ELAW Seeks Finance Manager

ELAW is a global alliance of lawyers, scientists and other advocates collaborating across borders to build a sustainable, just future. ELAW’s global partners are addressing complex issues including challenging fossil fuel projects; reining in plastic; protecting the climate; defending land rights; securing clean water; conserving ecosystems; and protecting environmental defenders.

The Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) seeks a motivated, experienced financial professional to manage the finances of the organization. The Finance Manager will have demonstrated ability to maintain, adapt and improve finance functions, systems and processes, and an interest in applying that ability in support of ELAW's mission. The Finance Manager will support ELAW's senior leadership to track revenues, expenses, and assets, and efficiently communicate financial information to supporters as needed. The Finance Manager will report to the Associate Director and support the work of the Finance and Personnel Committee of the Board of Directors.


  • Prepares financial statements, including income statements, balance sheets, grant budgets, variance reports by fund and for the organization.
  • Ensures cash flow is compatible with operational needs, by overseeing accounting and internal control activities. Reports financial status, analyzes variances, and forecasts revenue and expenses.
  • Allocates expenses to specific (grant) funds, monthly.
  • Continually refines and improves financial systems.
  • Works closely with the Associate Director and Bookkeeper on external financial audits.
  • Identifies opportunities for improvement, cost reduction and systems improvement.
  • Works with senior management to develop the annual operating budget, and any grant, project, and program budgets. Compares budgeted expenses to actual expenses; makes necessary adjustments to future projections and budgets.
  • Tracks foundation and government financial commitments, revenues, and deadlines.
  • Develops budgets and reports for foundation and government supporters.
  • Responsible for organization risk management and property insurance programs and directs the annual insurance renewal process. Assesses risk exposure and potential liability in all significant matters concerning the organization and works with senior management to develop sound risk control measures.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with bank and financial institution key contacts.
  • Works with senior management to analyze and improve benefits for employees.
  • Works with senior management to ensure compliance with fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Works with senior management to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local financial regulations. Updates knowledge by keeping abreast of new regulations, participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, and maintaining personal networks.
  • Develops financial organizational strategies by providing financial and accounting information, analysis, and recommendations for strategic actions.

Relevant skills and experience:

  • Experience managing finances within a nonprofit operating internationally with varied funding sources, including individual, government, and institutional funding, both restricted and unrestricted, is strongly preferred
  • Good business judgment, great capacity for flexibility and adaptability to shifting priorities or needs, and sound decision-making abilities
  • Experience with nonprofit finance operations, including budget management, financial reporting, and scenario planning, and experience managing grants and contracts
  • Deep knowledge and experience in nonprofits in the US and globally
  • Strong computer skills and technology literacy, including database management, and financial modeling and reporting systems
  • Excellent business acumen with the ability to comprehend programmatic activities
  • Commitment to ELAW’s mission and vision, as well as the values and practice of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA), with a concentration/major in Accounting; CPA and/or MBA or related degree preferred, or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of fund accounting practices and software required, experience with MIP Nonprofit Accounting preferred
  • Ability to effectively communicate financial concepts and principles


  • Job Type: Full-time
  • Compensation: $70,000-$90,000 DOE
  • Excellent benefits package, including 403(b) and SEP-IRA contributions, short- and long-term disability insurance, health insurance, health reimbursement and flexible spending accounts, paid time off, and collegial, supportive work environment.
  • Location: Eugene, Oregon

ELAW does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, disability, socio-economic background, age, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, national origin, ancestry, status with regards to public assistance, or immigration status.

ELAW is committed to justice and equity and our outreach, recruitment, and hiring practices reflect our commitment to actively developing the skills of a diverse community.

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