About USDN

The Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) supports local governments to implement bold change in pursuit of equitable and sustainable communities. It does this by building the capacity of local governments to act, scaling promising practices and solutions, and harnessing data and insights to advance and influence the field. The heart of USDN’s work is a network of local government sustainability professionals from over 250 cities and counties across the United States and Canada dedicated to creating a healthy environment, advancing racial equity, and building thriving and resilient communities. USDN is powered by a distributed team of 25+ people that work across the United States, and a robust network of trusted partners and collaborators. USDN believes that a diverse, inclusive, and equity-centered climate movement is essential to achieving our ambitious goals for just, resilient, carbon neutral communities. Our work prioritizes those who experience the most vulnerability to climate change, disproportionate exposure to environmental injustice, and the biggest barriers to benefiting from climate solutions.

Position Summary

The Finance Director will oversee the budget and finances of the organization, create and facilitate understanding of financial reports, oversee treasury management activities, manage financial reporting for grants, and work collaboratively to develop plans for the long term-financial goals of the organization. This is a new role at USDN as we enter a period of maturation of our operational and finance systems. This role will work to develop new systems and processes, evolve and improve current processes, imbed equitable decision-making structures in our financial processes, and actively engage staff in training and change management for new financial processes. This role will be instrumental in helping us live into our values of information transparency, collaborating with intention, and centering equity in our operational and business processes. Together, these efforts will help USDN be a thriving organization where staff are effectively supported in their work with members, each other, and the field.

The work completed in this role will be highly collaborative - the Finance Director will work with staff across the organization on various initiatives, projects, and processes. This role will work closely with other Operations team members, including our Business Analyst, Member Services Coordinator, People Operations Director, Accounting Manager, and Technology Director, and will report to our Operations Director. The Finance Director will oversee the Accounting Manager.


Financial Management

  • Prepare financial statements, budget reports, and forecasts. Oversee and support leadership of the annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the Deputy Director of Operations and Shared Services.
  • Manage a robust contract management process and ensure cash flow and funding to support contractual obligations.
  • Provide relevant financial information to the executive management team.
  • Prepare financial statements, budget reports, and forecasts.
  • Supervise employees and contractors who are responsible for financial reporting, budgeting, or bookkeeping.
  • Review financial reports, analyze trends, and contribute to strategic documents that identify ways to improve the organization’s financial performance and revenue generation models.
  • Oversee the completion of vendor registrations, annual reports and tax, and corporate filings.
  • Oversee and take responsibility for all financial procedures and records.
  • Provide information, training, and support to staff on their financial functions.

Accounting Management

  • Supervise accounting functions including accounts and grants payable, accounts and grants receivable, and payroll accounting, among others
  • Supervise and provide proactive management for USDN’s Accounting Manager
  • Oversee the organization’s general ledger and subledgers, including reviewing and posting journal entries, and ensuring completion of and reviewing monthly reconciliations of accounts.
  • Create and maintain a series of financial controls and procedures for the organization.
  • Coordinate with the organization’s Independent Auditor Oversees to complete the annual audit process and IRS Form 990 and liaise with the Executive Director as necessary on these activities.

Grants Management

  • Support funding proposals by assisting with budgets, budget narratives, reviewing proposals, and providing supporting documents.
  • Ensure complete documentation of funding awards.
  • Work with program staff to comply with funder’s restrictions and requirements, monitor spending, request amendments, and plan spend-out.
  • Support grant reporting activities by preparing financial reports and other necessary documentation.

Position Requirements

  • Awareness of non-profit accounting standards, fund accounting, and compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Deep understanding of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion principles and demonstrable commitment to equity in personal and professional settings.
  • Cultural agility, and a commitment to cultivate and maintain awareness of equity skills and competencies and their application to operational responsibilities.
  • Ability to create and manage budgets.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to present financial data to a diverse audience of non-technical staff and stakeholders.
  • Proficient in general office software and applications, as well as budget creation and analysis software.
  • Excellent managerial skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Thorough understanding of budgetary and accounting principles, practices, and policies.
  • A minimum of 5 years experience in similar job functions, preferably in a nonprofit organization or member-driven organization.
  • A strong attention to detail and ability to organize the details in service of the bigger picture.

Terms of Employment: This is a full-time, non-exempt position that reports to USDN’s Operations Director. The compensation range for this position is expected to be between $90,000-100,000 annually. USDN offers a robust benefits package, including 100% employer-covered health, dental, disability, and life insurance, a flexible leave policy, generous paid leave, and a 401(k) program.

Location: This is a fully remote, work-from-home position. USDN has no central office but staff collaborates extensively via video call meetings and through periodic in-person convenings. The candidates must furnish their own quiet office space for conference calls. USDN provides an IT stipend to cover internet and phone use, computer, software, and other home office supplies. Work hours: 9am-5pm Eastern, Central, Mountain, or Pacific Standard Times (flexible); 40 hours/week.

Urban Sustainability Directors Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage applications from qualified people of all gender expressions and identities, sexual orientations, racialized communities, Indigenous persons, and persons with disabilities. Should you require accommodations through the application process, please let us know.

Application Instructions: We accept applications through an online application program, Breezy. When you apply you will be prompted to provide your contact information (full name, email address, and phone number). You will be required to attach a resume, and include your cover letter in a text field. Additionally, you will also be prompted to complete a demographic questionnaire. Your responses to the questionnaire are kept separately from your application and help us to monitor and improve our recruitment and outreach efforts, to reach a wide diversity of candidates. If you do not wish to provide responses to the demographic questionnaire, please select the option, "prefer not to answer."

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Priority will be given to applications received by November 21, 2022.