1917 Accounting Manager, Finance

Washington, DC Full-time

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks an Accounting Manager to join the Finance team. This position is based in Washington, D.C.


Position Summary:


The Accounting Manager is responsible for maintaining effective and efficient financial internal controls in order to ensure accurate, complete and timely recording and reporting of financial transactions.  This position develops process improvements to streamline and improve accounting and administrative operations; manages daily financial inquiries; approves vendor and employee disbursements; oversees perpetual reconciliation of subsidiary ledgers and balance sheet accounts and analyzes budget variances; directly supervises several accounting team members; and closely collaborates with the Financial Grants Accounting Officer, Procurement team, and the Travel & Logistics Officer.




  • Supervises and provides support to the Sr. Staff Accountant and Sr. Cash Management & Disbursements Administrator on daily operations matters.
  • Collaborates with the Controller in the month-end closing process and supports preparation and analysis of monthly financial statements. Ensures general ledger accounts are timely and accurately stated and corresponding reconciliations are maintained, with all balance sheet accounts reconciled on a monthly basis.
  • Reviews, prepares and organizes required schedules and supporting documents for the annual financial statement and Single Audit under the federal OMB Uniform Guidance.
  • Performs daily review and approval of disbursement activities for vendors and employee requests for payment, ensuring compliance with GAAP, federal regulatory and other donor requirements, as well as NED’s policies and procedures.
  • Trains NED employees on accounting policies, procedures and forms utilization.
  • Identifies and implements new procedures to drive efficiency, effectiveness, and quality control.
  • Automates and streamlines processes to enhance accuracy of data while minimizing manual efforts.
  • Confers with the procurement team members on requisite compliance.
  • Reviews and/or coordinates various tax filings such as Form 990/990-T, annual Forms 1099 and 1042, and other statutory business filings (e.g., registrations, exemption applications, and census responses).
  • Monitors the corporate credit cards, including sponsored employee accounts for compliance.
  • Collaborates and backstops the Financial Grants Accounting Officer, as well as other various team members as may be required.
  • Provides general support to the Controller and Sr. Director as needed.





  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance; CPA is a plus.
    • 7+ years progressive experience in accounting and/or auditing;
    • 5+ years’ experience in mission-driven, nonprofit organizations subject to federal grants rules and regulations compliance, including working knowledge and practical application of the OMB Uniform Guidance;
    • Experience in Microsoft NAV / Serenic Navigator preferred, and GIFTS experience is a plus;
    • Intermediate to advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and other Office products.


  • Other Qualifications:
    • Demonstrated knowledge of nonprofit accounting principles and practices, accounting report generation and utilization, and financial analysis;
    • Strong working knowledge of the federal compliance requirements under the Federal Travel Regulations and the OMB Uniform Guidance, with emphasis on cost principles and procurement regulations;
    • Solid documentation skills, ensuring proper audit trail;
    • Fluency in spoken and written English;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.


  • Competencies:
    • 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.
    • Highly professional demeanor, with strong interpersonal and customer service skills to effectively interact with all levels of staff;
    • Strong attention to details and accuracy in all work products;
    • Ability to translate financial terms to effectively train finance and non-finance personnel;
    • Employs team-building, mentoring approach to supervision and working style;
    • Confidence in addressing policy and procedure compliance questions;
    • Solid analytical, problem-solving and financial troubleshooting skills;
    • Ability to quickly learn new systems, processes, and procedures;
    • Flexibility in approach to work processes and tasks;
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a team.


Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references.   Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org  with 1917 ACCT MGR – YOUR NAME in the subject line.

The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org