Grants and Finance Specialist, Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)


Job Summary:


In this role you will lead grant and financial management for all SBTi projects managed within WRI. Your daily work will include managing budgets, reporting to donors, processing contract agreements, ensuring grant compliance, liaising with research staff on project deliverables, engaging with vendors and subgrantees, guiding WRI SBTi program staff through internal processes and systems, planning events, and leading operations.

This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will be based in Washington, DC once restrictions have been lifted.

Job Responsibilities:


Financial Management – 40%

  • Oversee day-to-day financial management for all core SBTi workstreams managed in WRI
  • Monitor monthly expenses and keep direct project budgets up to date in budgeting software
  • Deliver monthly updates on project budgets to Project Managers and alert them of funding deadlines and other financial concerns
  • Provide strategic advice to project managers on the best use of funds to ensure achievement of deliverables while maximizing financial resources
  • Provide input into quarterly CSB financial reviews
  • Lead project financial closeout and coordinate with CSB teams in closeout process, including financial reconciliation and reporting.

Grant Management – 30%

  • Manage project grants and contracts, including ensuring compliance with terms and conditions and liaising with funders
  • Lead the drafting of financial grant reports, including collecting team inputs and transparent accounting of financial records from WRI standard into funder-specific templates
  • Lead the drafting of technical grant reports as needed
  • Support donor and grants management by keeping CRM database updated with timely and accurate information
  • Create and maintain subgrant and contract agreements with partners and contractors, including processing payments, and amending agreements when necessary
  • Track sub-awardee compliance with administrative grant requirements, including the timely submission of reports and audits.

Administration and Operations (30%)

  • Coordinate with SBTi staff and HR on recruitment of new personnel and support onboarding of new staff and consultants
  • Provide support coordinating internal and external events, workshops, and conferences as needed
  • Provide support on activities related to workspace allocation, timesheet guidance, expense reporting, and cash advance requests
  • Review and make recommendations on internal systems to support and improve efficiencies within the SBTi team.

Job Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 4 years full-time professional work experience focused on project, grants, and contracts management and administration, preferably in a non-profit setting
  • Experience with or demonstrated aptitude for financial management preferred
  • Experience with database management (such as Salesforce) desirable
  • Ability to keep up in extremely fast past environment and seamlessly manage
  • Strong organizational, project management, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail and verbal and written communication skills
  • US work authorization is required for this position

Potential Salary:

$53,000 – $68,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume with cover letter. Applicants mustapply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Program Overview:


The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a global body enabling businesses to set ambitious emissions reductions targets in line with the latest climate science. The initiative is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments. It is focused on accelerating companies across the world to halve emissions before 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions before 2050. Science-based targets show companies how much and how quickly they need to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to prevent the worst effects of climate change. WRI’s role within SBTi is anchored to the Center for Sustainable Business. You will report to the Strategy and Operations Manager for the Center for Sustainable Business and also work closely and be supported by a team of Operations staff within the SBTi.

WRI Overview:

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills, and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include integrity, innovation, urgency, independence, and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years, and our operating budget is nearing $200 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of over 1,600 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions. 

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.

 


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