Senior Special Programs Accountant

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $68,000
Maximum: $75,000
Details: The annual salary for this position will fall within a range of $68,000 - $75,000, commensurate with experience.




Los Angeles
United States


Senior Special Programs Accountant

Reports to: Compliance Manager

Classification: Full-time, Exempt, Salaried

Start Date: Immediately

Location: Los Angeles, CA




Green Dot Public Schools is a non-profit charter management organization driven by the mission to transform public education so that ALL students graduate prepared for college, leadership, and life. Green Dot operates 30 public schools in historically disadvantaged communities in Los Angeles, Tennessee and Washington. As one of the three largest charter management organizations in the nation, Green Dot schools consistently achieve outstanding academic outcomes through innovative college-preparatory curriculums, collaborative and personalized teaching methods, and strong support systems for both students and staff.


Outside of the classroom, Green Dot schools provide a rich array of after-school programs and services for students so that they have safe, educational and enjoyable opportunities after the bell rings. Additionally, Green Dot strongly believes in community empowerment. Schools regularly organize events that bring together students, parents, educators and political leaders to advocate for active civic engagement and unity. Since 1999, Green Dot has been a celebrated leader in closing discrepancies in access to high-quality educational opportunities, regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status.



The Senior Special Programs Accountant focuses on the core work of evaluating, supporting and renewing funding for special programs that are in alliance with the mission of Green Dot Public Schools. The Senior Special Programs Accountant will develop improved tools, processes and approaches to ensure that Green Dot Public Schools fulfills the requirements related to operating programs funded with federal, state, local, and private funding. The Senior Special Programs Accountant will collaborate with other departments, in particular Development, Knowledge Management, Education Team and Operations to assist GDPS in complying with private, local, state, and federal program requirements. The Senior Special Programs Accountant will also assist with the collection and analysis of data to demonstrate financial sustainability of the grant funded programs.



> Provide fiscal oversight and guidance in special program requirements (ex. ESSA School-Wide Programs, Special Education, complex private grants, etc.)

> Gain a thorough working knowledge of all restricted support arrangements, including local, state, and federal grants, in order to ensure that all reporting requirements and other terms of the agreements are met

> Support the Compliance Manager in responding to inquiries related to the grant funded programs

> Determine classification and treatment of revenues and expenses related to grant funding, and prepare journal entries to classify revenues and expenses in accordance with GAAP and grant requirements

> Coordinate and monitor compliance with the charters, federal, state, and GDPS obligations as they relate to grand funded programs

> Coordinate and assist in development of budgets for grant-funded programs. Work closely with program managers, Accounting, and Finance teams to manage budgets and ensure funds are fully utilized> Project manage and ensure timely submission of non-competitive grant applications, periodic reports, and ad-hoc data requests

> Perform analysis of grant expenses, revenues, and receivables ensuring accuracy and compliance with accounting standards and grant requirements

> Forecast grant financial performance

> Prepare expense reports and submit reimbursement claims for grant-funded programs

> Coordinate time and effort allocation completion and collection process to ensure that time accounting responsibilities are met for grant-funded programs

> Collaborate with GDPS departments to identify and overcome system obstacles to program success

> Assist the Compliance Team in creating reports to increase efficiency

> Assist the Finance & Accounting Department in Financial, District, Federal, and State audits, including school-site visits

> Coordinate and assist the completion of grant compliance reviews and audits from external agencies

> Attend on-site and off-site professional development trainings/workshops to ensure the Finance & Accounting department and other stakeholders are current on policies, requirements, and best practices

> Contribute to the development of strong Finance & Accounting department that reflects operational best practices

> Special projects and other duties as assigned


This job operates in a professional office environment, is largely sedentary, and utilizes typical office equipment (computers, phones, photocopiers, etc.). Normal business hours are 8:30am – 5:30pm, Monday-Friday (although these hours may vary and may require occasional evening and weekend work based on organizational needs). Minimal or no travel required, other than visits to local school sites (as needed).



> Bachelor’s degree or higher in accounting, finance or related field

> Minimum 3 years accounting/auditing experience or grant management experience or combination of the three

> Experience in education, non-profits, government, or grants management is a plus

> Experience preparing and reviewing journal entries is required

> CPA, CMA or MBA is a plus

> Knowledge and/or interest in charter school operations and federal/state regulations surrounding grant funded programs (ex. Every Student Succeeds Act, CA Charter School law)

> Solid foundation and knowledge of GAAP, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), OMB A-133

> Experience managing multiple projects simultaneously

> Excellent organization, prioritization, analytical, oral, and written communication skills

> Strong Microsoft Excel proficiency is desired

> Report writing experience is a plus

> Detail oriented, efficient and accurate

> Flexibility to work in a fast-paced environment

> Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, but also ability to work independently and be an independent thinker

> Ability to build and/or strengthen relationships with external stakeholders

> Familiarity with and willingness to learn about and utilize technology to improve communication, collaboration, and productivity

> High level of personal responsibility and drive towards ambitious goals

> Strong sense of integrity, ethics, and drive to achieve and grow

> Dependability, humility, sense of humor, and a rock-solid commitment to Green Dot’s mission and the communities we serve

> Valid CA Driver’s License

> Must be able to pass a TB test and background check at time of offer


The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to perform the job.


We offer a comprehensive benefits plan including (but not limited to) medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and retirement options. We also provide generous time off to support overall work-life balance while giving employees the opportunity to impact a growing, mission-driven organization that is committed to the success of all students.


Level of Language Proficiency

> Excellent organization, prioritization, analytical, oral, and written communication skills

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

We require all candidates to complete an online application at

Only those applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted. We are looking to fill this position immediately.


Green Dot Public Schools is a fair chance and equal opportunity employer. As such, Green Dot is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all applicants, without regard to their actual or perceived race, religious creed (including religious dress or grooming practices), color, national origin or ancestry (including native language spoken), physical or mental disability (including HIV or AIDS), medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics), genetic information, marital status (including registered domestic partnership status), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), gender (including gender identity and expression), parental status, age (forty (40) and over), sexual orientation, Civil Air Patrol status, military and veteran status, citizenship, immigration status or any other consideration protected by federal, state or local law. Please note that we are unable to sponsor H1-B Visa applicants.