Finance Director

Environmental Initiative

Location: Minneapolis


Environmental Initiative is a nonprofit organization that works with business, nonprofit, government, and community leaders to develop collaborative solutions to Minnesota’s environmental problems. As a catalyst, convener, or implementer, Environmental Initiative develops innovative solutions to environmental problems with our partners. Since 2017, Environmental Initiative has been focused on reorienting its organizational culture to center equity and inclusion throughout our work and operations. Read more about who we are on our website.   


The Finance Director provides overall direction for all financial management, planning, accounting, and budgeting functions. This position develops financial procedures and directs their implementation. They also manage all financial and accounting activities, develop financial forecasts, oversee annual audit, and manage accounting staff and contractors.

This is a full-time position with an expected start date of late August or early September 2020. The Finance Director will report to the CEO.


  • Provide overall direction for all financial management, planning, accounting, and budgeting functions.
  • Collaborate with and build capacity among staff members at all levels of the organization in work planning, budget management, creative problem solving, and work plan and budget adaptation.
  • Create and maintain systems for effective accounting and financial management in a complex, growing, and dynamic organization, including developing financial models and structures for contracts, grant proposals, and indirect rate determinations.
  • Provide financial analysis and forecasting, including producing regular financial reports for relevant staff and the Board of Directors.
  • Counsel staff leadership and the Board of Directors on the effective allocation of financial resources to meet the strategic priorities and goals of the organization as a whole as well as programs and projects.
  • Ensure compliance in financial regulations, funder intent, audits, and reporting.
  • Understand and mitigate elements of risk in organizational activities, including certain aspects of the human resources function, policy development, and compliance.
  • Collaborate with the Treasurer, the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors, and staff leadership to enable Board members to fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities, including through the completion of annual financial audits.
  • Help staff communicate, interpret, and adapt organizational financial policies and requirements to enable innovative and intercultural collaboration with external partners.


  • 5 years of relevant experience, in addition to or in lieu of a relevant degree, that demonstrate:
    • Working knowledge of non-profit accounting and financial management
    • Understanding of annual audit preparation, functional expense calculations, and forecasting
    • Ability to lead teams, hold a leadership role, and/or direct bodies of work
  • Experience relevant to approaching financial management as a shared responsibility across staff and Board members, including communication, coaching, training, and mentorship
  • Familiarity with managing a federally approved indirect rate or a comparable situation requiring compliance with government rules and requirements
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including racial justice and intercultural relationship and competence
  • Commitment to personal and professional growth and development, and to the development of other staff
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Creative problem solver
  • Goal orientation and practice in employing goal-directed behavior
  • Self-starter, with the ability to work independently and be self-guided 
  • Outstanding team player and preference for working collaboratively 
  • Proficiency with Excel, QuickBooks and Microsoft Office software


  • Experience with or understanding of property lease management and/or negotiation
  • Experience supporting staff in financial decision-making
  • Experience creating processes and leading system changes and improvements
  • Experience building and maintaining trust, including relationships across difference


Environmental Initiative offers a competitive salary and flexible benefits package, including a group health care plan, dental insurance, transit benefits, parking, HSA and FSA accounts, life insurance, long term disability coverage, and a 403(b)-matching program. Environmental Initiative also embraces a flexible working environment, with the option to work remotely and determine a regular work schedule that accommodates individual staff members’ needs and preferences. 

Anticipated annual salary in the range of $77,000 – $84,000, commensurate with experience.  


To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter that includes your response to the following prompts (each in 250 words or fewer) by email to with “Finance Director” as the subject line.

  • Tell us about why you are interested in this position. Why Environmental Initiative and why now?
  • How do your experience, strengths, and skills uniquely prepare you for this role?

Attention: Mike Harley, CEO

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

Applications are strongly encouraged to be submitted by 11:59 PM CST on Sunday, July 12, 2020 for primary consideration, and the position will remain open until filled. Applications are reviewed by our hiring team based on the skills and qualifications outlined in the job posting. Typical applicant evaluation processes involve at least two in-person or virtual interviews with our hiring team. The process generally lasts 8 weeks from the start of our initial screening to the date when we can make an offer. Applicants can learn more about Environmental Initiative’s hiring practices here.