Operations Manager, Restoration Initiative – Forest Program

Program Management Washington, District of Columbia


Job Summary

WRI’s Global Restoration Initiative (GRI) requires an assertive, detail-oriented, and highly organized individual to support a diverse team of experts across the globe as their Operations Manager. This is an excellent position for someone seeking to work in financial and project/ program management.

Job Responsibilities

Your main areas of responsibility will include the following:

Financial Management (60%)

  • Manage a suite of signature initiative project budgets and forecasts, totaling 8+ million dollars annually
    • Follow WRI internal processes and deadlines related to funding, including quarterly reviews, monthly & annual closeouts, and future fiscal year annual budget submission.
    • Participate in quarterly review meetings with members of the Executive and Grants & Contracts teams to present outlook and answer questions on variances
    • Host quarterly meetings with initiative core offer and country project leads to review finances, deliverables, and update forecast
    • Provide monthly reports to GRI Director to review expenses, cash flow, and fiscal cliffs
    • Maintain budgets in financial software systems, as well as developing and maintaining a personal system to track exchange rates and activity level spend down
    • Maintain forecasts in Excel templates together with GRI management and WRI Development department
  • Analyses current expenses, revenue, forecast, and advise GRI Director of funding needs for future years
  • Establish and maintain lines of communication with funder project lead and financial departments
  • Ensure the understanding & compliance of funder terms and conditions by entire project team
  • Ensure compliance with WRI’s accounting, grant policies, and procedures for organizational audit clearance
    • Design systems to track and report expenses, including cost share for suite of projects
  • Prepare detailed quarterly, annual, and interim financial reports to funders as needed and gather transaction receipts as required by funder
    • Establish systems for reporting in FOREX and tracking revenue using varying FOREX over the life of the grant
    • Coordinate the submission of invoices to ensure cash flow over life of the award

Project Management (40%)

  • Directly supervise Grant & Finance Coordinator
  • Manage progress of spending against deliverables and work with project managers to determine when grant amendments and extensions are needed.
  • Ensure grant closeout adhering to WRI’s policies and procedures
  • Support project fundraising goals by preparing proposal budgets, ensuring WRI funding policies are adhered
  • Prepare and maintain subgrant and contract agreements with partners and contractors; monitoring partners to ensure the timely and accurate submission of progress reports, financial reports, and compliance with funder level regulations
  • Manage relationship with partners and donors through regular communication and provides counsel on all financial issues
  • Provide guidance to WRI International Offices to ensure their compliance with funder policies
  • Provide guidance to WRI colleagues across the matrix on best practices
  • Work with GRI Director to identify staffing gaps and future staffing projections

Job Qualifications

  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant, full-time work experience and a Master’s degree (or bachelor's degree with two+ additional years of relevant experience), preferably in a field related to the environment, international development, business management or public administration.  
  • Strong financial skills, with solid experience in financial planning, budget oversight, grants management, and oversight of sub-grants and contracts
  • Previous work experience in financial management and administration, preferably in a non-profit setting. Detail-oriented, highly organized with experience and interest in program operations, grant compliance, financial management, and budgeting
  • Must be adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and have the ability to manage multiple projects with varying deadlines
  • Attention to deadlines, particularly with regard to grant compliance, monitoring subgrantees, and contractors
  • Patience and perseverance in understanding and explaining issues to partners and colleagues
  • Strong process orientation with sensitivity to quality
  • Ability to work independently and provide supervision
  • Strong writing, database management, and proofreading skills
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to work well in a team
  • Preferred Qualification: Familiarity with database software and management (such as Salesforce, Concurs, Cognos, TM1, etc.)
  • US work authorization is required for all WRI US opportunities. WRI cannot offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Program Overview

The Global Restoration Initiative works with governments and international partners to inspire, enable and implement restoration on degraded landscapes, returning them to economic and environmental productivity. Alongside partners, WRI has identified more than two billion hectares of cleared and degraded forest and agricultural lands suitable for restoration – an area roughly twice the size of China. Using this data as a foundation, we work to promote restoration of degraded lands back into natural forests, agroforestry systems, or productive agriculture. Embracing forest and landscape restoration will allow for a world in which the amount of forest cover grows, while the productivity of existing agricultural land increases.

WRI Overview

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 in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect.

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.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $120 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 900+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in AfricaBrazilChinaEuropeIndiaIndonesiaMexico and the United States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.  

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.  

The World Resources Institute (http://www.wri.org) is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.