Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Program Finance Manager

    Job Locations US-NY-New York
    Posted Date 1 month ago(11/14/2018 4:33 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Finance [203000]
  • Overview

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 3.1 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 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.


    Position Summary


    NRDC is seeking a Program Finance Manager to work with the Climate & Clean Energy, Communications, Development, Human Resources and Institutional departments in our NY 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

    • Serves as the liaison and primary point of contact between the Finance & Accounting department and an assigned portfolio of programs and administrative departments for all matters related to budget, expenses, and grants.
    • Conducts quarterly meetings with program directors to analyze spending against budget, recommend budget adjustments, and review grant income and spending.
    • Supervises a finance administrative associate.
    • Assists in the compilation of departmental operating budgets. Understands the budget and income needs for assigned programs.
    • Prepares timely and accurate expense reports for Development as required by funders, and partners with program and development staff to ensure restricted funds are used per donor intentions; recommends solutions to spend down complex grants.
    • Performs monthly budget to actual analysis and communicates results to finance leadership as needed.
    • Assists in periodic budget reforecasts.
    • Ensures budgets are input timely and accurately.
    • Works with programs and Development to build proposal budgets for funders informed by (and adhering to) the approved program budget.
    • Liaises with the Budget Committee on all proposals requiring significant new/non-core expenses.
    • Works with programs, Finance & Accounting and Development to allocate grants based on grant requirements and budget needs/income gaps.
    • 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.


    • Designs and conducts new hire financial and budget training geared toward non-financial staff.
    • Provides ongoing training and support to staff within assigned portfolio, especially to program assistants, for Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains, Adaptive Insights, Concur, Excel, and other software.


    • Creates and maintains Excel expense tracking tools for program assistants.
    • Assists on special projects, and 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.

    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 identity and expression, 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. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, for positions based in San Francisco, CA we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


    To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal.  We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. 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.


    For further information about NRDC, please visit


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