Senior Staff Accountant

A little about us:

The Lieber Institute for Brain Development (LIBD) was established in 2010 to plot a new course in biomedical research that would change the lives of individuals affected with developmental brain disorders. We are one of the only research institutions in the world focused specifically on understanding how genes and the environment influence the way our brains develop that lead to conditions such as schizophrenia, autism, bipolar disorder and related developmental brain disorders. Through our cutting-edge research, answers are emerging and being translated into a robust pipeline of new drugs in development. And, by focusing on genes and their dynamic interplay with the environment, we are getting even closer to the “holy grail” in medical research, the discovery of strategies for primary prevention.

We are a group of dedicated, multidisciplinary and optimistic researchers, working at the cutting edge of science, utilizing state-of-the-art tools to unlock the mystery of the brain and transform the way we approach the development of new treatments, and ultimately cures. LIBD is an independent 501(c)(3) medical research institute located in the Bioscience Park on the campus of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Hospital in Baltimore, MD.

Job Summary:

This position will have broad responsibilities with all of the Finance department’s accounting operations and financial reporting. 

Primary responsibilities: 

· Oversight of monthly close, including account reconciling and related reports.

· Assist with preparing internal financial reports including: Monthly financial package and supporting detail reports, Grant financial status reports, and other ad hoc reports as requested

· Assist with preparing external financial reports including: Financial Statements, IRS 990 Tax filing, DHHS Indirect/Fringe Rate Report.

· Oversight of Grants financial management including: budget reviews for application, monthly rolling forecasting, and compliance with Federal and other sponsor regulations and rules.

· Assist with overseeing Grants' regulatory compliance.

· Assist with ensuring the accuracy of the general ledger entries and financial reporting responsibilities.

· Key role with preparing for and completing the annual audits, including:

    - Financial Statements audits

    - 403(b) Retirement plan audits 

    - Workers’ Compensation audits

· Assist with administration of financial systems.

· Support annual budgeting process.

· Participate in meetings with senior scientific and admin staff regarding key financial matters.

· Assist with Semi-monthly payroll processing.

· Maintain and improve internal controls and policies to mitigate risks.

· Assist with financial systems upgrades/implementations.

· Mentor, lead, and train other Finance department staff; help grow department’s capabilities. 

· Oversee/assist with finance-led projects to improve efficiency and controls.

· Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

· BS degree in accounting or related field is required. CPA or Master’s degree preferred. 

· At least 5 years of accounting experience is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Experience with reconciling general ledger accounts to sub-ledgers and other supporting documents, and, preparing required adjusting journal entries.
  • Experience with financial reporting and budgeting.
  • Ability to communicate with business unit operators at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to understand accounting theory and consistently apply GAAP.
  • Proficiency with MS Excel; working knowledge of other Microsoft Office applications.
  • Experience with an ERP Accounting System; familiarity with Microsoft Dynamics NAV a plus.
  • Excellent organizational skills and written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task effectively and efficiently and operate in a deadline driven environment.
  • Positive attitude, ability to interact with personnel of diverse backgrounds.
  • Initiative, self-motivation, and drive to succeed.

Physical Requirements:

· Incumbent is required to work in an office environment. 

· Must be able to move about the office and campus as well as remain stationary for extended periods of time.

· Ability to continuously operate a personal computer for extended periods of time.

· Visual acuity as well as mental acuity sufficient to collect and interpret data, evaluate, reason, define problems, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, make valid judgments and decisions are required

· Ability to speak and hear well enough to communicate clearly and understandably with sufficient volume to ensure an accurate exchange of information in normal conversational distance, over the telephone, and in a group setting

· Physical dexterity sufficient to use hands, arms, and shoulders repetitively to operate a keyboard and other office equipment, use a telephone, access file cabinets and other items stored at various levels, including overhead

· Ability to lift or move objects up to 25 lbs.

** If accommodations are needed due to pregnancy or a disability, please contact 

We offer a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental and vision insurance, 403B with employer matching, paid time off, wellness programs, short term and long term disability and much more. More information can be found here: 

Vaccination Requirement:  As of September 18, 2023, LIBD has simplified its COVID vaccination policy. All incoming students and employees must have received at least one dose of any FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine, which aligns with current FDA guidelines.

EEOC Statement: At the Lieber Institute, we are committed to a work environment of mutual respect where employment decisions are based on merit. As an equal opportunity employer, the Lieber Institute does not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability (physical or mental), genetic information, military service, or other non-merit based factors protected by state or federal law or local ordinance, with regard to any position or employment for which the applicant or employee is qualified. 


The Lieber Institute for Brain Development is a transparent and collaborative community working to produce unique and imaginative patient-oriented solutions to developmental neuropsychiatric disorders. It is committed to integrating scientists from diverse disciplines, cultures, and countries into a research team that draws upon the best of its staff. The Institute is historic—it is defining a unique model for ground-breaking science. It values translational science that revolutionizes the field and improves the quality of life for those affected by mental illness. The Institute provides an environment that fosters independent growth through mentorship and a supportive, collegial community. Diverse minds, ideas, and talent are needed to support LIBD's mission. Fresh, innovative ideas and perspectives are a competitive necessity in an increasingly diverse and global marketplace. The success of the Institute's mission depends upon leveraging a diversity of talent.

The Institute's commitment to diversity goes beyond compliance with laws and regulations that promote equal employment opportunity, prohibit discrimination and harassment, and support minority and woman owned businesses. To realize the advantages of its diversity, it is necessary to work effectively together even when differences challenge us to consider ideas and methods that seem impractical or make us feel uncomfortable.  

The Lieber Institute for Brain Development demonstrates its commitment to diversity by:

  • Including others: Talent is not limited to those with a narrow set of industry and academic credentials. The Institute is committed to building diverse teams, inviting others to share their perspectives, seeking out a diversity of input when making decisions, questioning traditional thinking, and promoting continuous learning and development.
  • Respecting one another: The Institute is committed to listening carefully to others, seeking consensus, engaging in active and constructive debate, thoughtfully challenging one another, and providing constructive feedback.
  • Building trust: The Institute is committed to sharing information and resources, depending on one another to get things done, keeping promises, and conveying high integrity in all actions.