Grant Accountant

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 Grant Accountant. The Grant Accountant provides global grant, financial, accounting, and reporting services across the organization. This position collaborates with the Finance Grants Manager to maintain accurate handling of grants and provides accurate and transparent data for grant reporting. The Grant Accountant records and reports all accounting information related to accounting funds including donor invoicing, cash reception, and restricted revenue release.

Essential Job Functions and Duties

  • Reviews and ensures the accuracy of accounting information against grant reports received from program and/or grant managers.
  • Plays a key role in enhancing our accounting and reporting system, NetSuite, to ensure timely and accurate reporting of grant data.
  • Accurately classifies and reviews revenues and expenses allocated to grants in NetSuite.
  • In collaboration with the Finance Grant Manager, manages and creates new grant and donor identifications in NetSuite. This includes the creation of records and accounting segments.
  • Prepares regular internal financial reports to track revenue and expense variances, full cost recovery expenditures, funding gaps, and absorptive capacities of program budgets.
  • Develops a key role in managing NetSuite as an appropriate solution for grant financial management.
  • Prepares, maintains, and reports relevant accounting indicators per grant source being able to establish cost coverage indicators per grant.
  • Collaborates with the Controller and the rest of accounting team to optimize the grant management component of the financial and accounting systems.
  • Prepares and maintains internal documents to support donor financial reports.
  • Meets monthly with Regional Finance Managers and Finance Grants Manager to maintain accurate grant balances, updating NetSuite accordingly.
  • Maintains and updates grant billings and ensures that they are recorded in the ledger.
  • Prepares, reviews, and enters reconciling and other adjusting journal entries.
  • Manages cash as it relates to grant funding sources.
  • Supports external audits.
  • Ensures accurate and up-to-date currency exchange rates in grant budgeting and reporting, and supports reforecasting grant budgets, if needed.
  • Prepares special grant reports as needed.
  • Supports the development of grant management policies and procedures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Behaviors and Competencies

  • 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
  • Demonstrates Cultural Awareness – Shows empathy, a high comfort level in the developing world, and unquestionable integrity; able to engage the wide range of stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds and cultures
  • Connects with Others – Demonstrates exceptional communications and interpersonal skills, exceptional networker, key influencer, and be comfortable representing Water For People across a wide variety of audiences
  • Action-oriented – Has an unwavering commitment to delivering quality work products
  • Manages through Ambiguity - Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability in responding to change and ambiguity
  • Self-confident - handles tough questions or critique in a professional manner assuming the best intentions; open to feedback and coaching

Qualifications, Knowledge, and Skills Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or equivalent related work experience.
  • 3 or more years of experience in accounting.
  • 2 years of grant accounting experience.
  • Understanding of US GAAP compliant accounting principles and standards, and nonprofit accounting standards.
  • Strong analytical and complex problem-solving skills.
  • Strong written communication skills and a deep understanding of how to write high quality process documents.
  • Knowledge of accounting and financial planning software, preferably NetSuite.
  • High level of attention to detail, self-motivated, and a team player.
  • Ability to be a strategic and analytical thinker, energetic, and ready to demonstrate enthusiasm and leadership in this role.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Spanish language skills are strongly preferred.
  • Advanced computer proficiencies with Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook.

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions

  • Ability to travel up to 10% domestically and internationally to developing countries, where travel is rugged.
  • Ability to work in an 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.

Further Information

Deadline for submitting your application is 5 pm MST on Friday, February 8th.

This is a full time, exempt position with a comprehensive benefits package. Salary is competitive and commensurate with level of experience. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 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.

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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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