Current open positions

  • Pure Earth is growing and looking for a President and Chief Operating Officer. To nominate someone for this unique opportunity, click here. For all other open positions, please scroll below.

Pure Earth is an international nonprofit organization and leader in global toxic pollution cleanup,  dedicated to reducing pollution, saving lives and protecting the planet. Pure Earth’s focus–pollution–is the leading cause of the death in world, killing more people than malaria, HIV/AIDS and TB combined. Pure Earth identifies and cleans up severely polluted places in low and middle-income countries, focusing on sites where human health, especially that of women and children, is most at risk. Since 1999, Pure Earth has completed more than 120 pilot projects in 24 countries, improving over 5 million lives.

  • Program Officer – Multiple positions
  • Senior Grant and Contracts Accountant (New York, NY)

Program Officer – Multiple positions

We are seeking qualified and motivated Program Officers to assist us in managing large
grants that are operational in multiple countries. The ideal candidate will have superb report writing skills, ability to work independently as well as in a team, be extremely detail oriented, and have experience in environmental, environmental health, international development, and/or pollution-related projects.

The Program Officer will report to a Regional Director and work closely with field-based
staff, providing administrative and logistic support to large multi-year projects across
several countries. Key responsibilities include:

  • Assist with the management of a portfolio of grant-funded toxic pollution assessment, exposure mitigation, and community education projects including training and overseeing staff and monitoring project progress against contracts
  • Financial management including tracking budgets; compiling and reviewing expense reports; and ensuring internal and external reporting deadlines are met
  • Communications including drafting and editing formal reports for donors; publicizing projects, results, and local activities through blog posts, press releases and other media; and acting as a liaison with overseas staff or partners
  • Develop and maintain contacts within relevant national governments, UN agencies, universities, scientific organizations and partners in project countries
  • Assist in identifying funding opportunities and preparing grant proposals, including designing program activities, budgets, and reporting metrics in coordination with international staff, governments, and potential partners
  • Assist the research team in drafting peer-reviewed papers reporting on and analyzing environmental health data collected through Pure Earth’s work


  • Fluency in English (written and spoken). Foreign language skills are desired.
  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, public administration, environmental science,
    environmental engineering, international development or related field. Master’s
    degree preferred.
  • Minimum three years of relevant work experience
  • Excellent report writing and editing skills. Ability to write effectively for diverse audiences, including donors, and project partners. Ability to adapt technical language into appropriate, effective narratives.
  • Ability to operate comfortably and effectively in diverse cultural environments and coordinate an international team
  • Ability to develop and deliver on goals; identify priority activities and assignments; foresee risks; show flexibility and problem-solving skills in adjusting plans and activities as necessary
  • Experience with specialized software a plus but not required – (e.g. statistics, GIS, and/or program management)
  • Ability and willingness to travel alone internationally for 2 weeks at a time
  • Self-starter and motivated with proven ability to use time efficiently and accomplish tasks with minimal oversight
  • Team player with a willingness to learn and adapt quickly to change. Supervisory
    experience a plus.

Solo travel to contaminated project sites is highly likely, and experience in international travel to project sites with local or international organizations is a plus. Travel is frequently to rural areas in low-income countries where accommodations and amenities are very basic. Applicants must be willing to adjust to diverse cultural environments that may have different attitudes related to religion, food, clothing, gender and other issues.

This is a full-time position that requires a minimum of forty hours per week. Work is
performed at a desk in an office environment, with the exception of travel. Pure Earth’s
office is located at 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 860, New York. Applicant must live in, or
within commuting distance of New York, or be willing to relocate at his or her own

It is the policy of Pure Earth to provide equal opportunity for all qualified persons and
not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race,
color, religion, sex, gender, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual
orientation or any other protected status.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Email resume, cover letter, and 1-2 page writing sample to The subject line of your email should read: Program Officer Application. Interviews are likely to begin in mid-March 2020. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls will be accepted.
Start date: Spring

Pure Earth is the leading international not-for-profit dedicated to reducing pollution, saving lives and protecting the planet. Pollution is the leading cause of the death in world, more than HIV, AIDS and TB combined. Pure Earth identifies and cleans up severely polluted places in low and middle-income countries, focusing on sites where human health, especially that of women and children, is most at risk. Since 1999, Pure Earth has completed 110 pilot projects in 27 countries, impacting 4.2 million lives. In addition, Pure Earth spearheaded a landmark pollution report published in 2017 in the world-renowned medical journal, The Lancet, which released new data on
the health and economic impacts of pollution as well as the solutions.

Senior Grant and Contracts Accountant (New York, NY)

Reporting directly to the CFO, the Senior Accountant Grants and Contracts, assumes responsibility for post award grant accounting thus ensuring compliance with funding source administrative guidelines, timely receipt of revenue, accurate submission of financial reports, A-133 Audit and orderly closure of projects.


  • Assisting Regional Directors in the financial reporting and other administrative requirements of their grants/contracts.
  • Monitoring/tracking the status of each grant through its program life cycle; and maintaining the master financial calendar.
  • Maintaining the master grant file.
  • Prepare, review, or direct all accounting entries (transactions and journals) related sponsored programs and restricted funds.
  • Enter the budget for each grant in Grant Management Module of Adaptive Insights budget software.
  • Upload actual transactions in Adaptive Insights budget software from Fund EZ general ledger software.
  • Prepare invoice/billings/vouchers and draw down funds for the support of restricted fund expenditures.
  • Prepare all applicable fiscal reports for sponsored programs and ensure the timely submission thereof.
  • Compute, prepare and submit the annual indirect cost rate. Negotiate the rate with the applicable federal/state agency as necessary.
  • Prepare grant closing documents.
  • In charge of preparation, review, and coordination of grant related A-133 Audit work.
  • Maintaining and updating Database & the multiple reports.
  • Directly consult with all stakeholders (grants Regional Directors, principals, bookkeepers, etc.) concerning the sponsored grants and other grant restricted accounts as they relate to financial administration of grants. This includes interpreting federal, state, local requirements and granting agency guidelines of such grants.
  • Provide training & workshops to all grant stakeholders on how to more efficiently and effectively manage their respective grants in following board policy, granting agency guidelines, and all applicable federal regulations related to special grants.
  • Apply indirect costs monthly (where applicable.)
  • Prepare adjusting and closing entries.
  • Proposing accounting policies and procedures related to restricted funds for review and implementation by Program Managers.
  • Prepare financial statements (related to grants from Adaptive Insights and Fund EZ).
  • Attend professional development workshops and seminars to stay abreast of changes related to special programs and restricted grants.
  • Advanced knowledge of Adaptive Insights and Fund EZ is required.
  • Knowledge of personal computer based applications including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Knowledge of general accounting and fiscal management principles.
  • Knowledge of federal regulations related to sponsored grants at local, state, and federal levels.


  • Bachelors degree in Accounting or Finance required.
  • Minimum Four years accounting experience in non-profit grants.
  • Advanced experience with Adaptive Insights is required.
  • Experience with Fund EZ is preferred.
  • Knowledge of cost accounting and cost funding procedures.
  • Knowledge of governmental, state, and local accounting and budgeting principles and procedures.
  • Knowledge of federal grant procedures and reports.
  • Ability to collect and organize accounting data, interpret its significance, and prepare accurate financial reports.
  • Ability to present accounting data in a clear and understandable manner to both technical and non-technical users.
  • On-site Location


We currently offer partially subsidized HSA health insurance, a non match 401k, and transit benefits.

How to Apply