Environmental Defense Fund

Financial Analyst

Job Locations US-NY-New York
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/29/2020 9:19 AM)
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With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and results are a way of life.


EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share the Core Values that allow us to experiment courageously in our work while staying true to who we’ve been as an organization for 50 years. Are you a results oriented individual who is passionate about creating environmental solutions that make a lasting difference in the world? Do you respect diverse perspectives, talents and contributions? Do you value innovation and enjoy designing and using a wide range of problem-solving tools? Do you embrace environmental goals with a sense of optimism while taking into account real-world dynamics? If you have integrity and a strong desire to uphold a commitment to science, rigorous analysis, intellectual honesty and ethical action, then EDF is the place for you.


Overall Function


As a member of the Finance Department, the Financial Analyst will provide technical and decision support to the organization's department operations that may include Administration, Information Technology, Human Resources, Finance, Legal & Compliance, and Global Operations, as well as program operations and grants management.  S/he will assist in the annual budget submission process and in developing more effective reporting of the budget and actuals throughout the fiscal year. 


The Financial Analyst will be tasked to organize data, build spreadsheets and financial reports, review contracts and grants, perform financial analysis and projections and reconcile variances.  This position reports to the Director and will work closely with other Program and Department Financial Analysts, colleagues in Finance, and Senior Management.



Key Responsibilities

  • Organize data and create clear and accurate presentations, including spreadsheets, graphics, and insightful summary material

  • Support Program and Department staff to produce timely month-end reports of actual vs. budget results, ensuring accuracy and completeness; investigate, analyze and explain variances from budget for income and expense line items

  • Assist in the preparation of financial reports for various stakeholders, including internal management, funders, etc.; identify variances and issues in budget management

  • Work with program management, program staff, finance staff and development staff to assist in the development of department annual budget submissions

  • Assist in financial operations including those related to invoices, coding of expense items, and review of organizational and department-specific financial and operational processes

  • Conduct analysis that support regular (weekly and monthly) review of financial performance

  • Participate in process improvement initiatives across the organization as it relates to finance

  • Participate in departmental meetings and trainings

  • Perform ad-hoc financial analytics that will provide decision-making support on strategic initiatives

  • Work on special projects as assigned by Finance Leadership and CFO


  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Finance, or Accounting

  • Minimum 2-4 years of progressive experience in a Finance and Accounting department within a non-profit organization with a B.A., or advanced degree with at least 2 years' experience. International non-profit experience is a plus

  • Demonstrated familiarity of GAAP; thorough understanding of non-profit accounting principles and grants management

  • Government grant reporting experience is a plus

  • Proven knowledge of budgeting, forecasting, and reporting: the ability to perform complex financial analysis and to create insight from a large-scale general ledger

  • Detail-oriented: the ability to spot trends and ensure accuracy

  • Experienced in MS Office Suite, with expertise in Excel: the ability to develop formulas, pivot tables, charts and spreadsheets that clearly present data to facilitate decision-making by management

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and diplomatic skills: the ability to effectively liaise with colleagues in a diverse environment

  • Solid organizational and problem-solving skills: the ability to be flexible under pressure with changing priorities, and perform well in a fast-paced team environment

  • Self-motivated: the ability to work productively and independently

  • Experience with forecasting, budgeting and reporting software packages is required

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Fluency in both Mandarin and English is preferred 


Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.


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