Senior Program Financial Manager, Political Affairs

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.


This position works jointly with the Political Affairs program of Environmental Defense Fund and EDF Action, the 501c4 advocacy partner of Environmental Defense Fund. The Political Affairs program of Environmental Defense Fund works to cultivate unlikely political support and mobilize concerned citizens, to revitalize fragile wetlands, keep toxic chemicals out of our homes and bodies and deliver climate change solutions. This team works closely with EDF Action, which deploys a team of lobbyists, political strategists and communications professionals to build bipartisan support for transformative environmental protections.


Overall Function

The Senior Program Financial Manager plays a key role in the overall management of the Political Affairs program and EDF Action (the “groups”) by ensuring their finances are soundly managed. The Senior Manager will rely on rigorous financial analysis and existing knowledge of accounting principles in addition to excellent communication skills to oversee the financial and related operational processes for both groups. This includes analyzing and reviewing budgets and grant proposals, and organizing and presenting complex financial data for reporting and decision-making. The Senior Manager will oversee a Program Financial Analyst, operating as a collaborative and customer service-oriented team and coaching him/her on to excellence. She/he will also partner with the Finance Department, serving as the main point of contact between the groups and the Finance Department. The Senior Program Financial Manager reports report to the Senior Manager, Political Affairs.


Key Responsibilities

Oversee production of regular reports of actual vs. budget results, explaining income and expense line item variances; advising group managers and Finance staff on trends and issues of concern; and proposing actionable solutions to identified concerns.

  • Develop, maintain and refine internal group financial systems and processes to ensure the sound management of overall finances.
  • Analyze financial data, keeping program priorities foremost in mind, and create clear and accurate presentations, including spreadsheets, graphics and insightful summary narratives for group and finance leadership.
  • Lead the annual budget building processes for the groups, ensuring roles/responsibilities are clear, timelines met, internal systems and processes are set up, and accurate budgets are submitted.
  • In partnership with the Development team, identify and work to resolve issues with revenue projections, flagging any items of concern to Political Affairs and EDF Action leadership. 
  • Oversee preparation of proposal budgets and financial reports for funders; review reports, identifying variances and issues in grant-level budget management; and advise managers and project staff on solutions.
  • Supervise a Program Financial Analyst, serving as a source of technical expertise and identifying and resolving any challenges to the team’s high performance.
  • Manage rapid-response strategies to quick turn-around requests for fundraising and program management purposes.
  • Oversee contract development and processing and other related financial operational processes for the groups.
  • Educate staff in the groups regarding budgetary processes and financial management, ensuring that staff understand and follow procedures developed by the Finance Department.
  • Serve as the groups’ primary contact with the Finance and accounting staff to insure coordination of financial management efforts and timely resolution of issues.
  • Provide a program perspective and suggest paths forward in finance discussions about new policies and systems.
  • Directly assist Finance staff in the development of specific new policies, procedures and systems on an ad hoc basis.  Assist in the roll-out to the Political Affairs program, EDF Action and other Programs as needed.


We’re seeking candidates who have a demonstrated mastery of financial analysis with a detailed-oriented ability to spot trends, ensure accuracy and report out on results in an audience-appropriate way, an appreciation for the link between program finances and overall priorities, and a history of supervising high-performing teams. Experience with nonprofit accounting and fundraising practices a plus. Candidates should also have:

  • Advanced degree with six years of experience in business management, finance or accounting in a business or non-profit office setting, or a Bachelor’s degree with eight years of experience.
  • Minimum of three years of experience managing staff. 
  • Excellent communication skills with enthusiasm for team approach and problem solving, with colleagues at different levels and with different areas of expertise. 
  • Strong judgment to plan, prioritize and execute a heavy workload well in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and tight deadlines, and the ability to lead others to do so. 
  • Creative problem-solving skills, superb attention to details and a commitment to 100 percent follow through. 
  • A high degree of proficiency in MS Office Suite, particularly Excel. Must be able to work with Excel to understand and develop formulas, charts and spreadsheets that clearly present data to facilitate decision-making by senior leadership. 
  • Experience with forecasting, budgeting and reporting software packages (especially Prophix, Workday, and Salesforce) 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.