Program Financial Analyst


Program Financial Analyst, Oceans Program
New York, NY

With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group, with programs from Boston to Beijing, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. You can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life.

Brief Description
The Program Financial Analyst is a key manager in the operation of the budgetary, human resources and operational control systems for the Oceans Program. S/he will work with the Oceans Managing Director, project directors and project staff to build, track and analyze budgets and fund-raising proposals, will organize and present complex financial data for reporting and decision-making, and will oversee financial and operational processes for the program.

Overall Function
For over a decade, EDF's Oceans Program has worked to promote and implement ecological and economic improvements in fishery management. The Program Financial Analyst is a key manager in the operation of the budgetary, human resources and operational control systems for the Oceans Program. Primary responsibilities will include systematically gathering, analyzing and reporting on income and expense data for the program. S/he will work with the Oceans Managing Director, project directors and project staff to build, track and analyze budgets and fund-raising proposals, and will organize and present complex financial data for reporting and decision-making. The Program Financial Analyst will be asked to organize data, build spreadsheets, make charts and help spot variances and issues in budget making, budget administration, grant reporting and other program-wide issues and systems. The Program Financial Analyst will work with staff throughout the program and in other departments to insure the production of timely, accurate and insightful financial and operational information.

Key Responsibilities
  • Using accounting system data, produce monthly reports of actual vs. budget results; update projections; investigate, analyze and explain variances from budget for income and expense line items; and advise program managers, program staff and finance staff on trends and issues of concern.
  • Organize data and create clear and accurate presentations, including spreadsheets, graphics and accurate, insightful summary material.
  • Develop new project budget proposals: work with program management, program staff, finance staff and development staff to develop new project budget proposals submitted outside the annual budget.
  • Prepare grant financial reports for funders; identify variances and issues in grant-level budget management, and advise program managers and project staff on solutions.
  • With program management, program staff, finance staff and development staff, assist in the development of the program's annual budget submission.
  • Liaise with finance and development staff: serve as the program’s primary contact with the finance, accounting and development staff to insure coordination of financial management efforts and timely resolution of issues.
  • Oversee local processes for departmental contract development and processing, review and coding of expense items, and other organizational and program-specific financial and operational processes.
  • Help educate program staff regarding the budgetary and operational processes and financial management.
Qualifications
  • College degree with business management, finance or accounting major with five years experience in a business or non-profit office setting. Additional experience in finance or accounting may be considered in lieu of a degree in business management, finance or accounting.
  • Detail-oriented ability to work with financial data, spot trends and ensure accuracy.
  • A high degree of proficiency in MS Office Suite, particularly Excel. Must be able to work with Excel to understand and develop formulas, charts and spreadsheets that clearly present data to facilitate decision-making by senior leadership.
  • Excellent communication skills with enthusiasm for team approach and problem solving.
  • Knowledge of nonprofit accounting and fundraising practices a plus.
  • Advanced project management and analytical skills.
  • Ability to perform well in fast-paced, multi-tasking style with changing priorities and tight deadlines.
  • Self-motivated, creative and attentive to details.
  • Experience with forecasting, budgeting and reporting software packages a plus.

Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, EDF is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.

Environmental Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Posted:
May 13, 2015
Type:
Regular Full-Time
Location:
New York, NY, United States
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