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  • Managing Director of Programs (description below)

  • Bookkeeper — San Francisco, CA

    We are looking for an experienced Bookkeeper to join our finance team and contribute to its reputation for excellence and responsiveness. Working under the supervision of our Controller, you will have primary responsibility for accounts payable, payroll, benefits administration and other accounting functions as described below. We place a high value on collaboration and teamwork as well as the ability to work independently.


  • Accounts Payable – Processing invoices, check requests and expense reimbursements; allocating expenses by program and conducting follow up; issuing checks and entering in QuickBooks.
  • Payroll and Benefits – Preparing semi-monthly payroll, calling in to PayChex, processing manual pay checks as needed; reconciling balance sheet accounts related to benefits and payroll deductions; updating monthly salary allocations and posting to G/L; reconciling payroll for quarterly tax returns; processing health insurance benefit enrollments and terminations, plus COBRA administration under the supervision of HR Director; tracking EE health insurance costs and contributions; maintaining staff vacation and sick leave accrual; tracking 401(k) contributions; preparing workers comp mid-year report; preparing annual 1099 information.
  • General Accounting – Preparing bank deposits; reconciling credit card statements; preparing annual Board of Equalization Report for out-of-state sales tax; assisting with year-end audit preparation; working with Controller, Executive Director and department heads in preparing annual budget.
  • Other – Assisting with preparation of budgets for grant proposals and reports. Maintaining vendor, bank, credit card, payroll and related files.
  • Qualifications:

  • 3+ years’ experience working as a Bookkeeper or Staff Accountant with responsibility for payroll processing and reconciliation.
  • Knowledge of nonprofit/GAAP accounting & experience with grant accounting desired.
  • Proficiency in QuickBooks required.
  • Strong computer skills, particularly in Excel.
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to prioritize and deliver on projects and tasks in a timely manner.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills with strong customer-service orientation.
  • B.A. in accounting a plus.

  • We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefit package, sensible hours (9-5) and a friendly work environment. If interested—Please submit cover letter with salary requirements and resume to No phone calls please.

    Managing Director of Programs - San Francisco, CA

    About the Organization

    An award-winning environmental nonprofit, Sustainable Conservation leads powerful collaborations that produce lasting, win-win solutions to California’s critical environmental problems. Sustainable Conservation advances the stewardship of natural resources using innovative, pragmatic strategies that actively engage businesses and private landowners in conservation. The organization’s climate, air, water, and biodiversity initiatives promote practical solutions that produce tangible environmental and economic benefits for California. Founded in 1993, Sustainable Conservation’s effectiveness lies in building strong partnerships with business, agriculture, and government, and establishing models for environmental and economic sustainability that can be replicated throughout California and, ultimately, the nation.

    Program Areas

    Sustainable Conservation currently has two major program goals: (1) help California farmers be a model for environmental and economic sustainability, and (2) restore California’s rivers and streams on private lands. We have chosen this focus because fifty percent of California is privately owned, with much of that fifty percent in agricultural production. How these lands are managed has a significant impact on the state’s water, air, and habitat.

    We work collaboratively with the agricultural industry to find ways to meet global food demand without compromising the state’s natural resources. We pilot and scale solutions that improve soil, water, and air quality and protect wildlife habitat. Our efforts include promoting conservation tillage, a farming practice that saves farmers money and improves air quality; partnering with the dairy industry to manage manure in ways that protect water quality; collaborating with irrigation districts and farmers to sustainably manage groundwater; and working with the nursery industry to stop the sale of invasive plants. To help restore rivers and streams we are creating incentives and removing barriers to accelerate restoration.

    Managing Director of Programs

    Sustainable Conservation seeks a strategic, collaborative, and highly organized Managing Director of Programs with a track record of success in leading teams to achieve tangible results. The Managing Director will have significant responsibility within the organization in providing oversight and guidance to all of its program areas. He/she will partner with Sustainable Conservation’s Executive Director to ensure the achievement of our ambitious programmatic goals and position the organization for continued growth and success, while preserving its culture of collaboration and partnership.

    The Managing Director will bring strong leadership and management skills to guide program directors and staff on our existing portfolio of projects. He/she will also help identify and shape new initiatives both programmatically and geographically. This is an ideal opportunity for a strategic senior manager who enjoys mentoring others in an entrepreneurial environment that fosters new approaches, ideas, and solutions. The ideal candidate will have both nonprofit and for-profit experience and a good grasp of California’s environmental and agricultural issues. The Managing Director of Programs will report to the Executive Director.

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities

    The Managing Director of Programs will perform the following and other duties as assigned:

  • Oversee and provide guidance to all program areas to help set strategy, problem-solve, and garner resources; oversee program staff in meeting grant deliverables and managing budgets.
  • Manage, mentor, and support all program staff and teams, and directly supervise senior program staff, including conducting performance evaluations and providing guidance on career development opportunities.
  • Promote an organizational culture and structure that fosters cooperation, communication, collaboration, teamwork, and trust both within and across programs.
  • Help to create and maintain strategic partnerships with key stakeholders, including agricultural interests, government entities, and environmental nonprofits, to build support for Sustainable Conservation’s strategies to address California’s environmental problems.
  • Partner with Executive Director and program staff to help guide the development of new project opportunities and expand existing projects into additional geographic regions.
  • Partner with the Director of Policy in identifying, developing, implementing, and coordinating policy initiatives in all program areas.
  • Partner with the Director of Development and Communications in fundraising, including helping to identify and pursue foundation funding opportunities and drafting and reviewing proposals and reports; partner on communication strategy and materials, and provide overarching programmatic goals and updates.
  • Partner with Director of Human Resources to assess staffing needs and identify resources; evaluate job performance, promotions, and training opportunities; and hire new staff.

  • Qualifications

    The successful candidate will have the following minimum qualifications:

    Program and Project Management:

  • Exceptional organizational, strategic thinking, and process-management skills and demonstrated ability in designing, implementing, and directing multiple complex projects
  • Ability to guide and implement new project ideas and manage resources for growth
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with developing and successfully managing budgets strongly preferred
  • Experience with fundraising, including writing proposals, a plus
  • People Management:

  • Superb staff management experience, including demonstrated ability to direct staff, empower them, and allow them to be creative and resourceful to achieve their goals
  • Ability to model collaboration and demonstrate respect for others’ knowledge and experience while helping them set objectives and be accountable for meeting goals
  • Proven track record in successfully mentoring others, helping them achieve their professional development goals and aspirations
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage, build rapport, and develop constructive and effective working relationships with internal staff as well as a diverse group of external stakeholders and partners with differing views, opinions, and objectives
  • Experience managing geographically dispersed staff a plus
  • Experience working with ambiguity, exercising patience, and remaining flexible and open to new approaches, ideas, and opportunities
  • Approachable demeanor and openness to input from all levels of staff
  • Impeccable integrity and trustworthiness, sense of humor, and diplomatic and creative approach to problem-solving
  • General Experience, Education and Knowledge:

  • 10+ years of experience including 5+ years in a senior management position with responsibility for supervising and developing others
  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree in business or environment-related field preferred
  • Experience working in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors preferred, experience in the public sector a plus
  • Significant knowledge and understanding of environmental issues, including climate change, water supply and quality, air quality and biodiversity
  • Experience with California’s agriculture and related environmental issues preferred
  • Experience working with state/federal officials and agencies and/or familiarity with environmental regulations and laws, including water and air quality rules preferred
  • Willingness to engage in periodic travel throughout the state
  • Compensation and Location

    Sustainable Conservation offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. This position will be located in San Francisco, California, with periodic travel throughout the state (approximately one day trip per week and one overnight trip per quarter).

    To Apply

    To be considered for this position, interested candidates must follow the link below to submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements. CEA Recruiting is assisting Sustainable Conservation with this search. Please direct all applications and inquiries to CEA Recruiting. This position will remain open until filled.

    Sustainable Conservation is an equal opportunity employer.

    CEA Recruiting works with leading environmental nonprofits, foundations, and businesses to recruit top talent and design effective organizational staffing strategies. For more information, visit