Program Financial Analyst

With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and results are a way of life.


EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share the Core Values that allow us to experiment courageously in our work while staying true to who we’ve been as an organization for 50 years. Are you a results oriented individual who is passionate about creating environmental solutions that make a lasting difference in the world? Do you respect diverse perspectives, talents and contributions? Do you value innovation and enjoy designing and using a wide range of problem-solving tools? Do you embrace environmental goals with a sense of optimism while taking into account real-world dynamics? If you have integrity and a strong desire to uphold a commitment to science, rigorous analysis, intellectual honesty and ethical action, then EDF is the place for you.

Overall Function


As a key member of the Climate program, the Program Financial Analyst will work as a finance and grant specialist. S/he will support projects and initiatives of the Tropical Forest and India Projects and assist the broader Climate team in defining the annual budget submission and in developing effective reporting of the budget and actuals throughout the fiscal year.


This position reports to the Operations Manager, Climate, and will work very closely with EDF’s Finance Department.


Key Responsibilities

  • Prepare grant financial reports
  • Work with project leads to develop proposal budgets, identify variances and issues in grant-level budget management and advise program managers and project staff on solutions throughout the lifetime of grants
  • Work with program management to assist in the development of program annual budget submissions
  • Assist in month end close, flag inconsistencies, submit journal entries and update the forecast
  • Approve contracts with fiscal terms that comply with best practices and grant guidelines
  • Approve invoices, ensure the proper coding of expense items, and review other organizational and department-specific financial and operational processes
  • Assist in educating staff on budgetary, operational, and financial policies and processes
  • Participate in relevant program meetings and trainings
  • Perform ad-hoc financial analytics on request


  • At least 4 years of experience in a Finance and/or Accounting department or advanced degree in Finance or Accounting with 2 years of experience
  • Experience working at a non-profit organization, experience in international non-profit management a plus
  • Undergraduate degree in relevant field
  • Grant reporting experience required, government grants experience a plus
  • Detail-oriented: the ability to spot trends and ensure accuracy
  • Experienced in Excel
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and diplomatic skills: the ability to effectively liaise with colleagues in a diverse environment
  • Experience with forecasting, budgeting and reporting software packages a plus



This position will be located in the New York City or Washington, DC office.

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.