ABA ROLI Senior Grant Accountant (staff)

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 28 March 2017

Job Description


ABA ROLI is seeking a Senior Grant Accountant to support the Finance Division’s oversight of ABA ROLI’s international grant programs. The Senior Grant Accountant will lead a dynamic team that provides crucial financial support for ABA ROLI’s field-based rule of law programs. The Senior Grant Accountant interacts daily with DC and field based program staff as well as with DC and field based financial counterparts. The Senior Grant Accountant provides direction and mentoring to a team of Grant Accountants managing programs funded by the US government and other donor organizations. The Senior Grant Accountant is knowledgeable of complex compliance matters and is able to provide training to non-finance counterparts on policies and procedures.


  • Reviews accounting transactions for potential charging against grants for an assigned set of countries and ensures compliance with grantor, government or private entities, and appropriate rules, regulations, and/or grant provisions.
  • Reviews inquiries from Grant Accountants and provides interpretation on allowability; may also provide an initial assessment as to whether non-allowable expenses will be written off and charged to General Revenue.
  • Prepares and uploads journal entries for monthly cash actuals for program related expenses (e.g., field expense reports, in-kind contributions, reclassifications, write-offs, etc.).
  • Runs and/or develops pipeline reports and general ledgers on a monthly basis and adds other committed funds and provides program managers and field staff with reports on cash burn and remaining funding of specific grants.
  • Prepares government reports (e.g., SF425) and private donor reports either on a standardized reporting schedule or on an ad hoc basis.
  • Prepares, submits, and follows up on wire transfers and/or direct deposits (ACH).
  • Assists Grant Accountants with more complex interactions with Country Directors and program staff.
  • Collaborates and mentors Field Finance Managers on expense inquiries, supporting materials, expense allowability, policies, additional awards, and general inquiries.
  • When required, travels internationally to conduct field office audits and compliance reviews.
  • Provides training to DC and field based staff on ABA policies and procedures as needed.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in finance or accounting;
  • At least five years’ experience reviewing financial transactions against grant provisions to determine allowability of such transactions;
  • At least five years’ experience interpreting and applying grant rules and regulations from government entities (e.g., OMB circulars) and/or private donors;
  • At least one year of experience working with an ERP financial reporting tool in a grantor or grantee environment;
  • Intermediate-level skill in the Microsoft Office Suite of products.


  • Previous experience interacting with program support staff, donors, and/or grantors;
  • Ability to mentor and lead a dynamic, fast-paced team;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Strong written and verbal communication in English required;
  • Strong attention to detail with analytical problem solving skills.
  • Strong understanding of compliance and auditing of expenses with an ability to transfer knowledge to non-finance staff;
  • Proven experience providing training, presenting to audiences and public speaking strongly preferred.

Due to the high volume of applications received, we are only able to follow up with candidates who are selected for interviews. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and this position may be filled prior to the close date.

Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with the American Bar Association, please call 312-988-5188.

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About the Organization

ABA ROLI is a non-profit program that implements legal reform programs in more than 50 countries around the world. ABA ROLI has nearly 500 professional staff working abroad and in its Washington, D.C. office. ABA ROLI’s host country partners include judges, lawyers, bar associations, law schools, court administrators, legislatures, ministries of justice and a wide array of civil society organizations, including human rights groups.

For more information about what we do at ABA ROLI please visit: https://www.americanbar.org/advocacy/rule_of_law/about.html

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