Vice President of Finance
The Vice President of Finance has primary responsibility for the planning, implementation, management and running of all the finance activities of the organization including planning, budgeting, forecasting, negotiations, risk management and control and multi-level reporting. This includes the development of a financial and operational strategy, metrics tied to that strategy, and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve Rainforest Trusts’ assets and report accurate financials.
Remote candidates are encouraged to apply. The position can be permanently remote or can work some days from our Warrenton, Virginia office.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Strategy, Planning and Management
- Act as organization’s financial representative and strategic business partner to executive leadership. Effectively engage with and advise the Board of Governors, CEO and leadership partners.
- Assess and evaluate financial performance of the organization with regard to long-term operational goals, budgets and forecasts.
- Create and establish yearly financial objectives that align with the organization’s plan for growth and expansion.
- Participate in pivotal decisions related to strategic initiatives & operational models.
- Select and engage consultants, auditors and investors, as needed.
- Identify, acquire and implement systems and software to provide critical financial and operational information. Evaluate departments and make suggestions for automating processes and increasing working efficiency.
- Recruit, interview, hire and lead finance, accounting and payroll staff as required.
- Develop and implement policies, procedures and processes as deemed appropriate by the Board and leadership team.
- Act independently within broad departmental and organizational goals/objectives.
- Makes informed decisions based on analysis, wisdom, experience and judgment.
Financial Analysis, Budgeting and Forecasting
- Lead, audit and present monthly financial and budgeting reports including profit and loss by department / object code, net income analysis, Charity Navigator scores, and net asset analysis.
- Review and analyze monthly financial results and provide recommendations.
- Identify, develop and execute analysis of business initiatives.
- Oversee development and maintenance of monthly operating budget and annual organization operating budget.
- Manage financial planning and analysis. Supervise creation of reports, software implementation and tools for budgeting and forecasting.
Accounting, General Ledger, Administration and Operations
- Directly or indirectly supervise the financial staff to ensure the proper functioning of all systems, databases and financial software. Establish clear directions and lead assigned projects / coordinate the work of others, within the scope of departmental and organizational strategic goals. Coordinate and strategize methods used to attain team goals.
- Review and ensure application of appropriate internal controls and financial procedures.
- Ensure timeliness and accuracy of financial and management reporting data for foundations, investors and organization’s Board of Governors.
- Oversee the preparation and communication of monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements.
- Review all month-end closing activities including general ledger accounts, balance sheet reconciliations and overhead cost allocation. Regularly review procedures while eliminating inefficiencies.
- Ensure regular maintenance and backup of all accounting systems.
- Partner with Human Resources to ensure appropriate legal compliance.
- Enhance and implement financial and accounting systems, processes, tools and control systems.
- Serve as a key point of contact for external auditors; Manage preparation and support of all external audits and remain current on audit best practices as well as state, federal and local laws regarding organization operations.
Financial Management / Donations Reporting
- Manage cash flow planning process and ensure funds availability.
- Oversee Finance Team’s handling of cash, investments and asset management area.
- Maintain outstanding banking relationships and strategic alliances with vendors and business partners. Effectively represent organization to banks, financial partners, institutions, investors, public auditors and officials.
- Utilize forward-looking models and activity-based analyses to provide financial insight into the organization’s plans and operating budgets.
- Oversee and ensure accuracy of Finance Team’s responsibilities pertaining to partner solvency, adherence to project agreements and reconciliation of GL balances between Donor and Conservation Databases.
- Review and negotiate Contracts.
- Handle Business Insurance Renewals.
Other Duties and Responsibilities
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Additional duties and/or responsibilities may be required and may change at any time with or without notice.
Education and Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree and 15+ years of progressively responsible Finance experience, to include 5+ years Head of Finance/Sr Management experience overseeing Finance Teams, and 3+ years recent non-profit finance leadership experience at the 10 million + level.
- CMA or CPA certification preferred but not required.
- Specialized knowledge/comprehensive understanding of Accounting/Finance (GAAP and IAS) accounting standards, processes and systems.
- Highly collaborative and communicative with CEO, Board of Governors and other internal & external stakeholders, to include a positive, solution-oriented outlook and effective interpersonal skills.
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written with high emphasis on discretion and judgement.
- Strong innovation and problem-solving skills with high degree of self-direction and accountability.
- Experience handling multiple projects, setting realistic deadlines, and managing timelines to include experience in developing program-wide strategies and guidelines and planning for successful implementation.
- Ability to react to time-sensitive matters as well as manage complex, longer-term initiatives.
- Proven ability to succeed through positive influence, persuasion and tact.
- Demonstrated leadership ability, discretion and excellent judgment.
- Exceptional analytic and creative skills. Ability to synthesize complex information.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Additional duties and/or responsibilities may be required. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Since 1988, Rainforest Trust has been safeguarding imperiled tropical habitats and saving endangered species by establishing protected areas in partnership with local organizations and communities. With our partners, we have protected more than 33 million acres of vital habitat across Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Rainforest Trust is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that relies upon the generous support of the public to successfully implement our important conservation action.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Rainforest Trust is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the principles of diversity. Our organization recruits, hires, trains, and promotes individuals, as well as administers any and all personnel actions, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, age, personal appearance, family responsibilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.
Working Conditions and Travel Requirements
The Vice President of Finance may choose to work from home, at our office in Warrenton, VA or mix the two. Home work requires reliable internet access. Occasional visits to our office will be required, necessitating business travel.
The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by a teammate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- The person in this position frequently communicates with colleagues both verbally and in writing and must be able to exchange accurate, neat and thorough information.
- Ability to remain in a stationary position at a computer terminal for an extended period and ability to operate a computer and telephone keyboard.
- When working within the organization’s office, the person in this position needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
How to Apply:
Please submit a résumé and cover letter to email@example.com
Rainforest Trust is an environmental conservation organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. The policy of Rainforest Trust is to provide equal opportunity and access to employment and service. Rainforest Trust shall not discriminate against an individual based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion or creed, national origin, age, citizenship, sex, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, political affiliation or ideology, gender identity, protected veteran status, or disability. All Rainforest Trust recruitment, employment, promotion, advancement and similar decisions related to employment shall be made based on job-related criteria and applicable laws (including non-discrimination and government security requirements). Rainforest Trust’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the creativity and applicability of Rainforest Trust’s research and project implementation. .