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Catholic Diocese of Dallas

General Summary of the Position
The SAS Senior Accountant will provide accounting support for multiple participating Diocesan entities including parishes, schools and other entities. The Staff Accountant will strive to serve the entities he or she is assigned in order to strengthen the entity and become the entity’s trusted advisor. The Senior Accountant will work with each entity to improve processes, practices, and to strengthen each entity he or she is assigned to.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Position
• Works to provide the most efficient, effective, timely, and quality service for our participating entities; ensuring best practices and internal controls such as segregation of duties are in place. Advising clients of potential issues and potential solutions to the issues. Provides support and training to staff accountants.
• Performs accounting functions required for each entity.
• Prepares, processes, and reconciles payroll for multiple entities. Works with entities to improve the payroll process and workflow.
• Tuition and fee receivable review, reconciliation, and process analysis.
• Work with each entity on funding analysis from tuition, contributions, etc.
• Consults with the entity on business and administrative matters that affect it.
• Assist the entity in the stewardship of resources in collaboration with entity leadership.
• Prepares cash flow and financial projections. Advises entities using independent judgement on operational improvements.
• Prepares, advises, and assists entities with annual entity budgets and financial planning.
• Analyzes and monitors actual financial results and variances in relation to the budget.
• Monitors, tracks, and reconciles restricted funds.
• Performs, coordinates, and works to improve month-end and year-end close procedures.
• Recommends best practices retention of entity financial records.
• Coordinates and leads the preparation for entity annual audit/reviews.
• Visits entities when necessary
• Works cooperatively with entity personnel in order to build good relationships and become the entity’s trusted advisor.
• Ensures that all related Diocesan and Catholic Schools Office policies and procedures are being followed. Reviews compliance and designs solutions to achieve compliance.
• Coordinates with the entity and the Diocesan Purchasing Office to implement best practices.
• Coordinates with the entity and the Diocesan IT Office to implement best practices.
• Direct the preparation of the entity’s Annual Budget
• Oversee the Annual Audit

Position Requirements

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Values, upholds, and supports the mission, goals, and objectives of the Church; works with integrity; demonstrates sound moral and ethical principles at work. Demonstrated skills and abilities as a servant leader.
• Working knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), not-for-profit accounting, and internal controls.
• Working knowledge of all Federal and State regulations to which the entities must adhere.
• Proficient with Excel, Word, Outlook, and other Microsoft Office applications. This includes advance calculations functions in Excel.
• Working knowledge of QuickBooks, payroll and AR systems.
• Able to troubleshoot basic computer software related issues when needed.
• Discretion and maintain confidentiality in all matters.
• Business operational experience
• Well organized and detailed oriented.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Able to work independently and exercise independent judgement.
• Able to manage time well in a multi-task, deadline-oriented environment while working simultaneously with/for multiple entities.
• Able to maintain a good working relationship with co-workers and staff at client entities.
• Good math and calculation skills required.
• Able to read, comprehend, and write instructions, correspondence, and memos.

Education and Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business or a related field.
• 3 to 5 years’ experience in accounting, bookkeeping, finance, or a related field.
• 3 to 5 years of full-charge general ledger bookkeeping experience.
• Experience working with multiple clients.
• Bilingual English/Spanish is a plus.

Special Requirements:
• Must have a reliable means of transportation, a valid Texas Driver’s License, and proof of personal automobile insurance.
• Must complete the Diocese of Dallas Safe Environment Training program, obtain a certificate, and renew the training annually as required.
• Seasonal overtime work during busy time
• Ability to prioritize and to be flexible. Able to work frequent evenings and/or weekends and work an unpredictable schedule when necessary.
• Ability to attend finance council meetings during the evening and schedule flexibility.

Physical Requirements Specific to the Job:
• N/A

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of the duties and responsibilities of the position. The duties and responsibilities of the position may be changed at the sole discretion of the Diocese of Dallas – Pastoral Center.

The Diocese of Dallas – Pastoral Center reserves the right to modify this job description without notice to the employee. This job description is not a contract and does not alter the employee’s at-will employment status.


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