Project Accountant III

Finance · Washington, District of Columbia
Department Finance
Employment Type Full-time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $85,458

Please Note: Solidarity Center staff enjoy a hybrid telework/in-person schedule. We also have a mandatory vaccine policy and safety protocols in all our facilities. All candidates applying for this role will be expected to adhere to these policies and to work in the Washington, D.C. office a minimum of three days per week unless an ADA or health-related exemption is approved.


Summary: 


The Project Accountant III is responsible for all aspects of accounting related to field office program expenses for an assigned set of projects and/or region.  This individual will be the primary contact for the field office accountants regarding all financial matters and for the Program Officers regarding project-related financial and budgetary matters.  The Project Accountant III will independently audit the financial reports from field offices, subgrantees, and partner organizations to ensure that all expenses incurred are in accordance with USG regulations, Solidarity Center policy and procedures, and grant and budgetary guidelines.  This individual will provide written and/or verbal guidance and instruction to field office accountants on various accounting matters to comply with Field Accounting policy and procedures and will develop necessary training for them. The Project Accountant will develop strategies to detect and prevent fraud through data analysis and business insight. This individual will independently process travel expense reports for the assigned region’s staff, reconcile advance accounts, and resolve any potential problems with outstanding advances.  The Project Accountant III will lead meetings between finance and program staff on a regular basis, assist and advise Program Officers and/or managers in providing overall financial management of their assigned projects.  


Qualifications: 


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or Bachelor’s degree in business with 18 credit hours in accounting courses
  • Detailed knowledge of accounting theory and federal grant regulations, including OMB Circular 2 CFR 200, U.S. GAAP, ADS and other funders’ specific requirements and be able to apply the knowledge in their daily tasks
  • Advanced knowledge of internal controls systems and the ability to explain them to others
  • Advanced knowledge and skills in Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Six years of experience in processing and auditing field office accounting and/or equivalent experience  
  • Extensive experience with Deltek Costpoint, Deltek Costpoint Enterprise Reporting, Deltek Time & Expense and Quickbook
  • Ability to communicate persuasively in writing and orally
  • Ability to complete routine tasks with limited supervision
  • Ability to complete various account analysis, research, and provide solutions to Controller on problems encountered
  • Ability to independently create pipeline projections, account reconciliation, and analysis and/or budget preparation
  • Ability to learn, understand, and explain Solidarity Center’s internal control system and policies and procedures


This position requires an individual who is extremely well organized, self-motivated, detail-oriented, able to produce accurate work, capable of offering strategic advice and solutions, willing to learn and attain new skills and knowledge, and able to work independently and in a team environment.


Supervisor: Controller


Specific Duties:


  • Review electronic Monthly Financial Reports received from the field offices; ensure the accuracy of the reports prior to entering the reports data into the Accounting System;
  • Process and audit monthly financial reports from field offices, subgrantees, and partners according to required audit checklist; ensure audit of the financial reports are completed monthly in a timely manner;
  • Reconcile Field Office’s account balances to General Ledger balance and resolve any differences on a monthly and yearly basis.  The accounts to be reconciled include field office advance accounts, union/partner’s advances, prepaid/deposit accounts, liabilities accounts (taxes withholding, all accrued expenses, etc.);
  • Independently review, and process travel expense reports related to assigned projects in a timely manner; reconcile advance accounts for employees (including corporate credit card charges) promptly; resolve any delinquent accounts with the staff;
  • Serve as primary contact for field office’s accountant; instruct and train local accountants in all aspect of the field office’s financial transactions, accounting software and reporting in accordance with the Field Office Accounting Policy and Procedures Manual;
  • Review local staff’s personnel compensation worksheets prepared by the field offices on a monthly basis.  Reconcile and provide necessary guidance to local accountants to ensure compliance and update with local labor law for all the accrued severance calculation;
  • Take the lead in performing field office’s desk review and/or internal audit with an eye towards preventing and detecting frauds. Where appropriate, travel to assigned field office to provide financial compliance training and work with local accountant to review the field office’s operations and processes at least once every two to three years; 
  • Organize and lead the quarterly financial reports meeting with Program Officers and the respective thematic Global Leads, RPDs and/or Deputy RPDs, and point out projects which may be in needs of attention or on the verge of being overspent and/or need to be reprogrammed with the funding source;
  • Prepare monthly summary analysis of financial reports for Program Officers/Managers, flag any potential or actual budget overruns, analyze the cause of budget overruns and recommend solutions to Program Staff to stop and prevent the over-runs.  Provide data analytics on a monthly and/or quarterly basis to identify fraud, waste, or abuse, and prepare statistical/financial analysis reports with graphic presentation for notification of findings;
  • Take the lead in following through on all pending financial issues (e.g. outstanding travel and credit card advances, monies owed to the SC, pending reclass, etc.) and bring them to closure so that they are in compliance with donors’ requirements and/or SC’s policies and procedures;
  • Assist program and grant staff in the preparation of budgets for new proposal or modification of current grants; provide program staff with financial information needed such as field office’s fixed cost information, local staff compensation, etc.; 
  • Prepare pipeline analysis or cost projections as requested by Program Staff to assist Program in monitoring and managing program spending on their projects;
  • Assist in the annual Uniform Guidance (formerly A-133) audit by providing reconciliation worksheets for field office’s advance accounts and other associated balance sheets accounts;
  • Serve as backup Project Accountant where needed and appropriate;
  • Bring issues to the attention of the Controller or the Director of Finance or their designee as needed and be prepared to offer solutions to move things forward.


This is a collective bargaining unit position, generously compensated with a gross annual salary starting at approximately $85,458 USD. A robust benefits package includes fully paid health insurance, a 401k retirement plan plus AFL-CIO pension, life insurance, and ample paid time off for holidays, vacation, and sick leave. Pre-tax deduction programs are also available for commuting, dependent care, and health care expenses. 


The Solidarity Center cultivates the values of diversity, equality, and inclusion among its staff and partners. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under applicable law. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to apply for this position, please contact us at information@solidaritycenter.org


For Candidates Applying from the AFL-CIO: Please be advised that we will inform the AFL-CIO when any of its current employees apply for positions with Solidarity Center. This notification is a matter of policy for all candidates, regardless of each individual’s qualifications and competitiveness for a specific opportunity.

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  • Location
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Department
    Finance
  • Employment Type
    Full-time
  • Minimum Experience
    Mid-level
  • Compensation
    $85,458