PKF O'Connor Davies

Senior Audit Associate - Independent Schools Practice / Nonprofit

Job Locations US-NY-New York
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PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP is looking for a Senior Audit Associate to join our Nonprofit / Independent School practice. The individual will perform and direct the broadest range of accounting tasks and will assist the audit team and manager in the development of audit strategy, planning, review, and interpretation of audit findings. The individual will work with the audit team remotely, at the client’s premises, or at a designated PKFOD office performing audit procedures to the appropriate extent. These duties may include (but are not limited to):

Essential Duties

  • Oversee the efforts of multiple Nonprofit / Independent School engagements with the ability to manage budgets.
  • Apply technical skills, take the initiative to identify best practices and improvements, and consider applicability of best practices for clients.
  • Research complex accounting topics and form a conclusion utilizing the Firm’s research tools.
  • Maintain active communication with clients to manage expectations and ensure satisfaction.
  • Identify and communicate to engagement manager and partners’ suggestions to improve client internal controls and accounting procedures.
  • Understand internal control deficiencies, work on training staff on internal control processes and develop comments for management letters.
  • Understand risk assessment process and apply knowledge in completing all related forms.
  • Prepare financial report (statements, notes and any supplemental information) and all other client deliverables.
  • Adhere to the highest degree of professional standards and strict client confidentiality.
  • Apply client specific trends to analytics, formulate expectations and determine reasonableness.
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide team with directions, play a key role in execution of audit engagement from planning to wrap-up, and develop audit program steps to identify risks to ensure that the assignment quality standards are achieved.
  • Express ideas clearly and concisely both verbally and in written form and write detailed document findings.
  • Manage engagement staff to meet deliverable deadlines; identify roadblocks and understand critical milestones to meet client service expectations.
  • Manage, develop, train and mentor staff on projects and assess performance for engagement and year-end reviews.
  • Actively participate in learningand development opportunities, formal learning (CPE) and training programs.
  • Attend professional development, networking events and training seminars on a regular basis.


  • BA/BS degree in Accounting from an accredited college/university required.
  • 3+ years of progressive experience in public accounting required.
  • Current or previous experience auditing Nonprofit and related organizations required.
  • CPA certification or demonstrated progress towards obtaining CPA certification, including required 150-credit coursework.
  • A solid understanding of audit services, with knowledge of GAAP and GAAS regulations.
  • Proficient with computer software packages and platforms including Microsoft Office Suite, ProSystems and CCH.
  • Ability to meet challenging client requirements, provide services, and possess strong communication, interpersonal, analytical, and research abilities.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and make sound decisions and recommendations in client related matters pertaining to the audit.
  • Additional hours during busy season may be required to meet client deliverables.
  • Local travel to clients may be required.

The compensation for this position ranges from $80,000 - $115,000. Actual compensation will be dependent upon the specific role, office location as well as the individual’s qualifications, experience, skills and certifications.





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