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Working at the Smithsonian

Accounting, Budget & Finance
  • The Smithsonian has an annual budget of approximately $ 1.2 billion consisting of Congressional appropriations, grants and contracts and philanthropy and income from our business activities. The Institution, due to these varied funding sources, presents unique challenges in the accounting and finance functions. Our employees have expertise in government as well as nonprofit accounting, tax and financial management.
  • Accountants must be degreed. A Bachelor's in Accounting and CPA is certainly a plus. The accounting office also employs Accounting Technicians in accounts receivable /payable, payroll and cash management. Techs should have some experience or education in accounting principles and practices. Our Budget Officers have Business, Finance or Accounting degrees and are responsible for creating and monitoring Trust and Federal budgets for their assigned museums or departments.
  • Additionally, there is a risk management (insurance) department and an investment department that manages our endowment investments.

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