San Francisco, California

Chief Financial Officer

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NatureBridge is committed to welcoming more students to discover and learn in their national parks. This will be accomplished by bringing all campuses to capacity, completing a fundraising campaign to increase access through scholarships while expanding and improving campus infrastructure and strengthening NatureBridge’s position as a national leader in hands-on environmental science learning. NatureBridge’s revenue is derived from a combination of 70% earned and 30% contributed. NatureBridge is committed to financial transparency and accountability and completed its 2018 audit (performed by Hood & Strong) with an Unqualified Opinion letter.

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is NatureBridge's financial leader, strategist, architect and executor. The CFO serves as a key member of the organization with responsibility for advising the CEO, leadership team and Board of Directors. This positions holds primary oversight and management related to finance and accounting, information technology and human resources. In partnership with other organizational leaders, the CFO defines and implements strategies, policies and practices that improve the organization’s ability to achieve its mission while fostering cross-functional links among headquarters, campuses and departments. The CFO reports to the President and CEO and is based out of the NatureBridge national office in San Francisco, CA.

Major Areas of Responsibility

Leadership

  • Provide strategic financial input and leadership on decisions affecting the organization.
  • Function as an organizational leader and highly collaborative member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT).
  • Participate in the development of NatureBridge's plans and programs as a strategic partner.
  • Evaluate and advise on the impact of long-range planning, introduction of new programs/strategies and regulatory action.

Financial Accountability

  • Plan, develop, organize, implement, direct and evaluate the organization's fiscal function and performance.
  • Develop credibility for the finance group by providing timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial reports and financial trends in order to assist the CEO, the board and other senior leaders in performing their responsibilities.
  • Enhance, develop, implement and enforce policies and procedures of the organization by way of systems that will improve the overall operation and effectiveness of NatureBridge.
  • Act as financial advisor on any contracts into which NatureBridge may enter.

Planning & Staff Management

  • Supervise the Controller, who manages and oversees a comprehensive and effective system of internal controls and accounting processes.
  • Supervise the Director of Finance and Technology, who develops and utilizes forward-looking, predictive models and activity-based financial analyses to provide insight into the organization's operations and business plans, and partner to provide strategic direction for using information technology and services to increase organizational performance.
  • Supervise the the Director of Human Resources, who ensures that strategies for compliance, compensation, benefits administration and human capital are effectively implemented.
  • Continually improve the budgeting process through education of department managers on financial issues impacting department budgets.
  • Evaluate the finance division structure and team plan for continual improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the group, as well as provide individuals with professional growth.
  • Provide technical financial advice and knowledge to others within the financial discipline.

Qualifications

  • Commitment to mission and belief that outdoor education, environmental literacy and conservation are critical to our current and future social and economic well-being.
  • Ability to exemplify NatureBridge's core values, including passion for nature, collaborative leadership and accountability for donors and other external stakeholders.
  • Maturity in a national, multi-million dollar, non-profit setting; including sophisticated fund and grant accounting, combined earned/contributed revenue models, compliance, reporting and contract review.
  • 10 to 15 years of related experience and/or training or degree equivalent to CPA and/or MBA.
  • Ability to rapidly develop a deep understanding of the drivers of NatureBridge’s financial performance and lead financial management strategies that align with organizational goals, inspiring all stakeholders (CEO, Boards, staff, donors, etc.) to take action in pursuit of these goals.
  • Ability to act strategically while simultaneously acting as a hands-on manager.
  • Experience working with senior-level stakeholders and public agencies to secure and manage shared commitments.
  • Demonstrated expertise in supporting managers and cross organizational teams to achieve goals.
  • Skill in communication with a demonstrated ability to represent NatureBridge to a wide variety of individuals, both internally and externally.
  • Experience in oversight of successful IT and HR systems.
  • Skill in establishing respect and trust in an organization that values equity, inclusion and diversity.

How to Apply

In order to further its mission, NatureBridge is committed to supporting diversity. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are being received directly by NatureBridge.
 
Interested candidates should apply via email by sending a letter outlining qualifications, evidence of proven success in similar work and a resume as separate Word or PDF documents to cfosearch@naturebridge.org with “CFO Search” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as received, and the job is open until filled. No calls. No staffing or recruiting agencies.
 

About NatureBridge

Environmental Science in Nature’s Classroom

NatureBridge provides hands-on environmental science programs for children and teens. Our multi-day programs take place outdoors in nature’s classroom, where students are immersed in the wonder and science of our national parks in Yosemite, Golden Gate, Olympic, Santa Monica Mountains, Channel Islands and Prince William Forest. Founded as Yosemite Institute in 1971, today NatureBridge welcomes more than 700 schools and 35,000 students and teachers annually to our six national park locations. After more than 45 years of teaching and inspiring students, NatureBridge has provided life-changing experiences for more than one million participants and is a national leader in the field of environmental education.

Providing Access for All Students

NatureBridge environmental science programs are inclusive. We work intentionally to bring students from underserved communities to our programs and to offer culturally relevant and transformative experiences in our national parks. Almost 50% of our participating schools receive scholarship support. The NatureBridge business model is fueled by a powerful combination of earned and contributed revenue. More than 70% of our revenue comes from the tuition associated with our environmental science programs and the remaining 30% comes from donations. As a 501(c)(3) we rely on generous donations to advance our mission, to provide scholarships and to support new curricula development and program extensions into classrooms.

Making an Impact

Our staff of environmental science educators is at the core of our organization. Working with small groups of elementary, middle and high school students, our educators bring science to life in national parks through engaging environmental science lessons paired with walks, hikes, scrambles, explorations and overnight backcountry expeditions to the best spots in each park. Our educators bring diverse backgrounds to NatureBridge, including advanced degrees in science and education, experience with scientific research, classroom teaching, wilderness expeditionary leadership, outdoor education and a wide range of other professions. Our educators’ skills and backgrounds, combined with the magnificent settings of our national park campuses, have strong impacts on the students we serve.

Our accomplishments include:
  • More than one million alumni
  • 48-year partnership with the National Park Service
  • The initiation of a major fundraising campaign to enable the construction of the National Environmental Science Center in Yosemite National Park (Phase 1 completed October 2018)
  • Implementation of a 33-month grant from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation to explore the intersection between social and emotional learning and environmental education  
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