Sr. Accountant, Grants
Reports to: Manager of International Accounting
Location: Kansas City, MO
1 in 9 people around the world lack access to safe water and 1 in 3 people don’t have access to a toilet. We are working every day to change this. We are Water.org. We’re here to bring water and sanitation to the world. We want to make it safe, accessible and cost-effective because we believe that water is the way to empowering a bright future that we can all share in, worldwide. We are an international nonprofit organization based in Kansas City, Missouri that has positively transformed millions of lives around the world through access to safe water and sanitation. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, we pioneer market-driven financial solutions to the global water crisis. For more than 25 years, we’ve been providing women hope, children health and families a future.
The Sr. Accountant, Grants is primarily responsible for working cross-functionally with internal Water.org teams to drive complex activities associated with the development, monitoring, and reporting on the financial aspect of grants. This role further supports the development of grants by coalescing and publishing required financial information needed to secure future grants and funding streams. Excellent analytical skills, keen attention to detail, ability to multitask, and efficient self-drive are critical skills for the success of the Sr. Accountant, Grants and overall grant support function. The Sr. Accountant, Grants reports to the Manager of International Accounting.
The Sr. Accountant, Grants is based in Kansas City, MO.
Financial Reporting, Planning, & Analysis (80%)
- Serves as financial subject matter expert and contributor for ongoing ad-hoc reporting required for key donor, executive leadership, Strategic Alliance, and Global Impact internal and external communications.
- Partners with Global Impact and other members of Global Finance to develop cost modeling tools and principals that are based on current and future product and service offerings.
- Creates spending mitigation action plans for grant budget variances in collaboration with internal domestic and global stakeholders particular to grant requirements.
- Participates in quarterly portfolio review meetings with internal and external stakeholders to ensure expectations of grants are met.
- Provides financial guidance regarding GAAP policies and ensures compliance with GAAP standards, i.e., revenue recognition.
- Collaborates with Global Finance team to develop a grant monitoring system to report against external and internal budgets.
Financial Liaison to Internal/External Stakeholders (20%)
- Oversees completion of information and schedules required for completion of all donor required financial audits.
- Collaborates with external auditor to ensure work is completed in a timely manner.
- Serves as point of contact for grant related financial questions.
- Develops internal process guidelines required for efficacious management of grants support.
- In collaboration with the Learning & Development team, develops training material for internal staff on the use of new tools and processes related to grants management.
- Monitors and reports against key project milestones for all projects.
- Ensures compliance with all federal funding financial regulations.
- Acts as a project manager. Among responsibilities is management of a project team. The individuals comprising this team may vary by project.
This description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required. Some duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.
Skills and competencies
- Customer Focus – Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.
- Financial Acumen – Interpreting and applying understanding of key financial indicators to make better business decisions.
- Collaborates – Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
- Optimize Work Processes – Knowing the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement.
- Nimble Learning – Actively learning through experimentation when taking on new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder.
- Communicates Effectively – Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
- Situational Adaptability – Adapting approach and demeanor in real time to match the shifting demands of different situations.
- Drives Results – Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.
- Self-development – Actively seeking new ways to grow and be challenged using other formal and informal development channels.
- Manages Ambiguity – Manages ambiguity by operating effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear.
- Instills Trust – Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
- Financial Stewardship – Demonstrates fiscally responsible decision making as applicable to one’s role.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or other related field required
- Minimum of 6 years accounting or business analytics experience; grants or contract accounting in a global setting preferred.
- Understanding of auditing and control practices.
- Previous experience managing accounting, reconciliations, grant administration, billing, and/or financial analysis with various levels of internal and external organizations.
- Strong technical savviness, including fluency with Microsoft Office, advanced Excel and database management.
- Experience utilizing accounting systems and software required; experience working within Financial Edge, QuickBooks and/or Adaptive Insights is preferred.
- Demonstrable ability to multi-task and drive various project elements simultaneously.
- Up to 5% of domestic and global travel.
Salary and benefits
This position offers full-time benefits, including medical/dental insurance, life and disability insurance, retirement program and periodic review for merit and incentive pay based on organizational and personal achievement.
Water.org is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing an inclusive environment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, military and veteran status, genetic information, and any other status protected by law. We provide qualified applicants and employees reasonable accommodation, when necessary, to enable individuals to complete the application process and/or perform the essential functions of the job.