Finance Specialist

The Nature Conservancy

A LITTLE ABOUT US

Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 79 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.

YOUR POSITION WITH TNC

The Financial Specialist will provide administrative and technical financial and accounting-related services to the Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota Chapter (MN-ND-SD) of TNC. This position will work closely with the Finance Manager and will collaborate with teams throughout the chapter to support programs as they create and manage their budgets, monitor income and expense records, provide updated reporting and more. This position provides an opportunity to have an impact on achieving TNC’s mission as part of a dynamic Chapter team.  

The anticipated range for this salaried role begins at $52,000 USD and is dependent on experience and location of the selected candidate. We aim for the position to be based at our Minneapolis office, but other locations could be considered. Additionally, TNC offers 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Finance Specialist will provide services in financial management, accounting, private grant administration, and reporting for the MN-ND-SD Chapter. They are an expert in their area of specialization, responding to moderately complex financial inquiries and needs. They will administer and maintain finance and accounting activities in accordance with TNC policies and procedures as well as best practices in financial management.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

  • Handle technical side of multi-year budget planning.  
  • Support in year-end allocation of resources to projects.  
  • Handle inquiries about private grant activities.  
  • Conduct research on expenses and income recorded to the financial system.  
  • Prepare journal entries and financial adjustments as needed.  
  • Monitor income and expense multi-year budgets, as well as related net assets.  
  • Generate accurate internal and donor financial reports.  
  • Support updating trustee reports.  
  • Communicate financial information to project managers.   
  • Answer moderately complex staff questions and problems.  
  • Ensure TNC policies and procedures, financial standards, and related legal requirements are met.
  • Reinforce consistency in the organization’s policies and procedures
  • Duties may include accounts payable activities, cash receipting forms, as well as other ad-hoc projects as requested.  
  • Possibly collaborate with the public grants team.  
  • Collaborate with the rest of the operations staff to ensure comprehensive support to all staff.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or related field and 3 years’ related experience or equivalent combination.
  • Exposure to GAAP and fund accounting principles, practices and regulations.
  • Experience using accounting systems.
  • Experience with accounting/financial issues, generating reports, and analyzing and interpreting data.
  • Experience using Microsoft Excel and databases.

 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Accuracy and strong attention to detail.
  • Working knowledge of grants accounting.
  • Interest in learning and growing in non-profit world.
  • Advanced expertise in Microsoft Excel.
  • Intermediate relational database knowledge (e.g. Excel Power Query).
  • Proactive, self-starting approach.
  • Comfort working independently in a decentralized organization.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience applying organizational skills, including establishing priorities and meeting deadlines.
  • Experience and comfort working in a changing environment.
  • Multi-lingual skills and/or multi-cultural experience appreciated.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply to position number 49124, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons on the webpage. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020.

Click “submit” to apply for the position or “save for later” to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration.

If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.

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