Entity Accountant - Pastoral Center Apply Online

Role & Purpose


The entity accountant provides various support to all the entities of the Diocese, as assigned.  The support varies from actual direction of the most basic bookkeeping entries to review of financial reports, including budgets, for accuracy, completeness and compliance.  This position must include the ability to provide plans of action for individuals at entities for improved financial information utilizing best practices.  Provides financial information to management by researching and analyzing accounting and other data; preparing reports utilizing available software as required.  Responsible to ensure entities submit necessary reports to the Diocese per policy and procedures.  Additionally, offering professional training and development is important in this support role and requires the ability to communicate with all skill levels and various management levels, utilizing available technology and various instruction techniques. 


Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide comprehensive accounting and financial reporting assistance to parishes and schools as assigned.  Accounting responsibilities can include cash receipts, cash disbursements, payroll, journal entries, and reconciliations through the preparation of monthly financial statements with the application of Generally Accepting Accounting Principles (GAAP) where required.
  • Assist entity personnel with the correction of any accounting and financial reporting errors and technical issues as required and provide computer support to entities utilizing Sage 50 financial software and software support tools (ie: helpdesk & remote desktop support)
  • Create appropriate standardized entity financial reports for use at the diocesan level and assist entities with any preferred customized report menu
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual budget in collaboration with Pastor/President, Finance Council, and staff.  Maintain budget in Sage 50 to produce comparative actual vs. budget reports
  • When appropriate prepare and present monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements on a timely basis as assigned and review reports with the Pastor/President
  • Attend entity Finance Council meetings as requested to present financial statements 
  • Conduct training needs assessment by collecting information pertaining to work procedures, work flow, and reports; understanding job-specific functions and tasks
  • Design training manuals by identifying and describing information needs; submitting initial versions for review; revising and editing final copy
  • Organize and present training material for parish and school finance personnel at various diocesan meetings, workshops and electronically utilizing available software and support tools
  • Provide appropriate orientation and training for new parish and school finance personnel as needed
  • Detailed review of financial records of parishes and schools as required and/or necessary prior to their scheduled AUP for possible inclusion in engagement
  • Ability to travel to locations within the Diocese of Palm Beach 


  • Will be provided with cross-training for other positions in the Diocesan Finance Office to provide coverage where needed – this may include accounts payable/receivable and payroll

  • Assist the Accounting Manager – Parishes and Schools with the annual Diocesan Services Appeal (DSA) goal calculation process and other projects as required

This is a sampling of duties.  Other tasks, responsibilities and duties may be assigned as needed. 



  • Bilingual Preferred Spanish/English

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or Finance

  • 3+ years of Church/School financial experience preferred

  • Ability to monitor and collect data to assess accuracy and integrity; analyze data; ensure compliance with applicable standards (i.e. GAAP), rules, regulations and systems of internal control; interpret and evaluate results, prepare documentation; create financial reports and/or presentations

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, professional telephone manner, presentation and interpersonal skills

  • Must be proficient in MS Office Suite, including Excel, Word, Outlook and Power Point, and navigating the Internet; experience with software support tools and training helpful

  • Attention to detail and able to work independently and as part of a team in a fast paced environment

  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks with emphasis on meeting tight deadlines

  • Ability to work effectively with parish staff, Diocesan employees, department heads, representatives of other agencies, and the general public

  • Adhere to the Diocese of Palm Beach Code of Conduct with emphasis on confidentiality and able to exercise discretion and good business judgment

  • Reliable insured vehicle

Physical Requirements

  • Occasional light lifting and carrying of under 15 pounds

  • Occasional moderate carrying and lifting of 15 – 44 pounds

  • Frequent use both hands and fingers (i.e. typing)

  • Frequent extended periods of sitting

  • Occasional periods of standing, kneeling and climbing

  • Occasional ability of minimal hearing (i.e. loud noises, sirens) and routine hearing (i.e. listening to others in conversation)

  • Occasional time spent working closely with others

To apply, download and complete the "Employment Application" from the following link:  http://www.diocesepb.org/applications

Please forward the completed application, resume, list of references and salary requirements to the attention of Gretchen Wood, Human Resources Coordinator

Via US Mail: Diocese of Palm Beach

                           9995 North Military Trail

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410-9650  

Via Fax: (561) 775-9575

Email:  employment@diocesepb.org