Senior Accountant

May 20 2023
Kupu |Honolulu|Full Time
Job Description


Kupu’s Story

Kupu, which means “to sprout” or “to grow” in Hawaiian, has a two-fold mission: to preserve the land while empowering youth. The organization provides hands-on training in conservation, sustainability, and environmental education for young adults, with the goal of fostering our next generation of environmental and cultural stewards. Kupu’s work has been likened to the role of the kupukupu fern, which is one of the first plants to recultivate the land after a lava flow. The fern not only serves as a foundational species for rebuilding a healthy, native ecosystem, but it also symbolizes a place where knowledge can grow.


Established in 2007 as a 501(c)3 non-profit, Kupu empowers future generations to create a more sustainable, pono Hawai‘i.  Kupu accomplishes this by partnering with conservation and sustainability focused agencies throughout the state and pacific in providing hands-on service opportunities which educate and mentor young adults and emerging professionals to become stewards of our communities and environment.  Since 2007, Kupu has risen to meet the increasing demands of the green job sector by engaging over 3,000 youth in the areas of conservation, sustainability, and environmental education. Kupu affirms the Hawaiian notion of “ma ka hana ka ʻike” or “in working one learns.”  This approach has led to the creation of hundreds of service-learning opportunities which assists in the development of Hawai’i’s emerging professionals in the green job sector while supporting over 150 conservation and sustainability organizations across Hawaiʻi and the Pacific region.


Kupu’s Mission

“To empower youth to serve their communities through character-building, service-learning, and environmental stewardship opportunities that encourage integrity (pono) with Ke Akua, self, and others.”


Kupu’s CHOSEN Values

C     Character

H     Humility

O     ‘Ohana

S     Service

E     Excellence

N     Nobility


Full-Time, Exempt (onsite), Honolulu, HI       Reports to:  Vice President of Accounting or their dedsignee


Program/Depar​tment Goals

Kupu’s accounting department advances Kupu’s mission by supporting all Kupu programs and administration through various means including, but not limited to: a) providing financial reports to program heads, executive leadership, Board of Directors and funding partners, b) planning budgets and forecasting, c) conducting strategic planning, and d) acting as liaison with our outsourced human resources and payroll provider.


Senior Accountant - Position Overview and Description

This position reports to the Controller and is ideal for an Accountant who thrives on collaboration and is genuinely driven by our work and those we serve. The Senior Accountant is responsible for supporting the accounting and program teams in the areas of expense review and program revenue billing. The Senior Accountant also supports the Controller in the areas of analysis and reconciliation.  The Senior Accountant will also work closely with the accounting team and other stakeholders.


Senior Accountant Essential Duties

This is an excellent opportunity with a community-minded, service-driven organization. The essential duties include:

  • Conduct oneself with aloha and drive Kupu’s culture.
  • Conduct oneself with integrity, credibility, professionalism, and unwavering commitment to Kupu’s mission Review expenses for compliance with internal policies and funding budgets.
  • Prepare and/or review cost allocation of expenses.
  • Assist with drafting policies and procedures.
  • Provide training and support to program staff on expense processing and submission.
  • Prepare fee billings and accruals to participant sites based on contract documents.
  • Assist with management of the expense processing system (Nexonia)
  • Assist with cross review of accounting output prepared by colleagues.
  • Prepare account analysis, account reconciliation, reporting and audit schedules as assigned.
  • Other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in the accounting field
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Experience using financial management and accounting software.
  • Demonstrates excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Conducts self in a professional and ethical manner.
  • Demonstrates attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues and Kupu stakeholders.
  • Exhibits a willingness to learn.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting
  • Proficiency with Sage Intacct
  • Self-motivated with an ability to follow through and complete assigned projects.
  • Detail oriented with good analytic and communication skills.
  • Experience or interest in environmental conservation
  • Experience in a non-profit setting
  • Experience in Federal Funding requirements and reporting


Compensation and benefits:

  • Commensurate with experience
  • Health benefits
  • Paid time off
  • Eligible for 401(k) plan after one year of service and 1,000 hours of service
  • Other employee benefits


Note: This position description is representative of the types of duties and responsibilities. It is not intended to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this position.



Apply:  Interested applicants are invited to apply. Please provide both a resume and cover letter in the application. Mahalo~


Please direct any questions regarding the position to [email protected]