California Grant Accountant

About Trout Unlimited

Trout Unlimited is a national organization with 300,000 members and supporters organized into over 400 chapters and councils nationwide. These dedicated grassroots volunteers are matched by a respected staff of organizers, lawyers, policy experts, and scientists, who work out of more than 45 offices across the country. Our mission is to conserve, protect, and restore North America's cold-water fisheries and their watersheds.

Position Summary

The California Grant Accountant, under the direction of the California Director, will serve as the primary liaison between program staff located across California and national accounting staff located in Arlington, Virginia. The California Grant Accountant will be responsible for budgeting and analyzing program and project expenses, preparing invoices and financial reports for funders, monitoring funds availability, and assisting with annual program budgets.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop a thorough understanding of project operations, revenues, expenditures, and grant compliance requirements.
  • Assist California program staff of about 20 people in developing budgets for proposals and preparing proposals and reports to public and foundation funders and private donors.
  • Set up grants, assist with the execution of grant documents, and maintain the California digital grant file archive through the life of the projects.
  • Maintain a list of grants and a schedule of grant due dates and work with California project managers to prepare the required financial reports and invoices prior to due dates.
  • Prepare grant invoices and supporting documentation, and assist national accounting staff in invoice entry and accounts receivables adjustments in the national accounting system.
  • Work with project managers to monitor and analyze project and program expenses to ensure alignment with grant requirements and budgets. Maintain close communication with California project managers and assist in quantifying and forecasting surplus and deficits and pulling financial information.
  • Process incoming revenue/reimbursements and coordinate with California staff and national accounting staff to ensure that grants revenues are properly recognized under the appropriate grants and programs in the accounting system in accordance with established budgets.
  • Work with California staff and national accounting staff on grant end and fiscal year close out.
  • Facilitate annual budget development for California programs.
  • Assist with audit requests related to California programs.
  • Manage the business needs of the TU office in Emeryville (staff of 8), including payment of rent, utilities and other vendors.
  • Interface with California and national staff to create training materials and improve internal processes and systems.


  • Bachelor's degree in business or related field required.
  • 3 – 5 years of experience in an accounting or finance role.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to identify and correct problems as they occur.
  • Understanding of nonprofit grant accounting functions essential.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy and self-reviewing work.
  • Excellent oral and written communication plus solid organizational and people skills.
  • Self-directed and motivated, able to manage multiple and complex assignments and meet deadlines and production schedules both independently and as part of a team.
  • Prior experience in administering federal and state grants; familiarity with natural resource and fisheries funding programs a plus.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal regulations (FAR, OMB Circulars, and AIDAR).
  • Ability to meet deadlines and juggle multiple priorities, and to work well with teams of people.
  • Passion for the outdoors and interest in aquatic ecosystem/fisheries conservation a plus.

The position will be located in Emeryville, CA and may require infrequent job-related travel. Ability to provide own transportation preferred.

How to Apply

Please send a letter of interest, resume and 3 professional references to California Director Brian J. Johnson at Please insert the words "California Grant Accountant" in the subject line. The position will remain open until it is filled. No phone calls please.

This is not an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities.

Please fill out this voluntary form and submit it as an attachment to this email address.

TU is an Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action Employer pursuant to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act & Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistant Act.

TU hires staff without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.


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