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14 Apr 2022

Full-Time Finance Associate

Climate Imperative Foundation – Posted by [email protected] San Francisco, California, United States

Climate Imperative Foundation

Job Description

LOCATION:                       San Francisco

FULL/PART TIME:            Full-time

REPORTS TO:                Christina Fernandes, CFO


Climate Imperative is seeking a detail-oriented, organized, and experienced Finance Associate to join the team.  The Finance Associate will play a key role in supporting the company’s internal financial and accounting systems and ensuring the overall financial health of the organization.  They will be responsible for expense reports, accounts receivables, accounts payables, contracts, tax return preparation, audit preparation, and day-to-day accounting.


Energy Innovation is committed to diversity, equity, & inclusion and to a transparent recruitment process that fosters belonging. Our goal is to hire and advance people regardless of race, gender, ability, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, military service, medical condition, and any other protected characteristic under local, state, or federal law. We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply.

We are committed to an accessible application process and employee experience. If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or interview process, please email [email protected].


  • Lead the accounting and reconciliation for all accounts monthly
  • Prepare, review, and process monthly expense reports for 15-20 staff
  • Process outgoing payments in compliance with financial policies and procedures, ensuring funds are allocated to appropriate accounts/funds/initiative
  • Manage client billing and vendor payment processes
  • Collaborate with staff to reconcile any accounting discrepancies
  • Assist with 1099 contractors, drafting contracts, maintaining files, and ensuring consultants remain within budget
  • Generate and analyze monthly financial reports with the Finance Team
  • Assist with the preparation of budgets, financial statements, and reports
  • Analyzing financial data and assisting with audits, reviews, and tax preparations
  • Assist with oversight of foundation funding; partner with grants and program staff to process accurate and timely payment of grant funds
  • Updating financial spreadsheets and reports with the latest available data
  • Responsible for  quarterly grant reconciliation and creation of materials for finance committee docket
  • Provide staff training and guidance on internal finance and contract procedures
  • Keeping records and documenting financial processes
  • Participate in ad-hoc projects when needed 


  • Sound understanding of accounting and financial reporting principles and practices
  • Experience working in the non-profit sector
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Great analytical and problem-solving abilities
  • Superb organizational and time-management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and be flexible in a fast-paced, constantly evolving, and collaborative environment
  • Strong and proficient skills with QuickBooks Online, Microsoft Office, Salesforce, and Dropbox
  • Works well on a team or individually
  • Interest, passion, and commitment to reducing climate change


Energy Innovation provides a competitive compensation package, including a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, and a comprehensive benefits package. Benefits include:

  • Up to 100% of premium paid for medical, dental and vision
  • STD & LTD disability insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Carrot fertility and family planning benefits
  • Student loan repayment assistance
  • 401k retirement plan with a company match contribution
  • Public transportation benefit options
  • Cell phone and health/wellness reimbursement
  • 14 paid holidays and four weeks of paid time off (PTO)
  • Regular staff lunches and team building activities
  • SF and DC office stocked with healthy snacks and beverages
  • An innovative, collaborative, welcoming work culture


Climate change is governed by physical facts—about carbon sources, accumulation, impacts, and timing, and more importantly, about solutions that work. These facts must inform strategy: they show that avoiding dangerous climate change is only possible through strong policy to cut carbon, promptly, in the biggest countries.

To address these issues, Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC (Energy Innovation) was established in 2012 as a clean energy and environmental policy firm to provide timely research and analysis on low-carbon energy policy options to policy makers, thought leaders, and members of the media. The Energy Innovation team has expertise in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable urban development, technological innovation, and energy policy design. In addition to conducting policy research, Energy Innovation also works with clients to facilitate philanthropic investments into technology and advocacy that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Energy Innovation also staffs the Climate Imperative Foundation.

Climate Imperative is focused on the most important climate policy decisions in the world and to do so equitably. Each Climate Imperative initiative targets one policy area and, by informing policy change, aims to save billions of tons of CO2e cumulatively by 2050. For each initiative, we are convening and supporting a talented, proven team of grantees, and supporting them to do whatever is needed: providing world-class technical advice, undertaking targeted communications, and/or building public support. The decisions targeted represent the largest near-term carbon abatement opportunities around the world.

How to Apply

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: To apply please send a resume to [email protected] with “Finance Associate” in the subject line. PDF or Microsoft Word file is preferred. This position is open until filled, with an initial application deadline of 5p PT on April 25, 2022. Candidate review and phone screens will begin the week of April 25. Please include the answer to these questions in the body of your email:
  1. Briefly share a success in your career that sets you up well for this position.
  2. Describe the best team you have ever worked with and what made the team great?
  3. How do you best like to receive feedback?

Job Categories: Clean Energy. Job Types: Full-Time.

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