Jefferson Lab

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Posting Date: 12/12/2022
Salary Range: $53,300 - $79,900 (SA I)
Work Location Type: Hybrid (combination of on-site and remote work based on business needs)

What your job will be like:

The STARS Accountant serves in the Chief Financial Office and will be responsible for initiating, completing, and overseeing preparation and transmission of the Laboratory’s financial data into the Standard Accounting and Reporting System (STARS) for Jefferson Science Associates on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy. This will include reconciling account costing information, and analyzing and interpreting accounting data to advise and make recommendations that may pertain to general ledger, projects, property and other assets.

In this role you will:

  • Collaborate with IT and Financial Planning & Analysis groups to support the month-end process for allocating funding to costs on the STARS feed
  • Identify, report and track Improper Payments in log
  • Prepare monthly balance sheet reconciliations
  • Assist with internal and external audits relating to GL, AR and Billings
  • Prepare monthly billings to customers
  • Prepare invoices, statements, and expenditure reports for WFO, CRADA & Site Offices
  • Research receipts, prepare vouchers and audit reports as needed
  • Enter invoices/billing into G-Invoicing or other government systems as needed
  • Perform system testing for CostPoint Accounting modules
  • Provide courteous and efficient customer service to the lab community, customers and vendors while maintaining information in a confidential manner
  • Serve as backup within the Accounting group

Qualifications We Require:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field*


  • Minimum of four years’ experience working in the accounting field*

* or equivalent combination of education, experience, and specific training

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Familiar with government contractor regulations to ensure compliance with approval processes, Financial Management handbook guidance for cash management, and audit requirements
    • Good working knowledge of accounting practices and theory
    • Demonstrate strong verbal and written communications, problem-solving and math skills, and calculator and keyboard skills
    • Ability to maintain and promote a positive attitude in a demanding work environment
    • Ability to adapt and perform under changing work requirements
    • Working knowledge of accounts payable practices and theory
    • Fluent in Microsoft Word, Excel and email platforms like Microsoft Outlook
    • Good decision-making and conflict resolution skills
    • Strong organizational coordinator and analytical skills

    Qualifications We Desire:


    • Experience with integrated project driven accounting systems such as CostPoint in a Federal Government or government contractor environment

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Working knowledge of CostPoint
    • Knowledge of FAR and CAS

    About Jefferson Lab

    Join a community with a common purpose of solving the most challenging scientific and engineering problems of our time. The Jefferson Lab campus is located in southeastern Virginia amidst a vibrant and growing technology community.

    A career at Jefferson Lab is more than a job. You will be part of “big science” and work alongside top scientists and engineers from around the world unlocking the secrets of our visible universe. Managed by Jefferson Science Associates, LLC; Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility is entering an exciting period of mission growth and is seeking new team members ready to apply their skills and passion to have an impact. You could call it work, or you could call it a mission. We call it a challenge. We do things that will change the world.

    Total Rewards at Jefferson Lab

    At Jefferson Lab, we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

    • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
    • Flexible Spending Accounts
    • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave)
    • 401(k) Plan – 9% Lab Contribution; 100% vested
    • Flexible Work Arrangements (Hybrid & Alternate Work Schedules available)
    • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
    • Live near the waterways of the Chesapeake Bay region with access to nearby beaches, mountains, and all major metropolitan centers on the East Coast
    • Ability to comprehend and follow instructions
    • Ability to compose letters, outlines, memoranda, reports and other documents
    • Ability to understand, remember, and communicate information and make decisions
    • Ability to concentrate on details and detect errors
    • Ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks
    • Ability to traverse across various locations on the laboratory site and access work areas
    • Ability to work at a computer for extended periods
    • Ability to lift up to 10 pounds frequently and 25 pounds occasionally
    • Ability to open files and cabinet drawers, stoop and bend
    • Visual capabilities sufficient to use computer workstations, read documents, and see safety alarms
    • Auditory capabilities to hear safety alarms

    Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (JSA) manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab). JSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or veteran status or on any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law. As part of the JSA’s equal employment opportunity policy, we also take affirmative action as called for by applicable laws and Executive Orders to ensure that minority group individuals, females, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, Armed Forces, and qualified disabled persons are introduced into our workforce and considered for promotional opportunities.

    JSA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities (unless doing so will result in an undue hardship). If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to employment @ or call (757) 269-7598 to provide the nature of your request. Reasonable accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Employment with JSA is conditional upon DOE approval if at any time during your employment you are participating in a Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Program or Affiliated activity. Generally, such programs/activities include any foreign-state-sponsored attempt to acquire U.S.-funded scientific research through programs run or funded by the government that target scientists, engineers, students, academics, researchers, and entrepreneurs of all nationalities working or educated in the United States. This includes positions or appointments, both domestic and foreign, titled academic, professional, or institutional appointments whether or not remuneration is received and whether full-time, part-time or voluntary.