Senior Grants Accountant

Reston, Virginia
Oct 07, 2019
Nov 11, 2019
Full Time

Senior Grants Accountant

Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, etc.  The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world.  The organization's programs focus on conserving wildlife, restoring habitat and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.  To help meet our  mission we are seeking a Senior Grants Accountant to work in Reston, VA.

In this role you will serve as a lead person for restricted revenue and grant award management for the finance department in your assigned area(s).  You will be responsible for effectively providing financial management, financial and narrative reporting, training, analysis, and communication for NWF grants through a collaborative effort with the Philanthropy department, Conservation and Education programs, Finance and other internal staff throughout the organization. Your program assignments and terms may vary depending on priorities.

In this role you will:

  • Manage and track all restricted revenue sources, excluding government grants, within the assigned departments which includes:

Being responsible for the coordination between Program, Philanthropy, and Finance departments in preparing and reviewing budget proposals for grants. Monitoring all revenue and expenses related to grant funded programs. Responsible for creating, communicating, and training for the activity codes in iBudget (NWF’s budgeting and reporting tool). During the annual budgeting process, manage the restricted revenue portion of the new budget by communicating with Philanthropy, Finance and program managers to accurately reflect known and anticipated restricted revenue sources.

Monitor appropriate financial and reporting systems, such as Lawson/Infor CloudSuite, iBudget and FileMaker, to ensure accurate and up-to-date information. Serve as point person to review, code, and track all grant revenue and monitor such expenses for programs. Ensure highly accurate and timely monthly reprojections are completed in iBudget in the monthly closing process. Manage year-end process of recording and reconciling revenue with program staff and Finance. Coordinate with the Director of Finance and other team members to ensure year-end journal entries are prepared accurately and timely.

  •  Ensure accurate and timely reporting to donors and analysis for departments and management:

In coordination with program directors, Philanthropy, and Finance, produce and submit financial and narrative reports as required by donors or auditors related to grant funds or grant funded program work. Ensure that reporting adheres to the requirements of the funders both in content and deadlines as well as that it matches financial information tracked in various systems within NWF, should audits need to be made.

  • Communications:

Serves as the point person for all NWF department interactions and communications about restricted revenue. Serve as liaison between Conservation and Education programs, Philanthropy, and Finance in addition to any other departments regarding the tracking, compliance, and information flow related to grant funded programs.  Recognize informational needs for each department at various stages in the grants process (from budget creation to report submittal).

  • Other duties as assigned:

Produce journal entries as needed for restricted revenue. Assist the Director of Finance with preparation of annual Audit schedules related to restricted revenue and schedules for annual 990. Occasional work on special projects.


  • B.S. or B.A. in Accounting or Finance.
  • Minimum five years of financial nonprofit experience, preferably in Finance or Philanthropy related to grants operations, with some overlap in program work. Experience with environmental education, conservation issues, Lawson/Infor CloudSuite Financials or other financial software a plus.
  • Demonstrable skill in creating and tracking budgets and expenses;
  • Ability to collaborate with diverse groups of people around a purpose, as well as work well independently;
  • Knowledge of nonprofit financial reporting requirements, strong financial analysis and presentation abilities;
  • Understanding of donor/nonprofit relationships;
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills;
  • Ability to communicate financial concepts to non-financial professionals;
  • Attention to detail and ability to work with a high degree of accuracy;
  • Must consistently meet deadlines;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and knowledge of databases, preferably FileMaker and Essbase or willingness to learn.

Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus.

Travel Requirements:

There will be minimal travel in the local area; as needed out of area not exceeding 3 times per year.  This position is based in Reston, VA with 2-3 days working in our DC office.


The National Wildlife Federation offers excellent benefits, including 16 weeks of paid FMLA leave, competitive compensation, and a family-friendly, flexible work environment.

We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at .

If you have a disability and require an accommodation or assistance with our online application process, please tell us how we can help by calling us at 703-438-6244.

If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we support your application. If selected, a background check will be conducted.

When applying candidates should submit a cover letter and resume

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