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Grant Accountant



The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) seeks a motivated and team-oriented individual with strong financial skills to serve as a Grant Accountant. This role would be responsible for a portfolio of federal, state, and private foundation grants and would be a key member of the Finance Department team.


MARC, the association of local governments and metropolitan planning organization for the bistate Kansas City region, promotes and supports cooperation on regional issues.  Grant accountants support meaningful projects such as transportation, the environment, our workforce and economy, aging services, community development, quality early learning, public safety communications and emergency services. MARC has a collaborative work environment with a culture based on integrity, innovation, diversity and inclusion, excellence in performance and service leadership.

Our hybrid work schedule provides opportunities for both interaction with and learning from colleagues, and quiet focus time at home.  Continued professional development and ensuing career development is central to our value of excellence in performance and staff are encouraged to take advantage of a variety of opportunities for training and skill development.


This is a highly responsible position that provides grant management and expertise to support MARC’s policy goals and initiatives. This position works in concert with fiscal leadership, program managers and other stakeholders to provide comprehensive fiscal management for programs funded by multiple grants. This position requires a high level of familiarity with federal and state grants, Uniform Guidance, and various reporting methods and procedures. Work is performed with oversight from Grant Managers and the Finance Director.

What you’ll do

  • Grant Accounting: Manages grants/projects including building grant infrastructure, assisting program staff with budgets and contracts, reviewing monthly requisitions, revenue recognition, journal entries, budget changes, and financial reports. Liaises with program/budget staff, directors, and grantor agencies. Provides financial status and projections by funding stream and program to Department Directors. Sets targets and creates projections aligned with programmatic requirements, goals, and sustainability.
  • Grant Compliance/Monitoring: Ensures agency compliance with federal, staff and local grant requirements, laws, and regulations. Ensures timely filing of appropriate reports and other correspondence as needed with local, state, and federal agencies.
  • Reporting: Prepares a variety of fiscal reports for various constituent groups, both internal and external.   Completes required schedules and provides work papers and analysis for various audits. 
  • Monitor Best Practices: Understands and initiates ongoing review and updating of financial and grant-related policies and procedures, including internal controls.  Attends professional development training and stays abreast of current GAAP, GASB statements, and grant management practices.
  • Special Projects: Participates in special projects related to grants and other broader financial issues of the organization. 
  • Collaborate: Communicates and aligns with Grant Managers, Finance Director, Program Directors and other staff to accomplish organizational goals and priorities. Builds relationships with external partner agencies to provide key fiscal support.


The ideal candidate will be:

  • Personable, with the ability to build positive relationships
  • A team player willing to assist and support others
  • An achiever who values teamwork, communication, and collaboration
  • Highly motivated to produce quality work and meet deadlines
  • Dedicated to achieving a high level of accuracy
  • Someone who values public service
  • Committed to developing innovative processes and collaborating on solutions

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 5+ years of accounting experience
  • Experience with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Uniform Guidance
  • Experience working with and managing grants
  • Thorough knowledge of accounting and financial best practices
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or a related fiscal field
  • Strong analytical, strategic thinking skills
  • Ability to communicate financial information in clear, actionable ways
  • Ability to review financial data for accuracy and to identify aberrations and trends
  • Proficient technology skills, especially in Excel
  • Ability to learn and expand technology capabilities
  • Ability to pass a background check

Additional consideration will be given for financial experience with:

  • Nonprofit/government accounting: Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB)
  • Designing and implementing new accounting solutions for unique programs


MARC offers a team-oriented and flexible work environment and a competitive fringe benefit package. MARC offers employees the flexibility to work remotely for up to two days per work week. Position title and annual starting salary is flexible and will depend on qualifications and experience.

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-time

Work location : Hybrid

Do you accept applicants under the age of 18? : No

Residency requirement : Yes

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