Job Title: Southern Mexico Program Finance Specialist.
Job ID: 10421
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
The Nature Conservancy is the world’s leading conservation organization, working in all 50 states and more than 33 countries. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
The Finance Specialist is a member of the Southern Mexico Program in the Mexico Operating Unit of The Nature Conservancy’s Mesoamerica & Caribbean Conservation Region (MACR). The Finance Specialist for the Southern Mexico Southern Mexico Program is responsible for the management, maintenance, analysis, and reporting of all financial data related to the Conservancy’s actions in the Southern Mexico (SOMEX) Program. This includes annual budget development; monitoring, analyzing, and maintaining of all financial information (including the accounts payable system, funds received and receivable, and travel reimbursements), processing of internal financial forms; processing, approval and/or reporting of financial transactions; and generating periodic internal and external reports for field and/or management use, including standard monthly financial reports with analysis to be provided to the Mexico OU Finance Manager as well as ad hoc reports as requested.
In addition, the Finance Specialist is responsible for the preparation and monitoring of all program grants, sub-awards and contracts for SOMEX – either by direct preparation or in coordination with other SOMEX and Strategies program staff. S/he is responsible for the oversight of The Nature Conservancy’s standard operating procedures for all program grants for SOMEX, including partner due-diligence documentation for the financial component, revision of financial reports (and approval according to level of delegation of authority), and ensuring adequate and timely implementation of audit recommendations both internal and for partners. S/he is a resource to staff for contract and partners sub-award preparation, working in collaboration with Grants and Legal.
S/he provides recommendations related to finances in the overall organizational planning, policy development and implementation. S/he serves as the Southern Mexico Program representative for all financial matters and must be involved in all relevant processes with a potential financial impact (proposal preparation, budget negotiation, etc.). S/he is an active member of the MACR (Mesoamerica & Caribbean Region) Finance & Operations Team and attends annual meetings and ongoing conference calls. This position is a key member of the SOMEX management team and reports to Southern Mexico Program Director.
• Bachelor’s degree and 3 years related experience in finance/accounting, business, or equivalent combination. • Experience with Oracle systems and relational databases. • Experience in developing, directing and managing multiple projects. • Experience implementing strategic program goals. • Excellent verbal and written skills in English and Spanish required.
ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION
• Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years related experience in finance/accounting, business, or equivalent combination; MBA and/or CPA preferred. • Excellent analytical and quantitative skills. • Familiarity with Oracle systems and relational databases desired. • Successful experience in developing, directing and managing multiple projects and implementing strategic program goals. • Excellent verbal and written skills in English and Spanish required.
COMPLEXITY/PROBLEM SOLVING: • Work is diversified and may not always fall under established practices and guidelines. • Design, implement and direct multiple complex projects, setting and meeting deadlines and ensuring program accountability. • Resolves complex issues independently within program area. Experiments to find creative solutions and cultivates the ideas of others to identify potential solutions. • Acts as a resource to others to solve problems.
• Acts independently within broad program goals. Work checked through consultation and agreement with others rather than by directives of superiors. • Makes decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment. • Decisions may have program-wide impact and may bind the organization financially or legally.
RESPONSIBILITY/OVERSIGHT –FINANCIAL & SUPERVISORY:
• May supervise administrative and professional staff with responsibility for performance management, training, and development. • May serve as a team leader for assigned projects and coordinate the work of others. • Ensure that program complies with TNC policies and procedures and external (GAAP) requirements. • Gain cooperation from individuals or groups over whom there is no direct authority in order to accomplish program goals. • Responsibility and accountability for meeting departmental strategic goals and objectives.
• Work with and communicate with a wide range of people – the public, upper management, and partners including financial/legal advisors. Work in partnership with other in a collaborative or advisory role. • Solicit program support through clear written communications, including proposal writing and other written materials.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT:
• Work is performed in a typical office setting. • Willingness to work long hours as required. • Work effectively with demanding constituents.
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 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.
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit resume and cover letter as one document no later than September 22nd, 2008.
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