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Staff Accountant

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Washington D.C.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Start date
Nov 3, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Accounting & Finance
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

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Information about the organization

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is a federally chartered, nonpartisan institution that was created by the US Congress to serve as America’s national memorial to the victims of the Holocaust and an educational institution dedicated to the history and lessons of the Holocaust. The Museum seeks to educate Americans from all 50 states and all walks of life as well as international audiences. The Museum has three areas of expertise: Holocaust remembrance, Holocaust scholarship and education, and genocide prevention.

In carrying out its important memorial and educational mission, the Museum is guided by its institutional values for our workplace: Honor the memory of the victims; carry out our work with dignity, humility, integrity and respect for others; and strive for excellence through teamwork, rigor, and a culture of continuous learning. Consistent respect for others is the foundation for trust, collegiality and inclusion. 

Information about the role

The Museum is a public-private partnership that receives a direct federal appropriation and also raises private contributions to support its mission. Approximately half of the $160 million annual budget comes from charitable contributions (restricted and unrestricted) and endowment earnings; the other half is Federal appropriated funds (annual, multi-year, and no-year). The Museum complies fully with the Federal financial management rules and regulations, and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and accounting standards. This position is located in the Office of Finance. The Staff Accountant is responsible for USHMM’s general accounting activities, reporting and analysis. The Staff Accountant also interprets transactions, reconciles general ledger accounts, and reports on financial data.

This is a full-time donated position (non-Federal) paid with the Museum’s private funds. Salary is commensurate with experience.

This position is located in Washington, DC and is hybrid telework eligible, within the local commuting area of the Museum worksite.

Duties, and Responsibilities for the role

  • Prepares account analysis and account reconciliations for balance sheets and income statement accounts including, but not limited to, fixed assets, prepaid expenses and, cash.
  • Prepares and processes journal entries for non-recurring reclassification requests.
  • Reconciles monthly Museum Shop activities and posts monthly entries.
  • Prepares and records other month end journals and accruals.
  • Support financial statement audits by preparing and responding to Prepared By Client (PBC) requests and other audit inquiries.
  • Drafts and/or enhances existing written procedures and processes.
  • Conducts research, analyzes data and resolves discrepancies.

Minimum Qualifications for the role

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Knowledge of accounting and/or government accounting standards
  • Strong time management skills and the ability to manage shifting priorities

Preferred Qualifications for the role

  • Master’s degree in Accounting
  • General ledger accounting experience.
  • Experience in 501(c)3 organizations and/or Federal funds accounting.
  • Knowledge of accounting systems and Excel sufficient to be able to locate and analyze account data and prepare financial reports.
  • Knowledge of accounting theory, concepts, and practices and skill in applying this knowledge to broad assignments involving the development and promulgation of accounting policies and standards, to the development and management of the Museum’s accounting and reporting systems, and to the solution of complex accounting system challenges.


The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is looking for dedicated and passionate individuals to join the Museum’s team and help support our mission. Since opening in 1993, the Museum has been committed to serving as a living memorial to the Holocaust. We are dedicated to helping leaders and citizens of the world confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Our employees are an important and integral part of the successful operation of the Museum and its programs. We welcome a variety of ideas, experiences and perspectives to ensure we continue as a leading, living memorial to the Holocaust.

The Museum employs staff in a variety of areas, such as collections, marketing, fundraising, education, exhibits, programming, Museum shop, and many others. 

The Museum is committed to cultivating and maintaining a culture of diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion (DEAI). Every member of our Museum community is responsible for ensuring that the Museum is free of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation and for promoting a diverse, equitable, accessible, and inclusive institution. This includes supporting DEAI throughout our workplace—in our policies, programs, culture, facilities, and technology.

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