2079 Sr. Accountant/ Staff Accountant

Washington, District of Columbia, United States | FINANCE | Full-time



Sr. Accountant/Staff Accountant (Job #2079)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.


The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grantmaking organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Sr. Accountant/Staff Accountant.  The position is based in Washington, D.C.


Position Summary:

The Sr. Accountant/Staff Accountant reports to the Accounting Manager and performs a variety of daily financial, bookkeeping, and administrative tasks in support of the Finance Department.  Responsibilities include, among others: supporting the monthly and annual financial statement closings, preparing journal entries and account reconciliations, monitoring the daily bank activity, providing support and backstopping for other general accounting functions, etc.



  • Assists in the monthly and year-end financial closings by reconciling balance sheet accounts monthly, including all bank & investment accounts.
  • Prepares monthly recurring journal entries, including recognition of prepaid expenses and is responsible for maintaining other asset and liability accounts.
  • Maintains the fixed asset records on a perpetual basis (acquisitions/disposals) and generates related amortization & depreciation entries monthly.
  • Prepares adjusting/reclassification general ledger entries as needed.
  • Conducts daily monitoring of bank accounts for all transactions and alerts appropriate staff of any issues.
  • Responsible for incoming deposit activity and prepares related Cash/Accounts Receivable entries for review/approval. Reconciles and tracks detail for all donations received.
  • Applies payments made on a daily basis for both Grantee & Vendor Payment activity.
  • Assists with maintenance of vendor beneficiary records in the accounting system as well as on the banking platform.
  • Prepares invoices for any external billings and records in the accounting system.
  • Serves as backup to Accounts Payable and Grants Payable staff.
  • Supports the annual audit by preparing assigned schedules and readying supporting documentation for samples selected.
  • Maintains individual work to the designated network/system locations to ensure ongoing audit readiness.
  • Responds to all information requests from colleagues in a timely and professional manner.
  • Works on special projects as assigned.



  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or related field;
    • Relevant work experience, preferably in a mission-driven, non-profit environment:

                    (Level 4) Staff Accountant 4 to 5 years of experience required;

                    (Level 5) Senior Accountant  6 to 7 years of experience required;

    • Demonstrated knowledge of accounting principles and best practices;
    • Experience with Microsoft Dynamics NAV (Serenic Navigator) preferred;
    • Working knowledge of OMB Uniform Guidance and experience in applying the underlying cost principles in a federal grant environment is preferred.


  • Other Qualifications:
    • Solid analytical, problem solving, and financial troubleshooting skills;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.


  • Competencies:
    • Paramount professional integrity, honesty, initiative, confidentiality, and dependability;
    • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills;
    • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail;
    • Ability to quickly learn new systems, processes, and procedures;
    • Ability to prioritize and effective at multitasking to ensure timeliness;
    • Works effectively under time pressure and meets deadlines;
    • Flexibility in approach to work processes and tasks;
    • Ability to work independently and in a team environment;
    • Commitment and ability to excel in a fast-paced environment.

To Apply:

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references. Please, no phone calls. For more information, please visit our website at  www.ned.org

 The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.