Staff Accountant

  • Full-time

Company Description

The Global Development Incubator (GDI) partners with social entrepreneurs and subject matter experts to build startups and collaboratives that can address some of the world’s toughest global development challenges. We play a mix of the strategist and implementer role to spin out new organizations over 24–36 months. Throughout each stage of our process, we bring together the right partners and resources across sectors—including corporations, nonprofits, governments, and foundations—to help game-changing ideas scale their impact and prepare them for long-term success. GDI currently retains a mostly remote workforce with major clusters of staff in New York, Washington, DC, Hong Kong, and Nairobi. We anticipate establishing an office in India in 2022.

Job Description

The Staff Accountant will support a growing Finance and Operations team at an efficient and high-performing international organization. This role will be responsible for accurately maintaining the organization’s accounting records, along with the accounting records of a selection of our subsidiaries and incubated initiatives. The position requires initiative and resourcefulness in problem solving, analyzing trends and patterns to propose new procedures, and maintaining strong relationships with internal and external customers. Like every position at GDI, staff are expected to exercise a high degree of autonomy while assuming significant responsibility and are strongly encouraged to make recommendations to strengthen their work and the organization.

This position offers the opportunity to provide critical early stage contributions to new organizations that are posed to make significant impact by exploring new solutions to solve key social issues.

This position reports to the Controller.


  • Perform the full cycle of accounts payable and disbursements functions ensuring timely payments and accurate recordkeeping
  • Perform the full cycle of accounts receivable and receipts functions ensuring timely processing and accurate recordkeeping
  • Develop and maintain electronic filing systems for accounting files
  • Manage accounting schedules, perform bank reconciliation, payroll allocation, prepare and enter month-end closing entries, including allocation of costs and recognition of revenue
  • Monitor project expenditure to ensure compliance with budget, internal policies, grant terms, and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Support financial oversight of sub-recipients, assuring the reasonableness of expenditures, compliance with budget, grant terms, and GAAP
  • Support the annual audit and preparation of tax forms and filings
  • Provide additional support to the Finance and Operations team as needed


Required Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting, and a minimum of 2-3 years of progressive experience in a similar position
  • Advanced Excel skills and experience with QuickBooks or other accounting systems required
  • Proficiency with General Accepted Accounting Principles required
  • Excellent organization, attention to detail, and data management skills required
  • Excellent time management skills with proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to explain complex technical information in simple terms to different stakeholders is required
  • Strong desire to learn new skills and comfort working in an evolving environment
  • Proven aptitude to manage and juggle many competing priorities is essential
  • Able to move fluidly between collaborative and independent work styles
  • Curious and entrepreneurial mindset

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with 2 CFR 200, experience with FAR and AIDAR desirable
  • Experience working with non-U.S. donors, partners, and implementers
  • Interest in and commitment to social entrepreneurship and international development

Additional Information

Annual Salary: $70,000 - $80,000

Application Process: Qualified candidates are required to submit their applicationsincluding a detailed CV and a cover letter, outlining their interest in this position and why they would be a good fit. Please note that the cover letter is considered an important aspect of the application and will be evaluated against the qualifications above. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.