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CHA provides housing assistance to over 1,900 families in Columbia and Boone County.

Families pay 30% of their adjusted household income for rent.

Our Family Self-Sufficiency Programs help families develop five-year plans for self-sufficiency.

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201 Switzler St.
Columbia, MO 65201
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Grant Accountant Opening

Grant Accountant

DEPARTMENT/DIVISION: Finance Department / CHA Low Income Services, Inc.

REPORTS TO:  Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

STARTING WAGES:  Below, Plus excellent fringe benefits package

                                  MINIMUM/STARTING        MAXIMUM

           ANNUAL:                            $39,520                                $56,160



Summary of PositionProcessing financial transactions and monthly reporting involves the use of accounting skills developed through education and experience. This position requires the performance of confidential bookkeeping duties that require knowledge of and experience with accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, procurement, invoicing, computer information systems, clerical office skills, and other administrative functions which may include some human resources or personnel management.

Responsible for maintaining accounting control over restricted accounts, including gifts, contract and grant awards received from federal, state, and local government agencies and private foundations.  Responsible for ensuring proper recording of all budgets, revenues, and expenditures for these accounts.  Responsible for preparing invoices for expenses incurred and follow up to ensure timely payment of outstanding invoices. Responsibilities also include other general accounting activities.

Works closely with the Grant Administrators in administering pre-award and post-award activities related to sponsored programs, including assistance with budget preparation and filing of required fiscal reports. Work involves performing duties that require an advanced knowledge of and experience with cost or grant accounting principles and practices as well as general accounting practices.  In the performance of duties the employee is required to apply judgment and initiative based on knowledge gained through experience and training.  Such decisions are made, however, in accordance with established precedents or departmental policies.  Departures from established procedure are referred to the immediate supervisor for decision and all work is reviewed by the CFO for overall performance.

Major Duties and Responsibilities may include as Assigned:

  • Review payroll of grant employees for electronic transmission every two weeks.
  • Prepare complex spreadsheets to allocate all payroll and employee benefits costs based on funding source for journal entry to general ledger.
  • Create or review purchase orders in software in compliance with grant budgets; ensure invoices or receipts are matched to purchase orders and that proper approvals are obtained; copy for grant file and forward to the Finance Assistant for payment.
  • Review grant service provider’s requests for payment, copy for grant file and forward to the Finance Assistant for payment.
  • Maintain the Accounts Receivables for each program; prepare monthly grant invoices and reporting of grant reimbursements. Post invoices and deposits to general ledger in accounting software.
  • Reconcile general ledger accounts monthly.
  • Prepare monthly financial reports with budget comparisons for grant program managers.
  • Prepare and submit reports required by funders and respond to funder requests.

Major Duties and Responsibilities may include as Assigned Cont’d:

  • Maintain current departmental files and establish new files as required; type correspondence, purchase orders, reports, forms and other records.
  • Assist with internal month end financial reporting.
  • Prepare annual non-profit component unit tax return.
  • Ensure grant records are well maintained, organized, and available for the annual financial audit and any program audits that may occur.
  • Verify grant budgets for staffing requests. Assist Human Resource Manager when needed to post open positions for grant programs.
  • Provide day-to-day work assignments and technical assistance to other Finance Department staff for grant-related and general accounting duties as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the CFO or CEO.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of accounting and budgeting practices.
  • Superior ability to organize with emphasis on detail and accuracy.
  • Excellent ability to manage multiple tasks to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to make complex computations with speed and accuracy on Excel spreadsheets.
  • Ability to understand and quickly follow written and oral instructions and to communicate effectively in written and oral form.
  • Ability to prepare and present oral and written reports, presentations, and recommendations.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills, with the ability to meet and deal tactfully and courteously with funders and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees at all levels.
  • Superior knowledge of contemporary office practices, procedures and equipment including fax, telephone, and copy machine. Must be proficient with a thorough knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets and database programs.
  • Must be independent, self-motivated, and very analytically minded; problem solving experience a must.

Education and Experience:

  • Required: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in accounting or business administration with accounting emphasis.
  • Required: two years’ experience with cost or grant accounting, or an equivalent combination of education and experience to meet the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Required: two years’ experience with Microsoft Office and Windows.
  • Required: two years’ experience with accounting software.
  • Required: proficiency with Excel spreadsheets.
  • Preferred: two years’ experience in financial administration involving participation in the planning and management of a nonprofit or government program.

Special Requirements:

  • Must have a valid Missouri driver’s license.
  • Must be bondable and insurable.
  • Must be able to interface effectively with all levels of management.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a bank account for direct deposit of payroll.
  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug screen.
  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment background check.

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