Director of Finance & Operations

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The Nature Conservancy

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San Antonio, TX, United States

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13 days ago


San Antonio, Texas, USA

San Antonio Office


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The Director of Finance and Operations is a senior member of the Texas program of The Nature Conservancy, responsible for leading financial management and financial sustainability activities, coordinating human resources functions including staff hiring and professional development processes, managing an operations support team, and ensuring effective office operations across the business unit.


Financial responsibilities include the development and management of annual budgets and quarterly/annual financial reports. The Director of Finance and Operations is responsible for board engagement in the financial management and financial sustainability of the chapter, including the presentation of financial information at meetings of the Board of Trustees, and serves as the staff liaison to the Board of Trustees’ Finance Committee. They are the primary resource for staff on financial matters and organizational policies and procedures, and work closely with the State Director, Director of Development and other members of the development team to generate budgets for funding proposals and to manage the allocation of awarded funds, consistent with donor intent and chapter needs.

The Director of Finance and Operations strives to enhance performance and efficiency for all TNC Texas staff by guiding human resources functions including capacity planning, recruiting and onboarding of staff, performance management and professional growth opportunities.

They oversee centralized administrative processes including accounts payable, general purchasing requests, contract management, asset management (office lease negotiations, facility and fleet management), safety, telecommunications and information systems.

The Director of Finance and Operations manages a department that consists of five staff members: four direct reports – Finance Manager, HR and Diversity Manager, Operations Coordinator, and Conservation Project Manager, and one dotted line reports – Grants Specialist, with oversight and accountability for all related work of the Texas program.

Duties are confidential; require a comprehensive understanding of The Nature Conservancy’s policies and procedures and the ability to meet the highest ethical and professional standards. This position reports to the State Director of the Texas program, is a member of Texas’ senior management team and works in close collaboration with the functional support areas (Finance, Grants, Human Resources and Information Technology Systems) of the Great Plains Division and the Worldwide Office (WO) of The Nature Conservancy.


  • Manage comprehensive finances for the Texas program by guiding the development and execution of the business unit budget; forecasting; monitoring to ensure budget accountability; program planning; analyzing revenue and expense trends; and, reporting.
  • Provide orientation and training in budgeting, accounting policies and procedures and financial analysis to program managers.
  • Coordinate closely with development team on fundraising goals and the provision of budgets and financial reports to donors.
  • Manage journal entries. Oversee accounts payable, funds received and receivable. Oversee year-end closing of general ledger, making final adjustments as needed.
  • Provide high-level support on personnel matters, performance reviews and salary analyses, in coordination with divisional HR Business Partner.
  • Act as liaison between Texas Business Unit and global IT, Treasury, HR, and Finance departments.
  • Supervise the project management and streamlining of conservation outcomes reporting, funding proposal development, and other administrative tasks to ease the administrative burden on conservation staff.
  • Serve as advisor to the State Director and senior management team.


  • Accountability for strategic goals related to their functional area;
  • Act independently, exercise independent judgment to identify and solve financial and operations complex problems;
  • Decisions may have program-wide impact and may bind the organization financially or legally;
  • 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.
  • Provide timely and accurate financial reports and analysis to board members, project managers and BU Directors;
  • 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 items (including pledges) 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;
  • Develop quarterly certifications related to lands, depreciation of assets, and others
  • Manage private 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;
  • Liaise and coordinate with WO treasury on funds transfers in accordance with the Financial Management Handbook and WO Treasury requirements.
  • Maintain confidentiality of frequently sensitive and emotionally-charged information;
  • Manage team accountability for strategic goals related to functional area;
  • Consult with divisional HR Business Partner and implement conflict resolution strategies and performance management to ensure positive morale within the chapter.
  • Liaise with WO HR Global Benefits team as necessary on locally-provided employee benefits.
  • Supervise administrative or professional staff, including training and professional development;
  • Work long or flexible hours as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 8 years related experience or equivalent combination, including 3 years managing operations functions;
  • Financial / Accounting experience;
  • Experience generating financial reports and analyzing and interpreting data;
  • Experience developing and administering departmental budget or equivalent;
  • Experience developing, managing and implementing multiple projects and strategic goals;
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams across multiple organizational levels;
  • Experience managing and supervising a multidisciplinary team including setting objectives, managing performance, and conflict resolution;
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in principles and practices of human resources, and office operations.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experiences are appreciated;
  • Accounting degree and CPA certification;
  • Non-profit GAAP accounting experience; and/or
  • Understanding of best practices in non-profit management;
  • Experience in supporting Human Resources Process.
  • Excellent communication skills including presentations, conversations, and documents;
  • Experience managing and supporting a geographically dispersed team;
  • Proficiency in synthesizing materials from multiple sources into a coherent and accurate summary;
  • Proficiency in working independently as well as jointly with colleagues on a team;
  • Superior planning and problem-solving skills;
  • Experience developing, managing, and implementing goals, plans, and complex processes.


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