Director, Financial Planning and Analysis

Finance & Accounting Washington, DC, United States

This position is remote-eligible and only for consideration within the United States (preferably WRI DC Global office) and where WRI is state registered. Existing work authorization is required at the time of application submission. WRI is unable to sponsor any visa work sponsorship for this position.


About the program:

WRI's Operations department strives to make all global offices fully capable and low risk, enhancing their operational capabilities, establishing sustainable growth through a bond of mutual respect, collaboration and sharing knowledge across the sisterhood of WRI offices. This is done by targeting upon standards of performance, measuring the efficiency and effectiveness for the sisterhood of offices.


Job Highlight:

WRI is looking for a leader of its Financial Planning function. You will strengthen institutional financial management in all of WRI's offices. You will contribute to important decisions through financial analysis, and provide operational insight across Programs, Centers and International offices. Overseeing the Financial Planning & Analysis, Cost & Pricing & Financial systems function, you will coordinate internal Quarterly Financial and Risk Reviews and board reporting; work with other core functions to establish and maintain synergy and coordination on cross functional projects.

You will support growth at WRI by identifying current gaps and future strategic and operational needs and issues and work across the network to pilot and implement long-term solutions.

You will be supported by the Financial Planning & Analysis and Cost & Pricing teams and will report to the Chief Financial Officer.

What you will do:

Financial Planning, Reporting, Analysis and Modeling – Decision Support (50%)

  • Prepare WRI's annual and long-range strategic financial plans and the corresponding budgets to support Board and executive meetings, monthly/quarterly senior leadership meetings, and multiple strategic committees of the organization
  • You will analyze and present financial reports, communicate monthly and annual financial statements; collate financial reporting materials for all donor segments, and oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting
  • You will manage annual and quarterly budgeting and planning process with the CFO; administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership team aware of our financial trends and status
  • Define and report on organizational performance metrics; determine data clean-up or process enhancements necessary to improve the quality of the metrics for decision-making and accomplishment of our organizational goals and strategic plan
  • You will facilitate quantitative decisions with clear, visual, easy to interpret analysis for resource allocation, space planning needs across the network, etc
  • You will oversee indirect cost pools and cost recovery. Ensure core financials are monitored and managed and keep CFO and Executive Team updated on current financial status including. Recommend and implement mitigation plans if under recovering and coordinating indirect cost allocations when over recovering
  • Oversee efforts within WRI to develop financial management capacity at all levels, and provide leadership and resources to improve internal processes
  • You will provide oversight over the cost and pricing team, ensuring submission of financial reports, upstream engagement on proposals, submission of cost proposals that capture all of WRI's costs
  • Represent WRI in funder negotiations, working with the cost and pricing lead
  • Ensure that all due diligence information shared with funders is coordinated, and vetted, through the cost & pricing team

Financial Operations Communication and Training (30%)

  • You will ensure that directors and managers understand how to access and interpret financial reports, WRI's financial model, etc. and that they have what they need to be successful. Participate as part of the global team to address financial issues
  • You will ensure development of standardized operational and financial training
  • You will ensure that Programs consistently receive a high level of customer service from finance team without compromising internal controls, certified through surveys or other means
  • You will communicate to staff on issues that affect them with instructions on what is expected of them, coupled with the rationale for any changes
  • Develop new financial policies and processes and ensure they are considerate of downstream effects, are coordinated with other core functions

Financial Systems & Special Projects (20%)

  • You will be an expert on WRI's financial systems and data repositories, understanding the limitations and opportunities for the systems to get the information that mangers need, such as Revenue forecasts, project deficits, or other information necessary to drive financial and project management improvements
  • You will identify opportunities for process improvement, simplification, and system optimization to facilitate the foundation for a global organization
  • You will ensure that WRI's financial systems work in cohesion with all other WRI systems and that data flow is smooth and coordinated, and that financial reporting needs are met
What you will need:
  • Education: You have a Masters degree
  • Experience: You have 10+ years of relevant work experience. You have experience leading finance teams, grant negotiation and strategic planning skills, and previous experience leading teams. Desirable to have experience administering a Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement, and working within financial and management systems such as Deltek-Costpoint, Cognos, TM1, Salesforce, DevResults, or Asana
  • Languages: Verbal and written English proficiency required. Proficiency in any other languages spoken in WRI's website-listed countries of operation would be beneficial
  • Requirements: Existing work authorization is required at the time of application submission. WRI is unable to sponsor work authorization for this position

Potential Salary 
$108,000-$146,000 if based in the US. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors. WRI offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package. 

 How to Apply 

Please submit a cover letter along with a copy of your resume by September 30, 2022. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. 

 What we offer: 

  • A competitive salary  
  • Access to the WRI global network with the opportunity to exchange with and learn from passionate colleagues working at the cutting edge of their fields across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the US.  
  • The chance to have an impact and to develop your career within a mission driven organization with access to varied learning and training opportunities.  
  • A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work.  
  • The opportunity to join and get involved in different working groups and affinity groups to shape the future of WRI.  
  • Long-term commitment to hybrid working model with flexible working hours. 
  • Generous leave days that increase with tenure.   

 About Us:  

Founded in 1982, World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.   

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact. 

Our mission and values: 

WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. 

Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence, Respect.  

  Our culture:  

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply. Recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality, WRI has also been awarded EDGE certification. 

  Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.