About Energy Foundation
Energy Foundation’s (EF) mission is to serve the public interest by building a strong clean energy economy. EF supports education and analysis to promote non-partisan policy solutions that advance renewable energy and energy efficiency while opening doors to greater innovation and productivity—growing the economy with dramatically less pollution. We are a complex, multi-site, multicultural nonprofit organization with big plans for the future. Now into the tenure of a new CEO, EF has embarked on a major strategy refresh, a prioritized commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), and rapid geographic expansion.
For more than 25 years, Energy Foundation has supported grantees to help educate policymakers and the general public about the health and economic benefits of a clean energy economy. Our grantees include business, health, environmental, labor, equity, faith, and consumer groups, as well as policy experts, think tanks, universities, and more.
Our comprehensive approach advances energy efficiency and renewable energy in the power, transportation, and buildings sectors. Working together, our Policy and Public Engagement programs focus on developing innovative policies and campaigns to help propel clean energy development in these sectors, while our Strategic Communications Program develops powerful narrative and communications strategies designed to build support for our work regionally and nationwide. Our States and Regions Team is a cross-disciplinary team of policy, communications, and campaign experts dedicated to advancing strong state and regional climate and clean energy policies.
Energy Foundation’s founding office is in San Francisco, CA, with regional offices in Raleigh, NC; Chicago, IL; Washington, DC; and Las Vegas, NV.
The Ideal Candidate
EF seeks a Senior Director, Finance who is a functional expert who can see beyond the numbers to why they matter. As someone who thinks holistically about the organization they serve, the ideal candidate is a relationship- builder who will proactively interact and share information across EF locations and staff. They are service- and solutions-oriented, and a collaborative problem-solver who is at home in a diverse, dynamic, complex environment with a combination of local, regional, and international staff. Ever curious and inquisitive, the ideal candidate will connect with people individually, ask the right questions, and be able to provide the right analysis and data to inform decision-making. The flexibility to consider other points of view and meet people where they are will be critical for success.
Functionally, a successful track record of rigorous financial management—along with very strong accounting, compliance, audit, and financial analysis skills—is essential. Prior experience holding final responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data, reporting, and audits is valued. The ideal candidate is confident in their knowledge and not afraid to collaborate with peers to make decisions that will improve methods or policies for all.
Excellent communications skills are required. The ability to build strong, collaborative, working relationships with a very diverse group of colleagues and external partners is critical to success. Candidates need to demonstrate success navigating multi-cultural work environments that have distributed, international, and remote teams. Their combination of financial acumen and interpersonal skills will build the trust and confidence of all staff and ensure they have the support they need to succeed.
The Senior Director, Finance must operate with the highest standards and integrity. Attention to detail and accuracy are critical. The position requires keen analytical, organizational, and team management skills to manage competing priorities, as well as a strong fluency in technology and systems.
As a manager, the ideal candidate is inclusive, open, and transparent; follows-through; listens to the team; engages them in planning and problem-solving; and fosters their growth. Their expertise allows them to identify ways to help the finance team optimize their work so it can operate at the highest level.
Candidates should bring a minimum of 8–10 years’ experience in progressively responsible, hands-on accounting and financial management roles. Proven success working with and across teams in a high performing, complex, multi-site and multi-cultural organization is important. Excellent accounting, budgeting, and team management skills are essential. Certified Public Accountant status would be an asset. Candidates need a working familiarity with systems including Salesforce, Concur, Adaptive, NetSuite, Fluxx, Box, Google Docs, and advanced Excel expertise.
The Senior Director, Finance must have an understanding of nonprofit accounting practices and regulations, including the 990-tax return process, revenue recognition, and current requirements for determining proper classification. Some understanding of grants management in a philanthropic context is helpful, but not required. Ideally, work experience includes some combination of philanthropic or nonprofit organizations, private sector, government, and/or social enterprises across diverse cultures and geographies.
The Senior Director, Finance role is located in EF’s San Francisco office.