Accountant, Federal Awards & Grants

Location: New York, NY

Department: ideas42

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Manager/Supervisor


Due to our expanding portfolio of federal awards, we are seeking a federal awards specialist to work closely with the Director of Finance to ensure the accuracy and integrity of recorded federal award & grant activity, provide analysis and financial forecasting, produce quarterly and final award closeout calculations, progress reporting both internally and to funders, and to ensure effective communication between the Finance and Project teams



  • Ensuring receivables, deferred revenue and grantee payables are accurately recorded and reconciled to budget expectations. Coordinates closely with the Director of Finance and Project Implementation teams to resolve discrepancies as they arise.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Finance on all NICRA matters for federal awards.
  • Prepares all reports and invoicing for timely submission to U.S. government agencies, as well as interim and final award closeout reports as applicable.
  • Produces timely and accurate internal financial reports and analysis for management to enable sound decision-making.
  • Supports the Director of Finance with the year-end financial and Single Audit by preparing required documents, and further assistance with related audit inquiries.
  • Acts as point of contact for the Project Implementation teams, and as a specialist resource for all questions regarding federal and regulatory compliance, policies and procedures.



  • Bachelors’ degree in Accounting, Business or related field is required
  • 3+ years’ work experience in a mission-driven, nonprofit environment specifically related to federal grants accounting regulations and compliance, including award and sub award monitoring and management with agencies such as USAID, CDC, DOL, DOJ, HHS, etc.
  • Solid understanding and proven application of GAAP, nonprofit accounting methods, internal controls, and best practices under 2 CFR 200
  • Skilled at financial analysis, period closing, forecasting and reporting with a clear ability to initiate all proper and necessary general journal entries
  • Proficient with accounting and business software packages: Fund-EZ accounting software preferred, and Adaptive Planning management system experience is a plus
  • Intermediate to advanced level working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and other Office products, with experience creating pivot tables, using lookups and advanced formulas



  • A willingness to work extra hours during peak workload periods, especially around quarter-end reporting deadlines and annual audits
  • Strong attention to details and accuracy in all work products
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • Authorized to work in the United States
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