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Accounting & Compliance Manager

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Posted on Friday, December 7, 2018

African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is one of the leading international conservation organizations focused solely on the African continent. AWF works to ensure that the wildlife and wild lands thrive in modern Africa. The organization is seeking a high-performing Accounting & Compliance Manager — an integral part of AWF’s financial management team serving as a key player in the production of financial reporting and compliance. This coordination will include the oversight of the monthly accounting activity by ensuring an accurate and timely close for financial reporting; managing the annual organizational audit, along with supporting all donor-related audits.

Also, the Accounting & Compliance Manager will ensure consistent reconciliation of all balance sheet and net asset accounts. This position will also work closely with the Director of Finance in financial reporting and implementation of internal controls both at the corporate and the subsidiary level. Occasional international trips are required.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

I. General Ledger Accounting
  • Create and maintain organizational accounting and auditing calendar, scheduling the finance team’s monthly, quarterly, and annual closing processes.
  • Ensure integrity and accuracy of financial data, timely identification, and corrections of errors of transactions posted in General Ledger.
  • Produce audit-ready monthly financial statements, in compliance with GAAP.
  • Manage annual organizational, country and grant audits.
  • Maintain all balance sheet accounting, producing consistent and accurate supporting schedules and reconciliations.
  • Perform timely reconciliation of all investment accounts.
  • Support and administer filing of required reporting with the IRS, states, USAID, and Watchdog agencies.
II. Internal Controls
  • Develop and implement internal controls throughout the organization to assure protection of the organization’s assets.
  • Document and update financial policies and procedures are documented and updated and corporate, and subsidiary accounting and records comply with federal and auditing requirements.
  • Oversee the internal controls over financial reporting and compliance with 2 CFR requirements to ensure that controls are in place and enforced across the organization.
  • Manage and work closely with the Director of Finance to achieve clean annual organizational, donor and country audits.
III. Cash Management
  • Ensure the timely posting of pledge revenue and payments.
  • Proactively notify philanthropy and other teams as receivables become due.
  • Oversee the management of ensuring signatories have received relevant training and access to responsibly transact on behalf of AWF, whether by check or online.
  • Provide scheduled and as-needed training to HQ and field staff on systems, tools, policies, and procedures.
  • Oversee accounting and administration for corporate credit card program.
  • Monitor debt levels and compliance with debt covenants.
  • Work with the Field Operations Manager on efficient cash management process.
  • Reconcile and ensure accurate recording of revenue with philanthropy department database (Raiser’s Edge) monthly per US GAAP.
IV. Departmental Facilitation
  • Oversee the operations of the central accounting department, including the design of an organizational structure adequate for achieving the department’s goals and objectives, including identifying, mentoring and training the team accordingly.
  • Assist in preparation for the Finance and Audit Committee meetings, and any other Board-related meetings and internal meetings with senior leadership where financial status and audits are discussed.
  • Ensure all year-end allocations are completed in a timely manner.
  • Assist in the development and enhancement of accounting policies and procedures.
  • Ensure consistent application of internal controls throughout the organization.
  • Provide periodic training to staff on internal control procedures and accounting tools.
  • Update and maintain standard accounting forms and policies.
  • Participate, as needed, in planning and problem-solving meetings.
  • In conjunction with the Director of Finance and Chief Financial Officer maintain/update financial systems.
  • Provide another department/staff with the information required to carry out their assigned responsibilities.
  • Keep abreast of changes in regulations which may affect the accounting functions of the organization.
  • Supervise the Staff Accountant and Compliance Officer.
  • Organize the accounting filing structure, paper, and electronic.
V. Payroll Facilitation
  • Ensure timely posting and processing of the organization payroll.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant tax regulations for all expatriate staff.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Director of Finance and Chief Financial Officer.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, accounting or related field.
  • CPA accreditation highly preferred.
  • At least five years relevant working experience.
  • At least three years within a donor-funded nonprofit organization.
  • Demonstrated experience organizing the work and files of an accounting department, and in managing a monthly closing process.
  • Experience communicating complex financial information to a non-financial audience.
Skills and Knowledge
  • Solid knowledge of accounting standards governing not-for-profit accounting, financial reporting, and audit.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Ability to organize and synthesize large amounts of data, and present issues in a clear, concise and logical manner.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Effectively manage the work of others.
  • Very strong technical skills, including MS Excel, report writer tools, accounting systems, and other databases.
  • Experience with MS Dynamics and Jet reports a plus.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities, exercise good judgment, and quickly identifies and resolves problems with minimum supervision.
  • Customer service orientation.
  • Must be flexible, culturally sensitive, and exude a “team” attitude.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact professionally with staff, partners, and donors.
  • As this position is heavily anchored in AWF’s conservation programs, the successful candidate must have a strong interest in and understanding of conservation.
  • Working knowledge of French is an advantage.

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