Project Accountant – Project HOPE – Bethesda, MD

POSITION SUMMARY:
This position is the key individual in leading the following efforts for all assigned programs within the global operations finance team’s initiatives.
This position is required to attend training sessions at the Millwood, VA campus for a minimum of the first ninety (90) days or until such time as the manager deems training successfully completed.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Assist in monthly closing process, ensuring that deadlines are met:
Assist with training and support to Global Operations Finance Department, Regional Directors and Program Managers in the understanding of financial activity, including field compliance, budget variances, and its implications for program management, regulations, policies and procedures, ad hoc reporting and general capacity building.
Assist in year-end closing activities such as accruals, fixed asset inventories.
Assist with Internal and External Audits as well as audit samples.
Initiate new project set-up, maintain project files electronically, and paper format.
Process vendor payments and collect Head Quarter paid documentation (travel, vendors, consultants)
Prepare required funder reports and invoices in accordance with funder requirements.
Provide professional assistance and interactions with donors (via phone, computer and/or face-to-face)
Assist in budgeting process, upload board budget, and grant budget in financial system.
Assist in procurement and proposal review process.
Collaborate and assist with other regions and departments as necessary.
Other duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
BA/BS in Accounting preferred or equivalent years of experience.
Minimum of 5-7 years’ experience in general ledger, financial accounting, preferably not-for-profit or government contracting.
Understanding of and experience with federal financial compliance, contracting, and auditing requirements as detailed in OMB Circulars is required.
Non-Profit experience preferred.
Must have intermediate level knowledge of Excel (pivot table, look-up),
Demonstrated ability to use large scale automated accounting systems, knowledge of QuickBooks a plus.
Direct experience in performing and reviewing fund and account balance reconciliations as well as preparing and reviewing ledger entries, adjustments and accruals.
Experience in preparing materials for and responding to end-of-year audits.
Experience in creating or modifying accounting or reporting procedures and policies to ensure proper financial control and data integrity.
Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills.
Experience in preparing and/or reviewing financial statements, including variance analysis, as well as the ability to explain these to persons with little financial acumen.
Ability to work well under pressure, organize and set priorities, meet deadlines, handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
Ability to communicate effectively, both written and oral.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
1. BA/BS in Accounting preferred or equivalent years of experience.
2. Minimum of 5-7 years’ experience in general ledger, financial accounting, preferably not-for-profit or government contracting.
3. Understanding of and experience with federal financial compliance, contracting, and auditing requirements as detailed in OMB Circulars is required.
4. Non-Profit experience preferred.
5. Must have intermediate level knowledge of Excel (pivot table, look-up),
6. Demonstrated ability to use large scale automated accounting systems, knowledge of QuickBooks a plus.
7. Direct experience in performing and reviewing fund and account balance reconciliations as well as preparing and reviewing ledger entries, adjustments and accruals.
8. Experience in preparing materials for and responding to end-of-year audits.
9. Experience in creating or modifying accounting or reporting procedures and policies to ensure proper financial control and data integrity.
10. Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills.
11. Experience in preparing and/or reviewing financial statements, including variance analysis, as well as the ability to explain these to persons with little financial acumen.
12. Ability to work well under pressure, organize and set priorities, meet deadlines, handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
13. Ability to communicate effectively, both written and oral.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Physical demands: While international travel is not a regular part of this job position, programmatic needs may require it intermittently. Project HOPE employees may be required to travel or work in countries where working conditions are classified as “hardship.”
Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job the employee must be mobile in an office environment and able to use standard office equipment and must be able to communicate in verbal and written form.
Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to a typical office environment with exposure to a minimal noise level.

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