Finance Specialist

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Website The Nature Conservancy


The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube   to hear stories from staff or visit  Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


The Finance Specialist provides specialized services to support financial management and reporting, accounting, grants administration, or similar financial activities for the Global Strategy teams. They accurately and courteously respond to or route various inquiries from internal and external customers. They have a high level of expertise in day-to-day transaction review, coding accuracy, and generating custom reports, often with pivot tables, as well as serving as an integral point of contact with global strategies team members and internal partners worldwide. This person will provide financial support and assistance to Conservation Managers related to proposals, grants, reporting, forecasting, and budget management. This person will prepare and monitor budgets, prepare timely and accurate forecasts and reports, and create and maintain financial dashboards with advanced Excel skills and/or Power BI or other data transformation tools.


The ideal candidate will work in multiple financial systems and relational databases to ensure accurate processing of income, expenses, and transfers. They will prepare and disseminate monthly financial reports from the general ledger and other ad hoc financial reporting, as requested. They will coordinate and track project-level deadlines for financial reporting including coordination with various operating units, to meet donor and organizational deadlines. They will support in preparing/processing various transactional accounting forms and reports such as expense reclasses and cash receipts. They will prepare donor and management financial reports and materials, including budget/spend analysis, budgeting, and forecasting. They may coordinate data gathering, submission, and review for audit. They may coordinate data gathering, consolidation, and submission of the unit’s annual organizational budget. They will design user-friendly templates to enhance data consistency and facilitate analysis for decision-making. They will perform detailed review and analysis of invoices, expense reports, and transaction data for conservation teams. They will act independently on assigned tasks and exercise sound judgment based on analysis and experience. They may manage special projects and/or requests that address key financial issues. They may support the management of multi-year, high-value private grants, including proposal budgets, monitoring, cost assignment, forecasting, and reporting. They will ensure programmatic commitments, TNC policies and procedures, financial standards, and legal requirements are met and managed for compliance. They will reinforce consistency while providing support to relevant fields. They will exercise discretion and sensitivity in handling confidential information. They will have excellent customer service skills and focus on a dynamic unit—strong interpersonal skills to develop productive working relationships with various people around the world.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, or related field and three years related experience or equivalent combination.
  • Experience with accounting/financial issues and analysis.
  • Experience using accounting and financial reporting systems.
  • Technical experience with spreadsheet programs, general ledger reports, and financial management tools.
  • Experience with GAAP and fund accounting principles, practices, and regulations.


  • Multi-lingual skills and/or multi-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Ability to manipulate, analyze, and interpret data. Advanced expertise in Microsoft Excel, including Power Query and pivot tables.
  • Experience with Power BI, financial modeling, and data transformation is strongly preferred.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Accuracy, attention to detail, and the ability to multi-task.
  • Non-profit accounting experience.
  • May require technical expertise on complex accounting/financial issues.
  • US government grants accounting experience may be preferred or required.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports of the health and well-being of the people we employ.

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