Staff Accountant

St. Joseph News-Press   Kansas City, MO   Full-time     Accounting
Posted on July 20, 2022

Job Summary

The Staff Accountant will be responsible for the day to day accounting and bookkeeping of NPG’s Education Technology department portfolio companies. The Staff Accountant will prepare and maintain financial records, assist with the monthly close and reporting processes, and perform other ad-hoc analyses to help Company leadership identify new opportunities for growth and operational efficiencies.

Job Description

  • Perform month end close processes, including preparing and posting journal entries, general ledger account reconciliations, and ad-hoc reporting and analysis
  • Prepare monthly internal financial statements and other reports needed to help Company leadership prepare for monthly Business Unit Reviews
  • Perform monthly bank and credit card statement reconciliations
  • Contribute to the preparation and review of annual operating budgets
  • Review client contracts to ensure revenue is recognized in accordance with GAAP
  • Support NPG’s shared services Accounts Receivable function by maintaining client billing schedules, reconciling client billing schedules to revenue on a GAAP basis, and reconciling client invoices to contracts
  • Support NPG’s shared services AP department by preparing vendor billing schedules, reconciling and coding invoices, and other related vendor payment related tasks
  • Assist in the development, implementation, and monitoring of internal financial controls
  • Analyze complex data to help Company leadership identify opportunities for financial and operational synergies
  • Research and interpret accounting guidance and develop processes in compliance with appropriate standards
  • Assist with Company’s annual audit and tax filings
  • Perform other related duties as assigned


  • Bachelors degree in Accounting or Finance related field
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of relevant accounting experience
  • Working knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel (pivot tables, vlookups, sumifs, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Accounting or Finance related field, CPA is a plus
  • Public accounting experience
  • Comfortable working with large, complex data sets is a plus
  • Experience within the Education Technology space is a plus
  • Excellent communication skills – ability to clearly communicate complex accounting and financial topics to Company stakeholders outside of the Finance and Accounting team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – ability to work within a team and communicate across all levels and departments of the organization

News-Press & Gazette Company is an equal opportunity employer.