Job Posting

Senior Foundation Accountant

We’re Hiring!

Pacific Foundation Services, LLC (PFS) is a professional services firm that currently partners with over 40 independent private foundations. PFS provides substantial strategic expertise through a staffing model that enables foundations to each be more efficient and effective, choosing from a curated set of services including programmatic and strategic advice, grants management and compliance, financial management, board development and governance, communications, and a physical home. Our team currently includes 42 individuals who bring their diverse perspectives and experience from the nonprofit, philanthropic, and private sectors in service to the greater good.We value competence and camaraderie, and work together to make the most of our collective experience. We thrive on collaboration and share our talents to provide top‐level service to our clients.

The Opportunity

The Senior Accountant is responsible for accounting activities related to servicing PFS’s clients, including budgets, financial statements, accounting for investments and assisting external CPAs in audit and tax preparation.

Reports to: Accounting Manager
Hours: Full time, Non‐exempt, M‐F 8:30 – 5:00

Principle Responsibilities:

Conduct monthly close and prepare monthly financial statements for clients, including:

  • Preparing journal entries
  • Updating investment roll forward schedules
  • Reconciling investment and bank statements as needed
  • Preparing monthly reports including: Budget vs. Expense, Statement of Financial Activity, Statement of Financial Position, other reports as requested.

Develop annual budgets for our foundation clients, including all updates and revisions as needed.

Manage estimated tax payment process for clients, including:

  • Coordinating with outside accountants to prepare estimates
  • Ensuring accuracy of suggested payment reports from outside accountants

Coordinate annual audit/review processes for clients, including:

  • Preparing requested materials for auditors
  • Reviewing tasks completed by Grants Managers for accuracy before sending on to auditors
  • Working with auditors during fieldwork to answer questions, provide additional information as needed
  • Addressing subsequent post fieldwork questions

Coordinate annual tax return processes for clients, including:

  • Providing requested information to tax accountants
  • Reviewing draft 990-PFs
  • Ensuring submission of final returns
  • Responding to client requests for information

Participate in Foundation board meetings as requested.

Participate in monthly department meetings and company meetings.

Special projects as assigned.


  • BS or BA in Accounting, Finance, or Business Administration, or equivalent experience.
  • At least three years general ledger accounting experience, including reconciliations. Familiarity with investment and foundation or nonprofit accounting required.
  • At least three years’ experience with financial reporting and budgeting.
  • Understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Prior experience participating in audits or reviews.
  • Extensive experience with accounting software other than Quickbooks. Intacct desirable but not necessary.
  • Proven skills with Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, in a Windows environment.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to juggle multiple, unrelated projects, including ability to prioritize.
  • Ability to work in a small, collaborative team environment.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and discretion about confidential matters.
  • Demonstrated commitment to PFS values of generosity, respect, integrity, inclusion, commitment and humility.


PFS has offices in San Francisco and San Mateo. This position will be based out of the San Francisco office. Following an initial training period, a hybrid work schedule will be available, however, the role will require regular in‐person work in our San Francisco office.

Salary & Benefits

Range: $84,000 ‐ $95,000 DOE

PFS is committed to paying competitive wages. In an effort to increase equity, and because we know that salary negotiations tend to have an unfair bias, we do not participate in salary negotiations outside of this stated starting salary range.

Benefits: Include medical, dental, vision, Section 125 plan, 401K retirement, paid volunteer time, charitable gift matching, hybrid remote work schedules, public transportation subsidies and more.

To Apply

Please email a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, salary requirements, and a resume to Justine Duong, HR Generalist, at jduong@pfs‐

Application deadline: April 5, 2024

No phone calls, please.

Hiring Process and Timeline

  • Phone interview to discuss general qualifications and give more detail about the position scheduled on a rolling basis.
  • Video interviews scheduled on a rolling basis beginning in mid-April.
  • Ideal start date planned for early to mid-May.

Pacific Foundation Services is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion, and our staff is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self‐expression, unique capabilities, and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and the Firm’s achievement, as well. We consider all qualified applicants for employment and our company policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), gender, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), marital status, domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information and characteristics, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected under federal, state, or local laws.

Let’s Connect

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