Land Trust Alliance The Land Trust Alliance is the voice of the land trust community. As the national leader in policy, standards, and education, we work passionately to support land trusts across America so they can save more land and better serve their communities.
Our natural places and working lands are a lifeline to clean air, water, food, and good health. These lands also bring us together, inspire us and provide opportunities to recreate and recharge. The land trust community is a crucial component in this equation. With important places under continual threat, land trusts need access to the best tools, information, and policy advocates. Armed with a diverse network and valuable resources, the Alliance is the land trust community’s source for the knowledge and capabilities they need to reach their goals. From tax and funding policies on Capitol Hill to innovative ideas, partnerships, and initiatives, we ensure our land trust members can always be heard and achieve more.
Position Summary The Land Trust Alliance seeks an outstanding Vice President of Finance to help shape the next stage or organizational evolution. The Vice President of Finance reports to the Chief Operating and Financial Officer (COO/CFO) and is responsible for supporting the COO/CFO with the overall management and financial planning of the organization’s finances.
In partnership with the COO/CFO, the VP Finance provides both strategic and operational support in managing the annual budget, overseeing revenue and expenses, supporting financial controls, providing financial planning, budgeting, budget analysis and reporting and risk management. The VP of Finance supervises and works in collaboration with the Director of Accounting and Financial Operations and the Director of Grants Management and Financial Analysis to provide direction and oversight on the accounting, grants management and finance functions within the organization.
This is a new role with tremendous upside and direct ability to both set and drive operational and system framework streamlining and will work directly with and support the senior leadership. This leader must possess the strategic, financial, and operational acumen, as well as a passion for our mission and service.
The Vice President will be able to leverage their financial leadership skills to update system processes and practices to help scale the Alliance going forward. The VP will help to reengineer operations and systems and bring a discipline and standard of operation to the staff. This position will further streamline automation, will work to improve budget management practices to ensure more timely posting of information, and will work with various program directors on best financial reporting practices.
Duties and Responsibilities
Develop budgets and other procedures for the efficient conduct of Land Trust Alliance business
Collaborate with the COO/CFO and other Land Trust Alliance leaders on all strategic and tactical matters as they relate to financial forecasting, cost benefit analyses, and budget management
Responsible for all Land Trust Alliance funds, including receipt of monies due and payable and management of Land Trust Alliance funds and investments in accordance with the direction of the Board of Directors
Manage and oversee the work of a cohesive finance team (currently 2 direct reports) that strive for continuous improvement of accounting processes, systems and procedures
Works closely with the Director of Accounting and Financial Operations to lead, oversee and review the accounting team operations (including, but not limited to, cash reconciliations, investment account reconciliation, accounts receivable transactions, fixed asset activity, accounts payable transactions, recording of revenues and expenses, etc.)
Oversee the annual audit and 990 effort ensuring the timely delivery of items to auditors.
Works closely with the Director of Grants Management and Financial Analysis to standardize and streamline the grants management process across the organization, ensure federal grant compliance, support to the development (fundraising) team on proposal budgets, foundation financial reporting, charitable revenue reconciliation and strategic guidance
Produce monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements and ad hoc reports, ensuring completeness and that all revenues and expenses are recorded in accordance with GAAP
Develop and improve organizational financial reporting
Ensure that the investment accounts are properly aligned with the approved investment policy statement and related performance activity is accounted for each month on a timely basis, within established standards
Consistently analyze financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner, meeting monthly reporting standards
Maintain the organization’s primary forecasting and budget development tools. In collaboration with the COO/CFO, initiate the annual budget development process and present, analyze and finalize the annual budget
Manage organizational cash flow forecasting and manage assets between Land Trust Alliance bank accounts
Prepare and present recurring internal and external reports
Complete ad hoc reporting requests, analysis, and special projects
Establish internal audits to monitor performance, compliance with policies and procedures and identify strength and weaknesses
In partnership with the COO/CFO, direct budgeting and forecasting processes.
Provide continuous risk and opportunity assessment and timely communication and advice to management teams
Support continuous improvement initiatives, including identifying best practices and improving internal systems with an eye toward future needs and budget realities;
Assist senior management in financial planning and results management. Work with other team members to understand revenue and cost drivers and define appropriate reports for tracking
Perform other finance and administrative duties and special projects as required
Exceptional analytical capabilities
Seasoned financial leader at commensurate leadership level to be able to focus on the forensics of the accounting and reporting
Ability to ensure programs and budgets align to help the organization maximize the revenue
Adept at conveying complex concepts and detailed analysis in strategic and compelling manner across audiences
Proven experience translating strategic vision into operational success
Able to engender trust with staff
Ability to provide direction on managing revenue and expenses fluidly across departments
Demonstrated experience with new system identification and implementation practices
Ability to serve as a thought partner with the CFO/COO
Comfort with leading macro strategy and micro implementation
Aware of best-in-class financial reporting and trends and systems
Adept at working within collaborative teams, and providing sound, trusted, and confident direction
Willingness to think and work towards creative solutions
Well versed in federal revenue and different business lines to ensure continued compliance
Excellent communicator, both written and oral
Ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidences
7-10+ years of managerial accounting and financial management experience;
Demonstrated experience in financial management, preferably in the non-profit space
Detailed knowledge of non-profit US GAAP accounting and able to put it into practice
Strong financial acumen and business savvy
Ability to create and utilize financial models, in a multitude of software tools, to answer financial concerns
Comfortable in amiably dealing with all levels of employees from clerical to executive as well as with external contacts
Ability to model and project future financial estimates in support of forecasts and budgets
Comfortable in dealing with different governmental agencies for compliance purposes
Solid proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), and ability to learn required business systems
Experience leading, developing, and coaching direct reports and team members.
Ability to resolve complex issues
Strong verbal and written communications skills, and ability to interact with all levels of the organization
Detail and task orientated with a focus on accuracy and results
Must be able to work on multiple and sometimes competing projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines
Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
Ability to work without direct supervision, and efficiently manage tasks and time
Certified Public Accountant (CPA), preferred
Familiarity working in Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains, preferred
Experience working in iMIS, preferred
Education Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or Business required. Master’s degree in related discipline preferred. MBA, CPA preferred, but not required.
Compensation Competitive compensation ranges and detailed benefits packages will be provided to candidates.
The Land Trust Alliance’s mission is to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Land Trust Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or marital status.