Grants Accountant

Skid Row Housing Trust (the “Trust”) is a nationally recognized nonprofit corporation that produces, preserves, and operates supportive housing in and around downtown Los Angeles. The Trust serves the poorest and most vulnerable people in Los Angeles, including homeless individuals and those who may become homeless. Our VISION is that all residents of downtown Los Angeles have a home that is affordable and safe.
The Trust develops, manages and operates affordable homes for the homeless in the Los Angeles area. The Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that owns and operates 26 properties and is developing two properties that will be in operation in the next two years. Most of the properties receive subsidies under the Section 8 program through the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles.


Working under the direction of the Director of Finance and Accounting and working closely with the Fund Development Manager and the Resident Services Manager, the Grants Accountant is responsible for post-award grant administration, managing grant records and reporting procedures and timetables, and other related accounting duties relating to allocating costs to the departments of the Trust and to its related entities. The Grants Accountant exercises independent judgment and discretion and is responsible for making recommendations to improve grant reporting procedures and compliance. The duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Provides general grant administration by managing grant records and reporting procedures and timetables;
  • Prepares ledger entries to maintain grant activity accounts;
  • Prepares reimbursement packages for requesting funds;
  • Prepares and files fiscal reports required of the grant;
  • Monitors grants to assure compliance with policies for expenditures;
  • Maintains the fiscal management of grants and contracts in accordance with government regulations, and donor requirements;
  • Gathers and analyzes all necessary supporting documents to support reimbursement requests;
  • Assists the accounting department by allocating payroll and other costs to the appropriate departments within the Trust and to its related entities;
  • Prepares and generates financial reports for a variety of reporting requirements to funders and for Skid Row Housing Trust analysis;
  • Assists with reporting program and financial information quarterly and/or annually to the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles on all Shelter Plus Care (SPC) and HUD Section 8 grants and to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority on all Supportive Housing Program (SHP) grants;
  • Assists with collecting, maintaining, and updating monthly supportive services financial (match) data received from all Trust Resident Services Coordinators;
  • Monitors and maintains personnel systems based on grant requirements; and
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Finance and Accounting.

Supervisory Responsibilities
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The
requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required
Individual must be a self-starter, be able to take initiative, and make good decisions under pressure. Individual must
be able to work well with employees and colleagues at all levels.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or degree in accounting, finance or business preferred;
  • Three (3) to five (5) years’ experience in governmental and private funders grants accounting and reporting;
  • Working knowledge of intermediate accounting and government grant compliance procedures.
    Language Skills
  • Able to read, write and speak English;
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical procedures, and/or governmental regulations;
  • Ability to write clear reports and other types of business correspondence;
  • Ability to comprehend and effectively manage daily assignments;
  • A proven ability to interact well with all levels in an organization and to work as a productive team member;
  • Able to communicate effectively with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
    Mathematical Skills
  • Ability to analyze and monitor financial statements and budgets and other reports; and
  • Ability to work with basic mathematical concepts as applied to accounting such as fractions, percentages,
    ratios, and proportions to practical solutions.

Reasoning and Critical Thinking Skills

  • Ability to apply logical thinking to effectively manage and solve problems, research and recommend resolution of unusual issues;
  • Effectively handle situations with complex variables where only limited information exists.

Computer Skills

  • Computer literacy to include moderate to high typing skills, ability to work with Microsoft Office applications such as Word and Excel and the ability to learn new software, as needed; and
  • High level of competence with accounting spreadsheet, database and word processing programs required; knowledge of Yardi and/or QuickBooks software a plus.

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to take direction and constructive criticism from the Controller and other management staff;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality;
  • Flexible and adaptable to work plan changes and organizational changes;
  • Ability to prioritize a heavy workload and handle simultaneous tasks; organized and self-motivated, paying close attention to detail;
  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner as a member of a team, demonstrating at all times cooperative behavior with colleagues and supervisors, and relating professionally and maintaining positive relationships with colleagues and co-workers;
  • Relate professionally and maintain positive relationships with owners, regulatory agencies, the community, other professionals, vendors, residents and co-workers;
  • Maintain a professional personal appearance at all time;
  • Ability to understand and follow posted work rules and procedures; and
  • Ability to perform simple and repetitive tasks as well as complex and variable tasks.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Proof of ability to work in the United States.
Compensation: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include, two weeks annual vacation accrual, 10 paid holidays, 10 sick days accrual; company-paid health, dental and vision insurance; STD, LTD, and life insurance. Voluntary benefits include: additional life insurance, critical and accidental insurance, discounted Metro TAP card, and eligibility to participate in 403(b) plan.
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Skid Row Housing Trust is an equal-opportunity employer.
Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.