Senior Staff Accountant

Lowell, MA
Full Time

Job Title: Senior Staff Accountant

Reports to: Controller

Type: Full-Time Exempt

Category: Finance


Background on UTEC, Inc.

UTEC’s promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of our most disengaged youth to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. UTEC’s outcomes-focused model begins with intensive street outreach, reaching proven high-risk youth where they’re at. UTEC engages youth in workforce development and educational programs and provides mental health services and intensive case management. Social justice and civic engagement are embedded in all programming. For more info, please visit

UTEC is committed to its vision for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion which pledges to honor the lived experiences and expertise of individuals; create community and celebration of cultures; challenge all forms of oppression; and embody a culture that leans into discomfort and recognizes it as a growth opportunity. UTEC is dedicated to fair and equitable compensation practice, the health, mental health, and overall well-being of young adults and staff and to creating an environment that supports work-life balance and the individual and professional growth of all.


Job Summary

The Senior Staff Accountant  is responsible for the accounting duties for the Organization. The Senior Staff accountant will supervise the staff accountant I. They are responsible for quality accurate and timely monthly closes, year-end reports and for execution of the annual audit. They are responsible for Organizational financial reporting. Senior Staff Accountant is responsible for all Federal contracts including drawdowns and reporting.



  • Maintenance of the General Ledger system
  • Review the closing with the Controller prior to the closing meeting with the Controller. 
  • Responsible for reviewing Account reconciliations prior to close meeting
  • Review all ages accounts with the Controller and manages collection activities
  • Manages along side the Controller, the year-end schedules and annual audit to a successful conclusion on time
  • Prepares schedules and submission of UTEC’s Federal Overhead rate
  • Completes schedules for review by Controller for State UFR reporting
  • Responsible for internal and external reporting to institutions as required
  • Management of Federal Contracts; including reporting, budget amendments, drawdowns
  • Management of temp restricted schedule and recording of pledges
  • Responsible for reviewing Accounts payable transactions, approving new vendors, process weekly payments
  • Responsible for assisting Staff Accountant I and II with credit card transactions
  • Responsible for ensuring that no external deadlines are missed through the detailed use of an accounting calendar
  • Follows and complete timely internal audits to ensure policies and procedures are being followed
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Skills/Abilities

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skill
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or similar software
  • General ledger accounting software experienced highly preferred
  • Ability to meet deadlines and prioritize tasks
  • Ability to work with a minimal amount of supervision
  • The ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting required
  • 3-5 years of experience

Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.
  • Able to travel as needed.

Salary/Benefits: The starting salary for this role is $65,000 plus benefits. UTEC offers a competitive benefits package that starts with 4 weeks of vacation (3 standard for all new employees and a week of agency-wide wellness closure between the Christmas and New Year holidays), 12 holidays, 10 sick days, 2 personal days, and health, dental and vision insurance. We also offer life insurance, first time homeowners support, an annual cost of living increase, a 401-K retirement plan, a $1,200- $1,800 annual wellness fund, and professional development support. With time, benefits grow to include up to 6 weeks of vacation, 80% coverage of employee health and dental insurance costs and availability for a 3 week sabbatical. 

UTEC also stresses the importance of work-life balance and offers several wellness opportunities including additional time off (i.e. for the past two years we have closed at 3pm on Fridays during the summer months), an employee assistance program, down payment assistance for first time home buyers, parental leave, bereavement supports and unlimited free coffee! See more about our benefits here.  

UTEC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, UTEC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


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