Grant Accountant

Feb 01, 2021 Massachusetts

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) seeks a Grant Accountant to join our finance team.  The Grant Accountant will be responsible for the financial tracking, reporting and accounting of all grants, restricted gifts, and contracts for the organization.  This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced professional to develop this new role and fill a critical need in our organization. Based in our Boston office, the Grant Accountant will report to the Chief Financial Officer. 

What you’ll do

Manage accounting and financial reporting of all grants and contracts:

  • Build and maintain systems and relationships that result in effective grant management between CLF’s finance, development and program groups
  • Book new grants and restricted gifts, determining proper revenue recognition and ensuring that funds are allocated in accordance with grantor guidelines
  • Work with development and program staff to prepare budgets for grant proposals, and provide financial information for interim and final grant reports
  • Provide regular and ad hoc grant reporting and analyses to program heads
  • Track ongoing grant activity, including all modifications, in order to execute grants in accordance with grantor financial guidelines
  • Book monthly accruals and releases of grants and restricted gifts
  • Oversee grant coding system in development and financial software databases
  • Track staffing allocations to ensure they align with grant funding requirements and CLF’s overall staff allocations
  • Perform monthly and annual net asset reconciliations and rollforwards
  • Prepare indirect cost rate applications and reports for federal grants
  • Prepare schedules for annual audit, and, if needed, Uniform Guidance Single Audits for federal grants
  • Assist with preparation of CLF’s annual budget and quarterly forecasts
  • Maintain grant accounting policies and procedures to ensure compliance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and other regulations
  • Work collaboratively with outsourced accounting partner as well as auditors and other external parties
  • Special projects and other duties as assigned

What you’ll need

Strong candidates will have the ability to take initiative, solve problems, assess priorities and manage a variety of activities in a fast-paced environment.  Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance, or equivalent professional experience
  • Three or more years in nonprofit accounting or grant financial management
  • Advanced experience with Intacct or other accounting software
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Excel
  • Thorough understanding of GAAP and fund accounting
  • Experience with federal grant-making rules and regulations a plus
  • Ability to work independently, meet deadlines and prioritize workload
  • Ability to analyze qualitative and quantitative information and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Enthusiasm for environmental issues and advocacy


CLF offers a competitive salary, an extensive benefits plan, and an open, inclusive, and accepting work environment where differences are highly respected. 

You might like to know 

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. A non-profit, member-supported organization, CLF uses the law, science and the market to solve the region’s most challenging environmental problems from climate change to water pollution to community problems like childhood lead poisoning. Every day, CLF advocates stand up for New Englanders—in state houses, court houses and board rooms, regulatory hearings and community gatherings—to forge innovative paths to environmental progress and economic prosperity for all in our region. To that end, CLF works with communities of color, and those that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately the impacts of environmental degradation. 

To Apply 

If this exciting opportunity appeals to you, please send your resume titled “your last name first initial-resume” (e.g. “SMITH J RESUME”) and a thoughtful cover letter titled “your last name-first initial-cover” (e.g. “SMITH J COVER”) to Please make “Grant Accountant” the subject of your e-mail. No phone calls please.  CLF embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are dedicated to forming a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.