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The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a leading nonprofit research organization based in Washington, DC, seeks a full-time accounting manager for its finance department. ACEEE conducts independent analysis and develops transformative policies to build a vibrant and equitable economy that uses energy more productively, protects the environment, and promotes the health, safety, and well-being of everyone.   

ACEEE’s organizational culture is collaborative and team-oriented with a strong commitment to its mission. Staff work at an energetic pace within a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment with opportunities for professional growth and development. There is a high degree of workplace flexibility, with an emphasis on results, making ACEEE an enjoyable and fulfilling place to work. ACEEE is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion while integrating equity into our research and policy work.  

Position Description:

ACEEE is looking for a self-motivated and detail-oriented person to manage much of the accounting function, including grant billing and tracking, and federal contracting.

The accounting manager works within the finance team and interacts on a regular basis with all staff members to ensure accurate tracking of funds. The position is responsible for supervising accounts payable and accounts receivable, tracking various funds, and managing other accounting needs as they arise. The accounting manager will be supervised by and work with the finance director to ensure that all organizational financial operation needs are met. The accounting manager carries out a significant portion of the monthly reporting process. 


  • Oversees grant and contract expenditures and financial reporting
  • Oversees federal contract management and billing
  • Evaluates contracts and assesses revenue recognition criteria
  • Maintains file of grants and contracts agreements
  • Oversees staff timesheet process
  • Processes monthly labor reclass
  • Maintains overall project spending tracking
  • Oversee accounts payable and accounts receivable
  • Sets up new projects
  • Updates conferences and other program budgets
  • Coordinates tracking of conference and corporate affiliate receivables
  • Supervises and trains finance assistant/associate position
  • Works with finance director to prepare for annual audit
  • Provides staff with budgets/other tools to assist with procurement
  • Performs duties of other positions as necessary, primarily AR/AP processing


  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and nonprofit accounting
  • Highly analytical with strong attention to detail
  • Experience with federal contracting
  • Team player with ability to delegate effectively
  • Excellent Microsoft Excel skills, as well as the MS-Office Suite of apps
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Superb organizational skills with ability to handle several ongoing projects with competing deadlines
  • Experience with Intacct is a plus


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance preferred
  • Demonstrated expertise in the field with at least 5 years of relevant accounting experience

Preferred Start Date: February 2024. This position is based in Washington, DC.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Salary range is $73,736 – $110,000 and includes ACEEE’s generous benefits package, which includes health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance coverage; a 403(b)-retirement plan; transportation and bike share benefits; 3 weeks of vacation in the first year and 4 weeks thereafter.

To Apply:  Use the link below to access the Paylocity Recruitment portal. Be sure to submit your cover letter and resume. We do not accept phone calls or emails about the position.

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ACEEE is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination with regard to race, sex, color, age, religion, creed, class, sexual orientation, national origin, and disability. ACEEE is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in its organization and encourages applicants with diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply.