Grants Accountant

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Washington, DC


Work for an organization you can feel good about!  The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to protect significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direct action and inspiring broad public support.  

Job Summary

The National Trust seeks someone with strong grants accounting, budgeting, forecasting and analytical skills to serve as Manager of Business Operations in our preservation programs division.  Serves as the primary point of contact between assigned programs regarding business operations and financial management. Supports the Director of Business Operations by managing the business-analysis functions of assigned programs. Supports the Program VP or Director in a proactive business advisory role. Tracks revenue and expenses, develops budgets as required, coordinates budget and financial processes, manages financial operations, identifies/explains variances and coordinates information technology with financial operations. Provides financial reports and analysis as requested by the Director of Business Operations. Provides guidance to field staff and budget managers regarding budgeting and financial processes.

Reports To

Director of Business Operations


  • Prepares and monitors budgets for the assigned programs. Ensures timely and accurate closing of the books for programs each month. Works with the Director of Business Operations to develop annual budgets for assigned programs. Reviews all financial reports for accuracy and adequate supporting documents prior to review by the Director. Recommends improvements/enhancements as appropriate.
  • Manages and reconciles monthly financial reporting, contracts with vendors, bank statements, and requests for reimbursements.
  • Responsible for timely response and proactive communication to Program VPs regarding financial and administrative matters.
  • Works with designated Staff and project managers as appropriate to develop and track project budgets and analyze year-to-date expenditures. Tracks expenses and revenue and prepares monthly reports for the Director.
  • Works with philanthropy and regional staff in developing grant request budgets and managing financial aspects of grants received. Assists in the preparation of progress reports and final reports to foundations.
  • Manages the daily business operations of assigned programs and provides assistance/support to the Director of Business Operations as required.
  • Works with the Director of Business Operations to develop, implement and maintain appropriate analysis and tracking mechanisms for projects and programs- including the Preservation Division dashboard.
  • Flags potential financial and/or programmatic issues and recommends solutions for the Director of Business Operations in the Preservation division.
  • Regularly reviews and approves assigned travel reimbursements.
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned.


  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in business and financial   management, particularly in a matrixed and geographically   dispersed non-profit, or equivalent combination of work experience and higher level,   applicable education. Experience with   financial and project/program management in a non-profit setting a plus,   particularly in building and managing complex budgets.
  • Self-starter with strong analytical, financial management   and team-building skills essential. Excellent organization skills and proven   ability to multi-task, problem solve and prioritize are essential.
  • Advanced organizational, analytical and problem solving skills,   including issue identification and   prioritization.
  • Intermediate project-management   skills, including project budgeting and planning. Ability to achieve high   quality results with general supervision.
  • Experience successfully managing   internal stakeholders and relationships.
  • Proven ability to collaborate   across divisions to implement processes and achieve results. Track record of building and maintaining   productive relationships with multiple stakeholders, with ability to work as part of   a team, both in person and virtually, and communicate effectively with   colleagues at separate geographic locations.   Public contact and ability to work successfully in close proximity to   others required.
  • Ability to prioritize,   multi-task efficiently and respond to a high volume of ongoing requests in a detail   oriented and timely fashion.
  • Proven ability to continually   develop skills related to use of rapidly changing technology and   communications best practices.
  • Effective presentation   skills. Excellent verbal and written   communication skills.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and skill   set essential.
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment. Ability to work effectively with frequent   interruptions required. Able to handle   frequently changing and/or unscheduled tasks with accuracy.
  • Demonstrated success in working   with and engaging culturally diverse audiences and partners.
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible in dynamic, rapidly   changing work environment.
  • High level of proficiency in MS office applications,   including intermediate Outlook and Powerpoint skills. Advanced proficiency in Excel required,   with experience using electronic accounting systems such as Lawson, Great   Plains, MS Dynamics, Quickbooks, or comparable software. Experience with Unit4:   Business World, a plus.
  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance or a related field   required. Masters degree   preferred. CPA or CPA Candidate a   plus. Interest in American History or historic preservation a plus.
  • Regular and reliable attendance required.


Approximately $60-70,000, commensurate with experience, plus great benefits that include affordable health, dental and life insurance, 5% retirement contributions, and 3+ weeks of vacation, plus sick time and holidays. 

How to Apply

Please email resume and cover letter to

National Trust for Historic Preservation