LifeWorks NW: Accountant 1 – Portland, OR

Accountant 1 job summary in LifeWorks NW – Portland, OR supports the Chief Financial Officer in maintaining the agency’s financial books, producing monthly financial statements, enforcing internal controls, generating accurate invoices, paying agency bills, and preparing the annual agency budget. Provide financial support to the internal management team in developing and recording reporting unit budgets.

QUALIFICATIONS of Accountant 1 Job:

  • Bachelors in accounting or finance or equivalent experience.
  • Knowledge of GAAP and working knowledge of financial statements.
  • Good computer skills including a functional knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Ability to master proprietary software including report writing functions.
  • Demonstrates effective communication skills and maintains a cooperative working relationship with others in a culturally diverse environment.


  • Monthly Close: Prepare and send accurate invoices to various federal, state, county, and city agencies and other grantors as assigned. Make appropriate journal entries in the general ledger to recognize revenue. Perform basic revenue and expense variance analysis. Generate monthly account reconciliation for assigned general ledger receivable accounts and follow up with third party funders regarding payment issues. Support the distribution of internal management financial reports to appropriate personnel.
  • Annual Budget:: create budget templates in the preparation of the annual budget for the agency, and distribute it to Service Directors. Participate in budget reviews with assigned Service Directors and Program Directors and data enter final reporting unit budgets in agency financial system of record,
  • Internal controls: Maintain accounting controls including receipt of funds in the mail, cash receipts, disbursements, usage of corporate credit cards, usage of petty cash accounts, etc. Conduct periodic audits to test controls.
  • Perform client payee function as required Reconcile bank account total balance to the sum of individual client payee balances in Quickbooks.
  • Run and review standard-reports needed for performing variance analysis and responding to questions from managers and funders
  • Complete payor and statutory reports as assigned.
  • Implement indirect accounting allocations for internal management reporting purposes.
  • Reconciles bank account balances to the general ledger.
  • Check e-mail/voice mail throughout the day and respond appropriately when working.
  • Continually increases the level of cultural sensitivity, awareness, and competence.
  • Completes tasks accurately within defined timeframes with minimal supervision.
  • Consistently helps cover for co-workers when needed and willingly accepts and follows through with other tasks as needed.
  • Completes projects and goals as defined in personnel evaluation.
  • Participates in regular individual and team meetings with a supervisor. Attends informational meetings which may include all staff and team meetings, consultation with other staff, and required training.

LifeWorks NW believes that diversity strengthens our workforce and empowers our community. LifeWorks NW is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other status in accordance with the law.

About Life Work

Our mission at LifeWorks NW is to promote a healthy community by providing quality and culturally responsive mental health and addiction services across the lifespan.

Our Core Values
LifeWorks NW values and beliefs in providing high-quality prevention, mental health, and addiction services to build a healthy community. Our core values are:

Recovery and Resilience
We know that “life works” when people receive the help they need.

We work in partnership with the community and within LifeWorks NW to improve the lives of those touched by mental health or addiction issues.

We provide services that we know work to change people’s lives.

LifeWorks NW was originally established in 1961 as the Tualatin Valley Child Guidance Center when a group of concerned citizens became aware of the lack of mental health services for children in Washington County. Legend has it the idea took shape on the ski slopes of Mount Hood, when a prominent local psychiatrist, Dr. Ralph Crawshaw, and Jack Murdock, the CEO of Tektronix, set out to fill the gap in community services.

Responding to evolving local needs, we continued to grow. By 1977, we had added alcohol treatment and services for both adults and older adults and changed our name to Tualatin Valley Mental Health Center to reflect our expanded focus on the whole family.

By 1995, we shortened our name to Tualatin Valley Centers. We again merged in 1997, joining forces with Mainstream Youth Program, the area’s largest provider of youth alcohol and drug services, which allowed us to expand our services into Multnomah County.

In the 21st century, we’ve continued to grow and expand our ability to serve more members of our community. In 2002, we joined with the Center for Community Mental Health, and in 2004 welcomed Project Network—a powerful recovery program focusing on pregnant, addicted African American women and their children—into our family of programs.

In 2004, we became LifeWorks NW—a fresh name to better reflect the positive outcomes and wider geographic spread of our services.

In 2012, we merged with Children’s Relief Nursery, adding their child abuse and neglect prevention services to our array.

Lifeworks when you get the support you need—just ask the more than 17,000 children, teens and families, adults, and older adults we serve each year in the Portland, Oregon metro area and beyond. By giving help and hope to our most vulnerable neighbors, we strengthen the entire community—one we all share.

LifeWorks NW is a leading non-profit, community-based prevention, mental health, and addiction agency committed to supporting a healthy community. We use what works, and the many success stories of our clients are proof.

Our passionate, experienced team—from counselors to senior managers to our board of directors—is committed to providing quality programs and services that responsibly utilize public and private contributions in the most efficient and effective ways possible.

Job Title Accountant 1
Location Portland, OR
Accountant Salary $45,000 to $50,000
Job Type Full Time
Benefits Full benefits such as medical, dental and paid time off (PTO)

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Accountant 1 Salary in LifeWorks NW - Portland, OR