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Accounting Manager, Grant & Refugee Programs

Finance: Accounting Operations | New York, NY | Full Time

Job Description

Sesame Workshop has an immediate need for an experienced Accounting Manager Reporting, Grant & Refugee Programs. Reporting to the Director, Finance - Social Impact and Philanthropy, the role will support the financial management, reporting and compliance around Sesame’s Humanitarian government and foundation funded grants. This position requires someone with solid budgeting, reporting and compliance experience to assist with managing a significant portfolio of work. 

The ideal candidate is someone with government grant management experience working for an NGO/non-profit, creating, revising, and monitoring donor funded program budgets and preparing financial reports (budget versus actual) and analysis. The position will require someone who can gather information from various stakeholders necessary to budget and forecast revenue and expense. In addition, the candidate must be someone who can operate independently, but also comfortable asking questions to ensure the completeness and accuracy of financial information. While operating independently, the candidate must have the ability to function in a team setting, where it will be their responsibility to provide financial data to various levels of management on the team. Finally, the position requires someone who is detailed-oriented with proven ability to communicate financial information clearly and effectively.

Please note:  This role is a full-time role with full benefits that is a USAID grant-funded role with an anticipated end date of June 2024 with an option to renew contingent on funding.   


  • Support the Director, Finance on all areas of the accounting and finance function for two humanitarian programs (funded through government and private foundation funding), including general ledger and funder program budgeting, accounting, and reporting.
  • Responsible for assisting in the processing, accounting for, and reporting on Sesame Workshop’s government award in compliance with both Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (US GAAP) and Uniform Grant Guidance (2 CFR 200).
  • Address questions from donor about budget, financial plans, expense timelines and projections, and underlying assumptions.
  • Review plans to spend for budget applicability and reasonableness. Ensure all program expenditures follow Sesame Workshop’s internal policies and procedures as well as government compliance requirements and procurement.
  • Review and approve all documentation and support for program spending to ensure reasonableness, allowability and allocability.
  • Partner with Compliance and other internal and external stakeholders on a routine basis to ensure data accuracy and compliance with GAAP, OMB Circulars, and other pertinent regulations.
  • Attend and participate in all project team meetings for the two programs.
  • Review third-party/sub-recipient budgets, contracts, cash flow statements against funder agreements and internal financial projections.
  • Consolidate sub-recipient budgets and financial reports to create a cohesive budget and financial reports, according to donor guidelines and format for Director, Finance review.
  • Continuously, monitor budget versus actual and notify Director Finance of budget variances and/or the need for revised budgets.
  • Provide support for interim and year-end audits of sub-recipients. Provide support for governmental audits, or other internal/external 3rd party inquiries.
  • Help Complete Quarterly Close and Estimates (Forecasts); support Director, Finance to ensure that all actual and projected revenue and expense related to the two humanitarian programs are accurately recorded, accrued, and reported in Sesame Workshop’s financial systems.
  • Stay abreast of all project activities and how those activities impact the budget and communicate budget implications to financial and non-financial Sesame personnel; keep Director, Finance informed on program changes that will impact the budget.
  • Functions as the primary back-up and support for ad hoc roles as assigned by management.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting or similar preferred
  • 5 years or more donor-funded financial planning, management, and budgeting experience; non-profit accounting experience and government grant management required.
  • Must have a working knowledge of general ledger systems; familiarity with TM1 and NetSuite a plus
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office with exceptional excel skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail and time management skills; Due to the international nature of the role, the role required occasional work outside of typical business hours
  • Proven experience effectively collaborating with a variety of stakeholders

About Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street which reaches 156 million children across more than 150 countries. The Workshop’s mission is to use the educational power of media to help children everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. Delivered through a variety of platforms, including television programs, digital experiences, books and community engagement, its research-based programs are tailored to the needs of the communities and countries they serve. For more information, visit us at


Sesame Workshop is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Employer