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Sr Grants Accountant

Job Location

Reston, VA


Type of Job



$70,000 - $80,000

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Published Date

Oct 28, 2022

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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, and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and stripes. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. We advance this mission through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, advancing environmental justice, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.


This Senior Grants Accountant is a member of the Restricted Revenue team in the Finance department and will serve as a lead for restricted revenue and grant award compliance management in their assigned portfolio of Program area(s). The position is generally 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. Program assignments and terms may vary depending on priorities.

Principal Duties (major areas of responsibility):


  • Manages and tracks all restricted revenue sources excluding government grants within the assigned departments which includes:


Responsible for the coordination between Program, Philanthropy, and Finance departments in preparing and reviewing budget proposals for grants. Once grant funds have been secured, monitor all revenue and expenses related to grant funded programs. Responsible for creation, communications and training for the project codes in Infor CloudSuite Financials, iBudget (a web-based budget and reporting system) and Airtable to gain efficiencies and implement process improvements. During the annual budgeting process, manages 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.


Monitors appropriate financial and reporting systems to ensure integrity of data in these systems. Serves as the point person for trouble-shooting reporting systems when errors occur. Responsible for assessing and managing grantee risk and compliance, analyzing data, 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. Manages year-end process of recording and reconciling revenue with program staff and Finance. Coordinate with the Senior 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 funders ask for a grant specific audit.


  • Communications:


Serves as the point person for assigned NWF Program area interactions, communications and training 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. Recognizes 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. Enter grants into the restricted revenue database in Airtable and CAL-FINRR calendar. Assist the Senior Director of Finance with preparation of annual Audit schedules related to restricted revenue and schedules for annual 990. Serve as back-up to the Senior Director of Finance with contact review. Occasional work on special projects.


Minimum Experience


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, Infor CloudSuite Financials or other financial software a plus.


Minimum Skills:


  • Demonstrable skill in creating and tracking budgets and expenses for grants and organizational projections;
  • 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;
  • Strong verbal and written communication and customer service skills in English;
  • Ability to communicate financial concepts to non-financial professionals;
  • Attention to detail, strong organizational skills and ability to work with a high degree of accuracy;
  • Must consistently meet deadlines;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and knowledge of databases, preferably Airtable and Essbase or willingness to learn.


NWF Values:


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


  • Being motivated by values of equity and responsibility to those most marginalized;
  • Consistently bringing a high level of empathy and social skills to work and interpersonal interactions;
  • Being committed to deepening an environmental justice approach in policy priorities, program development and partner engagement;
  • Actively seeks feedback, direction, and guidance from all team members and keeps staff informed of decisions that impact them;
  • Being dedicated to advancing NWF’s internal equity transformation and compelling partners and allies to incorporate equity into their work; and
  • Passion for and commitment to NWF's mission


Location and Work Mode:


This position will be based in our headquarters office in Reston, VA. The National Wildlife Federation is committed to a flexible and empowered work environment with an authentic community of care for all staff. In this position, the employee may work in in the office, in a hybrid manner, or fully remote, to be decided jointly with their supervisor in the final stages of the interview process.


Compensation and Benefits:


The salary range for this position is currently $70,000-$80,000 annually, dependent upon qualifications and experience.


We are proud of our designation by Mogul as a Top 100 Workplace with the Best Benefits in 2021! We value work-life balance and a family-friendly atmosphere with flexible scheduling. We want you to be able to integrate work and personal life with attention to your self-care, so that your work schedule is not depleting. We offer benefits so you feel restored and fueled through the day and week.

We offer these supports to help manage your mental, emotional, and physical health:


  • Paid time off: Vacation that starts off at three weeks accrual, unlimited wellbeing (this time can be used for physical, spiritual, emotional, cultural, religious or financial wellbeing for yourself, a partner, or family member – including pets), 10 holidays, and 3 floating holidays
  • We close down for a paid winter break between December 25 to January 1 to recognize end of-year stress, and time for reflection, rejuvenation, and spending time with family.
  • Up to 16 weeks of fully paid Family and Medical Leave
  • Low-cost health, dental, and vision insurance options – all outpatient mental health is covered at in-network rates
  • Therapist available at no cost
  • Pet insurance and discount perk program
  • Annual wellbeing allowance


In addition to your salary, we offer the following supports to your personal finances:


  • Retirement plan with immediate match and vesting
  • Annual year end retirement contribution
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Adoption and Surrogacy assistance
  • Pet adoption stipend
  • Student Loan management


Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s benefits package at


COVID Consideration:


The National Wildlife Federation closely follows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease and has implemented processes that promote the safety of our employees, candidates, and communities. Because the health of our employees and candidates is a top priority, we conduct our hiring process virtually via phone or video until further notice. We are currently starting our positions as remote, and are continuing to explore what our future of work will be moving forward. Proof of vaccination will be required to join the National Wildlife Federation.




Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume.

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 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


We recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job, therefore our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules. Your experience, which may include paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, helps build the competencies and knowledge that translates to our openings. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of excellence. Therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.


Please let us know if you require accommodations during the application or interview process by reaching us at or 703-438-6244.


If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted.

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