Intern Director of Finance and Administration

Organization

Climate Change Recovery (CCR), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is looking for someone interested in learning the duties of a chief financial officer. We have been organizing our key program, Youth Acting for our Earth (YAE!) for the last eight years. YAE is a peer-led youth and young adult climate training program to empower young adults, youth, and their parents to impact climate policy. Our program is well established; our YAE youth leaders have trained over 400 youth and young adults from 4 states and 3 countries, ranging from 4th graders through young adults in their 30s. Organizationally we are in a start-up phase as CCR applied for and obtained 501(c)3 status effective October 2021, and we are working to become financially strong enough within a year to provide salaries for at least 1-2 full-time staff members. We have several strategies to achieve this, including offering four internship positions over the next few months to very capable new team members-to-be: Community Organizer, Nonprofit Management Intern, Partnership Development and Outreach Intern, and Social Media and Fundraising Development Intern.

Please visit ClimateChangeRecovery.org to learn more about the work we do.

Position

We are looking for someone to work together with our core staff to learn with us and to manage the duties of a chief financial officer. This person will act as a CFO and create an administrative and financial management plan for obtaining and overseeing fundraising and other registrations, tax accounting, creating a written child protection policy, and obtaining organizational insurance.

This director of finance and administration will determine and create simple to follow processes and implement the systems needed to support substantial growth over the next five to 10 years. They will help us to build and manage effective and streamlined financial, accounting, legal, and administrative systems so that the executive director and community organizer can keep their focus on developing and expanding access to the program and post-training support. We are in an exciting phase of our work trying to address the greatest challenges humankind faces, and we want someone with strong financial management, organizational, writing, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills on our team.

As a member of the team, the intern holding the position of director of finance and administration will be involved in strategic planning as we work to expand to new states, create ongoing relationships for annual trainings with new or established sponsors, and firmly establish our post-training support program.

Responsibilities

The core part of the work that this intern will do over the course of the summer is to research and lay out what CCR needs to do around filing government documents, reporting to agencies, filing income tax (federal and in multiple states), and obtaining any necessary fundraising clearance. Because of the federal system, a 501(c)3 doing business in more than one state needs to investigate and carry out multiple systems of obtaining approval and reporting; thus, taking care of these applications and reporting is a key part of the position as well as helping us research the requirements in other states and being part of the strategic planning about where we should seek to expand, given the permission and reporting requirements. Another aspect of the position will be to research and create a written child protection plan and work with us to obtain insurance.

Qualifications

The director of finance and administration will have at least one year (as of the start of the position) of training in a master in public administration, policy, or sustainability program or the equivalent along with one or more relevant years of professional experience (preference given to nonprofit experience)—and be interested in or planning to having a career focused on the climate crisis. They will also have the following experience and attributes:

  • Bachelor’s degree and MA/MBA/MPA/MPP or equivalent in process in a relevant degree area
  • Excellent people skills, with experience collaborating in a multidisciplinary, diverse, and dynamic team
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities, proposing new ways of creating efficiencies, and guiding investment in people and systems
  • Technologically savvy, with some sophistication and a lot of comfort in using Google and Apple programs such as Pages, Numbers, and Keynote
  • Flexible and a self-starter; comfortable with working independently and with feedback; able to work on multiple projects while also being highly detail-oriented.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to seeing rapid and effective action on the climate crisis.

Not required but highly desirable experience includes:

  • Demonstrated experience in financial management, accounting, and legal matters, ideally in the nonprofit sector, such as being in process for a joint MPA/JD degree
  • Supporting an organization with their finance, accounting, and legal compliance needs

To apply:

To apply, please email your resume/CV and simple cover letter or short statement of intent to vergun@alumni.stanford.edu. Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line. We will get back to you promptly about arranging an interview.

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