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.

Overall Function

As a key member of the Energy 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. 

The position will report to the Senior Program Financial Manager, Energy Program and will work very closely with EDF’s Finance Department.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with the Energy 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 Energy Program’s primary financial contact within the organization to insure coordination of financial management efforts and timely resolution of issues.
  • Coordinate with cross-programmatic staff using Energy Program funding to ensure resources are being used appropriately.
  • Approve Energy 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.
  • Assist with new hire on boarding and educate staff on team procedures including the budget process.  
  • Perform ad-hoc financial analytics that will provide decision-making support on strategic initiatives.
  • Collaborate with the team’s program assistants, currently four staff located in two different offices.   Assist in coordination of work flow between program assistants and program staff.  
  • Assist with new hire on boarding and educate staff on team procedures including the budget process.  
  • Identify and advise on the reallocation of resources as appropriate. Coordinate with the Manager, Oil & Gas Program on the proper allocation of resources to meet the program’s operational priorities. 
  • Coordinate the hiring of consultants, ensuring process and contracts are in accordance with EDF guidelines, with special attention to potential international issues.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, or Accounting
  • Minimum 4 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.

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.