Director of Finance &
Do you want to be part of an energetic, inspired,
and creative team that is making a huge difference in our
Do you have a love for humanity and care about ending
poverty? Are you fulfilled by working as a team to support people
in discovering their purpose and living into their aspirations? Are
you a bold, strategic thinker with a passion for numbers,
spreadsheets, writing formulas in excel, and converting data into
visually appealing presentations and reports? Are you a systematic
and detail-oriented person who loves to fuel the success of your
What if you could take all of your operational problem solving
gifts, talents, and experience and use them to make an impact on
people and the planet? You can! Plant With Purpose is looking for
Plant with Purpose is a global Christian organization that
addresses issues of deforestation and climate change, while
empowering people to lift their communities out of rural poverty.
For more than 30 years, Plant With Purpose has been a leader in
operating at the nexus of Environmental Restoration, Economic
Development, and Spiritual Impact. We believe that we honor God
when we honor people and our planet. Come join our growing team and
make a difference at this critical time in human history.
Plant With Purpose THRIVE 25 Strategy
Statement: Inspired by the impact of our work in service
to rural communities around the world, we are driven to grow our
programs to help address the rising need. By 2025, we plan to work
in 10 countries, over 80 watersheds, and directly serve nearly
900,000 people. Our revenue will exceed $19 million as we seek to
become the premier organization operating at the nexus of
environmental restoration and poverty alleviation.
On July 1, 2020 we launched a new strategic period where we plan
to ambitiously grow 80% over the next 5 years, and this position is
a significant part of achieving this goal. Plant With Purpose is
looking for a Director of Finance & Accounting to join our
Management Team and provide the organization with general oversight
of all finance, accounting and reporting activities, as well as
internal IT and Cybersecurity systems. This role will require both
high-level financial management and hands-on accounting.
As the Director of Finance & Accounting, you will lead all
day-to-day finance operations including functional responsibility
over accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, internal
controls, internal and external reporting requirements, and the
annual audit. You will work with the V.P. of Finance and
Administration (VPFA) and the Finance Team to prepare presentations
to the board finance and audit committee. You will also be
responsible for ensuring that Plant With Purpose has the systems
and procedures in place to support effective program implementation
and fundraising efforts, and conduct flawless audits.
While this position is most significantly focused on US
financial operations, you will function as an “internal consultant”
to the International Programs Team on the continuous improvement of
our global finance and accounting systems.
As a leader of the Finance & Accounting Team, you will
report to the V.P. of Finance & Administration. Your
responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Accounting Systems Management
Lead the Finance & Accounting
Team on all matters related to finance and accounting systems.
Current team includes one full-time and one part-time
Work with the Finance &
Accounting Team to consistently analyze financial data and present
financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly
communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements;
monitor progress and changes, and keep VPFA abreast of the Plant
With Purpose’s financial status.
Manage organizational cash flow
forecasting by working in partnership with staff and
Engage in a process of the continuous
improvement of finance and administrative systems to best support
organization-wide operations and maintain the integrity of
Manage and track the performance of
invested assets in keeping with policies and investment
Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and
reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP
standards and regulatory requirements.
Maintain the organization’s internal
controls and safeguards for receipt of revenue, cash disbursements,
Oversee and work closely with the
Finance & Accounting Specialist’s leadership of all audit
Lead the annual budgeting and
planning process, and work closely with the Senior Leadership Team
(SLT) in the development of their annual departmental budgets and
adhering to budget timelines.
Provide ongoing support to managers
at all levels on team budget management, including updating
reporting systems to meet internal needs. Monitor and revise
budgets as needed to meet annual fiscal objectives and
Administer and review all financial
plans and compare to actual results with a view to identify,
explain, and correct variances as appropriate. Advise VPFA
throughout the process and recommend key adjustments.
Collaborate with the Finance &
Accounting Team to produce financial reports for funding proposals
and progress reports; serve as the approval voice for data checking
budget and other financial numbers for proposals and reports.
Ensure the Finance & Accounting
Team’s regulatory compliance with IRS, California Attorney General,
Registry of Charitable Trusts, and other state registration
Collaborate with the VPFA in managing
Plant With Purpose’s 401K plan, including plan revisions, plan
compliance, employer matching, employee participation goals, and
Support to the V.P.,
Finance & Administration
Collaborate with and support your direct supervisor in the
Support the VPFA and other Senior
Leadership Team efforts in achieving the overall mission of the
Work closely with the VPFA, in
conjunction with the larger Senior Leadership Team, to creatively
and effectively lead Plant With Purpose through a significant
planned growth phase over the next 4 years and beyond. This will
include working with the VPFA to:
identify challenges, research
alternatives, and propose innovative solutions for fiscal issues or
develop agile financial and
accounting systems and processes;
pivot quickly when
support other SLT members and ad hoc
project teams across the organization by serving as the “finance
lens” in the development of innovative and strategic fundraising
products and initiatives
Advise the VPFA on Plant With
Purpose’s ongoing financial health, and work as a team on
continually developing and improving strategy for organizational
Support the VPFA in Plant With
Purpose’s strategic plan monitoring system, which
making official adjustments to the
managing the quarterly update process
producing reports and presentation
slide decks for board, management team, and all staff
data check external reports
Work with the Finance &
Accounting Team in developing quarterly financial reports for the
Board of Directors and various board committees; submit to the VPFA
and discuss highlights to report to the board and board
Oversee the functions of IT (in absence of dedicated IT
personnel, delegating out area-related tasks to appropriate
personnel and external consultants).
Oversee basic IT systems and needs of
the organization, such as intra- and inter-networks and
connectivity, internal telecommunications, computers, and other
Oversee organization wide
cybersecurity systems, and more directly support the Finance &
Accounting Specialist in decisions and implementation.
Work closely with VPFA and Finance
Team to shift current IT and Cybersecurity systems to better
service a hybrid workforce, which may include researching and
managing external consultants.
Global Finance &
Work closely with the International
Programs Team on finance and accounting procedures.
Explore how the finance function can
best support program operations.
Continuously collaborate to assess
and grow the financial efficacy of program operations.
You will foster a culture of
collaboration, inclusion, and belonging; and, as a senior leader,
uphold and model Plant With Purpose’s Core Values in your behaviors
and actions with our local staff and global partners.
As a supervisor, you will be
responsible for upholding our SEEDS performance development
Support team members
through coaching, developing, and cultivating
Engage team members
via discussion, participation, and relating to them
Empower team members
through feedback, collaboration, and authentic interactions
Do by being
strategic-minded and action-oriented
Succeed - Enable
team members to succeed in their performance, team cohesion, and
individual and team effectiveness
You will actively support the
professional development and growth endeavors of the International
WHAT WE'LL LOVE ABOUT YOU
Education and Experience
Bachelors in finance, accounting, or
Active CPA license
10-20 years experience in nonprofit
finance and accounting
At least 5 years experience leading a
Experience leading a Finance &
Accounting Team through a period of organizational growth
Demonstrated ability to supervise
accounting functions and solid experience coordinating audit
activities and managing reporting, budget development and analysis,
accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll, and
accounting for investments
Experienced user of Quickbooks Online
and know how to adapt it to a nonprofit accounting setting
You have keen analytic, organization
and problem solving skills, and capacity to synthesize data in ways
that allow for strategic data interpretation versus simple
You have strong interpersonal and
communication skills, and have the ability and desire to translate
complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including
finance and non-finance managers.
You have strong project management
skills, including time management, organizational skills, ability
to set realistic deadlines, delegation, and effectively
communicating with other team members.
You are technology savvy with
experience selecting and overseeing software installations and
managing relationships with vendors.
You have advanced knowledge of
accounting and reporting software.
You have experience assisting with
culturally complex, sensitive, or confidential projects— including
a demonstrated ability to listen and deal empathetically with a
wide range of people and cultural groups.
You have a commitment to mentoring,
training, and retaining a diverse team; and the foresight and
ability to delegate accordingly.
You have the ability to initiate,
self start, and lead a team to seek out solutions and
You approach team-based work as a
You lead through vulnerability by
being open and authentic in order to inspire credibility and
You are able to bring people from
divergent cultures toward constructive engagement and
You act with courage and clear intent
in the face of challenges, in an authentic, engaging, and
You have the ability to implement and
oversee an action-oriented approach to problem-solving and process
You have competency to manage
conflict in culturally appropriate ways.
You have a thirst for consistently
doing your best work and an eagerness to learn.
You are willing to occasionally work
overtime as needed.
You are fluent in the use of MacOS,
Microsoft Office Products (Excel, Word, Powerpoint) and Google
Suite products (GDrive, GDocs, GSheets).
Experience in leading a team through
an accounting software change
Experience living or working in a
developing country or cross-cultural setting
COMPETENCIES & ATTRIBUTES
We are a collaborative, interdependent team that relies on
relating and supporting each other to achieve our goals. Through
the way we live within and shape our culture, we seek to build
community and a sense of belonging in our local, national, and
global families. Being a member of the Plant With Purpose team as
the Director of Finance &
Accounting will require you to be a
learner, and an
includer in the following
You deeply resonate with the holistic
mission of Plant With Purpose and the diverse communities we seek
You have a personal alignment with
our organizational core values of faith, collaboration,
empowerment, innovation, stewardship, and sustainability.
You have a love for humanity,
including those who live in poverty, regardless of race, ethnicity,
religion, or culture.
You intentionally build community and
a team mentality by pursuing the "we" over the "me.”
You understand the priority of
relationships in getting work done.
You feel most successful as a
leader/team member when each person on the team succeeds.
You reflexively express gratitude and
You think with a whole-system's lens
when implementing a piece of it.
You accept feedback with a growth
You listen with an intent to
understand and ask clarifying questions.
You seek out learning and development
opportunities for yourself and others.
You strive to be an inclusive person
by being aware of the existence and impact of your unconscious
biases, and working daily to check them.
Dependent on geographical location, experience, and skillset.
Range is available upon request.
Health, dental, and vision
Group life insurance
401k match, up to 8%. Eligibility
begins after 6 months of employment
15 paid vacation days
8 paid sick days
12 paid holidays
$75/month home office stipend
This is a remote-based position.
On the average workday, you will be based out of your home
office. We will require you to visit the San Diego office at least
once per year to visit with our team. Other travel requirements
will be infrequent (1-3 trips per year), with domestic or
international travel to program sites possible but not required.
International travel would be in remote and physically arduous
*Please note that due to COVID-19, international travel has
been cancelled for the time being.
Ideally, December 6, 2021
October 1, 2021
All interviews will be conducted virtually via
Does this sound like you? If so, please apply on our website at
Please include a Cover Letter with your application that shows us
how you are a great fit for this position, the organization, and
Plant With Purpose is an EEO/AA employer by choice.
We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating a positive and
inclusive work environment for all employees.
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