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


EDF’s Climate Program works to help stabilize the Earth’s climate by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases through the promotion of innovative market-based mechanisms around the world.  Our unique economic expertise and long-standing global engagement on climate policy informs our work to partner with governments, civil society, and the private sector to design robust, environmentally sound, market-based policies to achieve greenhouse gas reduction commitments and increase global ambition.  Our Program works both in the US and internationally. EDF’s Climate Program seeks to achieve excellence in financial oversight and controls by providing accurate and timely financial information to EDF’s finance department and management by adhering to established financial practices and accounting principles. 

Overall Function


As a key member of the Climate Program, the Financial Analyst will help develop, track and analyze Program budgets and fund-raising proposals, will organize and present complex financial data for reporting and decision-making, and will oversee all financial processes for the program. This requires organizing the data, build spreadsheets and financial reports, review contracts and grants, perform financial analysis and projections, reconcile variances, and resolve any issues.  S/he will also take the lead on the Program’s annual budget submission.  S/he will pursue continuous improvement in reporting and processes used to monitor budgets, and present complex financial data for decision-making to both financial and non-financial audiences.


This position reports to the Climate Program’s Associate Vice President, and will work very closely with EDF’s Finance Department.


Key Responsibilities

  • Work with the Climate Program 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, graphics, and insightful summary material.
  • Assist in the preparation of grant proposals and financial reports for funders; 
  • Assist in the preparation of grant financial reports for funders; identify variances and issues in grant-level budget management, and advise program managers and project staff on solutions.
  • Work with program management, program staff, finance staff and development staff to assist in the development of the Program’s annual budget submissions.
  • Serve as the Climate Program’s primary financial contact within the organization to ensure coordination of financial management efforts and timely resolution of issues.
  • Approve Climate Program invoices, ensure the proper coding of expense items, and review other organizational and Program-specific financial and operational processes.
  • Assist in educating staff on budgetary, operational, and financial policies and processes.  Participate both in program meetings and finance departmental meetings and trainings.
  • Perform ad-hoc financial analytics 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 Finance and Accounting department within a non-profit organization with a B.A., or advanced degree with at least 2 years experience. International non-profit experience is a plus.
  • Demonstrated familiarity of GAAP; thorough understanding of non-profit accounting principles and grants management.  Government grant reporting is a must.
  • Proven knowledge of budgeting, forecasting, and reporting: the ability to perform complex financial analysis and to create insight from a large-scale general ledger.
  • Detail-oriented: the ability to spot trends and ensure accuracy.
  • Experienced in MS Office Suite, with excellent Excel skills: the ability to develop formulas, charts and spreadsheets that clearly present data to facilitate decision-making by management.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and diplomatic skills: the ability to effectively liaise with colleagues in a diverse environment.
  • Solid organizational and 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.



This position will be located in the New York City 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.