About Asylum Access
Asylum Access believes all refugees deserve a fair chance at a new life. All over the world, we challenge the barriers that prevent refugees from living safely, moving freely, working and going to school -- because when refugees can rebuild their lives, communities thrive. Since 2005, Asylum Access has helped hundreds of thousands of refugees access legal status, get work permits, start businesses, enroll children in school, secure protection from violence, and take other steps to rebuild their lives in their first countries of refuge. We have also advocated for changes in policy and practice impacting more than two million refugees around the world. The leading global refugee human rights organization, Asylum Access is headquartered in Oakland, CA with operations in locations across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and Latin America. Asylum Access also partners and advocates globally to create a world where all refugees, everywhere, can build new lives in safe homes
Why Work With Us?
Asylum Access is a great place to work! While we are passionate about building a world where refugees can rebuild their lives, we also believe doing this work well requires that we value and support our staff and volunteers. We strive to maintain a healthy workplace and embrace flexibility in hours and working locations so our team can fulfill their obligations and desires to family, self, and community as well as to our work, our organization, and our mission.
This position is great for someone with funding accounting experience looking for professional growth in an international working environment who is passionate about creating a world where refugees have the power and opportunity to rebuild their lives.
The Grants Accountant will provide grant and contract management, grant proposal support, and grant and contract compliance. The Grants Accountant will manage and coordinate audits of contracts and grants performed by external auditors and develop responses to audit findings and corrective actions necessary to resolve audit issues.
As a member of the Finance team, the Accountant will be working in the oversight of fiscal operations and accounting systems globally. An emphasis will be given to assist in the preparation for the annual external audit.
He or she will be liaising with overseas office staff to ensure timely preparation of grant financial reports. This position requires proficiency in Word and Excel, strong written and oral communications, the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and the ability to read and understand financial reports and grants management.
The Grants Accountant is a problem solver and an efficient multi-tasker with superb organizational skills.
Manage all financial grant activities and information to include:
- Monitoring/tracking expenditures of each grant through its life cycle.
- Filing of accounting records pertaining to the grant.
- Tracking of fixed assets or equipment purchased with the grant funds.
- Interpret grant compliances for program staff in order to carry out the approval of expense allocations to ensure that all costs are allowable, allocable, reasonable, and in compliance with grant or contract terms and conditions, and Asylum Access policies and procedures.
Manage all planning/development financial activities for all current grants to include:
- Prepare, review, or execute all accounting entries (transactions and journal entries) related to grant funds and restricted funds.
- Apply advanced accounting concepts to perform highly complex technical analysis and reporting including reconciliation and recording of intercompany transactions, reimbursable expenses, and accounting of exchange gain/loss.
Manage the accounting functions related to all grant to include:
- Work cross-functionally with other department members outside of the Finance and Accounting department. Participate in fiscal period closes by reconciling/clearing grant-related accounts, including grants receivables, deferred revenue, and grant advances.
- Coordinating with key personnel at all levels to support the proper and timely expenditure of grant funds in compliance with applicable guidelines and budget deadlines.
- Post-award grant accounting (closing out contracts and grants) for programs funded by grants or special revenue.
- Providing systems, policies, and procedures, and training to facilitate the management of contracts and grants across the organization.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Finance Director.
- Bachelor's Degree in Accounting.
- Strong knowledge of US GAAP (General Accepted Accounting Principles) for nonprofits.
- Minimum of two years of experience in fund accounting.
- Ability to communicate effectively and concisely both verbally and in writing.
- Strong initiative and ability to take ownership of projects, managing multiple deadlines, and work effectively with a high level of attention to detail and accuracy.
- Ability to effectively handle sensitive and confidential situations with tact, integrity, and diplomacy.
- Bilingual in Spanish and English.
- Cultural sensitivity and ability to work well with diverse populations.
- CPA certification or equivalent.
- Working knowledge of NetSuite.
How to Apply
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