The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a 501(c)3 grantmaking foundation that receives an annual Congressional appropriation in excess of $310 million and is governed by a private, bipartisan Board of Directors. This unusual arrangement positions NED to play a unique role as America’s leading foundation for freedom, empowering the institution to be nimble, innovative, and risk-taking in support of democratic activists, civil society organizations, independent media, and the NED family core institutes (the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute, the Center for International Private Enterprise, and the Solidarity Center).
We seek a motivated, energetic, organized, and resourceful Disbursement Specialist who is a mission-oriented team player, and who would be excited to join a fast-paced Finance team. This position is based in Washington, D.C.
The Disbursement Specialist is an integral part of the Finance team’s daily disbursement activities, supporting NED’s international grantmaking program and democracy support activities.
Initiating payments for approved vendor and grantee disbursement requests via domestic and international wire transfers, ACH, and check; communicating with NED’s banking partners to quickly resolve any issues with international payment delivery; maintaining electronic records and performing invoice transaction entry in the accounting and grantmaking systems; maintaining banking instructions in several online financial institution platforms; and general financial recordkeeping duties.
- Processes vendor payments authorized by the Accounting team on a semi-weekly basis (i.e. trade vendors, consultants, employee reimbursements, etc.) and supports the Grants Disbursements Specialist with the daily grantee payment cycle.
- Updates vendor electronic records in the accounting system, maintains beneficiary records in several online banking platforms and initiates daily wire and ACH transfers for management approval.
- Ensures payments are processed timely by actively problem-solving any issues encountered.
- Interacts and communicates with financial institutions, external vendors, and NED staff as needed to research and resolve all banking issues related to delayed rejected or returned wires and ACH transfers in a timely manner.
- Alerts Finance management to any internal or external issues that may arise, and proactively addresses the root cause to avoid similar situations with other beneficiaries receiving similar payments in the same country or currency, local banking institution, etc.
- Enters transactions into the accounting system’s purchasing module, either by direct invoice entry and/or by preparing a purchase invoice summary import template for upload.
- Updates the grant management system with applicable payment data to inform grantmaking staff of grant payment status.
- Maintains the organization and completeness of file documents, including performing scanning and record retention duties, as well as providing general assistance with records filing and archiving as may be required.
- Review Invoices coding for accuracy and fund availability in related budget.
- Review Travel Expenses in accordance with NED Policy and Federal Travel Regulations.
- Assists with retrieving disbursement documentation necessary for audit preparation and response.
- Performs other duties as may be assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree with major in Accounting preferred.
- 2+ years of relevant experience; non-degreed applicants with 6+ years of relevant experience will also be considered.
- Strong working knowledge of electronic funds transfer management, including international transfers and domestic ACH and wires.
- Demonstrated experience with the use of various online banking systems. Experience with WUBS Global Pay and/or Edge platforms is a plus.
- Demonstrated knowledge of robust double-entry accounting systems, specifically related to purchasing and payables, with Microsoft NAV Serenic Navigator experience a plus.
- Efficient in the use of Microsoft Office products including Outlook, Excel, and Word.
- Strong communication skills with the ability to effectively convey financial and banking matters both verbally and in writing to non-financial staff.
- Proven analysis skills for effective problem-solving.
- Solid documentation skills, ensuring proper audit trail.
- Paramount professional integrity, honesty, initiative, confidentiality, and dependability.
- Commitment and ability to excel in a fast-paced environment.
- Highly professional demeanor, with strong interpersonal and customer service skills to effectively interact with all levels of staff.
- Ability to manage high workload cycle times successfully; works effectively under time pressure and meets deadlines.
- Keen attention to detail and accuracy in all work products.
- Confidence in addressing policy and procedure compliance questions.
- Capability and willingness to work both independently and as a member of a team.
- Ability to quickly learn new systems, processes, and procedures.
- Flexibility in approach to work processes and tasks with the ability to adapt to process change quickly.
- Authorized to work in the United States.
This position is part of the NED Bargaining Unit.
Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references, of which one should be a supervisor. Please, no phone call inquiries.
The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics covered by applicable law. The NED is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation for all qualified individuals and bases all employment decisions on qualifications, merit, and business need. The NED believes that diversity and inclusion amongst our team members are critical to our success as an organization operating globally and seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.
For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.