Director of Finance

July 10, 2020 9:37 AM | Anonymous

Organization: Cincinnati Nature Center

Director of Finance & Business Services

Cincinnati Nature Center is seeking an experienced professional to lead the Finance and Business Services Department with responsibility for the operating budget, investment management, annual audit, risk management, information technology, and oversight of the Events LLC.  The Director of Finance will work very closely with the Executive Director and the finance committee, who re-adjust, and implement a comprehensive budget to support the strategic plan.

Cincinnati Nature Center, founded in 1965, is a nationally recognized leader in environmental education and conservation with: 14,000 member households,  over 200,000 visitors per year, 80+ regular staff, 400+ dedicated volunteers, a $5 M operating budget, a $24 25 M endowment, and two properties in Clermont County east of Cincinnati totaling  1,775 acres.  For more information go to: 

The Director of Finance will report to the Executive Director; working in collaboration with the Leadership Team comprised of Conservation, Development and Marketing, Education, Engagement, and Human Resource departments. The Finance Department is comprised ofDirect reports in the Business Services department include an Accounting Manager, an Accounting Coordinator, an IT Manager, a Nature Shop Manager, and a Rental Associate.

Candidates should have knowledge of non-profit fund accounting, at least five years of experience in non-profit finance, experience negotiating and managing contracts, experience in leading a team of professionals with a collaborative style, and a working knowledge of information technology management, and an entrepreneurial spirit.  Candidates must be committed to the Nature Center’s mission, personable, highly organized, articulate, and have a sense of humor.  A Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree and an excellent command of the English language are required.  Knowledge of and commitment to sustainable practices are preferred.

Salary will be commensurate with experience.  The position is currently open and will be filled as soon as the right candidate is found.  

To apply Click Here or visit  Please include a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and qualifications when applying.   

Employer is EOE/AA/M/F/D/V


With general direction from the Executive Director, lead and direct all finance, business, risk management, and information technology activities of Cincinnati Nature Center.  Work in a collaborative manner to provide direction to all finance, accounting, and IT staff, and serve as a member of the Leadership Team. Manage, direct, and execute all activities with the highest standards for safety, customer service, and in keeping with the Nature Center’s Mission and Core Values.

Direct/oversee:  Accounting Manager, IT Manager, Nature Shop

Essential Job Responsibilities

FINANCE (50%):

  • Lead and direct all activities associated with accounting, budgeting, audit, taxes, investments, financial analysis, and forecasting.

  • Oversee all vendor negotiations, legal contracts, business projections, and risk management.

  • Ensure accurate, consistent, and timely reporting of financial results to appropriate staff, board, and volunteer teams.

  • Ensure regular and timely reconciliation of financial results and provide staff and trustees with appropriate financial reports. 

  • Regulatory compliance: Advise Executive Director on applicable state and federal laws and regulations and develop policies and practices necessary to comply with those regulations and ensure compliance with same. 


  • INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: Direct and supervise all activities associated with developing and maintaining computer network, software and terminals, phone and data systems, radios, projection, security, and other electronic equipment.

  • NATURE SHOP: Direct and supervise all activities associated with the gift shop including, budgeting, purchasing, ongoing events and art shows.

  • EVENT RENTALS, LLC: Oversee the strategic direction of rentals through an LLC.  Maintain liquor license.


  • Serve on Leadership Team and participate in development, implementation, and auditing of the Nature Center’s three year strategic planning process.

  • Collaborate with Development Department for grants; prospect identification, preparation, administration, evaluation, and reporting.

Additional Job Responsibilities

  • BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Serve as staff liaison to Finance and Facilities Committee.  Assist and support Facilities Committee meetings.  Attend full Board Meetings, recommend potential trustee prospects, and assist with new trustee orientation.  

  • COMMUNITY: Represent the Nature Center in the local community.

  • SITE: Pay attention to the appearance, cleanliness, and safety of Nature Center grounds.  Notify Director of Visitor Experience of any aberrations.

  • SPECIAL EVENTS: Attend organizational functions/events held on evenings or weekends.

These job responsibilities represent only the essential and most significant duties of the position.  This job description does not exclude other work assignments, directives and responsibilities not mentioned herein.

Education and Competencies:

  • Master’s degree in Accountancy or equivalent

  • Knowledge of non-profit fund accounting

  • Working knowledge of investment practice and concepts

  • Budget management experience

  • Four to six years of experience in a related position with a minimum of 10+ in an accounting/finance role


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Must maintain confidentiality of sensitive and confidential information


  • Collaborative leadership style 

  • Demonstrated thorough knowledge of accounting practices and procedures

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail, especially in planning

  • Commitment and ability to articulate Cincinnati Nature Center’s Mission

  • Experience with MS Office products and accounting software required 

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

  • A sense of humor, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit

  • General interest in nature and the environment

  • Must pass background and credit checks and remain current on First Aid/CPR certification

Computer Skills:

  • Proficient using word processing and spreadsheet software

  • Proficient using accosting related software

Work Environment:

  • The work is performed on-site, indoors in an office environment and outdoors in a nature preserve.

  • Local travel may be required. Some travel to regional conferences may be required. When a Nature Center vehicle is not available, the use of personal vehicle (reimbursed at IRS recommended rate) may be needed for Cincinnati Nature Center business.

Physical Demands:

  • This position requires the following physical activities: pushing, pulling, climbing, bending, stooping, kneeling, twisting, reaching, sitting, standing, walking, lifting, finger dexterity, grasping, repetitive motions, talking, hearing and visual acuity.

  • Sitting for extended periods of time while using a keyboard to enter financial transactions

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