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Program Finance Manager

Program Finance Manager

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Job Locations 
US-CA-San Francisco
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Finance [203000]

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 1.3 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.   NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 430 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Livingston, Montana and Beijing.



Position Summary:


NRDC is seeking a Program Finance Manager to work with the China, Health & Toxics, India, Litigation, Midwest, Science Center and Water programs in our SF office.  The position will serve as a liaison between finance, development and program staff ensuring accurate and timely information is provided as needed to drive strategic and budgetary decisions. 


Budget & Planning


  • Assists in the compilation of Departmental operating budgets.  Understands the budget and income needs for assigned programs.
  • Prepares and performs monthly budget-to-actual analysis, conducts monthly reviews with program managers. Communicates results of reviews and analyses to finance leadership.
  • Serves as program staff’s point of contact for budgetary matters. Provides program staff with critical financial information needed for effective administration.
  • Assists in periodic budget reforecasts.
  • Ensures budgets are input timely and accurately.
  • Works with individual programs and Development to build proposal budgets for funders informed by (and adhering to) the approved Program budget.
  • Liaise with the Budget Committee on all proposals requiring significant new/non-core expenses.
  • Works with individual programs, Finance & Accounting and Development to allocate grants based on grant requirements and budget needs/income gaps.
  • Works with individual programs and Development to provide timely and accurate financial reports as required by funders.
  • Meets periodically with Program Directors and identified Program staff to review grant income and monitor spending against grants;
  • Works with Finance & Accounting and the Grants Management team in Development to maintain and (when needed) amend grant information in the system to improve accuracy in our grant tracking and financial reporting.



  • Formulates, recommends and implements effective fiscal training for program staff.
  • Provides on-going training and support for Great Plains, Adaptive Insights, Concur and other software to non-financial staff.



  • Assists on special projects as assigned.
  • Performs ad hoc reporting and analysis as assigned.  


  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting or related field required; MBA, MPA or related advanced degree preferred.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to problem solve.
  • Federal grants experience a plus.
  • Experience with International grants and contracts a plus.
  • Minimum 3 years of budgetary planning/management or financial analysis experience preferred.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Organized and detail oriented.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate financial information to non-financial staff.


NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion.  We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.  We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment.  Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.


To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter. No phone calls or faxes please. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.


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