Senior Accountant

Posted by
Malala Fund
Washington, DC
Published 19 days ago

I. Position Summary

Reporting to the Controller, the Senior Accountant will have primary responsibility for Malala Fund’s U.S. accounting transactions and payroll, as well as lead 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 candidates interested in joining a growing nonprofit led by one of the world’s foremost advocates for girls’ education. The Senior Accountant will liaise across all departments and will be one of the organization’s key personnel in ensuring accurate U.S. financial information.

II. Responsibilities

  • Project manages Malala Fund’s U.S. accounting transactions cycles and bi-monthly U.S. payroll and monthly employee benefits allocations.
  • Serves as the primary administrator for the accounts payable and expense reporting tool.
  • Acts as lead project manager for financial systems evaluation and improvement projects, including assisting the Controller in choosing new systems as needed.
  • Project manages existing and future financial system integrations.
  • Prepares monthly reporting packages for the CEO, COO, Controller and Board of Directors.
  • Reconciles various general ledger accounts and prepares cost allocation journal entries on a monthly basis.
  • Assists with the compilation of Malala Fund’s $20 million+ annual budget and in the creation and upkeep of project budgets.
  • Works with the Programmes team to refine and improve Malala Fund’s grantee payment process, as well as tracking new and existing grants against restricted donations.
  • Working with the fundraising team, reviews, reconciles and prepares a reconciliation report package for the revenue account each month.
  • Serves as the primary day-to-day contact for the annual audit, preparation of annual IRS filings and annual 1099-MISC reporting.
  • Researches and presents new emerging accounting guidance.
  • Performs other financial tasks as requested by the Controller.
  • 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 relevant experience working in finance, accounting or a related field.
  • Extremely high attention to detail and very strong organisational skills.
  • Good judgment and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously with efficiency and poise.
  • A high degree of professionalism, able to manage strategic relationships with vendors, contractors and various stakeholders.
  • A high degree of integrity, trustworthiness and flexibility.
  • 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
  • Experience working in for non-profit organisations

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 in the U.S., U.K., Nigeria and Pakistan 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.

Malala Fund is currently a 65-person team with an expected budget of $21 million in FY2022. Our competitive U.S. benefits package includes 100% employer-paid healthcare for full-time employees, their partners and all dependents; a 3% retirement contribution; flexible working hours; and four months of fully paid parental leave.


V. How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter to the through the application link by 13 December 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.

I. Position Summary

Reporting to the Controller, the Senior Accountant will have primary responsibility for Malala Fund’s U.S. accounting transactions and payroll, as well as lead monthly financial statement preparation. They will serve as…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
  • Application Deadline
    December 13, 2021
USD $76,900 - USD $81,600
/ year



Malala Fund seeks to enable staff to build for their future and therefore offers a 403(b) plan for employee retirement savings. Malala Fund matches employee contributions up to 3%, without a vesting period.

Health Insurance:

Malala Fund currently offers a PPO health plan provided by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. The current plan is 100% employer-paid, including for employees’ spouses and dependents. The plan includes a high deductible ($2,000 for individuals / $4,000 for families), however, these costs are offset by an HRA debit card to cover the entirety of deductible amounts. Malala Fund also offers 100% employer-paid dental insurance provided by Guardian and 100% employer-paid vision coverage provided by CareFirst.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs):

To ensure that staff have the option of saving pretax income for important costs, Malala Fund offers FSA options to employees. Staff have the option of automatically setting aside their own pretax income for medical expenses ($2,700 annual max), dependent care ($5,000 max), and transportation expenses ($3,180 max).

Life Insurance:

Malala Fund’s life insurance coverage provides a payout of one year’s salary, up to $250,000.

Vacation Leave:

Malala Fund provides 15 days of paid vacation leave, which is accrued at a rate of five hours per pay period. Vacation leave is capped at 160 hours annually.

Volunteer Leave:

Malala Fund offers 10 hours of volunteer leave available upon hire. Qualifying time must take place during normal business hours.

Sick/Personal Leave:

Malala Fund provides 10 days of fully paid sick/personal leave accrued at a rate of 3.33 hours per pay period. Sick/personal leave is capped at 120 hours annually.

Parental Leave

Malala Fund offers 120 calendar days of paid parental leave at 100% salary. This policy also applies to adoptive and foster parents of a child.

Other Benefits:

Malala Fund provides a mobile phone reimbursement of Malala Fund reserves the right to amend or cancel the terms and conditions of all benefits at its discretion. $75 per month (with additional reimbursements for international, work-related calls). In addition, Malala Fund provides a $200 reimbursement for a new mobile phone when employees start 


Malala Fund seeks to enable staff to build for their future and therefore offers a 403(b) plan for employee retirement savings. Malala Fund matches employee…


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
Associated Location
1923 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA

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