STAFF ACCOUNTANT

The Luminos Fund, an international nonprofit bringing education opportunities to the world’s most marginalized children, is looking for a detail-oriented, diligent, and dynamic Staff Accountant to contribute to its rapid growth and expansion.

The Staff Accountant will play an important role in Luminos’ financial operations and management in the U.S. and overseas offices. The successful candidate will have strong technical accounting knowledge, be an excellent communicator and collaborator, and have exceptional attention to detail. Candidates must have a disposition for creative problem solving and a high level of commitment to get the job done, even across barriers of distance, language, and connectivity.

This is a full-time remote position and can be based anywhere on the east coast of the United States. The Staff Accountant will report to the Associate Director of Finance. This role will involve a minimal amount of international travel to challenging contexts in Africa and the Middle East. Due to interactions with our international teams, you may be required to work outside normal business hours.

ABOUT LUMINOS FUND

The Luminos Fund (www.luminosfund.org) provides transformative education programs to thousands of out-of-school children, helping them to catch up to grade level, reintegrate into government schools, and prepare for lifelong learning. Working in partnership with community-based organizations, Luminos is scaling up its accelerated learning program to ensure all children have equal access to joyful, foundational learning, especially those shut out of education by crisis, poverty, or discrimination. To date, Luminos has helped over 277,787 children secure a second chance to learn. A registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the United States, Luminos is working in Ethiopia, Ghana, Lebanon, Liberia, and The Gambia.

Luminos is supported by a range of funding partners, including Cartier Philanthropy, Dubai Cares, Legatum, and UBS Optimus Foundation. Luminos has been recognized for its achievements globally, receiving the 2022 Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize, the Library of Congress International Literacy Award, the Lipman Family Prize, the WISE Award, and the HundrED Global Innovation Award for the last six years.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Finance

  • Lead the day-to-day accounting and bookkeeping for the organization’s international teams.
  • Review and setup all banking transactions.
  • Support the accounts payable function, vet all vendors, and review all payments and reimbursements for the U.S. and country offices.
  • Assist with gathering of payroll documentation, employment-related withholdings, and employee benefits for the U.S. and country offices.
  • Verify expenditure documentation for staff in each geography.
  • Support the annual financial audits for the U.S. and country offices.
  • Support in the preparation of the IRS Form 990 and other 501(c)(3) reporting requirements in the U.S., and appropriate tax filings for country offices.
  • Ensure that all Luminos financial policies are implemented with the highest levels of integrity.
  • Other ad hoc projects as assigned.

Administration

  • In partnership with the Associate Director of Finance, support the management of financial compliance in the U.S. and overseas, including in-country registration, accreditation, and tax compliance.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or Accounting.
  • 1-2 years financial/accounting experience, preferably in an international setting.
  • Proficient skills and experience in Microsoft Office Tools, especially Excel, Word, SharePoint, and PowerPoint.

Preferred Experience

  • Experience with annual audits in compliance with U.S. GAAP, especially with the consolidation of multi-entities and multi-currencies.
  • Experience in grant reporting.
  • Experience in Sage Intacct.
  • Proficiency in GAAP accounting.
  • Experience with international operations.

Luminos Core Beliefs and Values

  • We believe that every child is capable of learning a remarkable amount in a short period of time, if given the chance.
  • We keep children’s joy and well-being at the heart of everything we do.
  • We embrace assessment as a key component of effective teaching and learning.
  • We celebrate and empower local leadership throughout our work with partner communities and governments.
  • We use research, program data, and skilled classroom observation in the tenacious pursuit of excellence.
  • We celebrate the unique contexts and cultures of the communities we serve in our curricula and pedagogy.
  • We act with the highest standards of integrity and care, ensuring mutual accountability among colleagues and partners.
  • We take the initiative to solve problems where we find them, managing details large and small, with urgency.
  • We act deliberately to ensure that our organization is inclusive for people of different genders, racial backgrounds, ethnicities, sexual orientations, religious beliefs, abilities, and other sources of diversity.
  • We build deep, authentic relationships with our supporters in celebration of the mutually transformative power of giving.

The Luminos Fund is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.