Payroll Specialist/Staff Accountant

The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine

Posted: 11/10/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Finance/Accounting

Primary domain: Religious

City: New York

Postal code: 10025

State: New York

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$10M - $20M


Mission statement:

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, the mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and the seat of its Bishop, is chartered as a house of prayer for all people and a unifying center of intellectual light and leadership. It serves the many diverse people of our diocese, city, nation and world through an array of liturgical, cultural and civic events; pastoral, educational and community outreach activities; and maintains the preservation of the great architectural and historic site that is its legacy.

The Cathedral is located on Amsterdam Avenue between 110th and 113th Streets in the beautiful Morningside Heights neighborhood, just south of Columbia University.

Position Details:

Job Description:

Payroll Specialist/Staff Accountant


As the Payroll Specialist/Staff Accountant, you will be responsible for all aspects of payroll and provide accounting support to the 4-person Finance department.  We offer competitive pay, a very attractive benefits package, and the opportunity to work for an organization at the center of New York City’s spiritual and cultural life.


  • Responsible for full-cycle payroll and full-cycle accounts payable
  • Processing year-end 1099 forms
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly sales tax returns.
  • Counting cash, preparing deposits and banking
  • Responsible for bank account administration, e.g. positive pay.
  • Responsible for the internal billings.
  • Perform account and variance analysis on selected accounts including, but not limited to, 941 reconciliations, accounts payable reconciliations and payroll liability account reconciliations.
  • Support the monthly and annual close process.
  • Support external and internal audits.


The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine is committed to workforce diversity.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting preferred:  you must know your debits and credits
  • Must be an accounts-payable and ADP-Workforce-Now wiz.
  • Experience with Blackbaud Financial Edge software preferred.
  • Advanced Excel skills, including pivot tables and v-lookups.
  • Must be detail-oriented and highly organized.
  • Ability to work independently and be a great teammate.  
  • Strong analytical and communications skills are must-haves. 


The Cathedral pays 95% of the monthly premiums for medical and dental insurance.

Effective at hire date, 5% of salary contributed by the Cathedral to the employee's 403(b) account Employee may contribute 4% of salary on a pretax basis, which will be matched by the Cathedral at 100%.

Employee Assistance Program.

Discount tickets to select Cathedral events.


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Please send resumé and cover letter (thoughtful, non-generic cover letters receive extra attention) to [email protected]


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