Lead Accountant

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $96,970.00
Maximum: $126,062.00
Details: GS-13



Application Deadline:



1700 North Moore Street
Suite 1700
United States


Note that this position requires the ability to acquire and maintain a Secret security clearance, and therefore is limited to US citizens only.


This position is located in the Washington, DC headquarters office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT/W). The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) is a nonprofit corporation established by Public Law 96-8. It is incorporated in the District of Columbia and operates under contract with the Department of State and other federal agencies. Because the United States does not maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan, unofficial relations are carried out pursuant to the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 (TRA). Under the TRA, all programs, transactions and other relations conducted or carried out by the President or any agency of the U.S. Government with respect to Taiwan are done so by or through AIT. 

AIT has revenues and expenses of approximately $60 million annually and its funding derives from two categories: 1) “CORE funding” which comes from several sources (Congressional appropriation and miscellaneous fees and, 2) reimbursable contracts with federal agencies. Line items featured in AIT/W’s accounting and budget system include personnel salaries and benefits, rental payments, fee for service, travel and transportation of employees, communications, utilities, office equipment, supplies and materials and other services.


This position will serve as the lead Accountant for AIT/W. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:  

  • Establish and maintain the automated accounting system for accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash management and banking in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). 
  • Ensure compliance with appropriate accounting procedures and principles to reflect income, assets and liabilities accurately. 
  • Generate all journal entries. 
  • Perform a detailed monthly review of the general ledger, investigate and resolve known differences, if any. 
  • Audit vendor invoices and schedule payments. 
  • Perform the maintenance and preparation of all supporting and reconciling schedules .
  • Review bank reconciliations and any schedules prepared by the Staff Accountant.
  • Maintain general ledger for AIT/W and prepare financial reports.
  • Lead in the preparation of a consolidated financial statement in coordination with AIT/T.
  • Oversee and coordinate with AIT/T preparations for annual audits and tax filings. Prepare tax filings to include the 990, 5500, W-2s, and 1099s.
  • Work with AIT’s Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR-A) and other USG agencies to resolve funding issues. 
  • Invoice USG agencies that receive administrative support from AIT/Taiwan for reimbursement and IDC (indirect cost) charges. Track contract balances and related information.
  • Participate in AIT financial management decision-making and advises senior management on financial requirements, policies, and areas where improvements are required. 
  • Analyze accounting systems, identify and solve a variety of accounting problems as they arise. 
  • Participate in the annual budget formulation process determined by the USG.
  • Maintain, analyze, and advise on the company’s investments.
  • Track visa processing fee revenues.


Experience: Bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance with seven/eight or more years’ experience in nonprofit accounting environments with direct experience related to accounts payable, accounts receivable, invoicing, government contracts, account analysis, and journal entries. CPA and nonprofit experience highly desirable.

AIT operates a stand-alone accounting system that must meet various different requirements—e.g. OMB and IRS requirements for nonprofit organizations, AIT-specific legislation (Taiwan Relations Act, P.L. 96-8), the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) and the Foreign Affairs Handbook (FAH). The incumbent must often find new ways to bring AIT into compliance with all these requirements, which are not always in agreement with each other.

The incumbent reports to the AIT/W Executive Director (GS-14). 

Your application package will also be reviewed against the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) listed below. Please address each KSA as thoroughly as possible.


  1. Demonstrated ability to interact successfully with all levels of individuals.
  2. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  3. Knowledge of federal government budget methods, principles and processes.
  4. Knowledge of the OMB Super-Circular and how it applies to nonprofits.
  5. Ability to plan effectively and evaluate and direct program activities.
  6. Knowledge of nonprofit rules & regulations.
  7. Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply



 Mail your resume and a narrative addressing the KSAs noted above to:

American Institute in Taiwan

Attention: Dan Christenson/Teresa Hoggard

1700 N. Moore Street, Suite 1700

Arlington, VA 22209

Alternately, applicants may email their resume and a narrative addressing the KSAs noted above to:

Teresa Hoggard    hoggardt@state.gov or   Dan Christenson   christensondb@state.gov

 Applications must be postmarked or time stamped by the closing date and arrive at AIT by COB on March 23, 2018. All material submitted will become the property of AIT.

 For additional information regarding this announcement, please email or call either of the two individuals listed below:

 Teresa Hoggard    hoggardt@state.gov        (703) 525-8474

Dan Christenson   christensondb@state.gov (703) 525-8474