Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



123 William St., 16th Floor
New York
United States


About the Organization

The Community Development Project (CDP) was founded in 2001 and provides legal, participatory research and policy support to strengthen the work of grassroots and community-based groups in New York City to dismantle racial, economic and social oppression. CDP employs a unique model of partnership with grassroots and community-based groups. Our partners take the lead in determining the priorities and goals for our work, and advance our understanding of justice. We believe in a theory of change where short-term and individual successes help build the capacity and power of our partners, who in turn can have longer-term impact on policies, laws and systems that affect their communities. Our work has greater impact because it is done in connection with organizing, building power and leadership development. Internally, all staff engage in a democratic process of decision-making to help move resolutions along that affect all staff. These decisions can range from the providing input on budgets to reimagining the organizational structure.

CDP’s budget has more than doubled in size in the past two years, mainly through a significant increase in government funding. We are also in the process of spinning off from the Urban Justice Center to become an independent nonprofit organization. These developments have prompted the creation of the Senior Accountant position.

Position Title: Senior Accountant

Position Summary:

The Senior Accountant - Grants and Contracts, reporting to the Director of Finance, assists with the tracking and invoicing of government contracts and subcontractors. This position monitors contract spending and informs contract budget modifications in coordination with Fiscal Office staff, CDP development team, and program staff. The Senior Accountant - Helps oversee the processing of subcontracts in collaboration with CDP Program and Development staff. 

Position Description and Responsibilities


● Review accounts receivable, deposits, miscellaneous expenses, and other financial-related receipts and documents.

● Review accounts payable entries against grant line item budgets to prevent expense overruns.

● Prepare semi-monthly payroll using an HRIS system as well as maintain compliance with Federal, State and City agencies.

● Assist Director of Finance preparing year end audit schedules.

● Maintain the accuracy of general company ledgers and analyzing accounts.


● Prepare contract budgets, budget modifications, fiscal reports and related documents for funders.

● Maintain a calendar of deadlines for renewing contract-related documents and communicate deadlines and requirements to CDP staff

● Produce and analyze regular contract budget-to-actual variance reports and distribute to CDP management

● Maintain records and required filings for all government-funded CDP contracts and foundation grants according to grantor rules and regulations

● Maintain current knowledge of local, state and federal policies and procedures and ensure contracts compliance based on these policies and procedures


● Upon execution of a subcontractor agreement, in coordination with CDP Development staff, review and approve subcontractor budgets, ensuring compliance with funder requirements

● Review subcontractor invoices and submit to the Fiscal Office for payment

● Monitor subcontractor spending, and provide subcontractors with regular budget-to-actual reports

● Review and approve subcontractor budget modifications


● Support the Director of Finance in budgeting processes, as well as preparation and execution of regular budget workshop/presentations for all staff, so that staff can make informed shared decision about financial activities

Timeline and Salary

The anticipated start date for this position is October 2018.

We offer a competitive salary based on experience along with an excellent benefits package, including generous vacation, personal, sick time, and strong medical and dental coverage. We also offer paid access to professional development opportunities (related trainings, workshops and/or conferences).

This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW, Local 2230.

Candidate Qualifications


● Bachelors or Associates degree with a focus on Accounting, Finance, Public Administration, or related field, with 3-5 years of experience in non-profit accounting or grants management

● Experience with non-profit grants and contracts management preferred


● Proficiency in MS Excel

● Proficiency in Fund EZ preferred

● Strong quantitative analytical ability

● Proficient in planning and organization

● Excellent attention to detail and strong proofreading skills

● Ability to work independently or collaboratively and with minimal supervision

●  Familiarity with government contract compliance a strong plus

●  Demonstrated commitment to social justice issues is strongly preferred

To Apply

Interested applicants should apply immediately by emailing a cover letter addressed to Humberto Saddler, and CV/résumé to Please include in your cover letter (1) the title of the position in the subject line of your email and (2) where you found the position posting If possible, please email all documents as a single PDF. Applications must be received by September 24, 2018 and will be considered on a rolling basis.

CDP is an equal opportunity employer. CDP encourages applications from people with diverse backgrounds, including women, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, people from low income backgrounds, and people with personal experience with the criminal justice system. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities we serve.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree