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Chief Financial & Administrative Officer (CFAO)

Climate Advisers, Inc.
Washington, DC
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Climate Advisers is seeking an experienced Chief Financial & Administrative Officer (CFAO) to provide strategic financial expertise and leadership to the organization. The CFAO serves as a key member of the executive team, supporting Climate Advisers’ mission to strengthen climate action in the United States and around the world. The position is ideal for someone who has experience working with mission-driven consultancies or nonprofits supported by international government and philanthropic grants and is eager to play an important role addressing one of the greatest challenges of our time. The work environment is fast-paced, flexible, collaborative and nimble, yet offers the benefits of a professional and mature organization.

The Organization

Founded in 2008, Climate Advisers is a group of policy, research and advocacy organizations working to deliver the post-carbon economy. It is comprised of Climate Advisers Inc. (CAI), a certified “B Corp” consultancy; Climate Advisers Trust (CAT), a US nonprofit; and Climate Advisers UK (CA UK), a UK nonprofit. In the United States and around the world, Climate Advisers creates and implements large-scale, cost-effective strategies to strengthen climate action and improve lives. The organization works in partnership with leading philanthropies, think tanks, advocacy groups, international institutions, companies and governments. By understanding complex policy and political challenges, Climate Advisers brings together globally recognized thought leaders around:

  • Forests, Lands, Oceans: Its largest portfolio, Climate Advisers works to reduce emissions from deforestation and strengthen the role of natural climate solutions.
  • Energy: Climate Advisers promotes clean energy policy to deliver the low carbon economy.
  • Financial Markets: Climate Advisers identifies and urges governments and financial markets to address climate risks.
  • Diplomacy: Climate Advisers creates and implements strategies to strengthen international climate cooperation, including through global climate negotiations and political forums.
  • US Policy & Politics: Climate Advisers develops sound policy solutions in Washington, DC and across the Unites States, and supports highly effective business and non-profit policy advocacy coalitions.

Climate Advisers offers an award-winning culture, remote work option and a beautiful office environment in Washington, DC, that emphasizes staff development, risk taking and collaboration. Climate Advisers has 16 employees and an annual revenue in excess of $5 million. For more information, please visit

The Position

Working with the CEO, VP & Head of Programs and other staff, the CFAO will focus on the following priorities:

  • Ensuring funding flows appropriately across legal entities (CAI, CAT, CA UK).
  • Assuring Climate Advisers manages its grant reporting and compliance with foreign funders and investors.
  • Strengthening financial systems and other internal systems and processes.
  • Continuously improving the organization’s fiscal function and performance.
  • Supporting the program teams with budgeting and program financial management; improving the budgeting process across the organization.
  • Working collaboratively with the Climate Advisers’ operations team to share knowledge across the organization.

In addition to these key priorities, the CFAO is responsible for the following:

Financial and Strategic Planning:

  • Prepare annual budgets and financial targets for strategic plan, and support CEO in strategic planning processes, business analysis and the annual state of the organization communicated to staff.
  • Perform ongoing financial analysis; develop financial reports, and present financial information to the team, Board, funders, and partners in an accurate and timely manner. 
  • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting on a monthly basis.
  • Ensure that a robust contracts management and financial management/reporting system are in place.
  • Prepare comprehensive monthly financial reports for program leaders.

Accounting, Budgeting and Financial Controls:

  • Manage all day-to-day financial activities, including coordinating and overseeing bookkeeping, accounts receivable and accounts payable, journal entries (e.g., for accruals, payroll and expense allocations), fixed asset control, monthly account and bank reconciliations, and oversee monthly and year-end closing.  
  • Maintain and implement necessary business and accounting policies, procedures and practices to support Climate Advisers’ various entities.
  • Coordinate audits and tax return filings with outside auditors, tax accountants, and payroll company tax filing service.
  • Support Grants Manager on proposals, budgets and donor regulation compliance for subgrantees and subcontractors.

HR, Operations and Information Technology:

  • Oversee the Director of Human Resources, ensuring that HR best practices are in place, and that all entities (CAI, CAT, and CA-UK) follow HR policies and procedures, and federal, state, local and international regulations. 
  • With HR Director, oversee compensation and benefits, run semi-monthly payrolls, and ensure performance reviews and development plans are done regularly.
  • Act as member of the Investment Committee and oversee the 401(k) administration and investment decisions; liaise with CAT Board committees.
  • Oversee contract review and approval for new clients and/or projects as well as partners, sub-grantees and contractors. 
  • Oversee contracts with IT consultant, including procurement, installation and maintenance of all IT hardware and software; coordinate software packages.
  • Maintain facilities, office equipment, supplies, liaising on building management as needed.

Climate Advisers uses a variety of tools to support its operations: Gmail, Dropbox, Slack, ClickTime, Zoom, Adobe, Microsoft Office, QuickBooks Online,, Asana, PipeDrive and Nexonia.

Experience and Attributes

Highly qualified candidates will share Climate Advisers’ vision to deliver the low-carbon economy and contribute to a positive workplace. The ideal candidate will bring the following:

  • 15+ years of accounting or finance experience.
  • Minimum 7 years of corporate and/or nonprofit accounting experience with exposure to finance and accounting management at the Director or CFAO level.
  • Experience in nonprofit and grants accounting and reporting to bilateral or multilateral donors; preference for experience with NGO/international development funding streams.
  • Solid understanding of accounting processes and procedures based on GAAP.
  • Significant experience working with external auditors, internal controls and compliance-related responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities and executive presence; with the ability to coach, motivate and lead staff.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, as well as presentation skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and perform detail-oriented work with a high level of accuracy.
  • Excellent analytical, reasoning and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential and sensitive information.
  • Advanced Excel and QuickBooks Online skills, and familiarity with other online accounting services such as, Nexonia, ClickTime or other timekeeping systems, expense reporting systems, and cost allocation methodology, etc.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or related field.
  • CPA or MBA preferred.

Climate Advisers is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and strives to select the best-qualified person for each position in the organization. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, disability, military service or veteran status, genetic information, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.

Climate Advisers, Inc.


Washington, DC
20009 USA



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