Director of Finance & Administration

Climate Central, an influential climate science research and communications nonprofit organization, seeks a motivated mid- to senior-level individual to direct our Finance and Administration activities.  The position manages two fulltime staff and numerous vendor and contractor relationships and reports to the CEO. Dedicate yourself to making a difference on an issue that matters to all of us.

About Climate Central

Climate Central is a growing independent group of scientists and communicators who research and report the facts about our changing climate and how it affects people’s lives. We use science, big data, and tech to generate thousands of local storylines and compelling visuals that make climate change relevant and show what can be done about it. Founded in 2008, we work in almost every US media market and our research and imagery have appeared in well over 100 nations. 

Position Description:

The Director of Finance & Administration is a hands-on, participative leader responsible for the financial and administrative business management of Climate Central.  This position is responsible for the accounting, financial reporting, budgeting, tax compliance, investments, insurance, and audit functions.  Additionally, administrative responsibilities include human resources management (to be supported by a professional employment organization), premises and office administration, procurement, contracts management and vendor relations, including counsel. 

The Director of Finance & Administration will interface with staff, management, Board members, committees of the Board, auditors, vendors, donors and regulatory agencies.

Areas of Responsibility:

Financial Management 

The Director will be responsible for all systems and procedures for the proper accounting for the activities and financial position of Climate Central including oversight and participation in the posting of accounting entries; control of the general ledger and sub-ledgers; preparation, analysis and communication of recurring financial reporting and financial statements; coordination and participation in the annual audit process; oversight and participation in the annual budget process and periodic reporting on results versus budget; managing cash flow and investments and coordinating the relationships with banks; contracts management; federal, state and local tax and regulatory compliance; preparation of donor request budgets and grant financial reports; and communicating with and supporting the Finance and Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees.

New key deliverables will include development of recurring, detailed reporting for management, assessment of the existing accounting system, and updating of process documentation.  Additionally, the implementation of a robust cash management and investment process will be critical.

Administration Management

The Director will be responsible for human resources management and overall administrative functions, participating in policy setting, implementation of practices, communication with staff, and ongoing delivery of services.

Human Resource Management includes management of and coordination with the company’s employment service providers.  Service providers include the professional employment organization (PEO), 401K custodian and servicer, outside legal counsel and other human resources service providers.  

The Director will serve as the plan sponsor for all company benefit and retirement plans.  The Director will also serve as the fiduciary for the company’s retirement plan, working with the retirement plan servicer to maintain the plan in compliance with regulations.  

Additionally, the Director will serve as the primary contact for local, state and federal regulatory agencies.

Administrative functions include premises and facilities management, insurance administration, procurement, contracts administration and vendor relations. Vendor relations includes the coordination of selection of legal counsel and supporting the relationship with outside counsel.

Other duties may also be assigned as needed.

Essential qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration, or related work experience
  • A minimum of 10 years in financial administration with progressive growth in responsibility
  • Prior responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data, reporting and audit coordination
  • Experience with non-profit accounting requirements and funding sources 
  • Prior experience with grants management a plus
  • Prior experience supervising, coaching and mentoring a team 
  • Ability to translate financial concepts to and effectively collaborate with programmatic and fundraising colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds
  • Technology savvy with experience selecting and implementing software tools, managing relationships with vendors, and knowledge of accounting and reporting software 
  • High proficiency with spreadsheet and accounting software
  • Successful record of setting priorities and meeting objectives
  • Strong analytic, organization and problem solving skill which enable decision making
  • Ability to work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders in a multi-cultural environment; strong people skills
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, professionalism, a commitment to lead by example and dedication to the mission of Climate Central.


This position is based at Climate Central’s headquarters in Princeton New Jersey.  Presently, Climate Central staff are working remotely, though the office is open and available for staff to use.


Compensation is competitive, with generous benefits.  


Climate Central strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply. We are an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and as such do not discriminate against any applicant for employment or employee on the basis of race, color, religious creed, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws.

How to Apply:

Please send your cover letter including salary expectations; your resume; and contact information for three references familiar with your work, to with the exact subject line, “Director of Finance” (no quotes). Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, Climate Central is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate. The search will close when a successful candidate is recruited.