Jefferson Lab

Come join our team at Jefferson Lab, where great minds matter.

Posting Date: 02/09/24
Salary Range: $54,700 - $82,100 (SA-I)
Work Location Type: Hybrid (combination of on and off-site work based on business needs)

What your job will look like:
Are you seeking a challenging and rewarding Finance & Payroll Accountant role? In this role, you will manage the day-to-day production cash receipts, deposits, subcontractor accruals, labor distribution reporting, payroll reporting, and leave accruals at Jefferson Lab. The Finance & Payroll Accountant is the primary interface to all Jefferson Lab personnel for finance and payroll related matters.

We are looking for someone with excellent interpersonal and communication skills that knows how to effectively problem solve and can deliver strong internal customer service while working in a deadline-driven environment with the ability to communicate effectively. If you are looking for a great job in a unique place where your contributions truly matter, consider Jefferson Lab!

In this role, you will:

  • Effectively manage the daily entering of cash receipts and deposits, which includes review and validation of funds received and accounts charged.
  • Ensure cash items are recorded accurately and develop proper journal entries.
  • Effectively manage the daily processing of subcontractor accruals. Monitor and track accruals status, work with the procurement team to ensure completion and accuracy of accruals. Audit accruals to ensure compliance with the policies and procedures set forth by DOE and JLAB Management.
  • Support in management and auditing of timekeeping/labor distribution. Monitor and track timesheet approval status, work with supervisors and employees to obtain the required signatures. Audit timesheets to ensure compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), the contract, and Jefferson Lab policies and procedures.
  • Support in the production of payroll, audit all changes that affect payroll processing of leave accruals, manage, maintain and organize payroll records.
  • Management of benefits billings, 401(k) processing. Manages, reconciles and processes all benefit payments and transmissions. Reconcile general ledger accounts associated with payroll.
  • Supports internal & external audit to include, ICE, DCAA, Floor Check and Worker’s Compensation Reporting,

Qualifications We Require:


  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting (or a related field) or the equivalent combination of education, experience, and training.


  • 2 years of accounting or payroll experience.
  • General familiarity with the Circular-E and Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).
  • General familiarity with Preparing Multi-State taxes (e.g. 941, VA-16s, and SUTA).
  • Demonstrated competence in the use of a personal computer, automated accounting software, financial systems, spreadsheets and word processing software.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, and to effectively solve problems.
  • Demonstrated analytical, planning, organization, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate existing systems, look for efficiency, and offer recommendations for simplification and/or process enhancements.

    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

    • Demonstrated high level of knowledge, experience and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat.
    • Ability to organize and prioritize in a multi-task environment as well as to independently identify and solve problems.
    • Ability to work to deadlines.
      • Advanced written and oral communication skills.
      • Strong interpersonal, customer service and trouble-shooting skills.
      • Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels and from varying backgrounds.

      Qualifications We Desire:

      • Government contract experience preferred.
      • Experience with Deltek Costpoint.
        • Deltek Time and Expense system experience preferred.
        • Experience with Cognos Enterprise Reporting.

        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 (Paid Parental, vacation, holidays, and sick leave)
        • 401(k) Plan – 9% Lab Contribution; 100% vested
        • Flexible Work Arrangements (Remote & 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

        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 recruiting or contact Human Resources by calling (757) 269-7100 and selecting option 1 between 8 am – 5 pm EST to provide the nature of your request.

        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.