2150 Allston Way, Suite 460
Berkeley, CA 94704
Director of Finance
Job Title: Director of Finance
Hours: Full Time, salaried position
Supervisor: Executive Director
Earth Island Institute is a non-profit, public interest, membership organization that supports people who are creating solutions to protect our shared planet. Our Project Support program acts as an incubator for start-up environmental projects, giving crucial assistance to groups and individuals with new ideas for promoting ecological sustainability. Since our founding, we have provided fiscal sponsorship to more than 100 projects around the globe and are currently serving as the fiscal sponsor for more than 60 projects.
In addition to our project support work, we also inform and inspire people to take action through our award-winning quarterly magazine, Earth Island Journal, our New Leaders Initiative, and our Restoration Initiatives.
The Director of Finance will be a strategic thought-partner, and will play a critical role as a member of the senior leadership team in strategic decision making and operations. The position will be a hands-on and will develop and lead an internal team to manage the following areas: finance, business planning, risk management, budgeting, and human resources. The role of the Director of Finance encompasses a broad range of responsibilities that go beyond full responsibility for finance and accounting.
- Maintain, evaluate, and refine financial operations of the organization and lead all day-to-day accounting and HR operations, supervise the accounting associates and HR staff, and have functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and human resources.
- Produce the general ledger, monthly close, and produce monthly financial statements
- Prepare all bank reconciliations
- Coordinate and lead the annual audit process.
- Oversee and lead annual budgeting.
- Ensure documentation, implementation and adherence of accounting, internal controls, and contract management policies and procedures.
- Remain up to date on nonprofit audit best practices and state and federal law regarding nonprofit operations.
- Administer and review all financial plans and budgets
- Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting.
- Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements.
- Reports to the finance committee and the board of directors quarterly.
- Possess and maintain technology savvy for reviewing and using accounting and reporting software.
- Monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership team abreast of the organization’s financial status.
- Orient, train, and provide technical assistance to project directors and staff in accounting and financial planning.
- Oversee the preparation and assure the timely completion of all required tax returns. Including Forms W–2, 1099, and 990, as well as other financial compliance documents.
- Maintain, evaluate, and refine human resources administrative systems, enhancing professional development, compensation and benefits, performance evaluation, training and recruiting.
- Maintain, evaluate, and refine training programs that maximize individual and organization goals across the organization including best practices in human resources activities.
- Monitors program activities and recommends risk management measures and procedures to anticipate and avert situations that raise the potential of risk to employees, volunteers and members of the larger community served by the organization.
- Works with the insurance brokers to maintain responsible levels of insurance coverage, accounting for and allocating insurance costs to projects and other functional areas of the organization.
- Bachelor's degree with emphasis in accounting, business administration, and/or finance, or related field. Professional financial certification such as CPA, CMA, or MBA preferred.
- Minimum of 7 – 10 years of professional experience in a finance and administration leadership role in the non-profit fiscal sponsorship sector.
- Ideally 6 or more years of broad financial, HR, and operations in a nonprofit organization.
- Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
- Experience developing tools and systems to provide critical financial and operational information and make actionable recommendations on both strategy and operations.
- Ability to create and implement new accounting processes including general ledger overhaul, balance sheet reconcilement and internal controls; Experience and ability to develop new financial management tools and reports.
- Strategic mindset, with the ability to build systems that will support growth and operations over the next 3-5 years
- Demonstrated understanding of employment law, and human resources programs and processes.
Please send your resume along with a cover letter expressing your interest in Earth Island and how your qualifications align with the responsibilities of this position to firstname.lastname@example.org with Director of Finance in the subject line.
Earth Island Institute is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.