Location: Headquarters, Washington, DC
Department: Finance
Supervisor: Controller
Salary: Up to $50,000


The Accountant performs a variety of accounting duties, with a focus on Defenders of grant accounting and  state solicitation registrations.


Grants Accounting

  • Record all contracts and restricted grants awarded in the General Ledger in accordance with FAS 116

  • Review all grant allocation forms received and manage timesheet templates to be in accordance with salaries allocated

  • Manage preparation of monthly grant report and support schedules which track status of all active contracts and restricted grants

  • Ensure all timesheet hours charged to restricted grants are in accordance with the grant allocation form, if not, explain the reason for the variance 

  • Interact with departments to ensure all contracts and restricted grant activities are properly recorded

  • Provide support for preparation of financial reports to grantors

Defenders of Wildlife - State Solicitation Registrations

  • Overall responsibility to ensure all state solicitations for Defenders of Wildlife are processed timely and accurately

  • Annually, populate database with data for state solicitation registrations based upon completed Form 990’s

  • Complete preliminary state solicitation registrations as they come due

  • Upon completion of registrations, present to Controller and VP of Finance for final approval

  • Coordinate obtaining signatures and notaries as required

  • File finalize (signed and notarized) state solicitation registrations to the state with appropriate payments as necessary

  • Maintain file of all completed state solicitation registrations

General Ledger /Account Reconciliations

  • Performs monthly reconciliations for various balance sheet accounts

  • Works on other general ledger duties and special projects as assigned


  • Education:  Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Accounting or related discipline. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a substitute

  • Experience:  1+ years of accounting experience


  • Well-organized with the ability to work independently

  • Strong ability to meet tight deadlines

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills

  • Attention to detail and accuracy

  • Intermediate to advanced Excel skills

  • Microsoft Dynamics SL/GP experience a plus


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so. 


  • General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.


  • Defenders of Wildlife is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Our employees work in an environment that is inclusive and honors each of our unique perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures.  We strive toward a collective goal of including all people in the conservation of our Nation’s wildlife and wild places.

  • Visit Our Values and Diversity page to learn more about who we are and how we operate.


Interested applicants should complete an application for employment. Please reference Accountant in your subject line and submit your completed application, a letter of interest and resume to us via e-mail at:

It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.

All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.