Accounting Assistant

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), located in Princeton, N.J., is the largest philanthropy in America dedicated solely to health. Since 1972 we have been providing funding, assistance, and research for projects and programs to help people, their families, and their communities be as healthy as possible. RWJF is committed to working alongside others to build a Culture of Health where everyone has a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being.

We take seriously our responsibilities, and we pledge to work in ways that reflect our guiding principles. These are rooted in equity and influence everything we do at RWJF. Diversity, inclusion, and collaboration allow our staff’s wide range of experiences, passions, and perspectives to enrich our work and strengthens our ability to address our nation’s most pressing health issues. With a career at RWJF you will make a difference.

The accounting assistant is responsible for supporting daily accounting and banking functions, payables processing activities and reconciliations for various cash and grant-related transactions. The assistant will perform operational accounting duties including, calculating, posting, and verifying financial data to ensure accurate and timely financial records. Executes a variety of duties to maintain accounting records and reports, and performs other duties and responsibilities, as assigned.

As with staff at all levels of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the accounting assistant will be expected to demonstrate a passionate commitment to the Foundation’s mission and Guiding Principles.


Accounting Functions and Banking Activities:

  • Petty cash disbursements and reconciliation, replenishment of petty cash funds and posting expense activity to the general ledger.
  • Initialize grant awards; process grant refunds and deposit checks.
  • Prepare bank deposits, code activity and process journal entries to record cash receipts.
  • Open and sort department mail and distribute within the department.
  • Review and resolve any positive pay discrepancies.


  • Process standard supplier invoices, including authorization, review and assignment of account, cost center, activity and contract codes.
  • Review charges and determine proper distribution coding for purchasing card transactions.
  • Create and maintain supplier records, determining tax status and tax site information.
  • Process void check and void invoice activity, as required. 
  • Respond to vendor inquiries completing supplier tax exempt documentation and investigating misapplied payments and credits.
  • Troubleshoot inquiries and problems, as needed.

Grants, Program Contracts and Foundation Projects:

  • Process transactions related to the Foundation’s grant making, including payments, refunds, and cancellations.
  • Review Program Contracts and Foundation Project invoices and requests for payment: proper authorization, payment origination from grants management system, verify program and sub-project codes, note charge backs and special handling instructions. 
  • Process sub-project contracts, using combination of grants system interface and contract query, as required, for processing full and partial payments in financial accounting system.
  • Liaison to program finance for all aspects of grants payment requests and payment transactions.

Employee Travel Expense Reports:

  • Review of employee expense reports for travel policy compliance and proper expense support. Process payment.


  • Prepare third party billings for catering and outside organizations; maintain receivables records, matching payments received. Alert associate controller/controller of issues, as needed. 
  • Process journal entries to record various accounting transactions and adjustments.
  • Other miscellaneous duties and other projects, as assigned.


  • A combination of education and/or experience equivalent to an Associate’s degree from a two (2) year college, technical school or equivalent. Accounting coursework highly desirable.
  • Two (2) or more years of finance related experience to the duties and responsibilities specified, including knowledge with accounting software.
  • Experience working with and general knowledge of spreadsheets, databases, and database entry, and experience and familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Knowledge of Workday software a plus.
  • Ability to foster an inclusive environment working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Comfort with numbers and mathematical concepts. Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.     
  • Strong ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Strong detail orientation and processing accuracy essential.
  • Strong planning, organization and time management skills. Strong detail orientation.
  • Excellent customer service orientation and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to read and comprehend instructions, correspondence and memos, write correspondence, and effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
  • Ability to interact with staff at all levels.
  • Ability to work under deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team-based, highly collaborative environment.
  • Ability to clearly present information and explanations in one-on-one situations.
  • May require occasional overtime, as needed.


The incumbent performs job duties in a traditional business office environment. Tasks are generally carried out with no specific or unusual physical or environmental demands. While performing the duties of this job the incumbent is regularly required to work at a desk with a computer for extended periods of time. Specific physical abilities required by this job include operating basic office equipment such as personal computers, duplicating machines, fax machines and standard office telephones. The incumbent may be required to attend meetings, both on-site and off-site, via phone or videoconference.

RWJF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Post Date

April 29, 2019

Due Date

May 27, 2019 (Closed)