Project Accountant – Residential


As a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust with a total enterprise value of ~$6 billion and placing 3rd in Washington Post’s 2020’s Best Places to Work List (for largest companies), JBG SMITH offers the perfect opportunity for an accountant to launch their career and continue to advance their skills. Already the largest REIT focused on the DC market, JBG SMITH is extremely well positioned for continued growth based on Amazon’s selection of National Landing in Arlington, Virginia for its new headquarters. The Washington Business Journal recognized this as the “Deal of the Decade” and it was described on the front-page of the Wall Street Journal.

JBG SMITH is deeply invested in its people. In late 2019, we moved to our brand-new headquarters, walking distance from the Bethesda, Maryland metro stop. With a design focused on embracing new ways of working, feel free to work at a standing desk or take your laptop to the outdoor terrace and work by the firepit. Need a break? Exercise at the on-site fitness center or relax with a cup of Cold Brew Coffee from our office tap. With free Bethesda Bagels every morning or the variety of fruit, snacks, and drinks available in the office kitchen, we don’t expect that you’ll ever go hungry. Competitive benefits, structured career mentoring programs, and frequent out-of-the-office team events ensure that you will be working in a collaborative environment that inspires you every day.

Reporting to an Accounting Manager, act as a mini controller for a portfolio of primarily residential assets that are part of the Washington Housing Initiative Impact Pool or our legacy fund business. Perform all related accounting functions associated with these projects, including account reconciliations and financial statements.


  • Produce monthly, quarterly, or annual reporting for internal purposes, JV partners, investors, and lenders.
  • Prepare monthly cash distributions and related reporting for investors and partners.
  • Prepare monthly budget to actual variance explanations and quarterly year over year variance explanations.
  • Work with on-site property management teams on the monthly close, including holding pre-close calls.
  • Work with third party auditors on year-end tax and audit requests.
  • Support and collaborate with other departments on asset acquisitions, dispositions, monthly draws, and cash management needs, among other items.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and 1-2 years of related accounting experience.
  • Highly organized team player who is proactive, self-directed, conscientious, and assumes accountability and responsibility for specific performance and work product.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing.
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office.
  • Experience in Yardi or other accounting software a plus.

As a condition of employment, all external candidates must provide proof that you are fully vaccinated from COVID-19 as of your first day of employment, unless a request for an accommodation has been approved. Fully vaccinated means two weeks has passed since the last dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose shot.

JBG SMITH is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected class, in accordance with applicable law.

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