Careers at EMA

Staff Accountant

The Enrollment Management Association is looking for an experienced staff accountant with a BS in finance/accounting. A CPA license is not required but considered a plus. Experience with Sage Intacct and ADP payroll reporting is a plus. Candidates must have the ability to prioritize accounting responsibilities in order to ensure accurate and timely closing processes. Candidates must effectively communicate month-end status, accounting discrepancies, and variances between budget and actual every month. Candidates must be willing to dig deep in the flow of transactions to fully understand the concept of EMA’s accounting structure and operations. A strong understanding of GAAP and accrual accounting is a must. This position is poised for possible future growth. This job requires the candidate to be local to the New Jersey area and commute to the office on a set schedule, as determined by the employer.

This role reports to:

Key Responsibilities

The Staff Accountant shares responsibility for general ledger accounts and will be responsible for executing journal entries for business financial transactions within the general ledger and accounting subledgers in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.    S/he is accountable for collaborating with the Finance team to perform month-end reconciliations and prepare documentation for financial statement purposes in a timely and accurate manner. Daily/monthly responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintain fixed assets and depreciation schedules
  • Maintain and update the cash flow forecast
  • Process semi-monthly payroll in ADP and record entries, as needed
  • Record accrual based accounting entries to the general ledger

The staff accountant will maintain relationships with vendors and will address any inquiries, as necessary.  This position will share responsibility for running financial statement reports within Sage Intacct and identifying trends and variances. The Staff Accountant will assist the finance team throughout the audit and 990 reporting processes.  S/he also shares responsibility for maintaining internal controls and identifying any opportunities for improvement within the organization.  The Staff Accountant is expected to fully cross-train with other accounting staff within the organization to provide backup, as needed.

Educational Requirements

  • BA/BS (or equivalent experience) in Accounting/Finance with a minimum of 2-3 years of relevant financial experience required

Experience Qualifications 

  • High proficiency with Excel, including pivot tables, ability to work efficiently and accurately
  • Highly proficient in using technology & software programs and reviewing processes and procedures to maximize efficiency constantly.
  • Strong verbal, written, and analytical skills are required
  • High level of attention to detail
  • Ability to meet deadlines in a high volume environment
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting in a proactive and communicative environment
  • Knowledge of Intacct financial software and Vena budgeting software is a plus
  • Must possess strong planning, prioritization, and organizational skill

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies to perform the essential functions of this position:

  • Problem-solving—the individual identifies and resolves problems promptly, gathers and analyzes information skillfully. 
  • Vendor/Client relations—the individual manages difficult vendors/client situations, responds promptly to vendor/client needs, solicits vendor/client feedback to improve service, responds to requests for service and assistance, and meets commitments.
  • Planning/organizing—the individual prioritizes and plans work activities and uses time efficiently. 
  • Quality control—the individual demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness, monitors own work to ensure quality, is extremely detail-oriented, and applies feedback to improve performance.
  • Quantity—meets productivity standards, meets established deadlines, and completes work on time.
  • Adaptability—the individual adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands, and deals with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events. 
  • Dependability—the individual is consistently at work and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction, and solicits feedback to improve performance.

To Apply:

Candidates who share our passion for excellence are encouraged to send their resume and a cover letter (including salary requirements) to Please reference SA2021 in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

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The Enrollment Management Association offers our employees a Total Rewards package, which includes compensation and a range of market-relevant benefits. We believe in compensating well for excellent work. We balance our total rewards with pay and provide great benefits.

Paid Time Off & Holidays

We want you to take time off for you and your family. We offer up to 25 days of vacation, 10 sick days, 3 personal days plus 13 federal holidays.

Health & Income Protection

We offer medical, dental (at no cost to you), vision (at no cost to you), short-term and long-term disability, group life insurance and more.

Paid Maternity Leave & Parental Leave

We believe that having that time to spend with your family is important. We offer 8 weeks of paid maternity leave and 2 weeks of paid parental (secondary caregivers) leave.

Work from Home & Remote Workers

We offer opportunities to work from home up to two days per week for suitable positions and we have positions that allow for remote employees.


We offer Employee Assistance Program and gym and fitness membership fee reimbursement up to a certain amount.

Tuition Reimbursement

We are dedicated to developing a capable and knowledgeable workforce.  We provide financial support to employees who participate in externally sponsored educational courses.


We offer a retirement plan that employees can participate upon hire with a very generous employer contribution following an employee contribution of just 2%. We also provide you with the option to invest in a Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Account.


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Equal Employment Opportunity

The Enrollment Management Association is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. It is the policy of The Enrollment Management Association to recruit, hire, and promote for all positions and to administer all Human Resource matters such as wages, benefits, assignments, promotions and all other terms and conditions of employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic disposition, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state, and/or local law.