Director of Finance and Operations, Conservation International

The Director of Finance and Operations provides financial and operational management for the Moore Center for Science and Oceans Division with a focus on budget oversight and development, financial monitoring and operations (including human resources, administrative resources and legal services) for the Science teams within the division. The position directly manages an annual budget of over $15 million. The Director of Finance and Operations provides guidance on financial and operational strategy to the division’s leadership team as well supporting the 40+ staff members on the Moore Center team. The director will also advise on resource allocation and prepare complex financial analysis to ensure the division’s long term financial sustainability.

The director ensures compliance with CI and donor legal, accounting and reporting standards, provides financial analysis, fundraising support and oversee the internal compliance of operational policies and procedures in the division. S/he will effectively participate as an integral team member, participating in and/or leading projects and initiatives (i.e. process improvement, cross-divisional proposals, project management and implementation etc.). S/He provides direct value-added expertise to the SVP on operational processes and manages and leads projects as assigned.

Budget Management & Facilitation Donor Tracking and Management: Grant and Contract Negotiation, Administration & Monitoring General Operations (Ensures effective and efficient program operational capacity, managing the HR, IT and Finance functions and teams) Special projects as assigned by Senior Director, Finance & Operations to provide support for board presentations, cost/benefit analysis and long term financial planning for the division and other analysis.

Working Conditions:
This position is located at CI’s Headquarters, located in Arlington, VA.



Bachelors Degree and minimum 5 years experience working in finance & operations, with a high degree of personal integrity, trust and reliability
Experience with international non-profits
Capable of streamlining operational (Finance, IT, HR) systems in accordance with needs for science implementation. This includes skills for adapting systems and processes for budget tracking, macro-scale scenarios and projection of expenditures, and standards for accountability & reporting.
Proven ability to demonstrate an excellent knowledge of procedures & systems for addressing human resource needs, budget and grant administration, and legal services
Knowledge of fundraising procedures, including oversight & guidance on matching investment needs with priorities for fundraising, proposal development and processing, and liaison with donors.
An energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high facilitation skills to involve strategic contributions in key processes leading them to reach agreements
Strong communication skills with the ability to relate to people at all levels of the organization Attention to detail and the ability to operation with considerable independence to effectively establish priorities and work accurately under time constraints
Excellent organizational and quantitative skills
Superior verbal and written communication and presentation skills
Strong initiative and problem solving skills
Ability to manage multiple projects while working under pressure to meet deadlines.
Must be proficient in Microsoft Office software with advanced proficiency in Excel
Must be capable of working well with diverse groups and individuals

Masters in public administration, accounting or finance

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