Staff Accountant

Job Type
Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Contact Name
Marybeth Boucher
Contact Email

60 Temple Place
Boston, MA
United States

Job Description


The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) seeks a skilled Staff Accountant to join MAPC's Finance Department to perform a variety of accounting, bookkeeping and financial tasks. The Staff Accountant is a core member of the Finance team whose shared goal is to support the accounting and financial operations of the agency, to ensure that the daily accounting functions run accurately and effectively. This position reports to the Director of Finance.
A successful candidate should be familiar with basic accounting procedures and have an aptitude for numbers and bookkeeping. They should be comfortable working with limited supervision, prioritizing and multitasking. This is an opportunity to enhance bookkeeping and accounting skills while working in a dynamic, interdisciplinary, and innovative environment. 

About MAPC:
MAPC is the Regional Planning Agency (RPA) serving the people who live and work in metropolitan Boston. Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration. We are guided by our regional plan, MetroCommon2050: Shaping the Region Together. MAPC’s staff includes approximately 100 full-time employees located in downtown Boston in a transit-accessible and bike-friendly office.
MAPC has been operating remotely through the pandemic, but people are now beginning to return to the office.  We anticipate the office will reopen fully only when the metrics we are following indicate it is safe to do so. At that time, we expect that most staff will be working on a hybrid schedule, combining time in the office with remote work.
MAPC strongly supports the professional development of each and every staff person, believing their growth to be consistent with the best interests of MAPC and the region. We encourage all our staff to develop new ideas to make MAPC’s planning and policy work more relevant and impactful, and to adapt to changing times.
This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, interdisciplinary, and innovative environment with professionals who are committed to building a more sustainable and equitable future for everyone who lives and works in Greater Boston. For more information about MAPC or MetroCommon2050, please visit

Examples of Duties
  • Perform all accounts payable functions including but not limited to coding approved invoice packages to proper accounting periods, project codes and chart of account numbers, processing the weekly check run, distributing the checks, reviewing W-9 forms and setting up new vendors, responding to internal and external inquiries, updating the online platform for gathering and maintaining the status of A/P documentation submitted electronically by staff, and preparation of 1099s at year end.
  • Prepare weekly bank deposits and documents for weekly cash receipts reports and posting to the accounting system.
  • Complete monthly reconciliation of the agency credit card statement and preparation for A/P processing with proper back-up documentation from staff.
  • Prepare bi-weekly invoicing to the State and track cash receipts to pass-through/pay vendors promptly. 
  • Review and post A/R invoices received from project managers across the agency.
  • Prepare documentation for external auditors.
  • Perform various financial record keeping task, such as, filing agency contracts, client’s billing and vendor invoices/vouchers.
  • Work on special projects as assigned.
Typical Qualifications
Candidates for this position should have Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Accounting (an Associates degree in Accounting may be considered with the right experience) and a minimum of 2 years’ experience in accounting.

Successful candidates for this position will demonstrate all or most of the following:

  • Working knowledge of U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite programs, with a strong command of Excel.
  • Strong attention to detail and strong analytical problem-solving skills with creative solutions.
  • Excellent organization skills with the ability to competently manage large amounts of information for multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Able to work effectively with all levels of the organization.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality when needed.
  • Willingness to be flexible and adaptable to change.
Supplemental Information
Compensation and Benefits: 
The salary ranges from $55,000-$62,000, depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time exempt position. MAPC offers excellent Massachusetts state employee benefits as well as a flexible, supportive, and family-friendly work environment and a commitment to continued professional development.

How to Apply: 
Apply online at The position is open until filled, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Candidates selected to interview will be asked to submit three (3) references plus a sample of relevant writing or work product. Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA and a valid driver's license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region. MAPC participates in E-Verify, which is a federal program that helps us to determine work eligibility in the United States. A Criminal Offenders Records Information (CORI) request must be completed if offered this position. However, a criminal record is not an automatic bar to employment but will be reviewed in relation to the job applied for.
MAPC is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We believe that a staff with a range of perspectives, experiences, and skillsets strengthens our work. We are committed to building a more equitable workplace that allows staff with diverse backgrounds and identities to thrive, grow, and lead. For more information on MAPC’s culture of equity, see our  Equity at MAPC page.