Director, Grants Accounting

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a 501(c)3, bipartisan organization that serves as America’s leading foundation for freedom, providing support for democratic activists, civil society organizations, and independent media throughout the world, as well as the NED core institutes: the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the International Republican Institute (IRI), the Solidarity Center, and the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). Through nearly $300 million in grants annually to 1,800 partners in over 100 countries, NED is at the heart of supporting a global infrastructure for democracy.

We’re seeking a Director, Grants Accounting to lead NED’s institutional strategy and integrated approach to grantmaking initiatives in this fast-evolving field and help the NED family innovate in this complex fast-changing sphere. The ideal candidate will be

Position Summary:

The Director, Grants Accounting is part of the leadership at NED Finance and provides daily oversight of all Grant related accounting, reporting, and compliance activities under a current organizational budget of $300M+.

The Director will oversee the Treasury function, grant data gathering, and payment management system, including analysis of award data. Oversight includes supervision, guidance, and development of a team whose functional responsibility includes Grant Accounting, Payment Management, Accounts Receivable, and Federal Grant reporting.

The Director, Grants Accounting ensures that proper systems, procedures, and internal controls are consistently in place to support effective payment and reporting in compliance with OMB and federal regulations. They are responsible for effectively supporting the grantmaking responsibilities of NED with low-risk tolerance and the goal of a successful Single Audit.

The Director, Grants Accounting collaborates closely with grantmaking & democracy promotion teams to ensure solid understanding of finance and accounting policies and procedures. The Director also proactively explores continuous system and process improvements to support the efficiency and effectiveness of overall operations.


Financial Accounting & Compliance

· Ensures the organization’s compliance with GAAP, federal regulatory, and other donor requirements, as well as NED’s own policies and procedures.

· Ensures effective cash management practices; provides oversight for the daily review and approval of federal drawdown requests on ten or more active U.S. Department of State awards at any given time.

Financial Reporting, Audit & Tax

· Responsible for the timely preparation of monthly financial statements and year-end closing, and grant award close-outs.

· Responsible for quarterly federal financial reporting (i.e., SF-425 filings) and award financial close-outs in collaboration with the NED grantmaking team.

· Reviews and/or prepares required schedules and analysis for annual audit and ad-hoc grant finances.

· Defends the NICRA negotiations and completes other tax/regulatory forms related to grant audits.

Grants Finance leadership:

· Mentors and directs the daily work of a diverse team; ensures that all work is processed efficiently during peak workload periods by establishing individual and team priorities.

· Conducts training for NED staff on new Grant accounting policies, procedures, and forms utilization as needed.

· Collaborates closely with NED’s Compliance team to minimize fraud and grantee exposure.

Supervisory and Administrative:

· The level of responsibility and independence in assigned tasks will increase with experience. This role is both supervisory and hands on.

Other Responsibilities:

· Engages in special projects and/or fulfills other duties as may be assigned by the CFO.


Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance; CPA a plus.
11+ years of progressive experience in accounting and/or auditing, with 3+ years of experience in a managerial role supervising multiple staff.
5+ years of experience in nonprofit organizations subject to federal grants rules and regulations compliance, including demonstrated working knowledge and practical application of OMB cost principles, audit, and administrative requirements.
Prior hands-on experience in grant management systems required.
Intermediate to advanced level working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and other Office products.
Demonstrated knowledge of nonprofit accounting principles and practices, budget management, accounting report generation and utilization, and financial analysis.
Experience effectively communicating key data, including staff training and presentations to senior management.
Technology savvy with advanced knowledge of grant accounting and reporting software and experience in tailoring processes to meet the specific needs of the organization.
Paramount professional integrity, honesty, initiative, confidentiality, and dependability.
Commitment and ability to excel in a fast-paced environment; works effectively under time pressure and meets deadlines.
Good communicator with strong interpersonal, verbal, written, and customer service skills to effectively interact with all levels of staff.
Employs team-building, mentoring approach to supervision and working style.
Ability to quickly learn new systems, processes, and procedures.
Flexibility in approach to work processes and tasks.
Fluency in additional languages is a plus.
Authorized to work in the U.S.

To Apply:

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references, of which one should be a supervisor. Please, no phone call inquiries.

Located in Washington, D.C., the salary range for this role is $ 103,000 – 164,250 USD, plus benefits. The final offer for a successful candidate will be determined by a combination of factors, including, but not limited to, skill set, level of experience, education, and market considerations.

At NED, we recognize that our most important asset is our people. We value the diversity of skills and perspectives our team brings to our work. We believe an inclusive and supportive work environment fosters a culture of respect and appreciation for all individuals. NED is committed to creating a workplace that allows everyone to be their authentic selves and make meaningful contributions to our organization, our grantees, and our world.

NED strives to create a work experience that supports the well-being and healthy work-life balance of our employees. Our comprehensive benefits package offers health insurance (includes no copay for mental health services), a generous retirement savings plan, paid parental, vacation, and sick leave, a hybrid workplace model, flexible work schedules, and wellness initiatives to ensure a positive work-life balance.

NED is dedicated to creating an environment of respect and collaboration where everyone is encouraged to participate and take ownership of their work. We offer flexible work schedules and, for most positions, the opportunity for weekly telework days. This hybrid approach allows our employees to balance their work and personal lives while still participating in the collaborative process at the heart of our mission.

The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics covered by applicable law. The NED is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation for all qualified individuals and bases all employment decisions on qualifications, merit, and business need. The NED believes that diversity and inclusion among our team members are critical to our success as an organization operating globally and seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

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