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Grants Accountant

Company: The Center for Victims of Torture
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: June 7, 2021

Job Description:

The Center for Victims of Torture is hiring a Grants Accountant to facilitate the financial components of grants within their portfolio through proposal budgeting, ongoing monitoring and accounting, reporting, and audit. The position collaborates with program managers, field-based accounting staff, and other finance staff to ensure proper management of grants from private and government entities.

Location: Position can be done from headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota, or remotely, with a preference for headquarters-based work.


The Center for Victims of Torture works toward a future in which torture ceases to exist and its victims have hope for a new life. We are an international nonprofit dedicated to healing survivors of torture. We offer rehabilitation services to those who have been tortured, train partners around the world who can prevent and treat torture, and advocate for human rights and an end to torture. We are headquartered in Minnesota, and we have US offices in Georgia and DC, as well as offices in Africa and the Middle East.


  • Grants Accounting: Maintain grant files and financial records. Review transactions charged to grants for compliance with budget and grant regulations. Responsible for grants compliance within portfolio. Prepare monthly financial reports, periodic financial analysis, and projections for grants and contracts. Communicate this information to Finance and program department stakeholders. Maintain knowledge of funder regulations for grants and contracts and educate staff about implications for their programs. Prepare reimbursement requests and reports for grants and contracts. Participate in funder site visits. Work with key finance staff on development of organizational budget as it relates to grants portfolio. Assist Senior Grants Accountants with financial management of subgrantees. May assist with processing of monthly field expenses, journal entries, and other accounting tasks outside of the assigned portfolio.
  • Partnering with Program Staff: Establish relationships with program managers and institutional grants officers and provide assistance as-needed. Work with Senior Grants Accountants on monitoring subgrants. Participate in regular meetings with program staff and Finance department staff. Work with program managers to develop budgets for new and renewal funding.
  • Audits: Complete audit tasks as assigned. These audits include periodic funder audits, the annual financial statement, and single audits.


Required education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting (or finance, with an accounting minor)
  • At least 2 years of progressively responsible accounting experience
  • Demonstrated accounting experience which may include audit preparation (annual organization audit or individual funder/program audits), account reconciliations, basic use of debits/credits, completion of journal entries, new document set-up in accounting software and use of balance sheets.
  • Demonstrated grants accounting experience which includes financial management of projects with multiple funders and varied reporting requirements, including those with frequent reporting and auditing requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience with creating organizational or program budgets, completing budget forecasts and reports to funders

Preferred education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations

  • Previous professional experience in public accounting, carrying out audit field work for clients/customers
  • Demonstrated experience in grants accounting for programs supported by government grants

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • Knowledge of GAAP
  • Strong analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to think critically
  • Working knowledge of accounting software. CVT currently uses Great Plains.
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills, including ability to work with complex, multi-tab spreadsheets
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with individuals across the organization
  • Ability to develop relationships and communicate effectively with colleagues
  • Interest and ability to engage in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts within the organization
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills
  • Excellent skills in organization, attention to detail and time management (including the ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple, competing priorities)
  • Ability to travel nationally, up to 5% time
  • Interest in or commitment to human rights

To Apply: In order to be considered, please submit resume, cover letter and salary expectations by June 6, 2021

CVT is committed to hiring and fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce that leverages the skills and talents of all employees in our organization, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, familial status, genetic information, or any other protected status. We encourage candidates with diverse backgrounds such as these to apply for this position.

Keywords: The Center for Victims of Torture, St. Paul , Grants Accountant, Other , Saint Paul, Minnesota

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