Summary:  Under general direction, the position is responsible for the financial management of post-award grant administration and related accounting duties. The position also is responsible for the financial administration related to maintaining appropriate records and fund balances for all restricted funds within Mercy Ships and serves as liaison between Finance and the Programs Implementation Team.
Description:  Overview
Title: Grant Accountant  Employment Status: Full Time 
Reports To: Controller  Grade: 
Department: Finance and Accounting  FLSA Status: Exempt - Salary 
Job Code: 0270  Entry Training: FMS/Gateway 
Date Modified: 23-Aug-2009  PSR Commitment: No 

Summary Description
Under general direction, the position is responsible for the financial management of post-award grant administration and related accounting duties. The position also is responsible for the financial administration related to maintaining appropriate records and fund balances for all restricted funds within Mercy Ships and serves as liaison between Finance and the Programs Implementation Team. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (include but not limited to)
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
Performs grant and restricted fund related financial functions including budgeting and expense analysis, invoicing, financial reporting, journal entry, labor distribution changes, reconciliations, re-budgeting, grant closeout functions and financial status reports.
Maintains accounting records and files for all grant projects and restricted funds. Responsible for ensuring all transactions affecting federal grants and restricted funds are properly supported in accordance with accounting policies and conditions of the grant agreement.
Supports and interacts with the programs management team in implementing, monitoring and establishing financial priorities and guidelines to determine allowable costs.
Interprets and applies new or revised accounting principles and concepts to ensure that agency financial reporting is accurate and in accordance with the Federal Office of Management and Budget circulars A-122 and A-133.
Ensures that proper accounting practices are utilized on federal grant funds and restricted funds and keeps abreast of changes to federal and non federal cost principles and procedures.
Establishes and maintains a cost accounting model that can be utilized at Mercy Ships to better able the organization to make informed decisions and improve its effectiveness and productivity.
Serves as a member of the Finance team at the IOC which may include other duties assigned by the Controller and CFO.
 


Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Requirements)
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Experience with Federal Grants and Cost Principles for not-for-profit organizations preferred.
Broad understanding of accounting principles and procedures to generate various reports.
Strong analytical, problem-solving, organizational and multi-tasking skills.
Excellent written/verbal communication and interpersonal skills to interact with program managers and grantor organizations.
Computer proficiency with emphasis on Microsoft Excel and Word.
Follow the example of Jesus by Loving God; Loving and Serving Others; Being a Person of Integrity and a Person of Excellence in all you say and do.
Support organization's mission and vision. Adhere to Mercy Ships Code of Conduct.
 


Education and Experience
The requirements listed below are representative of the education and / or experience required.
Bachelor's Degree in accounting or equivalent, relevant experience preferred.
Minimum 5 years of accounting experience (non-profit environment a plus).
 





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