Senior Accountant- Grants Accounting

Finance Washington, District Of Columbia


Description

DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE

POSITION DESCRIPTION

 

JOB TITLE:  Senior Accountant – Grants Accounting

CLASSIFICATION: Professional 3

SALARY: $69,000 - $77,000

FLSA:  Exempt

DEPARTMENT:  CFO

LOCATION: Headquarters, Washington, DC

REPORTS TO:  Controller

LAST REVISED:  May 2022

 

POSITION SUMMARY

The Senior Accountant – Grant Accounting performs a variety of accounting duties, with a focus on restricted grant accounting.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Restricted Grants Accounting

  • Record all restricted grants received in the Accounting Database in accordance with FAS 116
  • Work closely with Development Department on new restricted grants received
  • Establish new sub-accounts and records within the Accounting Database and the Grant/Subaccount Management Database as new restricted grants are received
  • Maintain all restricted grant records within the Accounting Database and the Grant/Subaccount Management Database
  • Perform scheduled reconciliations of restricted grant balances between the Accounting Database and the Grant/Subaccount Management Database
  • Calculate and track overhead charged to restricted grants
  • Perform budget versus actual analysis on all restricted grants, performing reclasses in the general ledger as necessary

Restricted Grants Management

  • Serve as main point of contact for all questions from grant managers related to grant financial data
  • Work closely with grant managers to manage the spending on all restricted grants over the life of the grant
  • Assist Development department with any information needed for reporting to grantors
  • Schedule and lead weekly discussions with Development to review the status of all budgeted and received grants that are not yet active
  • Schedule and lead monthly discussions with all grant managers to review the status of all active grants
  • Provide biweekly organizational restricted grant status updates to Controller and VP Finance
  • Collaborate closely with the Senior Accountant – Revenue Accounting and Senior Accountant – Database Administrator in regards to restricted grants

General Ledger / Account Reconciliations

  • Perform various reconciliations including those related to grant receivables

Other

  • Assist in annual fiscal year budget process as it pertains to establishing records and recording data in the Accounting Database and the Grant/Subaccount Management Database
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent

Experience: 4 years of relevant experience

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities for All Defenders

KSAs for all Defenders will be linked back to the website

 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities for Professional 3

Administrative

  1. Ability to accurately maintain electronic and physical records
  2. Anticipate and meet the needs of internal and/or external stakeholders delivering excellent service

Communication

  1. Ability to clearly and accurately communicate with internal and external stakeholders
  2. Ability to articulate complex ideas clearly, accurately and concisely
  3. Ability to convey effective messages to broad and diverse constituencies
  4. Ability and willingness to effectively represent Defenders’ interests in external environments
  5. Ability to exert influence and build consensus with internal and external stakeholders

Critical Thinking

  1. Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion
  2. Strong research and data analysis skills, including ability to gather and synthesize information from multiple sources to produce high quality work products in a consistent, efficient, accurate, and timely manner
  3. Creative problem-solving and troubleshooting skills with willingness to experiment and innovate new methods.
  4. Facilitate and promote the integration of diversity, equity and inclusion strategies into Defenders’ work
  5. Ability to independently exercise appropriate judgment in response to complex and/or fluid environments
  6. Strategic thinker with the ability to take high-level strategy and translate into relatable points and action steps.

Project Management

  1. Ability to work well under pressure and tight deadlines while balancing competing assignments
  2. Ability to remain flexible and adaptable to shifting priorities while remaining responsive to urgent requests
  3. Ability to take ownership of a project or process and to use problem solving skills to resolve issues
  4. Ability to manage deadlines on multiple cross-functional projects in a dynamic environment
  5. Demonstrated ability in managing competing interests on complex issues
  6. Ability to independently initiate project and initiative ideas; managing projects and initiatives through to completion

Coalition and Community Engagement

  1. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to form effective working relationships with diverse constituencies including federal/state agencies; elected officials and their staff; Defenders’ members and donors; private landowners; hunters and anglers; community leaders; religious, scientific, and academic communities; and /or the general public.
  2. Ability to lead diverse stakeholders in collaborative activities, to anticipate policy issues impacting wildlife and make recommendations within Defenders, other organizations, and coalitions.
  3. Networking skills to engage with leaders in the conservation community, federal and state agencies, NGOs, and other organizations.

Conservation Knowledge (if applicable)

  1. Expert-level knowledge of Defenders’ legal, scientific, and/or political issues
  2. Expert-level knowledge of national and regional social, political, and ecological landscapes

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities for Senior Accountant – Grants Accounting

Intermediate to advanced Excel skills

Microsoft Dynamics SL/GP or similar accounting database experience a plus

PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES, ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS, PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Physical Activities

Check all that apply

Frequency

(N)Never, (O)Occasionally or (C)Constantly

Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like.

 N

Moving self in different positions to accomplish tasks in various environments including tight and confined spaces.

 N

Remaining in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods.

 C

Moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another.

O

Adjusting or moving objects up to __ pounds in all directions.

 O

Communicating with others to exchange information.

 C

Repeating motions that may include the wrists, hands and/or fingers.

 C

Operating machinery and/or power tools.

 N

Operating motor vehicles or heavy equipment.

 N

Assessing the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned.

C

 

Environmental Conditions

Check all that apply

Frequency

(N)Never, (O)Occasionally or (C)Constantly

Low temperatures.

 O

High temperatures.

O

Outdoor elements such as precipitation and wind.

 N

Noisy environments.

 O

Hazardous conditions.

 N

Poor ventilation.

 N

Small and/or enclosed spaces.

 N

No adverse environmental conditions expected.

 

 

Physical Demands

Check only one

 

Sedentary work that primarily involves sitting/standing.

 X

Light work that includes moving objects up to 20 pounds.

 

Medium work that includes moving objects up to 50 pounds.

 

Heavy work that includes moving objects up to 100 pounds or more.

 

Visit www.defenders.org to apply.

 

All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Defenders requires employees who engage in in-person work activities, including business travel or onsite work, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. An applicant (i) who is disabled or pregnant or who has a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination or (ii) who objects to being vaccinated on the basis of a sincerely held religious belief, observance or practice may request an exemption from this vaccination policy. This determination will be made on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with applicable law. Any medical information concerning an applicant's disability will be treated as a confidential medical record in compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, creed, religion, sex national origin, ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, personal appearance, family/parental status, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic in all personnel actions.

Please be advised this position is union-eligible.