American Conservation Experience - Staff
  • ACE- Executive Management Team
  • USA
  • Office of the President

American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a dynamic non-profit organization dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service opportunities to over 1,500 members (youth and young adults) each year, and does so with a skilled staff of approximately 150 employees across the U.S. ACE has a national reputation for providing professional development opportunities on a variety of conservation projects for the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, and numerous state and local land management partners, either with crew based work or with individually placed interns

Title: Chief Financial Officer

Location: ACE Office or Remote Options Available (ACE offices)

ACE Department/Division: Office of the President, Executive Management Team

Reports to: President/CEO

Schedule/Hours: Flexible Schedule (Monday - Friday); additional hours as needed

Compensation: Competitive package with benefits that include paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, 401K, and health, dental, vision and other supplemental insurance.

Status: Full Time Salaried, Exempt

Position Summary:

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for all financial matters of ACE. The CFO will report to and work closely with the President/CEO. In addition, the CFO will partner with the senior leadership team and the board of directors to develop and implement strategies across the organization. The CFO will oversee all compliance and recognition for government (federal and state) and nonprofit agreements. The CFO must be able to understand and adapt to a continually changing environment and thrive in a mission driven and professional workplace. The CFO will lead and support ACE's finance team. The CFO will help develop, uphold and role model ACE core values, leadership behaviors, and philosophies.

Key attributes:

  • A love of learning and leadership development.
  • A belief that leadership begins with listening. An inclusive, collaborative and inspiring leader. A track record of building and leading creative teams, both direct reports and non-direct reports.
  • Experience in strategic planning and managing multiple priorities.
  • An exceptional communicator; Someone comfortable making professional, persuasive presentations both internally and externally.
  • Demonstrated commitment to building a diverse and inclusive staff and culture at all levels.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:


  • Appraises the organization's financial position and issues reports on the organization's financial stability, liquidity and growth.
  • Develop annual, short-term, and long-term operating budgets and work plans for the organization.
  • Oversee cash flow management, planning and ensure availability of funds as needed.
  • Oversee cash, investment, and asset management.
  • Develop and implement financing strategies and activities across the organization.
  • Schedule expenditures, analyze variances and initiate corrective actions to ensure budget attainment.
  • Develop and maintain banking and financial institution relationships.
  • Develop and implement forward-looking, predictive models and activity-based financial analyses to provide insight into the organization's operations and business plans.

Planning and Policy:

  • Coordinate the development and monitoring of annual program and organization budgets.
  • Develop financial business plans, forecasts and re-forecasts as needed.
  • Participate in policy development as a member of the senior management team.
  • Engage the finance committee of the board of directors and provide timely quarterly financials and annual budget presentations.
  • Represent the company to financial partners, including but not limited to financial institutions, and auditors.
  • Remain up to date on nonprofit audit best practices and state and federal law regarding nonprofit operations.

Accounting and Administration:

  • Oversee the finance team to ensure proper maintenance of all accounting systems and functions.
  • Direct management over the ACE finance team; Leads the team toward the achievement of company and finance objectives and goals.
  • Ensure maintenance of appropriate internal controls and financial procedures.
  • Ensure timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial and management reporting for federal and state funders, foundations, and ACE board of directors;
  • Oversee the preparation and communication of monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements.
  • Coordinate audits and proper filing of tax reporting; Coordinates filing of state, federal tax returns including income, and all related business programs and investor relations activities.
  • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial functions.

Awareness and Positioning of ACE:

  • Represent ACE's philosophy and values as an Executive with a wide range of audiences; Possesses personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to ACE's mission.
  • Fosters a culture and environment that positions ACE for success and ensures that ACE is the program of choice for partners.
  • Demonstrates and promotes ACE Operating Values and Leadership Behaviors.
  • May represent ACE at appropriate conferences and trainings.
  • Adhere to ACE policies and procedures.
  • Other related duties as assigned; Responsibilities and tasks outlined are not exhaustive and may change as determined by ACE.

Required Experience and Qualifications:

  • 10+ years broad experience overseeing and managing finance, including accounting, budgeting, control, auditing and reporting.
  • Bachelor's degree required; CPA and/or MBA preferred.
  • Minimum five years' experience as CFO or in a senior financial-management role in a nonprofit organization with a budget of at least $10 million.
  • Significant experience in or knowledge of nonprofit accounting, including fund and grant accounting, compliance, and reporting.
  • Strong knowledge of the nonprofit sector with multiple funding sources including government (federal and state) contracts and an affiliate structure with diverse program areas delivered nationwide.
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of the Office of Management and Budget Circular A133 audit.
  • Technologically savvy, with an ability to work with information technology staff to manage finance and accounting software packages and to develop and implement new processes and systems that increase efficiency.
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities, proposing new ways of creating efficiencies, and guiding investment in people and systems.
  • Flexible and a self-starter; able to multitask while also being highly detail oriented.
  • Experience with Netsuites financial software.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, team management, and interpersonal skills.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with stockholders, financial institutions, and the investment community.
  • Excellent analytical and abstract reasoning skills, plus excellent organization skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively across the organization.
  • Strong business acumen and executive presence

Other Requirements:

  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Valid driver's license and an insurable driving record
  • Proficient in English
  • Ability to pass a federal criminal background check
  • Willing to abide by ACE Policy and Federal Drug Free workplace policies and laws.
  • ACE reserves the right to drug test at any time.

Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions:

Physical Demands: Requires frequent sitting, standing, walking, carrying, using hands to handle or feel, reaching with hands and arms, talks and hears. Manual dexterity required for use of computer keyboard/mouse and other routine office equipment. May occasionally be required to stoop, kneel, climb stairs, and/or crouch.

Vision Requirements: Requires close, distance, peripheral and depth perception vision as well as the ability to focus.

Weight Lifted or Force Exerted: Frequently lifts up to 10 pounds., occasionally lifts up to 25 pounds.

Environmental: Moderate noise such as in a business office with equipment and light traffic.

Travel: This position requires domestic travel

To Apply:

Please use the "Apply Now" to fill out an application. You must include a resume, three professional references, and a one-page cover letter detailing your interest and relevant experience. Qualified applicants will be contacted by email to arrange an interview. Applicants must follow all application instructions in order to be considered for this opportunity.

American Conservation Experience is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified employee or applicant has the same opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetics or any other classification protected by applicable local, state, or federal law. ACE supports diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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