Chief Financial Officer

Environmental Initiative

Environmental Initiative is a nonprofit organization that works with business, nonprofit, and government leaders to develop collaborative solutions to Minnesota’s environmental problems. The organization:

  • Plans and hosts events for environmental leaders for businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies to share information, network, and learn from one another.
  • Facilitates conversations between diverse stakeholders to address environmental, economic, and public health issues.
  • Takes action and implements on the ground projects to improve our air, land, and water.

As a catalyst, convener, or implementer, Environmental Initiative develops innovative solutions to environmental problems with our partners. Read more about who we are at


Environmental Initiative builds partnerships to develop collaborative solutions to Minnesota’s environmental problems.


We envision a healthy environment, prosperous economy, and equitable society where leaders are equipped with the relationships, skills, and perspective needed to work collaboratively to solve systemic and complex environmental problems.

Core Values

Better Together – Diverse perspectives create stronger, lasting solutions for our environment.

Open Exchange – We authentically engage to hear all voices, find common ground, and build community.

Courageous Innovation – An entrepreneurial culture filled with leaders who tackle the big problems with our partners.

Outcome Focused – A solutions-minded and action-oriented ethos.

Accountability – Responsible planning, management, and use of the resources entrusted to us to realize our mission.

Stewardship – Improving our environment, economy, and community by seeking the best of all ideas.


Through adaptive and collaborative leadership, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) builds, manages, and oversees essential financial and operational functions and systems for the organization including finance, accounting, legal, information technology (IT), human resources (HR), and physical infrastructure.

This mission critical role serves as part of the three-member executive leadership team and reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The CFO will supervise the full-time Business Manager and is responsible for a budget of over $3M, including contracts with local, state, and federal agencies, as well as managing grants from private sources and foundations. The new CFO is expected to lead and manage in a complex funding environment, thinking both analytically and creatively, and focusing on modeling and enabling action and solutions that support Environmental Initiative’s mission.

This position is full-time, exempt, with an excellent benefits package and a salary range of $80,000 to $100,000 commensurate with experience.


Financial Management and Strategy

  • Lead financial management, planning, and forecasting for individual projects and the organization as a whole.
  • Manage and oversee the financial structure for complex projects and programs with multiple funding sources.
  • Innovate, develop, and implement existing and new business models.
  • Plan and direct resource allocation and evaluate and manage risk.
  • Manage government and vendor contracting and oversee invoicing processes.
  • Oversee accounting and bookkeeping processes following GAAP rules.

Leadership and Supervision

  • Contribute to organizational development, setting strategic direction, and efforts to continuously improve and enhance impact.
  • Collaborate effectively with the CEO, Chief Impact Officer, other staff, and Board of Directors.
  • Develop successful and trusting relationships with program staff; create and sustain an environment that supports those relationships.
  • Supervise and manage administrative staff.


  • At least five years of professional experience as a financial leader
  • Experience with or proven understanding of nonprofit management
  • Significant experience with financial management and accounting in an organization with complex funding streams and multiple business models
  • Experience with innovation that ensures responsible resource management in a high-growth organization
  • Degree in Business, Finance, or related field (MBA preferred)
  • Excellent people skills with experience collaborating in multidisciplinary, diverse, and dynamic teams
  • Experience with audits, compliance issues, budget and resource development
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities, proposing new ways of creating efficiencies, and guiding investments in people and systems
  • Proven effectiveness leading professionals to understand financial goals and budgeting
  • Creative thinking, openness to change, and a willingness to take risks
  • Ability to articulate commitment to the Environmental Initiative mission, vision, and values
  • Legal and/or human resources experience preferred


Submit your cover letter, resume, and references as one .pdf document to:

Mike Harley, CEO
Environmental Initiative
211 North First Street, Suite 250
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Position will remain open until filled. Submit information by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 to be considered in the first screening.