Director, Grants Management and Financial Analysis

TITLE: Director, Grants Management and Financial Analysis
REPORTS TO: Chief Financial Officer
LOCATION: Washington, DC or remote

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American Rivers is championing a national effort to protect and restore all rivers, from remote mountain streams to urban waterways. Healthy rivers provide people and nature with clean, abundant water and natural habitat. For 50 years, American Rivers staff, supporters, and partners have shared a common belief: Life Depends on Rivers℠.

American Rivers centers the ongoing work of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in all that we do. The beauty of rivers is that they connect all people and communities, and we seek to build and embody this diversity in our organization and throughout the conservation field. The life experiences, knowledge, innovation, and talent that everyone brings to our work provides perspectives, experiences, and competencies which are critical to our effectiveness in protecting wild rivers, restoring damaged rivers, and conserving clean water for people and nature.


The Director, Grants Management and Financial Analysis is responsible for monitoring, supporting, and ensuring effective life cycle administration, grant and contract budget management, and compliance for grants from foundations, federal and state agencies, and other non-profit organizations. Responsibilities include ensuring sound fiscal management and reporting to foundations, federal and state agencies, and other non-profits; coordinating with program managers to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of grant and contract agreements as well as the organization’s accounting policies and procedures; coordinating with Legal on interpreting and implementing requirements of OMB Uniform Guidance, cost principles and audit requirements; and assisting program staff in monitoring sub-recipient awards. The Director, Grants Management and Financial Analysis will also work closely with Advancement and program staff on grant budget preparation, establish cost tracking methodologies to ensure that costs are necessary and reasonable and are treated consistently per all contract provisions, GAAP, OMB Uniform Guidance, and other applicable circulars and best practices, and ensure that reimbursable costs are invoiced and collected timely.


  • Manage the organization’s grants administration processes.
  • Work closely with Conservation and Advancement staff to ensure sound management of all foundation, federal, and state grant funds, including the development of proposal budgets and the management and tracking of grant funds.
  • Provide expertise on grant compliance and interpretation of OMB Circulars and all applicable regulations, policies, and procedures in collaboration with finance staff. Interprets applicable regulations and translates into operational policies as required.
  • Monitor all expenses to guard against unallowable costs and ensure that all funding is appropriately spent per grant terms and deadlines.
  • Obtain an understanding of internal controls over the compliance requirements and related audit objectives, selected cost items, allowable and unallowable costs, and standard methodologies.
  • Assist program managers in complying with grant financial and program requirements. Track remaining funds available, communicate routinely with program managers regarding available fund balances and spend-down plans, and prepare internal and external fiscal reports.
  • Oversee financial reporting for foundation and government grants, including the preparation of required federal and state forms, draws, and reimbursement requests.
  • Oversee invoicing for professional services contracts and other reimbursement-based grants.
  • Lead the development of grant proposal budgets for new awards.
  • Provide support and coordination with Legal in reviewing sub-grant agreements for prime grantor compliance and financial reporting.
  • In conjunction with program managers, review and monitor agreements with sub-grantees and consultants to ensure adherence to policies, procedures, and reporting requirements.
  • Act as liaison to auditors regarding federal grant awards.
  • Manage accounts and login credentials for government online portals/systems and ensure they are regularly updated and documented.
  • Establish Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement for federal funder approval.


  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or business.
  • Minimum 9 years relevant experience including management of federal grants, sub-grants, and audits under the Uniform Guidance.
  • Knowledge of GAAP, OMB Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200, indirect cost rate development, and other federal grant regulations.
  • Expertise with Microsoft Office applications.
  • Experience with accounting software, Sage Intacct preferred.
  • Must be detail-oriented and able to manage multiple projects with aggressive timelines; ability to manipulate, analyze and interpret data.
  • Ability to work with a range of personalities and working styles of staff at all levels within the organization.
  • Team player and demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues to advance an organization’s broader goals and meet deadlines.
  • Self-motivated and able to work both independently and as part of a geographically dispersed team.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidences.

Candidates who are unsure if they meet all minimum qualifications or who have transferrable skills and experience beyond the conservation sector are encouraged to apply

The salary range for this position is $71,196-$107,00  annually depending upon qualifications and experience. Full-time employee benefits include health, dental, and life insurance; a retirement plan, training budget, sick leave, 11 paid holidays, four weeks of paid vacation, paid sabbaticals every seven years, and a 3% retirement match. American Rivers offers TIAA-CREF Social Choice, including green impact, as an investment option.

Our community’s core values motivate us to Lead with Collaboration and Trust, Infuse Equity and Justice, Deliver Results, and Ensure Staff and Volunteers Thrive. American Rivers offers staff professional development and training opportunities, engages in equitable hiring and retention practices, has taken the Green 2.0 pay equity pledge and participates in the transparency report, and hosts People of Color, Accessibility, LGBTQAI+, Women’s Leadership, Parents and Caregivers, and DEIJ affinity groups and committees led by staff and board members.

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates of all personal and professional backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


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Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and list of three references at:

No phone calls please.

Special Requirements:

American Rivers is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request reasonable accommodation, please contact the Human Resources department at 202-243-7050 or Please note that one week’s advance notice is preferred.

Applicant must be legally allowed to work as an employee in the United States.

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Candidates of all personal and professional backgrounds are encouraged to apply

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