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Lead Accountant

Work Schedule/Days:  Day / Monday - Friday
Employment Type:  Full-Time
Location:  Support I 
Requisition #:  88982



Maintains financial records in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Reconciles, analyzes, and maintains the most complex financial records (e.g. balance sheet accounts, expense analyses, account activities, account categories, etc.) for one or more entities, service lines, and/or departments. Works closely and independently with Corporate Finance leadership, campus leadership, and financial operations managers and financial operations analysts to monitor actual financial performance compared to budget and identify positive or negative trends. Prepares and reviews financial reports for internal and external audiences (e.g. CFO, Executive Team, Finance Committee, and Board Trustees, EMMA, etc.). Assists manager and supervisor with staff training, on-boarding, and team mentorship, and performs quality review of team reconciliations and analyses.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting


  • No professional certifications required


  • Minimum seven years of public accounting and/or corporate accounting/finance experience


  • Certified public accountant
  • Public accounting experience
  • Master’s degree in business administration
  • Internal accounting/finance experience


  • Knowledge, interpretation, and application of generally accepted accounting principles
  • Ability to analyze and review complex accounting issues and related financial reporting (e.g. entities, activities, capital, bonds, real estate, EMMA reporting, etc.) Strong organizational, analytical, research, and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, with focus on department and team goals and objectives
  • Proven ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Ability to lead in a team environment, collaborating and initiating communication across all levels of the organization
  • Subject matter expert for critical accounting processes and projects (e.g. activities, payroll/benefit transactions, fixed assets, accrual database, etc.), including answering questions and providing guidance on proper accounting treatment
  • Capable of working independently, with minimal to no  supervision or assistance from management
  • Ability to train, mentor, and provide guidance to team members on routine job responsibilities. Proven ability to prioritize/complete tasks and manage multiple assignments/deadlines
  • Excellent presentation, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Ability to self-manage and have ownership mentality for projects, processes, and other responsibilities
  • Proficient navigation of computerized accounting systems and Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint


  1. Completes month-end, quarter-end, and year-end close processes; provides assistance and guidance to team members.
  2. Records period-end and operational journal entries, including evaluation of requested entries for accuracy and appropriate accounting treatment.
  3. Analyzes interfaces into general ledger, including accounts payable, payroll, revenue, project activities, and system allocations. Is the subject matter expert for critical accounting processes.
  4. Completes low to high risk level account reconciliations, including review of assigned low to moderate risk level account reconciliations.
  5. Prepares and compiles complex financial reporting (e.g. entities, activities, capital, bonds, real estate, EMMA reporting, etc.).
  6. Generates monthly financial packages to distribute to Finance department management, Executive Team, Finance Committee, and Board of Trustees.
  7. Completes financial statement analyses with minimal supervision or assistance from management.
  8. Acts as finance connection for assigned cost centers, service lines, and/or entities to help operational managers understand financial reports, policies, and processes that aid with understanding facility-level variances and results of operations.
  9. Initiates and/or leads projects related to department and/or team goals, including recommending and implementing process improvements.
  10. Prepares audit and tax work papers and supporting documentation for year-end financial statement audit regulatory audits, internal audits/reviews, and Form 990 filings. Works directly with auditors as necessary to analyze and explain questions posed during the audit and review process.
  11. Supports management projects and processes by employing peer review of tasks, reconciliations, and/or reporting.
  12. Develops and refines accounting policies and procedures, including research of technical accounting guidelines.
  13. Analyzes current processes, and develops and implements process improvements.
  14. Is responsible for new hire training and providing updates related to newly implemented processes or procedures.
  15. Prepares schedules and other important accounting communications for distribution to the organization (e.g. period close communications, new policies, CareForce webpage maintenance, etc.).
  16. Utilizes customer service approach to fulfill job duties. Completes ad hoc projects as assigned by the supervisor, manager, director, VP, and/or CFO.


Safety: Practices proper safety techniques in accordance with hospital and departmental policies and procedures. Responsible for the reporting of employee/patient/visitor injuries or accidents, or other safety issues to the supervisor and in the occurrence notification system.


Compliance: Monitors and ensures compliance with all regulatory requirements, organizational standards, and policies and procedures related to area of responsibility. Identifies potential risk areas within area of responsibility and supports problem resolution process. Maintains records of compliance activities and reports compliance activities to the Compliance Office.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the personnel so classified.



No potential for exposure to blood and body fluids


About Us:

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has been 100 percent committed to kids for more than 100 years. A not-for-profit organization, Children’s is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow.

With 3 hospitals, 20 neighborhood locations and a total of 673 beds, Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Children’s has been recognized as a Fortune 100 Best Place to Work, a Best Place for Working Mothers, and as a top employer for diversity and millennials.  We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefit package that supports our mission, vision and values.  We are proud to offer an array of programs and services to our employees that have distinguished us as a best place to work in the country.  Connect to our mission of making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. 

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Address:  1575 Northeast Expressway, Bldg 1, Atlanta, GA  30329
Function:  Finance/Accounting - Accounting

Nearest Major Market: Atlanta

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