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 630 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.

Brief Department Overview


At Environmental Defense Fund, we believe that environmental progress and economic growth can and must go hand in hand. The EDF+Business program works with leading companies and investors to raise the bar for corporate sustainability leadership by setting aggressive, science based goals; collaborating for scale across industries and global supply chains; publicly supporting smart environmental safeguards; and accelerating environmental innovation. The EDF+Business program seeks to achieve excellence in financial oversight by providing accurate and timely financial information to the EDF+Business leadership team, program staff, Finance Department, Board of Trustees, and donors by adhering to established financial practices and accounting principles.


Overall Function


As a key member of the EDF+Business program, the Program Financial Analyst will develop, track and analyze program budgets and fundraising proposals and reports, will organize and present complex financial data for reporting and decision-making, and will oversee all financial processes for the program. This requires an interest and understanding of our program work, a willingness to engage with staff to create budgets that support our work, and deep integrity to uphold EDF’s high financial standards. The Program Financial Analyst will work with staff throughout the program and in other departments to ensure the production of timely, accurate and insightful financial information. This position reports to the Director of Operations for EDF+Business and will work very closely with EDF’s Finance Department.


Key Responsibilities

  • Annual budget development: working with the Director of Operations and program staff, develop an annual $10M+ program budget.
  • Monthly budget forecasting: work with EDF+Business program staff to produce timely, month-end reports of actual vs. budget results, ensuring accuracy and completeness; investigate, analyze and explain variances from budget for income and expense line items, and advise managers and finance staff on trends, opportunities for improvement, and issues of concern.
  • Organize data and create clear and accurate presentations, including spreadsheets, charts, graphs and other insightful summary material that help program staff and management make decisions and gauge year-to-date spending. Present complex financial data to both financial and non-financial audiences.
  • Grant/Donor Proposals and Reports: working with Development and program staff, create budgets, financial proposals and reports for current and/or emerging program work. Ensure accuracy, identify variances in grant-level budget management, and advise program managers and project staff on solutions.
  • Serve as EDF+Business’ primary financial contact to insure coordination of financial management efforts and timely resolution of issues.
  • Review and approve program invoices, ensure the proper coding of expense items, and review other organizational and program-specific financial and operational processes.
  • Assist in educating program staff on budget, operational, and financial policies and processes. Participate both in program meetings and finance departmental meetings and trainings.
  • Perform ad-hoc financial analysis that will provide decision-making support on strategic initiatives.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, or Accounting.
  • Minimum 4-7 years of progressive experience in a financial analyst role or in Finance and Accounting department with a B.A., or an advanced degree with at least 2 years of experience. Non-profit experience is a plus.
  • Proven knowledge of budgeting, forecasting, and reporting: the ability to perform complex financial analysis.
  • Detail-oriented: the ability to spot trends and ensure accuracy, willingness to ask questions and understand numbers at a granular level.
  • Big picture thinker: ability to comprehend how line item detail rolls up to achieve key program goals and milestones.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and diplomatic skills: the ability to effectively liaise with colleagues across programs and departments, offices, and time zones. Ability to discuss financial information without jargon for a non-finance audience.
  • Intellectually curious: willingness to work with program staff, ask clarifying questions to understand their work.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills, the ability to be flexible under pressure with changing priorities, and perform well in a fast-paced team environment.
  • Self-motivated: the ability to work productively and independently.
  • Experience with forecasting, budgeting and reporting software packages a must. Experience with Prophix software a plus. Excellent Excel and PowerPoint skills: ability to develop spreadsheets, charts, and graphs.
  • Demonstrated familiarity of non-profit accounting principles and grants management. Government grant reporting experience is a plus.


Location:  New York, NY or Boston, MA

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.