Careers

Unless otherwise noted, all positions listed below are with the National Endowment for Democracy. Please read the descriptions and follow the instructions when applying.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world. Read more about the NED.

Applicants must include a cover letter, resume and completed application. Incomplete applications may not be considered.

Full-time positions

Consultant Opportunity

Internships 

NED’s intern program runs during the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters.  Students with a strong interest in the study and support of democracy around the world are encouraged to apply.  All internships are unpaid and candidates must be registered students, enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate-level program; and able to receive college credit or transcript notation of participation in our program for each semester of the internship.  An independent study option, if approved by your university, is also possible.  Available internships are listed below.  All internships are posted until filled.

Summer 2018 Interns

2018 Intern Schedule:

  • Fall 2018 Interns – begin Monday, September 10th; Applications will be accepted beginning May 1st

Full-time Positions

Program Officer, Tibet and South Asia – (Job #1820)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Program Officer, Tibet and South Asia.  This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary: 

The Program Officer will work with the regional director and senior program staff to manage the Endowment’s grants program for Tibet and South Asia, including monitoring and assessment of projects.

Responsibilities:  

  • Provide strategic and programmatic guidance to NED Tibet and South Asia grantees, including assisting them with program development and design, offering creative solutions to political and technical challenges, providing administrative advice, and facilitating contact with like-minded organizations throughout the region.
  • Work closely and flexibly with a diverse range of activists in media, human rights, rule of law, conflict resolution, civic education and other areas.
  • Monitor political developments in Tibet and select countries in South Asia to inform NED strategies and programming, including reading various US- and regional-based publications, meeting with regional political analysts and other partners, keeping abreast of the changing political environment, and actively coordinating with other team members on their country portfolios.
  • Oversee the implementation of NED-approved projects, including analysis of quarterly reports, providing feedback on implemented activities, maintaining continuous communication over the grant cycle, and conducting regular field visits.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and the institutional growth of NED grantees, and recommend renewed and new funding.
  • Build and maintain relationships with like-minded organizations, including other donors, NED partners and regional organizations.
  • Travel to the region to monitor existing grantees, identify new funding opportunities for NED, and gain an on the-ground perspective on the political situation. The visits include on-site meetings with all or most NED grantees, meetings with core institutes, potential civil society partners, other donors active in the country, and political analysts and opinion-makers.
  • Think creatively about how to improve team effectiveness, including suggestions for new team processes, improving grantee-reporting guidelines, communicating with other teams at NED, etc.
  • Liaise with other NED teams; participate in various working groups, and other efforts to improve NED’s overall functioning and effectiveness.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Political Science, International Development or a related discipline; Master’s degree preferred.
  • At least 5 years of experience in democracy-related projects and programs from the civil society perspective; significant experience in nonprofit work.
  • Significant experience living, working or studying in South Asia.
  • Other Qualifications: 
  • In-depth understanding of political issues and trends in Tibet and South Asia;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and at least one of the following languages: Tibetan, Nepali, or Hindi – Tibetan is preferred;
  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in multi-ethnic, multi-national environment;
  • Solid analytical skills;
  • Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure;
  • High degree of organization and initiative;
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team player, including coordination and facilitation skills.

To Apply:

Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, completed NED employment application, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references.  Please send to jobs@ned.org, with Job #1820 – Program Officer, Tibet and South Asia and YOUR NAME in the subject line.  The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.  Please, no phone call inquiries.


Public Affairs Officer – (Job #1811)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Public Affairs Officer to join the office of Government Relations and Public Affairs. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Public Affairs Officer will assist the Senior Director of Public Affairs in the development, design, and content of publications and other media explaining the Endowment and its work to the public. Principal responsibilities include writing and editing materials communicating the Endowment’s mission and explaining its programs. This includes working closely with NED leadership, regional teams, and various NED initiatives to produce NED’s Annual Report; leading production of regular email newsletters featuring compelling stories that demonstrate NED’s effectiveness and impact; development of content for website and social media and other publications and materials as needed. Participate as a member of public affairs team on special projects including events and press as needed.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage the Annual Report production and printing
  • Produce and provide content and design for regular e-newsletters
  • Distribution of NED bulk email communication via CRM database and Click Dimensions
  • Provide website and social media content.
  • Design and coordinate the production of event materials (invitations, programs, etc.)
  • Design and coordinate the production of NED collateral materials, brochures, stationery, etc.
  • Be an editorial and creative resource to NED staff
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree;
    • Minimum 5+ years professional experience in writing, editing and desktop publishing;
    • Proven experience in layout and design using InDesign, Photoshop, Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office;
    • Familiarity with WordPress and HTML;
  • Other Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated experience developing and maintaining positive external relations;
  • Demonstrated interest in International Affairs;
  • Solid understanding of the NED’s mission and civil society issues;
    • Superior written communication skills, experience with feature-style writing (600-800 words sample required);
  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.

To Apply:

Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, feature-style writing sample (600-800 words), completed NED employment application, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org. Please, no phone call inquiries.


Assistant Digital Producer – (Job #1818)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, and is seeking an Assistant Digital Producer. The position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Assistant Digital Producer supports the Digital Producer and works closely with the Public Affairs team in the production of NED’s digital content.

Responsibilities:

Responsible for assisting in the production of NED’s digital content and supporting NED’s digital content strategy. Includes production of primarily video, as well as photo, podcasts/audio, photo shoots, and graphics. Responsible for regularly editing videos into short-form packages for web distribution, plus the management of live streaming of events.

  • Produce a variety of short videos including events, trailers, interviews and features.
  • Report success of videos with metrics included in monthly report.
  • Assist with site updates/social media promotion.
  • Assist with organization and maintenance of digital asset manager.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s Degree (in Communications a plus); Minimum of 1 year of experience.
    • Demonstrated web and multimedia skills, including experience with Adobe Premiere (Final Cut experience a plus, but Adobe necessary) and compressing video for the web;
    • Shooting experience in both long and short videos desired;
    • Experience with animation and motion graphics desired;
    • Experience with WordPress preferred.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Sample reel of video work is required;
    • Strong background in short-form video editing for web and social media highly desired.
    • Strong familiarity with web-based technologies, including social networking tools, Frame.io, stock video websites, Youtube and Vimeo;
    • Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Competencies:
    • Able to manage a high level of detail across multiple projects;
    • Ability to trouble shoot and solve problems calmly under pressure;
    • Able to demonstrate flexibility and quickly adapt to changes while maintaining high levels of productivity and effectiveness;
    • Interest in international affairs highly desirable;
    • Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment;
    • Highly professional demeanor, with strong interpersonal and customer service skills to interact effectively with all levels of staff

To Apply:

Applications must include a sample reel of video work, cover letter, resume, desired salary, contact information for three professional references, and a completed NED employment application.

The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information please visit our website at www.ned.org.   Please, no phone calls.


Senior Compliance Manager – (Job #1817)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Senior Compliance Manager. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Senior Compliance Manager will report to the Director of Compliance, and the VP of Grants Operations and Evaluation. The incumbent will contribute to the strengthening of the department’s professional profile within and outside NED; and foster a collaborative and cooperative institutional environment. The position will act as the Endowment’s point of contact for allegations of grantee fraud and their resolution, and will require the development of detection and mitigation strategies. The Senior Manager will manage the department’s innovation efforts ensuring that Compliance policies and procedures include best monitoring practices including the establishment of audit sampling policies, procedures, and techniques.

Responsibilities:

  • Ensure effective management of departmental policies, procedures, and mitigations strategies, and where needed, develop robust fraud prevention efforts to deter instances of grantee mismanagement and/or fraud.
  • Lead the department’s innovation efforts ensuring that these initiatives place the department at the forefront of best auditing practices matched to NED’s uniqueness including the implementation of effective audit sampling policies and procedures.
  • Perform several activities central to the Compliance department’s operational mandate, including:
    • conducting desk reviews of discretionary grantee audit reports;
    • leading the department’s efforts in maintaining and developing audit/compliance policies and procedures;
    • traveling domestically/overseas to conduct on-site financial reviews of grantees; and,
    • supervising the generation of summaries of audit reviews with salient findings, recommendations, and ensuring follow up actions.
  • Lead the Compliance staff, ensuring adherence to departmental and other institutional procedures and fostering their continued professional development.
  • Demonstrate effective representational skills, increasing the profile of the department by presenting at financial workshops and other external venues.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance; MBA is a plus;
    • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and/or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) is required;
    • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is a plus;
    • Other relevant certifications are a plus;
    • 8 + years of increasing audit experience including audits of organizations overseas;
    • Knowledge of Federal regulations including the Federal Uniform Guidance, and GAO’s Yellow Book Auditing Standards.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Ability to manage, direct, and train staff;
    • Ability to detect and resolve allegations of fraud and mismanagement;
    • Ability to implement innovative solutions in auditing;
    • Ability to draft and update policies and procedures;
    • Ability to create and present workshops;
    • Ability to present audit findings with tact and sensitivity;
    • Ability to travel overseas;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Superior managerial and representational skills;
    • Auditing and report writing skills;
    • Fraud detection and resolution skills;
    • Commitment to accuracy and timeliness;
    • Ability to describe technical concepts to non-auditors.

To Apply:

Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, completed NED employment application, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references. Please send to jobs@ned.org, with Job #1817 – SR Compliance MGR – YOUR NAME in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org. Please, no phone call inquiries.


Assistant Program Officer, Africa (Job #1814)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, and seeks an Assistant Program Officer for the Africa regional program team.  This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Assistant Program Officer will work with the regional director and senior program staff to manage and direct the Endowment’s grants program, including monitoring and assessment of projects.

Responsibilities: 

  • Design country strategies based on political developments and NED funding ability;
  • Assess proposals to present at quarterly Board meetings;
  • Travel domestically and internationally on a regular basis;
  • Provide strategic support to the Associate Director, including Africa-related initiatives and events;
  • Monitor and provide compliance assistance to existing grantees;
  • Track political developments around the world;
  • Maintain contacts with organizations and individuals in Washington and abroad working to advance democracy and human rights.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Master’s level education or equivalent knowledge in International Affairs, Political Science, History, or a related discipline is preferred, but not required;
    • At least 3 years of applicable program experience is required;
    • Experience in democracy and nonprofit work is required.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • In-depth knowledge of political issues and trends in Africa;
    • Solid understanding of civil society issues and familiarity with civil society networks and organizations;
    • Fluency in English is required; proficiency in other relevant languages of the region is a benefit;
    • Knowledge of program assessment techniques;
    • Experience in grant-making and democratic development is desirable;
    • Experience in financial management and reporting;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills;
    • Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure;
    • High degree of organization and initiative;
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a team.

To Apply:

Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, completed NED empoyment application, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references.  Please send to jobs@ned.org, with Job #1814 – APO, Africa  – YOUR NAME in the subject line.  The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.  Please, no phone call inquiries.


Controller (Job #1813)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a Congressionally-funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support democracy around the world, seeks a Controller. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Controller provides daily oversight of all finance, accounting and related reporting activities under a current organizational budget of $180M+.  Oversight includes supervision, guidance and development of five (5) staff who have functional responsibility over general accounting, cash management, accounts payable & receivable, and grants accounting.

The Controller ensures that proper systems, procedures, and internal controls are consistently in place to support effective financial and accounting operations, maintain compliance with GAAP and federal compliance, and achieve successful audits. Responsible for delivery of timely financial reporting to both internal and external stakeholders, the Controller also supports the organizational budget process and ongoing forecasting and variance analysis.

Provides leadership in maintaining strong internal communications with staff at all levels throughout the organization, promoting a positive and supportive work environment.  The Controller collaborates closely with grantmaking & democracy promotion teams to ensure solid understanding of finance and accounting policies and procedures, and proactively explores continuous system and process improvements, and ultimately how the finance function and systems can support the efficiency and effectiveness of overall operations.

Responsibilities: 

  • Staff Supervision, Training & Development
  • Mentors and directs the daily work of a diverse team; ensures that all work is processed efficiently during peak workload periods by establishing individual and team priorities.
  • Conducts training for NED staff on finance, travel and accounting policies, procedures and forms utilization as may be needed.
  • Financial Accounting & Compliance
    • Ensures the organization’s compliance with GAAP, federal regulatory, and other donor requirements, as well as NED’s own policies and procedures.
    • Supported by the Assistant Controller, provides review and control services within the accounting group for daily grant, vendor, and employee disbursements.
    • Ensures effective cash management practices, providing oversight for the daily review and approval of federal drawdown requests on approximately ten (10) active U.S. Department of State awards.
  • Financial Reporting, Audit & Tax
    • Responsible for the timely preparation of monthly financial statements and year-end closing.
    • Supports the annual budget process, monitors progress, and draws conclusions on budget & forecasting variances as well as financial position.
    • Generates monthly departmental reporting of budget-to-actual activity and engages in necessary review with budget managers on significant variances.
    • Responsible for quarterly federal financial reporting (i.e. SF-425 filings), and award financial closeouts in collaboration with the grantmaking team.
    • Reviews and/or prepares required schedules and analysis for annual audit and adhoc financial verification audits.
    • Acts as a main point of contract with external auditors during onsite fieldwork.
    • Provides schedules for the annual IRS Form 990 tax information return and completes other tax/regulatory forms.
  • Other Responsibilities
    • Engages in special projects and/or fulfills other duties as may be assigned by the Sr. Director.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance; CPA preferred.
    • 10+ years of progressive experience in accounting and/or auditing, with 3+ years of experience in a managerial role supervising multiple staff.
    • 5+ years of experience in mission-driven, nonprofit organizations subject to federal grants rules and regulations compliance, including demonstrated working knowledge and practical application of OMB cost principles, audit, and administrative requirements.
    • Prior experience in Microsoft Serenic Navigator preferred, with GIFTS experience a plus; advanced knowledge of accounting and reporting software is required.
    • Intermediate to advanced level working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and other Office products.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Demonstrated knowledge of nonprofit accounting principles and practices, budget management, accounting report generation and utilization, and financial analysis.
    • Experience in effectively communicating key data, including staff trainings and presentations to senior management.
    • Willingness to work extra hours during peak workload periods, especially around annual audit.
    • Fluency in spoken and written English; knowledge or fluency in additional languages is a plus.
    • Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Competencies:
    • Paramount professional integrity, honesty, initiative, confidentiality and dependability.
    • Commitment and ability to excel in a fast-paced environment; works effectively under time pressure and meets deadlines.
    • Highly professional demeanor, with strong interpersonal and customer service skills to effectively interact with all levels of staff.
    • Effective trainer for finance and non-finance personnel.
    • Employs team-building, mentoring approach to supervision and working style.
    • Ability to quickly learn new systems, processes and procedures.
    • Flexibility in approach to work processes and tasks.

To Apply:

Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, completed NED employment application, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references.  Please send to jobs@ned.org, with Job #1813 –Controller – YOUR NAME in the subject line.  The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.  Please, no phone call inquiries.


Program Assistant, Grantmaking Resource Center – (Job #1810)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Program Assistant, Grantmaking Resource Center (GRC). This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Program Assistant will coordinate the quarterly proposal process and liaise with the Grantmaking Program staff to assess their needs, implement process changes, develop written guidelines and resources for the Grantmaking Program, maintain the GIFTS Alta grantmaking database, and support learning and best practices in Grantmaking at the NED.

Responsibilities:

  • Working with GRC teammates to support the quarterly board cycle (proposal intake, data entry for all proposals, scheduling review meetings for regional Program staff, Grants, and Compliance, review and tracking of board materials, and preparing for the quarterly board meetings);
  • Act as the front line HelpDesk for GIFTS Alta database, IGAM online application, and process issues;
  • Core member of GIFTS Alta Power Support team;
  • Updating grantee information in tracking sheets and databases and generating periodic reports using the database for various audiences at the NED;
  • Helping to write and edit materials about procedures and technology systems for manuals, guidebooks, and other technical documents;
  • Liaising with the staff of two or more regional sections, Grants, and Compliance to keep the GRC team updated on team news and updating the regional teams on new grant making procedures;
  • Assisting with the orientation of new Regional Program, Grants, and Compliance staff to the Grantmaking Program; databases; IGAM, and any other relevant grantmaking systems;
  • Supporting GRC teammates with their responsibilities outside of preparations for each quarter’s board meetings (routing proposals and reports; recording and posting trainings; updating the intranet; coordinating planning meetings)
  • Maintaining GRC files;
  • Supporting the Director of the Grantmaking Resource Center as needed; and
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of the Grantmaking Resource Center. 

Qualifications:

  • Education
    • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field;
  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • At least 1 year of administrative support experience, preferably at a grantmaking organization or an educational institution;
    • At least 1 year of experience with customer service, student services, counseling, tutoring, teaching, or training;
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Excel experience a plus;
    • Proficient in Microsoft SharePoint and/or grantmaking database a plus.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Working knowledge of politics, economics, and history, and an interest in international affairs;
    • Proficiency in a foreign language preferred;
    • Authorized to work in the United States. 
  • Competencies:
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English;
    • Attention to detail, and ability to meet deadlines;
    • Ability to multi-task and manage diverse activities;
    • Works well in a team environment.

To Apply:

Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, completed NED employment application, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references. Please send to jobs@ned.org, with Job #1810 – PA, GRC and YOUR NAME in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org. Please, no phone call inquiries.


Program Officer, Europe – Belarus (Job #1778)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a Congressionally-funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support democracy around the world, seeks a Program Officer for Eastern Europe.  This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Program Officer will work with the regional program and grants staff to develop and manage the NED’s grants program in the region; contribute to developing the Endowment’s strategy for Eastern Europe, with a particular emphasis on Belarus; set priorities; and monitor and evaluate discretionary and core institute projects in the region.

Responsibilities: 

  • Evaluating project proposals and progress reports;
  • Drafting summaries of proposals to present at quarterly Board of Directors’ meetings;
  • Maintaining regular communication with potential and existing grantees;
  • Monitoring the work of grantees, including regular field visits;
  • Tracking political developments and main players, and informing NED’s strategy for the region;
  • Representing NED’s Europe program at relevant internal and external meetings;
  • Representing the program portfolio before the Board of Directors, the President, congressional committees, government agencies and other entities as needed;
  • Building and maintaining relationships with like-minded organizations, including NED partners, other donors, and regional organizations;
  • Organizing and participating in events to highlight specific democracy-related issues with respect to Eastern Europe.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Master’s level education or equivalent knowledge in International Affairs, International Development, Political Science, History, or a related discipline is required;
    • At least 5 years of prior experience in democracy related and nonprofit work;
    • In-country experience in Eastern Europe or the former Soviet Union preferred; experience working in or on Belarus a strong asset;
    • Proficient in the use of MS Office.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • In-depth understanding of political issues and trends in Eastern and Central Europe and the former Soviet Union;
    • General understanding of closed societies, civil society issues, and familiarity with civil society networks and individual activists in the region;
    • Fluency in Russian is required; knowledge of other regional languages an asset;
    • Strong technical writing skills in English;
    • Experience in program and financial management and reporting;
    • Knowledge of program evaluation techniques;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills in English and Russian;
    • Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure;
    • High degree of organization and initiative;
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a team.

To Apply:

Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, completed NED employment application, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references.  Please send to jobs@ned.org, with Job #1778 – PO, BELARUS – YOUR NAME in the subject line.  The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.  Please, no phone call inquiries.


Budget & Financial Compliance Officer (#1777)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant-making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Budget and Financial Compliance Officer (BFCO). This position is based in Washington, D.C.

The Budget & Financial Compliance Officer supports the Finance managers in ensuring the accurate, complete and timely review and recording of award-based financial transactions, funded by the Department of State and several small private donors. This position works closely with implementing teams on financial analysis, and interprets and provides guidance on both donor regulations and NED policy and procedures compliance. The BFCO is responsible for internal and external project reporting, and proactively monitors budget variances for corrective actions as may be required. Collaborating closely with the Logistics & Procurement Officer, the BFCO acts as the initial reviewer of all organizational procurements, providing guidance to purchasers on compliance requirements and best practices for the full procurement life cycle. The BFCO additionally conducts an initial review on vendor contracts and maintains NED’s contract registry.

Responsibilities:

Budget Management (20%)

  • Supports implementing teams with the development of project budgets and realignment requests. Ensures budget justification narratives are comprehensive and adequately developed in order to assist in successful implementation efforts and reduce potential disallowances of costs.
  • Monitors budget variances and ensures expenses planned by implementing staff and partners are within grant and budgetary guidelines, and that adequate funds are available. Updates project managers on interim financial status and forecasts award spending.       Alerts the implementing project manager to necessary realignments.
  • Supports organizational budget development as may be requested.

Expense Reviews (20%)

  • Reviews activity-based invoices, monthly general ledger transactions, and project financial reports to confirm expenses have been appropriately captured in the correct general ledger account, fund, and cost centers, both to ensure periodic reporting readiness, as well as to facilitate project close-out and year-end closing. Identifies and proposes necessary accounting reclassifications.
  • Collaborates with NED implementing staff and project partners to timely reconcile advances made, verifying alignment with project scope, and ensuring supporting documentation is adequate and in compliance with donor requirements, the respective partner subaward agreement or memorandum of understanding or vendor contract, and NED’s own policies and procedures.
  • Adequately addresses any unsupported or questioned items as may be required for proper and timely partner or vendor reimbursements and expense capture.

Reporting (10%)

  • Prepares periodic financial reports for private donors in compliance with both donor and NED policies and procedures for management’s review.
  • Produces internal budget-to-actual reports for active monitoring of projects and departmental spending. Reviews expenditures for proper coding and award compliance and responds to inquiries from department heads and project managers.
  • Uploads departmental expense reports to the SharePoint IntraNED Finance Reporting site monthly. Communicates with department heads on any unusual budget variances or reclassifications that may be needed. Collaborates with the Sr. Staff Accountant to ensure reclassifications are properly supported and recorded as may be appropriate.

Procurement & Contracts Management (40%)

  • Acts as initial reviewer for consultant agreements and vendor contracts. Suggests modifications that may be needed for compliance with the scope of the procurement and/or the donor’s and NED’s policies and procedures, to minimize financial risk and ensure proper performance.
  • Collaborates with Logistics & Procurement Officer to ensure timely workflow for review and approvals from initial procurement planning through contract execution.
  • Maintains records in the electronic procurement files for audit-readiness.
  • Maintains NED’s contract registry. Monitors upcoming expiration dates and reminds managers of performance dates, the need to begin the RFP process to solicit renewal bids for recompeting the procurement, to provide advance termination notice, etc., as may be appropriate to the contract.
  • Alerts management to any financial or contractual compliance issues.
  • Provides procurement training to NED staff on a periodic basis and ongoing as needed.

Other (10%)

  • Provides guidance to project implementing staff and partners as needed on general financial policies and procedures, forms utilization, and expense reporting best practices for audit-ready submissions to Finance.
  • Recommends continuous process improvements, supporting efforts to automate financial processes, revise forms, and assist in ongoing policy and procedures development.
  • Assists with gathering financial and contractual documents for both donor project and annual external audit preparation as needed.
  • Provides general support to the work of the Senior Manager, Financial Analysis and Sr. Director, Finance as may be required.

Qualifications:

Knowledge/Experience (formal degree requirements and years of relevant job experience required):

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance.
  • 7+ years progressive experience in accounting, budgeting and financial analysis.
  • 5+ years relevant experience in mission-driven, international nonprofit organizations subject to USG and other donor rules and regulations compliance, including working knowledge and practical application of the OMB Uniform Guidance specific to cost principles, procurement practices and other administrative requirements.

Other Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of nonprofit accounting principles and best practices, accounting report generation and utilization, reconciliations, and financial analysis.
  • Advanced knowledge of project financial management, including budget and financial report development, USG & other donor cost eligibility requirements and accepted practices, and development of audit-ready supporting documentation.
  • Proficient in federal procurement practices and intermediate skills in vendor contract and other agreement reviews.
  • Strong working knowledge of the compliance requirements of the OMB Uniform Guidance, specifically the cost principles and procurement regulations, and including Federal Travel Regulations.
  • Experience with robust financial systems. Microsoft Serenic Navigator and Jet Reports preferred. GIFTS Alta experience a plus.
  • Intermediate to advanced-level working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and other Office products.
  • Strong attention to details and accuracy in all work products.
  • Solid documentation skills, ensuring proper audit trail.
  • Willingness to work extra hours during peak workload periods, especially around annual audit.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English; knowledge or fluency in additional languages is a plus.
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Competencies:

  • Paramount professional integrity, initiative, confidentiality and dependability.
  • Commitment and ability to excel in a fast-paced environment; works effectively under time pressure and meets deadlines.
  • Highly professional demeanor, with strong interpersonal and customer service skills to effectively interact with all levels of staff and external partners.
  • Ability to translate financial terms to effectively train finance and non-finance personnel.
  • Employs team approach to working style.
  • Confidence in addressing policy and procedure compliance questions.
  • Solid analytical, problem solving and financial troubleshooting skills.
  • Ability to quickly learn new systems, processes and procedures.
  • Flexibility in approach to work processes and tasks.

To Apply:

Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, completed NED employment application, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references. Please send to jobs@ned.org, with Job #1777 – BFCO – YOUR NAME in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org. Please, no phone call inquiries.


Senior Director, Middle East Northern Africa (MENA) Region – (Job #1755)
National Endowment for Democracy (NED)
Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Senior Director for the Middle East Northern Africa (MENA) regional program team. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:
The Senior Director, MENA serves as most senior institutional and recognized community-wide expert for the Middle East and Northern Africa region, which includes the Arabic speaking countries as well as Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan. Functions as the principal advisor to senior NED leadership and the regional board experts regarding strategies and programs for the region. Responsible for the development and implementation of an institutional vision for the region that integrates key NED organizational and program goals, priorities, values and other factors. Applies exceptional political acumen as well as strong leadership and management skills. Assesses, analyzes, acquires, and administers human, financial, material, and information resources in a manner that instills trust and accomplishes the Endowment’s mission in the assigned region. Develops a professional network with other organizations and identifies the internal and external politics that affect the work of the organization.

Responsibilities:

  • Develops and manages key relationships in the region and with other regional experts, both domestically and abroad.
  • Drives strategic planning for the region;
  • Oversees the development, assessment, and presentation of proposals for the region at quarterly Board meetings;
  • Conducts strategic field visits to the region;
  • Coordinates and oversees the regional staff’s interaction with NED’s core institutes;
  • Represents the region and occasionally the Endowment more broadly before the Board of Directors, the President, congressional committees, government agencies and other entities as needed;
  • Directs the work of the regional team, supervising and mentoring junior staff by providing guidance and advice on programmatic and administrative issues to include the development and maintenance of relationships with grantees, other organizations and individuals in the region;
  • Develops and implements strategic initiatives to further the Endowment’s mission.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field required, Master’s or Ph.D. preferred;
    • 15 to 20 years of applicable program experience;
    • 5-10 years at the NED Director level or external director equivalent preferred.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Recognized regional expertise on multiple countries within the region;
    • Fluency in Arabic required and facility with other local languages preferred;
    • In depth understanding of civil society issues and familiarity with civil society networks and individual activists in the region;
    • Proven record of accomplishment with respect to strengthening democratic institutions within the region to include in closed and/or post-conflict societies;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Excellent leadership, interpersonal, communication, and writing skills;
    • Superior political assessment skills;
    • Sound understanding of governmental and non-governmental relationships in Washington, D.C.;
    • Adept at managing relationships among diverse and at times competing groups centered on common goals;
    • Able to convey clear and convincing reasons for courses of action; listens effectively;
    • Possesses a firm grasp of domestic and regional policies and trends that affect the Endowment and its mission in assigned region;
    • Able to create consistently a positive, productive and collaborative work environment that fosters staff development.

To Apply:
Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, NED employment application, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references. Please send to jobs@ned.org, with Job #1755 – Sr Dir MENA – YOUR NAME in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org. Please, no phone call inquiries.


Accounts Payable Specialist – (Job #1766)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks an Accounts Payable Specialist. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Accounts Payable Specialist supports the daily disbursement activities of NED’s Finance department including: vendor & grantee record maintenance and invoice transaction entry in the accounting system; maintenance of banking instructions in various online financial institution platforms; initiating disbursements via domestic and international wire transfer, ACH and check; and scanning and retention of supporting documents along with general financial recordkeeping duties.

Responsibilities:

  • Grantee Wire Transfers & ACH Disbursement Processing: Initiates direct invoice entry and/or prepares a purchase invoice summary import template for upload into Serenic Navigator’s purchasing module. Verifies supporting documents and initiates daily wire and ACH transfers using the various online banking systems. Updates the GIFTS Alta grant management database with applicable payment information to inform grantmaking staff of payment status.
  • Accounts Payable ACH Transactions & Check Processing: Verifies necessary supporting documents, establishes vendor records, and enters invoices in the Serenic Navigator accounting system. Initiates the ACH process through the online banking system as appropriate, or processes check payments for signature utilizing Serenic Navigator payment function.
  • Ensures payments are processed timely by problem solving any payment issues and promptly following up with the requestors and/or Finance team management concerning any transactional questions.
  • Interacts with financial institutions and vendors as needed to research and resolves all banking issues related to rejected/returned wire or ACH transfers either outgoing or incoming in a timely manner.
  • Acts as the petty cash custodian for the Finance department, ensuring availability of funds for employees and the physical security of the funds while maintaining perpetual reconciliation.
  • Maintains the organization and completeness of vendor and grantee file documents, performing scanning and record retention duties, as well as providing general assistance with records filing and archiving as appropriate.
  • Assists with retrieving disbursement documentation necessary for audit preparation and response.
  • Performs other duties as may be assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree with major in Accounting preferred, with 2+ years relevant experience. Non-degreed applicants with 5+ years relevant experience will also be considered.
    • Demonstrated experience with use of various online banking systems.
    • Strong working knowledge of electronic funds transfer management, to include international transfers and domestic ACH and wires.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of various double-entry accounting systems, specifically with regards to purchasing and payables, with Serenic Navigator experience a plus.
    • Experience with WUBS Global Pay and/or Edge platforms a plus.
    • Experience with GIFTS Alta Grants management system a plus.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Strong attention to details and accuracy in all work products.
    • Solid documentation skills, ensuring proper audit trail.
    • Efficient in use of Microsoft Office products including Outlook, Excel, and Word.
    • Fluency in spoken and written English.
    • Authorized to work in the United States. 
  • Competencies:
    • Professional demeanor with strong interpersonal skills to effectively interact with all levels of staff;
    • Confident in addressing policy and procedure compliance questions;
    • Ability to manage high workload cycle times successfully;
    • Capability and willingness to work both independently and as a member of a team;
    • Flexibility in approach to work processes and tasks with the ability to adapt to process change quickly.

To Apply:

Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, completed NED employment application, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references. Please send to jobs@ned.org, with Job #1766 – AP Specialist – YOUR NAME in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org. Please, no phone call inquiries.