In this role, you will be responsible overseeing budgets, grants and contracts for several projects within the Program, as well as the program-wide budget. This will include developing budgets for new proposals, tracking and updating current project budgets and expenditure, preparing financial reports and invoices, prime awards, sub-contracts, and subgrants, and other ad-hoc administrative and operational tasks as needed. You will work closely with WRI’s Grants and Contracts team, members of the Water Program and will be part of a growing team of Grants and Finance Specialists within WRI’s Food, Forests, Water and Ocean Programs.
This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will be based at WRI’s office in Washington, DC once restrictions have lifted.
Contract and Subagreement Management (40%)
- Draft and execute contracts and subgrants with partners and contractors
- Process invoices and payments for projects in compliance with WRI’s policies (subgrants, consultancies, work orders, etc.)
- Monitor partners to ensure the timely and accurate submission of progress and financial reports
- Assist project managers in ensuring compliance with all grants and contracts, particularly detailed government grant requirements
Financial Planning and Administration (40%)
- Prepare annual budgets as well as budgets for all new proposals and grants
- Monitor and manage the Program-wide budget throughout the year in consultation with Global Director
- Monitor and manage the individual project budgets throughout the year in consultation with project managers
- Review and track monthly expenses and staff labor hours, utilizing WRI’s budgeting and forecasting software
- Prepare detailed financial reports to funders as needed and ensure that progress reports are submitted in a timely manner
Project Management (20%)
- Support monitoring and tracking of project deliverables to ensure that they are submitted within the period of performance
- Liaise with Operations staff, International Office staff, Core Communications and stakeholders in other program/centers to problem solve and generate solutions to systemic issues and effective ways to complete tasks as needed
- Work directly with funder to request and submit Prime award amendments, payment requests, and other funder related needs
- Track program funding opportunities and record information in on-line tracking systems
- Bachelor’s Degree Required (Business Administration, Financial Management, or other related discipline)
- Minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience, particularly in financial and budget management
- 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 regards to grant compliance and monitoring subgrantees and contractors
- Patience and perseverance in understanding and explaining issues to partners and contractors
- Strong process orientation with sensitivity to quality
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and demonstrated strong work ethic
- Strong writing and proofreading skills
- Excellent communication skills, including the ability to work well in a team
- Permanent US work authorization is required for this position. WRI cannot provide visa sponsorship for this opportunity.
How to Apply: Please submit a resume with cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.
Potential Salary: $53,000 – $68,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.
Water Program Overview WRI’s Water Program works with businesses, governments, and civil society to ensure a water-secure future – addressing water quantity and quality issues and water governance challenges. We do this through several projects and initiatives around the world. We conduct economic and other analyses to identify water-related challenges globally and, we identify solutions—such as restoring ecosystem services—to alleviate stresses on the world’s water supplies.