Director of Accounting

National Resources Defense Council
1152 15th St NW #300
Washington, D.C., DC 20005
United States
Job Description

NRDC is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our people helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our team of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and the globe from our offices in Beijing; Bozeman, Montana; Chicago; New Delhi; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica; and Washington, D.C. 


NRDC is seeking a Director of Accounting work with the Accounting team in any NRDC office.


The Opportunity

Reporting to the Controller, the Accounting Director will be responsible for the monthly and annual close cycle of the NRDC books as well as the consolidation of NRDC’s US, China, and India entities. This role has oversight of all accounting and associated external and internal reporting activities including the financial statement audit. The Accounting Director serves alongside the Controller as staff liaisons to the Audit Committee and is a key leader in setting the quality standards for the accounting team. Additionally, this role is a thought leader and partner to the Controller and CFO with respect to building a robust internal controls environment, implementing new software technologies for accounting centric functions, and developing processes for effective financial team operations.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty
satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the following essential functions:

  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems; ensure compliance with appropriate US GAAP standards and the applicable regulatory requirements, including tax compliance and reporting, as well as those for China and India where NRDC has a presence.
  • Implement consistent accounting policies, practices, and procedures across all programs, upholding federal, state, and local legal standards by remaining knowledgeable about existing, new, and forthcoming legislation and updates to nonprofit accounting guidance relevant to NRDC.
  • Develop and enforce internal controls and safeguards pertaining to the receipt of revenues (donor gifts), costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures and timely manage the month-end and year-end accounting close process with reconciliations, routinely and timely, including all internal and external financial reporting requirements.
  • Ensure work is accurate and is processed in a timely manner and in accordance with NRDC’s policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate all external audit activities (e.g., financial statement, pension, and compliance audits, as applicable, and oversee the preparation of all required tax forms and such other regulatory reports/audits that might be required) to ensure all reporting deadlines are met.
  • Exhibit a strong “tone at the top” presence to build a team where excellence, professionalism, and respect for others is the status quo.
  • Able to partner with the Controller and other senior leaders across the organization to build, implement, and monitor a robust internal controls environment.
  • Model timely, transparent, and honest communication. Provide leadership through strengthening internal communications with staff at all levels throughout the organization; create and promote a positive and supportive work environment

The above list of duties is not comprehensive but generally demonstrates the types of matters under this position’s responsibility. Other duties may be assigned.


The Natural Resources Defense Council is a safe, inclusive workplace for people of all backgrounds and walks of life. We strongly encourage individuals from marginalized or underrepresented groups, especially in the field of environmental conservation, to apply. We understand that some candidates may be discouraged by an extensive list of job requirements that they may not fully meet – however, we encourage you to apply regardless. We do not seek a "perfect" candidate, but rather individuals who embody our core values and display the competencies to succeed in the role. If you are passionate about the role, thrive in a culture like ours, and are determined to push boundaries to achieve success, we invite you to apply.


Education & Experience

  • Master’s degree in Accounting required
  • Proven experience with full cycle close and financial statement compilations, with at least six years industry experience. At least three years of experience must be in a direct supervisory role.
  • Previous public accounting experience in assurance function is preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of accounting principles, financial reporting, regulatory compliance, as well as ability to apply new accounting standards to current operations is required
  • Previous experience leading or being part of an accounting systems implementation team is required
  • CPA license is a plus
  • Previous experience on a large (+$100M annual revenues) nonprofit accounting team or experience with grant management and reporting is a plus
  • Experience with an Accounting close management software (ex. FloQast, Blackline, Planful) is a plus

Skills, Abilities, Competencies

  • Ability to connect and build strong relationships with others, demonstrating strong collaborating skills and the ability to work across cultures and communicate clearly and persuasively.
  • Keen analytic, organizational, and problem-solving skills which allows for strategic data interpretation and risk identification and remediation versus simple reporting; an appreciation of how the accounting function fits into the broader institutional context.
  • Ability to compile annual financial statements and footnotes.
  • Commitment to leadership and development of the Accounting team with the ability to inspire, engage, and mentor the staff accountants.
  • Unwavering professional ethical standards and integrity
  • Attention to detail and an unwavering commitment to accuracy and excellence in work

NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming diverse voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement. 


We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.  


1152 15th St NW #300
Washington, D.C. DC 20005
United States