Water For People is a global nonprofit working across nine countries, bringing together communities, local entrepreneurs, and governments to build and maintain water and sanitation services that will last. We have a sustainable solution to end the global water and sanitation crisis, and our employees around the world help drive this solution.

About the Position

Water For People is currently recruiting for the position of Accountant to provide support to the Controller and Senior Accountant to ensure accurate and timely financial statements. The Accountant will organize and direct general accounting activities, including maintaining accounting systems to ensure the proper accounting and recording of company resources, creating and posting journal entries to the general ledger, reviewing the general ledger and preparing monthly financial statements and analysis, and performing biweekly payroll. This position is based at Water For People’s headquarters in Denver, Colorado.

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, or Accounting, or equivalent work experience as well as one year of accounting experience with basic to intermediate understanding of accounting, auditing, and financial reporting. The successful applicant will be flexible, able to multi-task, and meet routine deadlines, able to work effectively in team environment and display a high level of attention to detail and accuracy. Proficiency in Spanish is preferred.


  • Manage and maintain Purchase Card administration (credit card) including: maintain employee profiles, process change requests, reconcile monthly receipts with employee documentation.
  • Process bi-weekly payroll including: validating payroll changes/adjustments, benefits management and deductions, 403(b) contributions, reconciling payroll taxes, issuing 1099’s, etc. Work closely with HR and the payroll processor regarding any potential changes and edits to tax reporting or process.
  • Perform monthly payroll for U.K. staff through our U.K. payroll processor.
  • Process daily cash receipts including: daily revenue import and monthly revenue reconciliation between Development and Accounting systems, paperless file management.
  • Prepare in collaboration with the Senior Accountant daily/weekly cash log for CFO to manage outstanding deposits and checks and cash flow.
  • Process the monthly accounting functions in conjunction with the Senior Accountant and in accordance with the month-end checklist including: prepaid expenses, in-kind donations/expenses, general ledger adjustments, travel advances, accrued vacation, functional allocation (salaries and final), reconciliation of investment and bank accounts, etc.
  • Manage the Accounts Payable process including; timely accounting review and approval of purchase orders and payments sent to vendors, preparation of checks for signature(s), correct coding of employee entered expenses, proper process for signature policy, wires and electronic payments in conjunction with the Senior Accountant and entry of all payables into the accounting system.
  • Compile and analyze financial information for country program wires via journal entry into accounting system, with review by Regional Finance Managers and Country Accountants.
  • Timely accounting review and approval of expense reports entered by staff including accurate reconciling, reimbursing and collection of the advance account.
  • Maintain NetSuite (NS) by providing logins and training to new staff and answer questions/provide support to current staff, notably referred to Expense reimbursement or Purchase orders.
  • Manage NetSuite File cabinet folders: Invoices, Expense Reports, Wire Detail Reports, and W-9s.
  • Manage lost checks and checks that need to be voided, if necessary using the “Stop Checks” function in the banking system.
  • Reconcile Vendor Duplication check for Denver (Quarterly)-merging vendors if necessary.
  • Ensure accurate vendor records are maintained including collection of W-9s and potential contracts or agreements are kept up to date and on file. Maintaining the integrity of the system by watching for possible duplicate vendors and cleaning up records when necessary.
  • Manage annual Form-1099 and 1096 processing including ordering forms and envelopes, distributing appropriate forms to contractors, vendors and IRS.
  • Support audits with external auditor by providing information collection for annual FBAR filing, and maintaining ongoing list of global bank accounts and signers throughout the year.
  • Manage US bank accounts by ensuring HQ senior staff complete paperwork for adding and deleting signers.
  • Notify CFO of large balances in the operating account and if necessary assist when making transfers in/out of General Reserve & Working Capital accounts. Assist Controller in the review of the operating accounts and when balance transfers are necessary between operating accounts.
  • Update NS consolidated exchange rate table based on wires to the field offices and notify the necessary staff of completion.
  • Ensure processes listed above are compliant with organizational policies, enforce policies pertaining to above and train employees on accounting/procurement policies.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Connects to the Mission –Embraces the mission of Water For People and is passionate about advancing the dynamic role it plays leading social impact in international development.
  • Demonstrates Ethics and Integrity – Understands ethical behavior and business practices, and ensures that own behavior is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization.
  • Action-oriented – Has an unwavering commitment to delivering quality work products.
  • Connects with Others – Demonstrates exceptional communications and interpersonal skills.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience; degree in Business, Finance, or Accounting preferred.
  • Minimum of one year of accounting experience.
  • Basic to intermediate understanding of accounting, auditing, and financial reporting.
  • Proficiency in Spanish preferred.
  • Computer skills – must be familiar with Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, Outlook, preference given to candidates with NetSuite or other cloud-based accounting software.
  • High level of attention to detail, self-motivated, team player with a demonstrated high level of effectiveness, efficiencies, and accuracy.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written form with those who may not possess a financial background.


  • Open office environment.
  • This position is based at Water For People Headquarters in Denver, Colorado.

*Note: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.


Deadline for submitting your application is 5pm MT, Friday, Janauary 26, 2018.

This is a full-time, nonexempt/hourly position with a comprehensive benefits package. Salary is competitive and commensurate with level of experience. Water For People cannot provide immigration sponsorship for this position.


If you are qualified and Water For People interests you, please send us your resumé and a cover letter that provides insight into both your experience and how you are the ideal candidate for this position. Also, please let us know how you heard about this position.

Resumés and cover letters can be sent to; please put the job title in the subject line. Please no phone calls or in person inquiries.

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Great perks of working at our cool Denver office space

  • Conveniently located at I-25 and Broadway
  • Free parking
  • We are right off of a light rail stop
  • Food trucks outside the office daily
  • Dog friendly workplace

Note: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.

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