong use of Excel.
  • Experience with, or ability to become proficient in, accounting software


  • BS or BA degree in accounting, finance or business from accredited college or university


  • 3-5 years of relevant Accounting experience or 1-2 years in public accounting