Grants and Financial Accountant

Grants and Financial Accountant

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Join an organization where you can make a difference in the lives of students from across the nation and the world. At The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC), we see a world where young people from all backgrounds have the opportunity to discover, develop and realize their full potential. TWC is the bridge between higher education and professional careers–leveraging all that Washington D.C. has to offer to provide dynamic, experiential learning opportunities to empower and motivate young people to become engaged global citizens.


Position Description

As Grants and Financial Accountant, reporting to the Managing Director, Finance you will be responsible for maintaining systems, providing service-orientation, and running and analyzing reports which will help guide management’s financial decisions and continually improve the department’s effectiveness and efficiency.


The Grants and Financial Accountant has front-line responsibility for federal & private grants accounting & reporting, related general ledger maintenance, account reconciliations, audit support and. You will work collaboratively with Managing Director, Finance. Additionally, this position regularly interacts with multiple departments in both coordinating and information analysis activities.


This position can be a springboard for deepening skills for planning, analysis, reporting, and presenting to an organization-wide audience. The on-going coordination with multiple departments provides broad exposure and understanding of how accounting services are more than transactional. TWC is evolving fairly quickly, yet not chaotically. Starting from a strong foundation, you have the chance to be part of improvements in analysis and reporting.


Education and Experience

  • Prepare, monthly and periodical financial reports related to grants and programs.
  • Ensure compliance with donor grant agreements and legal requirements of the program.
  • Prepare monthly and other periodical forecasts for donor as required by the grant agreements.
  • Support the preparation of new proposals.
  • Monitor detailed alignment of the budget to the resources available and their requirements and constraints.
  • Provide regular guidance and assistance to the Program Managers on the effective and efficient financial management of their budgets and overall program.
  • Conduct due diligence on all contract documents and risks to ensure projects meet financing criteria.
  • Coordinate with internal and external auditors for grant specific audits.
  • Ensure financial tracking system for analysis of accruals, actual, burn rates and tracking of spending against budgets is current and accurate.
  • Prepare Grant/Contracts and Private Donor Invoicing, Monthly and Quarterly reports for timely submission to Government Agencies.
  • Verify grants activity is properly recorded in TWC's general ledger and further reconciles to the Grants Summary Reports.
  • Serve as the Finance Team lead in coordination/reconciliation with Advancement for private donor requirements, releases of temporarily-restricted gifts, scholarship balances, reporting, etc.
  • Review scholarship data of awards disbursed and reconcile Salesforce and G/L.
  • Maintain running balance of available funds for future scholarships.
  • Provide support to team with invoicing during busy season.
  • Support the Managing Director, Finance in ad hoc reporting and analysis.
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting.
  • Preference to CPA or CPA candidate
  • Minimum 3 years’ combined professional non-profit accounting and full cycle grant reporting and administration experience. 1-2 year experience in Public Accounting. Preferred.
  • Experience with education or non-profit 501(c) 3 organizations with multiple revenue streams preferred.
  • Experience with Microsoft Dynamics (Great Plains) and/or Salesforce is a plus.
  • Well-developed Excel skills and curiosity for improving them.
  • Commitment to outcomes, deadlines, and technical excellence.
  • Analytical thinker; understands the ripple effect of actions.

Equipment Used to Perform the Job

Which may be representative but not all inclusive of those commonly associated with this position:


  • Standard office equipment including a facsimile machine, photocopier, and telephone system.
  • Personal Computer, job-related software and printer.

Physical Abilities

These are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform described essential functions of this job. These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


The employee may frequently lift and/or move up to 25lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, precise hand-eye coordination, and the ability to identify and distinguish colors.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use repetitive wrist, hand, and/or finger movement, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl.


Application Instructions

To apply to this position, please do so via our online application form.


This job description no way states or implies that these are the only duties preformed by the employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to follow instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable state and federal laws. Certain job functions described herein may be subjected to possible modification in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.


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