The Finance Director is responsible for directing the financial and risk management operations of the 501(c3), 501(c4), and PAC. This includes leading all financial planning and analysis including accounting, forecasting, budgeting, and cash flow management. The Finance Director will also manage all administrative functions of the finance department including payroll, grant/funding reporting, creating organizational and program budgets, and creating and implementing organizations policies and procedures. Nonprofit Finance, as well as progressive supervisory experience, is required.


  • Provide strategic recommendations to the Managing Directors based on financial analysis and projections, cost identification and allocation, and revenue/expense analysis.
  • Oversee long-term budgetary planning and cost management in alignment with organization’s strategic plan.
  • Engage the Managing Director of Development and other Managing Directors to align financial management with short- and long-term financial planning and projections.
  • Reconcile income from all sources on a monthly basis.
  • Oversee FWW/FWA’s compliance with all rules related to the organizations’ 501(c3)/ 501(c4)/PAC status and reporting obligations.
  • Oversee budgeting, and the implementation of budgets, monitoring progress and operational metrics.
  • Ensure that finance staff maintains financial record systems in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and monitor the use of all funds.
  • Oversee the preparation and approval of all financial reporting materials and metrics for funders.
  • Direct annual audit and 990 processes, serving as the principal liaison to the external auditor
  • Prepare monthly and annual financial statements for review, (including explanations for variance analysis) and prepares cash flow analysis.
  • Work in collaboration with HR to ensure proper accounting of benefits and staff allocations.
  • Review all formal finance-related procedures, processes, and administration; recommend improvements, and manage the systems in place.
  • Manage banking relationships.
  • Responsible for the appropriate and timely implementation of all regulatory procedures impacting the organization’s financial reporting.
  • Present financial reports to executives, board members, and other stakeholders in a timely manner.
  • Develop and manage staff in finance department.
  • Engage other members of the organization to facilitate cross-department collaboration that ensures that all financial solutions positively support FWW/FWA’s evolving strategy, operational delivery, and data collection needs.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Support Our Culture of Philanthropy: Demonstrate an understanding of the essential role of our members and supporters, and consistently serve as an ambassador for FWW/FWA and our work. Participate in or attend events and other activities as appropriate that are organized for our supporters and donors. Be cognizant of fundraising opportunities and share contacts and information that will help build and sustain FWW/FWA.


To perform this job successfully, the person in this position has a high degree of contact with staff; a moderate degree of contact with other vendors and a low degree of contact with donors.

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education/Experience: Bachelor’s in finance, accounting, or comparable experience is required; management experience is preferred. Master of Business Administration or a Master’s in Finance is a plus; 8 or more years of senior financial leadership experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred. Candidates with experience in 501(c3) and 501(c4) organizations will be considered first.

Computer Skills: An individual should be able to work in a computerized environment and have adequate knowledge of word processing, email, internet, and spreadsheet software; in particular Office Suite and Excel and familiarity with software like Salesforce and QuickBooks.


  • 100% employer-paid health care, dental, vision, and long-term disability insurance.
  • Three weeks paid vacation to start and three personal days.
  • Food & Water Watch offices are closed for all federal holidays and an extra week at the end of December.
  • Paid sick days.
  • Paid family and medical leave.
  • 403(b) retirement plan with annual employer contribution after the first year on staff.
  • Professional development opportunities on an ongoing basis.



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We will review your application and if we feel that your knowledge, skills and abilities are potentially a good match for our organization, we will be in contact with you. Position open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Food & Water Watch strives for a diverse work environment and encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

Food & Water Watch (FWW) is committed to the health and safety of its staff members. Moreover, FWW, as an organization, promotes science-based policy. Science clearly shows that unvaccinated populations drive the spread of the coronavirus and the emergence of new variants, and that unvaccinated people are more likely to contract COVID and experience severe symptoms. Effective immediately, prospective new staff members are required to provide proof of vaccination or request a waiver as a condition of their offer of employment.