Program Financial Analyst, Office of Chief Scientist

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.

Program Overview

The Office of Chief Scientist (OCS) is the nexus of science at EDF, ensuring that the natural and social science that is the backbone for all EDF policy positions is based on the best available information. To be most effective in this role, OCS provides programmatic support for all scientists at EDF and fosters relationships with scientists outside the organization. The OCS team works on projects across all of EDF’s programs, translating basic and applied research into actionable ideas for colleagues who are designing programs and projects.


Overall Function

Under the supervision of the Operations Manager, 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 implement 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 Operations Manager for OCS and will work very closely with EDF’s Finance Department.


Position Term: This is a 2-year position.


Location:  Boulder, CO (flexible for other EDF offices).


Key Responsibilities

  • Annual budget development: support the Operations Manager and program staff to develop an annual $10M+ program budget.
  • Monthly budget forecasting: Under the direction of the Operations Manager, work with OCS 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: Under advisement of Operations Manager, work with Development and program staff to 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 one of OCS’s financial contacts 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 under guidance of Operations Manager
  • Assist in educating program staff on budget, operational, and financial policies and processes. Participate in program meetings, 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.

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.