Green America: Growing the Green Economy for People and the Planet

Director of Finance and Administration

Hours: Full Time
Compensation: $60,000-75,000
Reports to: Executive Director (ED)
Benefits Excellent benefits including health care, dental care, casual and friendly work environment, and flexible 32-hour work week.


Green America is a thirty year old, national nonprofit with the mission to create a green economy defined by environmental sustainability and restoration, social justice and fair labor, thriving and inclusive local communities, and personal health and well-being. We inform people’s choices, organize consumer collective action, and bring together businesses and other stakeholders to achieve system-wide change. Our work environment is results-oriented and highly collegial.

We seek a Director of Finance & Administration who can hit the ground running to play a major role in taking the organization to a new level of impact and effectiveness. We expect our Director of Finance & Administration to be a very strong individual contributor (a “doer”), an effective leader of our finance/administration team, and an essential member of our management team, helping to shape strategy and inform critical decisions for our organization.



On-going responsibilities

  • Manage the organization’s:
    • Payroll and benefits functions
    • Expense reimbursements
    • Account receivables, billing and collections
    • Accounts payable and payments
    • Member loan program
    • Credit card and PayPal processing/payments
    • Bank/investment accounts
    • Monthly reconciliations and closings
    • Cash flow management and reporting
  • Oversee and lead annual planning and budgeting process in conjunction with the ED, review and provide input on plans and budgets, provide analytical support and budget/reporting tools to managers as needed, and proactively keep management team abreast of the organization’s financial status and trajectory.
  • Coordinate and lead the annual audit process, liaise with external auditors and the finance committee of the board of directors, and assess any changes necessary.
  • Ensure compliance with external reporting requirements, generate filings and/or manage others in the generation of filings, and ensure accuracy, quality and timeliness of filings.
  • Proactively monitor and manage the organization’s ratings from ratings organizations (e.g. Charity Navigator) in coordination with the ED and management team

2014 priorities

  • Work with the ED and management team to develop key performance indicators and financial measures/reporting to inform management’s decision-making.
  • Refresh the organization’s accounting classes and chart of accounts based on nonprofit best practice and the management/reporting needs of the organization.
  • Lead the selection of a new accounting/finance system for the organization and work with the technology director and management team to implement it.
  • Work with the technology director to achieve efficiencies through automating manual processes and integrating the finance/accounting system with other systems/processes.
  • Review the organization’s internal controls and make changes as appropriate.


On-going responsibilities

  • Manage the organization’s:
    • Performance evaluation and salary review systems/processes
    • Facilities lease agreements
    • Equipment purchases and leases
    • Postage accounts and permits
    • Other licenses and permits, as required
  • Develop/review proposed contracts and track existing contracts. Cultivate, manage and leverage relationships with external attorneys and other legal resources.

2014 priorities

  • Lead the development and implementation of a:
    • Job/pay banding system
    • Revised performance review system
    • Process for managing/ensuring staff long-term development.


On-going responsibilities

  • Serve as a business partner to the ED and management team by identifying, implementing and supporting efforts to increase the organization’s impact, financial sustainability and effectiveness/efficiency.
  • Systematically evaluate potential new program opportunities in regard to strategic/mission fit, financial impact, staff and resource requirements, and risk. Present insightful analyses and informed recommendations to the ED and management team..
  • Identify and implement ways to improve the effectiveness/efficiency of the finance/administration function. Identify and apply relevant best practices from among for-profit, nonprofit and government organizations.
  • Ensure strict compliance with all applicable/relevant legal requirements.
  • Leverage finance/administration team members by effectively delegating responsibilities and empowering team members. Provide stretch opportunities and guide and coach team members in order to build their capabilities/skills and experience.

2014 priorities

  • Develop and implement a staff and resource plan for the finance/administration function based on the needs of the organization and within the limits of available budget.
  • Achieve near-term effectiveness/efficiency gains for the finance/administration function through improved processes, systems, etc.

Ideal qualifications

  • Minimum of a business-related bachelor degree; MBA/CPA preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 to 10 years of finance/accounting experience, with at least 5 years of broad accounting and financial management/reporting experience.
  • The ideal candidate has experience of final responsibility for the accuracy and quality of all financial data, reporting, and audit coordination for either a division or significant program area. Ideally has also overseen at least portions of a human resources function.
  • Strategic thinker with strong analytical skills, ability to derive actionable insight from data, and ability to organize/present data in a way that is incisive and useful by others.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in support of line managers.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills with ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Entrepreneurial, results-oriented focus, with demonstrated ability to work and solve problems independently in order to move projects from inception to completion.
  • Exemplary communications skills, interpersonal skills, and professionalism.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead a team.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to quality.
  • Commitment to our organization’s mission and values.


To Apply: please send a cover letter and resume to Martha van Gelder at .

This position is at Green America’s headquarters at 1612 K Street NW, Suite 600, Washington DC 20006.

For more information about Green America, please visit .

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