Sr. Grants Accountant

Hybrid - DTLA & Remote
Finance Business Services – Finance & Business Solutions /
Full-Time/Regular /
United Way of Greater Los Angeles (UWGLA) is home to the change makers and justice seekers. We're individuals from various walks of life making collective steps towards a better future for our community. Our focus is on bringing about real and sustainable change by unleashing the collective power of people to open minds, unite diverse communities, and convert compassion into action for a more just, inclusive, and thriving L.A. County. Together, we make tangible impact on some of our toughest community issues including poverty, homelessness, education equity, and economic mobility. For us, being 'united' isn't just in reference to our organization but to our hope for the future of Los Angeles. Regardless of race, gender, orientation, or self-identification - we do our part as one by making room for all.  
We are inviting analytical and dedicated professionals with a passion for turning financial data into actionable steps to apply for our Sr. Grants Accountant role.

As a member of our Grants Team, you will play a key role in driving new technological changes within our department with the launch of a new accounting system and help to manage and migrate a portfolio of complex grants to the new platform. Along the way, you will help to identify new, innovative ways to improve our current processes and drive innovation within our grants team and within our department.

You will have the unique opportunity to leverage your financial analysis skills and grants management expertise to make a positive impact beyond the bottom-line by improving the quality of life for your neighbors and greater Los Angeles community. 


    • Cross Departmental Liaison: 
    •                      o   Serve as a key finance liaison between Finance Business Services (FBS) and various other departments including grant-seeking and grant-making teams.
                           o   Lead grant budget meetings with Grant Managers and Program Staff, where status of grants are discussed and budgets are tracked against.
                           o   Support other departments in fulfilling their impact goals by providing actionable financial information.
    • Grant Management:
    •                      o   Establish grant deadlines and a tracking and filing system to ensure that deadlines for proposals, interim reporting, and final reporting are met; maintain complete and accurate grant files
                           o   Review and prepare grant-related financial transactions and journal entries prior to entry into accounting system
                           o   Monitor expenditure activity for compliance and meet and communicate with grant managers and program staff as needed
                           o   Conduct monthly budget reviews of grants to compare budget to actuals, to assure all activities fall within funder and agency guidelines, and to ensure proper cutoff of expenses
                           o   Assist with grant closeout procedures in accordance with regulations; reconcile and close grants on a timely basis
                           o   Prepare grant financial reports for submission to funding sources
                           o   Assist the Vice President, Finance, Director, Finance, Grant Managers, Program staff, and Development Officers in the development of policies and procedures to fulfill grant accounting and compliance requirements
    • Systems:
    •                      o   Serve in a key supportive role to migrate grant related financial information from our existing financial system (Microsoft Dynamics SL) to our new financial system (Sage Intacct)
                           o   Assist in creating new dashboard and reports in the new financial system to provide financial transparency and understanding within organization
                           o   Advise leadership within the Finance Business Services Department on new areas of potential innovation and increased efficiency
    • Financial Analysis & Strategy:
    •                     o   Build, manage, and maintain budgets within new accounting software and excel spreadsheet within the goal of providing key stakeholders with relevant grant-related financial information
                           o   As needed, analyze and track funding from various sources to effectively determine effective usage and impact.
                           o   Translate financial analysis into layman’s terms to tell the story and explain strategy recommendations to various stakeholders
    • Audit, Compliance & Review:
    •                      o   Prepare grant financial reports for submission to funding sources in collaboration with our Community Impact and Strategic Investments departments
                           o   Support annual financial audit, grantors’ audits, and grantors’ monitoring site visits, including the preparation of schedules, providing supporting documents, etc. 
                           o   Analyze data in accounting and other systems to ensure accuracy and correct reporting under each grant agreement, including review of grant expenses for compliance
                           o   Assist in the development of policies and procedures to fulfill grant accounting and compliance requirements


    • Successfully manage an average portfolio of 40 grants encompassing $60M of restricted grant funds
    • Represent Finance Business Services (FBS) as an integrated partner to other departments
    • Find solutions to financial/budgeting hurdles while also enforcing organizational policies and procedures


    • Education & Experience:
    •                      o   Bachelor’s degree required; preferably in Accounting, Finance, or a related field
                           o   Minimum 5 years’ experience in a finance, accounting, or grants function; grants management or fund accounting is strongly preferred
                           o   Must have advanced familiarity with Excel, including pivot tables
    • Personal Qualities:
    •                      o   You enjoy a hybrid environment that includes both in-person and remote work styles and are able to work from our DTLA office on Tuesdays and Thursdays
                           o   You are able to provide documentation of your status as fully vaccinated with primary series of COVID-19 vaccine upon being hired.
                           o   You understand the value of racial equity as an organizational operating principle and are committed to continued learning on issues related to race, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

HOW TO KNOW IF YOU’RE A FIT (The Nice-to-Haves)

    • You are familiar with cloud-based accounting systems, such as Sage Intacct and can navigate through financial data, regardless of what system or format it is in 
    • You are technically savvy with the ability to pick up new accounting systems
    • You know your way around the Microsoft Windows operating systems and all it's essential programs including Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Teams. 
    • You work well with others - stakeholders and colleagues alike would agree that you are the quintessential “Team Player
    • You know how to talk the talk by communicating clearly, concisely and - most importantly - respectfully.
    • You are keen on accuracy - we can trust you to make sure the information given to our stakeholders is double-checked and correct.
    • You understand the all aspects of data analysis - the graphs, charts, facts and figures - well enough to explain the story they tell to others.
    • You know how to maintain effective partnerships to ensure all parties involved - from internal departments to external stakeholders - stay aligned with goals, expectation and deadlines.
    • You never drop the ball when it comes to following through and getting the job done.
    • You are action-oriented, proactive, and self-sufficient when it comes to managing your workload.
    • You are comfortable handling confidential information - if it's top secret, you know how to keep it that way.


    • Hiring Salary Range: $78,000-$83,500 dependent on internal equity and a variety of job-related factors including, but not limited to, experience, training, education, and market demands.
    • The benefits available for this position include medical, dental, vision, 403(b) plan, pension, life insurance coverage, disability benefits, paid holidays, and paid time off. 

United Way of Greater Los Angeles is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity, gender expression, and Veteran status.

We will consider for employment all qualified Applicants, including those with Criminal Histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.