Staff Accountant

Washington, DC; New York, NY | Finance | Full-time

Apply by: No close date


Color Of Change (COC) is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. As a national online force driven by 7 million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America. We activate our members to take action on crucial issues—from criminal justice to media representations to the social safety net and voter freedom—so that we can build the power necessary to transform the written and unwritten rules of society. Our work – both rapid response and long-term campaigns for change – amplifies the voices of Black folks and our allies, building power and delivering meaningful wins that create consequences for racial injustice and build momentum for implementing solutions that move Black people and all people forward.


The Staff Accountant has experience with non-profit accounting and is committed to achieving results in a fast-paced environment while managing competing priorities. This position is an excellent opportunity to be a critical problem-solver within a growing, mission-driven organization.

This position reports directly to the Deputy Director of Financial Planning & Analysis.



The Staff Accountant will have the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Track and report individual program expenditures & income
  • Prepare and process salary allocation changes
    • Update salary allocations within COC’s time keeping system
  • Prepare budget proposals, modifications, and renewal budgets
  • Prepare financial reports for funding sources
    • Update monthly grant internal worksheet
    • Reconcile against the general ledger and prepare adjusting entries
  • Conduct monthly budget review in order to effectively manage the financial activities of each grant
  • Prepare budget analysis and projections for grants
  • Assist with the monthly close process
  • Prepare grant variance information for variance meetings
  • Assist with accounts receivable and other finance-related functions
  • Provide donor customer service to resolve issues expeditiously.
  • Assist with balance sheet account reconciliations
  • Maintain a digital filing system to keep information easily accessible.
  • Assist the Deputy Director of Financial Planning & Analysis on projects and administration as needed.
  • Perform with a high degree of accuracy, attention to detail and integrity
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills - both verbal and written.
  • Use effective organization and time management skills.
  • Apply strong judgment & critical thinking skills consistently.
  • Train and assist both Finance team members and COC colleagues to accurately code expenses and learn updated Finance/Accounting tools and processes.
  • Additional duties as assigned.


In this role, discretion, organizational, and people skills are paramount. While experience in a similar role in the civil rights sector is not required, a commitment to civil rights and racial justice is. You should have:

  • 3-5 years of work experience in accounting in a non-profit organization is highly desirable
  • Understanding of GAAP required, especially not-for-profit accounting principles.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to develop and communicate effectively with people at various levels of the organization
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills– must be able to work effectively under pressure, handle multiple tasks/demands simultaneously, and adapt quickly to shifting priorities
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Excel and familiarity with other Microsoft Office applications required
  • A customer-service orientation is paramount. You’ll need to support our staff ‘s ability to perform at the highest possible level. A successful candidate will be responsive but also proactive, addressing needs that staff, donors, and vendors may not even be aware of.


Go to and submit a resume and COC-specific cover letter. 

Applications will be received on a rolling basis.


The salary for the Staff (FP&A) Accounting position is $72,000. This is a full-time exempt position. Color Of Change also offers a competitive benefits package.

Color Of Change (COC) is an equal opportunity employer. COC prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law.