The Nature Conservancy Director of Finance and Operations in New Haven, Connecticut


New Haven, Connecticut, USA CT201 #LI-NC1


Come join the world’s leading conservation organization: The Nature Conservancy, an organization many of whose innovations were pioneered right here in Connecticut. Now, our Connecticut Chapter is embarking on an exciting 5-year fundraising campaign to expand the scope of our work across the state (and globally). You can be a part of our mission to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends, plus contribute to our exciting growth right here in the Nutmeg state.

Founded in 1960, The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut employs 34 staff statewide, with its headquarters located in downtown New Haven near the Yale University campus. We are part of a global organization with more than 4,000 employees in all 50 US states as well as 69 countries. The Conservancy is recognized as a global leader in conservation, led by top-talent staff and Boards of trustees.

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. to learn more.


The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut – the third oldest field office – is an innovator and incubator for many local-to-global conservation strategies, including conservation easements, climate resilience planning tools, green urban infrastructure, marine planning and freeing river flows. The Director for Finance and Operations will provide overall direction and leadership for all finance and operations functions within the business unit. This position will report to and work in close collaboration with the State Director. This person will serve as a thought partner to the State Director and, ideally, execute on the chapter’s vision by attracting, shepherding and deploying the necessary resources while working closely with a multitude of stakeholders including the chapter’s management team, board of trustees and the internal TNC network as well as external vendors and partners. Knowledge of investment vehicles, expertise in leveraging funds and streamlining operations are a plus. Experience with a decentralized, multi-location enterprise would be helpful. The ideal candidate will possess the ability to self-motivate, work independently, multitask, pursue opportunity and function equally well as an individual as well as a team member. A passion for the natural world, desire to work in a nonpartisan, entrepreneurial, collaborative environment with philanthropy, conservation and operations staff, locally and globally, and a drive to engage with partners and staff about critical needs in support of programs are essential qualities of the position. Non-profit and/or business experience is a plus. Attention to detail, superb presentation skills and the ability to work within and lead teams are a must.


The Director of Finance and Operations III will work towards meeting the strategic priorities of the program by developing and coordinating plans, and overseeing day-to-day tasks. They are responsible for managing central administrative functions, facility management, telecommunications, mailroom operations, central filing, telephone/public reception, maintaining office supplies and equipment, and processing purchasing requests. They are responsible for development and implementation of annual budgets. They will also manage administrative tasks related to Human Resources, Information Systems, and Finance, including processing forms and preparing reports and forecasts. They will be responsible for board engagement in the financial management and financial sustainability of the chapter, including the presentation of financial information at board meetings. They work with Development team in preparing proposals. They will contribute to the development of new guidelines and report to senior leadership on functional activities. The Director III will work in close cooperation with any or all of the following: Conservancy staff, donors, trustees, vendors, public agencies, financial institutions, and legal and accounting professionals. They will adhere to and advise on the organization's policies and procedures. They will provide advice, recommendations, and broad training related to operations. The Director III will maintain expert knowledge of the systems and resources utilized by the team and apply knowledge to managing support and planning communications related to the resources. They will manage documentation, initiate complex processes, and serve as key team member for the enhancement of systems and tools. They will lead diverse activities, analyze situations, evaluate alternatives, project outcomes, and implement solutions in order to improve effectiveness.


  • Act independently, exercise independent judgment to identify and solve complex problems;
  • Design and manage multiple projects, directing work of staff, setting deadlines, and ensuring accountability;
  • Design and plan new initiatives that will ensure department and organization-wide goals and strategies are achieved;
  • Direct or participate in negotiations for complex or sensitive agreements;
  • Ensure programmatic commitments, Conservancy policies and procedures,GAAP, and financial standards are met and managed for compliance.Decisions may have program-wide impact and may bind the organization financially or legally;
  • Provide timely and accurate financial reports and analysis to board members and project managers;
  • Develop and monitor budget, forecast, sustainability, and strategic financial plans;
  • Perform general accounting duties, to include: basic journal entries for transfers, loans, land transactions, accruals, deferred revenue and expense corrections;
  • Review and monitor income statement and balance sheet (including pledges) items at month and year-end close;
  • Provide financial expertise on land deals or other special projects;
  • Ensure revenue, expenses and net assets are managed to reflect donor intent including working with cross-functional teams to perform revenue allocation;
  • Manage privately funded awards;
  • Collaborate with Grants Specialists on managing public awards;
  • Oversee day-to-day financial activities such as purchasing, processing invoices, negotiating, and contracting with vendors;
  • Ensure contracted vendors carry required insurance coverage and that appropriate documentation is obtained and maintained;
  • Maintain confidentiality of frequently sensitive and emotionally-charged information;
  • Manage team accountability for strategic goals related to functional area;
  • Supervise one or more administrative or professional staff, including training and professional development;
  • Travel frequently and on short notice, working long or flexible hours as needed; and
  • Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 6 years related experience or equivalent combination, including 2 years managing operations functions;
  • Finance / Accounting experience;
  • Experience leading and implementing multiple projects;
  • Experience generating financial reports, and analyzing and interpreting data;
  • Experience developing and administering departmental budget or equivalent;
  • Experience negotiating agreements;
  • Experience working with teams across an organization; and
  • Supervisory experience including setting objectives, managing performance, and conflict resolution.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross cultural experiences are appreciated;
  • Ability to work in partnership with others in a collaborative or advisory role;
  • Demonstrated ability to conceive and write creatively for various audiences;
  • Experience developing, managing, and implementing goals, plans, and complex processes;
  • Expertise in current and evolving technology related to field of experience;
  • Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in relevant discipline,preferably in a non-profit environment;
  • Proficiency in interpreting guidelines and manipulating, analyzing, and interpreting data;
  • Successful experience managing and implementing strategic program goals;
  • Superior planning and problem solving skills;
  • Accounting degree and CPA accreditation; and/or
  • Non-profit GAAP accounting experience


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


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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 men and women 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.

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Job Title: Director of Finance and Operations

Location: Connecticut

Job ID: 45493

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time