The mission of WRI's Finance Center is to promote the shift of finance away from environmentally unsustainable activities and toward sustainable ones. We do this through the production of data-driven, policy-actionable research and knowledge products and by convening coalitions of key stakeholders that can drive action on the ground.
Our team is multidisciplinary and brings together experience from academia and the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The Finance Center supports the rest of WRI as we seek to tackle WRI's Global Challenges. We do so through deep, multi-year partnerships with a subset of WRI Programs, through cross-cutting activities designed to influence financial institutions and markets, and through the provision of tailored technical advice to WRI's programs and international offices. Our work is structured around five key themes: (1) financing NDC implementation, (2) "greening" private sector finance, (3) strengthening public financial institutions, (4) encouraging the U.S. and China to be sustainable finance champions, and (5) strengthening investment in adaptation and resilience.
As Operation Manager, you will be responsible for leading the Finance Center's operations and administrative processes. The main areas of responsibility will include budget & finance management and grants & contracts oversight.
Budgeting and Financial Management (40% of time required)
Prepare and manage the Finance Center's annual overall budgets as well funder-specific budgets including monitoring monthly expenses and updating budgets monthly
Coordinate and lead monthly, quarterly and annual financial review meetings
Work closely with other program, center, and IO PCs to ensure successful collaboration. Identify and mitigate funding risks
Review and track monthly expenses and staff labor hours
Assist with expense reports, invoicing and other transactions
Comply with all internal WRI budgeting and contract processes and deadlines
Develop and put in place new systems and approaches to more efficiently manage the Finance Center's finances and development
Represent the Finance Center in all finance and operations-related meetings
Assist in fundraising tasks, including creating budgets for funding proposals, drafting funder proposals, and donor stewardship
Grants and Contracts Management (30% of time required)
Prepare and maintain sub-grant and contract agreements with partners and contractors including educating them on expectations, and ensuring timely and accurate collection of progress and financial reports
Assist Global Director and Senior Associates in ensuring compliance with the terms and conditions of complex international and multi-lateral grants and contracts including timely submission of funder financial reports, collection and payment of contract invoices, adherence to funder restrictions
Ensure that the Finance Center complies with funder-specific and WRI financial requirements and best-practices
Assist in tracking contract deliverables to ensure that they are submitted within the period of performance and coordinate the submission of invoices
Operations and Administration (30% of time required)
Serve as head of the Finance Center's administration and operations: manage work space allocations for staff and interns, support staff hiring, on-boarding and exits, coordinate annual performance review
Lead the program in the use of our CRM software, Salesforce including rolling out expanded and consistent use across teams
Develop and roll-out a standardized project management and reporting system, with support from program leadership
Assist Program staff with administrative tasks such as managing schedules, coordinating meetings, providing logistical support for events and meetings, weekly reporting and other administrative duties as needed
Three+ years of full-time work experience in relevant field
Master's degree preferred, or bachelor's degree with two+ years of relevant experience
Assertive, detail-oriented, and highly organized individual with a strong interest in program operations/coordination, budgets, and administrative work
Candidate must be self-motivated with an ability to juggle multiple priorities, handle assignments independently, and work under tight deadlines. Demonstrated capacity to work well under pressure with competing demands
Patience and perseverance in understanding and explaining issues to partners and contractors, particularly with regard to grant compliance and monitoring
Strong process orientation with sensitivity to quality
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
Strong writing, database management, and proofreading skills
Excellent communication skills, including the ability to work well in a team
Strong computer skills including high level of comfort with Microsoft Office (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, SharePoint, PowerPoint, etc.), web-based communications (e.g., Skype, GoToMeeting, etc.), and Internet research
Familiarity with database software and management (such as Salesforce, Concur, Cognos, TM1, etc.) preferred
Personnel management experience preferred
US work authorization is required for all WRI US opportunities. WRI cannot offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.
How to Apply
Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.
World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.
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The World Resources Institute (http://www.wri.org) is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people's lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI's policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI's global agenda requires a staff that is diverse with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.
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