Senior Accountant

Washington, D.C. | Full-time

Position Summary

Reporting to the Controller, the Senior Accountant will have primary responsibility for The Malala Fund’s US accounting transactions and payroll, as well as assisting with monthly financial statement preparation. They will serve as a main point of contact for key billing relationships and will support colleagues across multiple departments in budgeting, reporting and compliance matters.

This is an exciting opportunity for enthusiastic, early career candidates interested in joining a new and growing nonprofit led by one of the world’s foremost advocates for girls’ education. The Officer will liaise across all departments and will gain a deep, behind the scenes understanding of nonprofit finance and compliance.

Salary range: $62,300 - $64,200

II. Responsibilities

  • Work with the Programmes team to book new grant awards and grant payments, ensuring allocation to proper grantee and funder.
  • Work with the fundraising team, review, reconcile and prepare a reconciliation report package for the revenue account each month, including ensuring proper booking of pledges receivable.
  • Assist with the annual audit and preparation of annual IRS filings.
  • Assist with the annual 1099-MISC reporting process.
  • Assists with the annual budgeting process and quarterly re-forecasting process.
  • Maintain vendor and contractor files.
  • Performs other financial tasks as requested by the Controller.
  • Prepares monthly reporting package for the CEO, COO, and Controller.
  • Assist in the creation and upkeep of project budgets, and the preparation of financial reports, dashboards and cash projections.
  • Researches and presents new emerging accounting guidance.
  • Act as lead project manager for financial systems evaluation and improvement projects, including assisting the Controller in choosing new systems as needed.
  • Primary administrator for the accounts payable and expense reporting tool.
  • Manage existing and future financial system integrations.
  • Reconcile various general ledger accounts and prepare cost allocation journal entries on a monthly basis.
  • Set up semi-monthly payroll.
  • Allocate employee benefits on a monthly basis
  • Upholds the values of Malala Fund.
  • Actively contributes to making Malala Fund a diverse and equitable workplace through inclusive practice and openness to different perspectives, cultures and ideas.
  • Maintains behaviour and conduct that uphold the highest standards for safeguarding, professionally and personally.
  • Acts as a role model for a ‘learning organisation’ culture by seeking insight and using problems as opportunities to learn.

III. Knowledge, Experience and Behaviours


  • Degree or relevant experience in finance, accounting or a related field.
  • Relevant education or experience with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Must have two years of experience working in finance, accounting or a related field.
  • Extremely high attention to detail and very strong organizational skills.
  • Good judgment and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously with efficiency and poise.
  • A high degree of professionalism, able to work well with colleagues, vendors, contractors and various stakeholders.
  • A high degree of integrity, trustworthiness and flexibility.
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States.
  • Strong commitment to Malala Fund’s mission, purpose and values.
  • Strong commitment to gender equality, anti-racism, anti-discrimination, decolonisation and social justice
  • Strong commitment to professional development and continued learning.
  • Excellent team player with ability to work independently and in collaboration with colleagues at all levels across departments and external stakeholders.
  • Past experience with contracts, grant-making, budget management, IT project management, and/or financial reporting strongly preferred.
  • Experience with Sage Intacct, Concur Invoice/Expense, and enterprise budgeting software

Malala Fund is committed to racial equity and social justice. We actively seek applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities, to provide a wide range of perspectives, ideas, views and insights into the strategy, policies, culture and ambitions of Malala Fund. We would particularly welcome applications from candidates who have lived in countries in which Malala Fund is operating.

IV. About Malala Fund

Registered as a public charity in the U.K. and U.S., Malala Fund is working toward a world where all girls can learn and lead. With more than 130 million girls out of school today, we're breaking down barriers that hold girls back.

Malala Fund advocates for resources and policy changes needed to give all girls a secondary education. The girls we serve have high goals for themselves and we have high expectations for leaders who can help them. We invest in local education leaders and front-line organisations — the people who best understand girls in their communities — in regions where most girls are missing out on secondary school. We give girls the tools they need to advocate for education and equality in their communities and a platform for the world to hear their voices. We believe girls should speak for themselves and tell leaders what they need to learn and achieve their potential.

V. How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter through the application link by 17 October 2021.

Please note that due to the very high number of applications we receive when positions are posted, we are only able to respond directly to candidates with whom we wish to move forward in the interview process.

Malala Fund is an inclusive organisation and welcomes applications from under-represented and intersectional groups including BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and persons with disabilities. We are seeking people from different backgrounds, cultures, age, experience and identities, to provide a wide range of experience, ideas, views and insights into the strategy, policies, culture and ambitions of Malala Fund.

Malala Fund is committed to ensuring the safety of those involved in our work. Our first priority is protecting everyone who comes in direct or indirect contact with our organisation. Malala Fund has a zero-tolerance approach to abuse and exploitation by any of our staff, representatives or partners. We commit to ensuring that those who work with Malala Fund or on our behalf are able to work in an environment that is free from harm. To this end, Malala Fund reserves the right to conduct background checks on prospective and current employees.